The Pitzer College Office of Alumni & Family Engagement is pleased to announce a new president and secretary, and two new members for its 2021-22 Alumni Board.
Diana Bob ’02 begins the first of a two-year term as president, effective July 1, 2021. She is the owner of Native Law PLLC, a Washington State-based law firm that focuses on Indian law, with clients throughout the US. At Pitzer, she was awarded the Udall Scholarship for Environmental Policy and the Udall Native American Congressional Internship. She was also a member of the Sagehens Softball team. She graduated with a degree in anthropology and environmental studies and went on to receive her JD from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2005 with a certificate in environmental law.
As president, Diana represents alumni on the Pitzer College Board of Trustees. She follows the two-year presidential term of Michele Siqueiros ’95, who transitions off the Alumni Board and becomes an ongoing member of the Pitzer College Board of Trustees. Michele is an education access advocate and president of the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California-based nonprofit policy advocacy and research organization committed to ensuring more students can go to college and succeed. She received Pitzer College’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018.
Josue Pasillas ’17 is the Alumni Board secretary and chair of the events and volunteer programs committee. Josue graduated from Pitzer College with a self-designed degree in urban studies/environmental analysis and a minor in Spanish. He also holds a master’s in public administration from DePaul University. As an undergraduate, Josue served on the Pitzer College Student Senate for several years and was elected student body president. He was a member of the Latinx Student Union, FirstGen Club, and was an advancement ambassador for the Office of College Advancement. Josue is currently the communications supervisor at the Waukegan Park District in Illinois, where he oversees all digital marketing efforts and implements community relations strategies.
The two new members appointed to the Alumni Board are Paolina Cuevas ’20 and Romarilyn Ralston ’14.
Paolina Cuevas received her bachelor’s degree in organizational studies with an emphasis in education. Her involvement in the FirstGen program at Pitzer helped shape her passion for creating equitable access to higher education for everyone. After graduating, she was an intern at CDTech, a nonprofit in South Central LA focused on building economically viable communities. She looks forward to graduate school and furthering her professional career in nonprofit work.
Romarilyn Ralston is the program director of Project Rebound at California State University, Fullerton. The program provides individualized support to assist formerly incarcerated students pursue higher education. Romarilyn, who was incarcerated at the age of 24 and served 23 years in prison, received a bachelor’s degree in gender and feminist studies as a New Resources student at Pitzer and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Washington University in St. Louis. She was a 2017 Leadership Fellow with the JustLeadershipUSA Leading with Conviction program and a 2018 Fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute. In 2020, Romarilyn received Pitzer’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Brandon Kyle, executive director of Alumni & Family Engagement and Annual Giving Programs, said he is overjoyed to have the opportunity to work with the Alumni Board’s newly elected officers and new members.
“Individually they bring a dynamic set of unique perspectives and talents, and collectively they represent some of the very best parts of what it means to be an active and engaged member of the Pitzer community,” he said. “Their connection and commitment to Pitzer’s core values will not only be an invaluable asset to the Board at-large, but will also undoubtedly have a significant and meaningful impact on the College community and in the lives of our students.”