Meet the Board
Faculty Representative; Vice Chair of the Board
Anoshua Chaudhuri holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a Professor and the current Head of the Department of Economics in the College of Business at San Francisco State University. Dr. Chaudhuri’s research over the past 15 years has been at the intersection of health, development and family economics with a focus on evaluating impacts of policies and programs on community and household health outcomes. She has published her research in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Economic Development and Cultural Change, Social Science and Medicine, Health Policy, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Children and Youth Services Review and Journal of Cross-cultural Gerontology. She has also written economic impact reports for several local government and non-government agencies. She has received several competitive research awards, has research collaborations with colleagues domestically and internationally, in economics and inter-related disciplines and holds leadership positions in economics associations and conference steering committees. Dr. Chaudhuri serves as a Board member of SF State’s University Corporation and also volunteers as a Board member of a non-profit mental health agency, Richmond Area Multi-services or Rams.
Faculty Representative; Chair of the Bookstore Advisory Committee
Dr. Brian Beatty is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations at San Francisco State University and former chair and associate professor in the Instructional Technologies department at SF State. He received his Ph.D. in instructional systems technology from Indiana University Bloomington. His areas of interest and academic research include social interaction in online learning, content analysis of CMC discussions, supporting self-regulating behavior in self-paced online education and training courses, and developing instructional design theory for web-based and hybrid learning environments. His background also includes several decades of K-12 mathematics and science instruction, corporate eLearning development, and technical military training.
Christy Stevens serves as the Associate University Librarian at San Francisco State, a position she has held since 2018. Christy works closely with the University Librarian to ensure that library resources, services, programming, and spaces are meeting the teaching, learning, research, and student success needs of the university. Christy has deep connections with the CSU System, having earned a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from San Diego State; she also served as the Associate Dean of the Library at Cal State Dominguez Hills and as a librarian at Cal Poly Pomona and Sacramento State respectively. In addition to her Master’s in Women’s Studies, Christy holds Master’s degrees in English from UC Irvine and Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa.
Eugene R. Chelberg currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at San Francisco State University – a position he has held since 2007. Reporting directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, he works closely with the Vice President (VP) and all members of her cabinet to improve student retention and graduation through the strategic optimization of human, physical, and financial resources. As Associate Vice President, one of Gene's greatest joys is working with first generation and underrepresented students, along with faculty and staff, to establish, improve and maintain programs and services that are culturally relevant and affirming of the intersectionality of student identities and experiences.
Today, Gene is focused in the areas of student access, health and wellness, basic needs, and assessment. He is privileged to lead five directors and more than 100 faculty and staff across five facilities in the student-centered work of their units. Collectively, Gene's team is responsible for advancing Children’s Campus, Counseling & Psychological Services, Disability Programs & Resource Center, Health Promotion & Wellness, and Student Health Services. Additionally, he serves as the University's ADA/504 Compliance Officer. Gene's portfolio also includes an award-winning Accessible Technology Initiative, a growing health and wellness effort that is implementing a comprehensive anti-sexual violence training campaign, as well as the campus Basic Needs Initiative which is working to improve student success through reducing food and housing insecurity among SF State Gators.
He holds a B.S. from Minnesota and an Executive Master of Management and Disability Services from the University of San Francisco. When Gene is not working, he enjoys exploring the culinary and outdoor treasures of San Francisco. He shares a home with his husband, David, his guide dog, Bates, and their two calico cat sisters, Ruthie and Ester.
Jason Bell has a rich history of working with the adult prison and jail population, but has taken on the rewarding responsibility of being a mentor to both adults and youth in and from the criminal legal system. He played a part in the establishment of the San Francisco Safe Communities Reentry Council. He has served as the Director of Project Rebound at San Francisco State University for 10 years and has facilitated educational empowerment classes in the local county jails for 8 years. In 2016 he phased into a new Regional Directorship and now serves as the Executive Director over the SFSU program and the Director of Program Development for the CSU Consortium of Project Rebounds in California. The Consortium now entails directing the progressive steps towards setting up Project Rebound like programs on 14 additional California State University Campuses. He takes his job seriously and has already worked with Rutgers University in New Jersey to model a program after the Project Rebound pedagogy.
Administrator Representative; Executive Director, UCorp
Jason Porth serves as executive director of University Corporation, San Francisco State (UCorp), a not-for-profit public benefit corporation devoted to furthering the university's educational mission. UCorp oversees much of the commercial activity on the campus and through these and other enterprise operations, UCorp aims to provide resources to the university to enrich the SF State experience for our students, faculty and staff. Jason also serves as vice president for University Enterprises, a division focused on creating the spaces and opportunities that support the university’s mission. The division includes units focused on capital planning, design, construction, and real estate management and development.
Jason began working at SF State in 2006 as associate director for community relations in the Office of Government Relations. In that role, he served as the university’s liaison with local elected officials and city government, as well as with neighborhood groups and community-based organizations. In 2009, he joined the Office of the President, initially serving at deputy chief of staff and then as chief of operations. Prior to working at SF State, Jason practiced law as a civil rights attorney, representing plaintiffs primarily in employment matters. He received a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Northeastern University. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
Administrator Representative; Vice President & CFO Designee
Jay Orendorff currently serves as the Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Resources. Academic Resources manages the allocation and tracking of the Academic Affairs budget to the academic units of San Francisco State University, the production of the Class Schedule, and the assignment of University space. This unit reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Jay is taking a temporary reassignment from his role as Associate Vice President for Business Operations, which includes Environment Health & Safety, Risk Management and Procurement. Jay is a graduate of the CSU and earned a Master of Science in Demographics with a minor in statistics from Utah State University. He began his employment at SF State as a Senior Analyst in Institutional Research and later as the Senior Budget Analyst in Budget Administration & Operations. From there Jay moved to a variety of roles including Director for Administration and Finance, Director of Budget Administration and Operations, and Director of Risk and Analytics. He has over 25 years of CSU experience in enterprise business operations, institutional planning, and financial management.
Joshua Rudy Ochoa
Joshua Rudy Ochoa currently serves as the student body President of Associated Students at San Francisco State University. He recently graduated from SFSU in Spring 2021 with a BA in Political Science, in addition to a minor in Urban Studies & Planning. Joshua is currently in progress for his Masters' in Public Administration, concentrating in Public Policy and Urban Administration. As a veteran on the AS Board of Directors, Joshua has served in multiple positions on the BOD as the Vice President of External Affairs, LCA College Representative, and Residential Housing Association Representative.
Joshua's main priorities have been & continue to be fighting for basic needs resources, empowering student voices at every decision-making table, and holding all parts of our campus accountable to the needs of students! In addition to this work, Joshua also dedicates time to political clubs and organizing members of our San Francisco community to push for progressive politics and policies that support working people, communities of color, and marginalized communities.
Community Representative; Chair of the Finance Committee
Kal Salama has been responsible for investment strategy for The Headlands Group global, multi-asset portfolios since 1997. Mr. Salama has been at the forefront of global investing throughout his career. He served as Managing Director of Global Strategy for BME Investment Partners, which offered unique institutional, global asset class/market/currency absolute return portfolios. He was Founder/Director of Multiple Asset Strategies at INVESCO Institutional, President/Chief Investment officer of KS Global Advisors and KS Global Strategies, Partner/Senior Asset Allocation Analyst with Brinson Partners, Vice President with institutional consultant Dorn, Helliesen & Cottle. Mr. Salama began his investment career at the Pension Research Institute at San Francisco State University in 1985, where he worked under Dr. Frank Sortino as a Research Assistant field testing asset allocation approaches for pension funds.
Mr. Salama has spoken at conferences, published, taught CFA exam review courses, conducted IFE (Institute for Fiduciary Education) workshops and lectured graduate investment classes on global investing and asset allocation issues. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, an MBA with a concentration in Finance from San Francisco State University and a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) from the CFA Institute.
Ly Chau joined San Francisco State University in 1993, held various positions in both Administration & Finance and Academic Affairs, and is currently serving as the Director of Finance in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. In that role, she is responsible for all the state-side and UCorp fiscal aspects, including instructional employment for 21 departments. As a senior College Business Officer (CBO), Ly serves on multiple hiring CBO search committees and mentors new hires.
Ly is an SFSU Alumna where she received her BS in Business Administration.
Community Representative; Chair of the Retail & Commercial Services Committee
Neil Cohen has more than 35 years of experience creating, building and managing brands from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, including SEGA, Hilton, Arby’s and McDonalds. Currently, he consults with companies on marketing, business and innovation strategies, teaches marketing at San Francisco State University College of Business, serves as advisor to three start-ups, is the Silicon-Valley Liaison and Mentor for Startup Mexico, is a mentor for Puerto Rico’s Parallel18, Santiago’s Startup Chile and San Francisco’s IndieBio biotech accelerator, Terra accelerator and Singularity University.
Neil has consulted with a myriad of consumer brands including Hewlett Packard, SonicWall, Alibaba, eBates, Pyramid Brewing, Galvanina Water, Yahoo!, San Francisco International Airport and SF State University among others. Prior to consulting, he held executive marketing and sales positions at SEGA, Hilton, Arby’s and Zircon Electronic Hand Tools and was a founding partner at agencies Gelman & Gray Communications (purchased by Chiat Day) and Douglas Consulting Group (purchased by Cohn & Wolf).
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a Master of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He currently sits on the board of San Francisco State University’s University Corporation (UCorp). Neil is also an avid Fùtbol player and diehard San Francisco Giants fan.
Community Representative; Chair of the Audit Committee
Rob Strong has been a Lecturer in the College of Business since 1993. He also served as the CEO/GM of Franciscan Shops, Inc. from 1987 to 2013 and as SFSU Bookstore GM with Follett from 2013 to 2016. He has served four terms on the Academic Senate and many other leadership roles on boards and committees.
Faculty Representative; Chair of the Academic Senate
Dr. Teddy Albiniak is the Director of Forensics in Communication Studies and serving a second term as Chair of the Academic Senate. He received his Ph.D. in rhetoric from the University of Texas-Austin. In addition to his expertise in policy and parliamentary debate, Dr Albiniak’s areas of interest and academic research examines the intersections of critical theory and ecology.
Faculty Representative; Chair of the Board of Directors; Chair of the Executive Committee
Trevor Getz is a Professor of African History at San Francisco State University. His work on African and global history encompasses eleven books including Abina and the Important Men (Oxford University Press), which won the American Historical Association’s James Harvey Robinson prize. He is passionate about education and curriculum, and his most recent book is A Primer for Teaching African History (Duke University Press). He recently completed a curricular planning project funded by a grant from the Teagle Foundation, and is currently the principal investigator for the History for the 21st Century Project, supported by the Agentives Foundation. He also serves as the Principal Content Development and Evaluation Manager for Gates Ventures’ On World History project.
Trevor is deeply committed to San Francisco State, our students, and our community. Formerly the Chair of the Academic Senate, he co-chaired the 2014-2015 strategic planning process for the university and chaired the 2017-2018 Equity and Inclusion Educational Outreach working group. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Longmore Institute for Disability Studies and the Veteran Documentary Corps, two research service organizations at SF State.
Faculty Representative; Secretary of the Board
Dr. Yvonne Bui is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas. She has worked with students with disabilities as a paraprofessional, general education, and special education teacher. She received the Golden Torch Award, Outstanding Special Education Teacher of the Year as an SFSU Alumni.
Dr. Bui has been the project director for several federal grants to prepare new special education teachers and leaders. She has taught a variety of courses in special education law, assessment, curriculum and instruction, research methods, grant writing, and statistics.
Dr. Bui is active in her scholarship and presents at national/international conferences and publishes in peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of How to Write a Master’s Thesis (SAGE) and co-editor of Exceptional Children in Today’s Schools: What Teachers Need to Know (PRO-ED). She has traveled extensively overseas as a volunteer to prepare special education teachers abroad.
Dr. Bui serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Exceptional Children and the Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children and Youth, Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State. She is the Chair of the Budget Advisory Council at SF State.