Members and Advisors

(Click on the individual's name for a more complete biography.)

Appointed Regents

Richard C. Blum
Appointed March 12, 2002 to a term expiring March 1, 2014 (by Davis); re-appointed in 2014 (by Brown) to a term expiring March 1, 2026.  B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.B.A, University of California, Berkeley; Chairman of Blum Capital Partners, L.P.; Co-Chairman of Newbridge Capital, LLC.

William De La Peña, M.D.
Appointed August 18, 2006 to a term expiring March 1, 2018 (by Schwarzenegger); Ophthalmologist and medical director of the De La Pena Eye Clinic; B.S., American School Foundation; M.D., Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Ophthamology at UC Irvine, Fellowship at L.S.U., and University of London.

Russell Gould
Appointed September 13, 2005 to a term expiring March 1, 2017 (by Schwarzenegger); Partner, California Strategies LLC; B.A., University of California, Berkeley.

Eddie Island
Appointed June 6, 2005 to a term expiring March 1, 2017 (by Schwarzenegger); retired attorney and executive; J.D., Harvard Law School.

George Kieffer
Appointed May 6, 2009 (by Schwarzenegger) to term expiring March 1, 2021; Partner and member of the Executive Committee of the national law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Bachelor’s degree, University of California, Santa Barbara; J.D. degree from UCLA. 

Sherry L. Lansing
Appointed March 11, 1999 to a term expiring March 1, 2010 (by Davis); re-appointed in 2010 (by Schwarzenegger) to a term expiring March 1, 2022. Founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation and former Chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group; B.S., Northwestern University.

Monica Lozano
Appointed March 2001 to a term expiring March 1, 2013 (by Davis); re-appointed in 2014 (by Brown) to a term expiring March 1, 2022.  Chair of the Board of US Hispanic Media, Inc.

Hadi Makarechian
Appointed October 24, 2008 to term expiring March 1, 2020 (by Schwarzenegger); B.S. (Civil Engineering), B.A. (Economics), State University of New York; Chairman of Makar Properties Board of Directors.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Appointed November 17, 2014  to term expiring March 1, 2024 (by Brown); B.A. (Environmental Analysis and Design), University of California, Irvine; M.B.A., University of California, Irvine; Superintendent and President of Long Beach City College.

Norman J. Pattiz
Appointed September 21, 2001 to a term expired March 1, 2004 (by Davis); appointed September 4, 2003 to a term expired March 1, 2014 (by Davis); re-appointed in 2014 (by Brown) to a term expiring March 1, 2026.  Founder and former Chairman of the Board of Westwood One and CEO of Courtside Entertainment Group.

John A. Pérez
Appointed November 17, 2014  to term expiring March 1, 2024 (by Brown); California State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and Assemblymember representing the 53rd District.

Bonnie Reiss
Appointed March 27, 2008 to a term expiring March 1, 2020 (by Schwarzenegger); Global Director of the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at the University of Southern California; BBA, University of Miami; J.D., Antioch Law School.

Fred Ruiz
Appointed July 2, 2004 to a term expiring March 1, 2016 (by Schwarzenegger); Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Ruiz Foods. Mr. Ruiz is the current Vice Chairman of the Board.

Sadia Saifuddin
Student Regent, July 1, 2014- June 30, 2015; Student at University of California, Berkeley.

Richard Sherman
Appointed January 17, 2014  (by Brown) to a term expiring March 1, 2025;  Chief Executive Officer at the Geffen Company; Master of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California.

Bruce D. Varner
Appointed August 18, 2006 to a term expiring March 1, 2018 (by Schwarzenegger); Partner in the law firm Varner & Brandt; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; J.D., Hastings Law School. Mr. Varner is the current Chairman of the Board.

Paul Wachter
Appointed July 2, 2004 (by Schwarzenegger) to a term expiring March 1, 2016; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Columbia School of Law;Founder, President and CEO, Main Street Advisors.

Charlene Zettel
Appointed May 6, 2009 to term expiring March 1, 2021 (by Schwarzenegger); Chief Executive Officer, Donate Life California; B.S., University of Southern California.

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Ex Officio Regents

Jerry Brown
Governor of California and ex officio Regent, January 3, 2011 - present.

Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor and ex officio Regent, effective January 10, 2011 - present.

Toni Atkins
Speaker of the Assembly and ex officio Regent, effective May 12, 2014 - present; Assembly member from the 78th district.

Tom Torlakson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction and ex officio Regent, January 3, 2011 - present.

Janet Napolitano
President of the University and ex officio Regent, effective September 30, 2013; B.A., Santa Clara University; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law.

Sheldon Engelhorn
Alumni Regent, July 1, 2014- June 30, 2015 and President, Alumni Associations of the University of California; B.S., University of California, San Diego (Biology).

Karen Leong Clancy
Alumni Regent, July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015, and Vice President, Alumni Associations of the University of California; B.A., University of California, Berkeley (Economics).

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Regents-Designate 

Rodney Davis
Regent-designate, July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015, and Treasurer, Alumni Associations of the University of California; B.A., University of California, Davis (Rhetoric); M.A., University of Southern California (Public Administration); J.D., Hastings College of the Law.

Yolanda Gorman
Regent-designate, July 1, 2014- June 30, 2015 and Secretary, Alumni Associations of the University of California; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (Psychology); M.B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (Educational Psychology).

Abraham (Avi) Oved
Student Regent-designate, July 16, 2014- June 30, 2015 ; Student at University of California, Los Angeles.

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Faculty Representatives to the Regents

William Jacob
Faculty Representative to The Regents, September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2014, and current  Chair of the Universitywide Academic Senate of the University of California.

Mary Gilly
Faculty Representative to The Regents, September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2015, and current Vice Chair of the Universitywide Academic Senate of the University of California.

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Staff Advisors to the Regents

Donna Coyne
Staff Advisor, July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015.

Deidre Acker
Staff Advisor-Designate, July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015.

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Board Officers

Bruce D. Varner

Chairman Bruce D. Varner

Fred Ruiz

Vice Chairman Fred Ruiz