Interim Vice President of Admission & Financial Aid
Jamila grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California and earned her BA in Communication with an emphasis in Media Law & Politics from the University of Southern California. She received her MA in Communication Management from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication, and went on to earn her Doctorate of Education at UCLA. Her dissertation focused on best practices for the recruitment of women to undergraduate programs in engineering.
After working in the USC Annenberg Admissions Office, Jamila served as the Associate Director of Admissions at the California Institute of Technology where she implemented marketing and outreach strategies for Caltech. Jamila oversees the daily operations of the office including the application file review process and recruitment strategies.
Recruitment and application reading territories: California (East-Northeast Los Angeles, West San Gabriel Valley, select schools in the Los Angeles area) and International (India, Asia excluding China and East Asia)
Mattie Ross ’12
Assistant Director of Admission
Mattie grew up in Maui, Hawaii and attended King Kekaulike High School. She is a Pitzer alumna of the Class of 2012 and earned her degree in English and World Literature: Creative Writing with a minor in Spanish. While studying at Pitzer she worked as a student tour guide and was a Resident Assistant for three years. In addition, Mattie studied abroad in León, Spain where she taught English to three young girls. One of her most memorable accomplishments at Pitzer was educating low-income preschoolers as a Jumpstart Corps Member. In her spare time, Mattie enjoys watching movies, eating Korean food, hanging with her cats and adventuring with family and friends. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education with an emphasis on Higher Education/Student Affairs at Claremont Graduate University.
Recruitment and application reading territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas (all but Dallas-Fort Worth), Wyoming, California (Beach Cities, Gateway Cities, Los Angeles Harbor Region, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Santa Clarita, Southwest – South Bay and Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mono, Stanislaus and Tulare counties), and International (Europe)
Hailing from Rancho Cucamonga, California, Katie graduated from Harvey Mudd College (Pitzer’s next door neighbor!) with a degree in Engineering. While at HMC she became an Admissions Senior Intern and tour guide, led her dorm as a Resident Assistant, entertained students as a student activities coordinator, and played percussion in the orchestra. Some of Katie’s favorite memories from studying abroad in Australia were performing in a Battle of the Bands competition and making friends with the kangaroos. In her spare time, Katie enjoys taking photos, learning songs on the guitar, watching movies with her sister, and laughing. She is enthusiastic to continue her journey in Claremont with the amazing Pitzer Admissions team.
Recruitment and application reading territories: Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and California (Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties) and International (Africa, Oceania)
Associate Director of Admission
Owen grew up in Claremont, California. After graduating from Claremont High School, Owen attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he majored in English and minored in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. After serving as an admissions counselor at Pitzer for one year, Owen spent six years at the California Institute of Technology, where he worked as an event planner, athletics liaison and marketing coordinator for the Undergraduate Admissions Office. A huge film buff, Owen has a particular fondness for documentaries. A minor league baseball and hockey fan, Owen enjoys racquetball, hiking on the Claremont Wilderness Trail, hanging out in Los Angeles and going to the movies with his wife.
Recruitment and application reading territories: Illinois, Nevada, Ohio, Washington, and California (East Pomona Valley, East San Gabriel Valley and Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Ventura counties) and International (Canada, China)
Interim Director of Admission
Santiago was raised in California’s central coast. After graduating from Watsonville High School he attended Pomona College, earned a degree in psychology and found himself drawn to college admissions. While in college he interned for the Minority Student Action Program and worked as a Senior Interviewer. He was also involved in the 5-College ballroom dance team and volunteered at a local elementary school. He enjoys road trips to national parks, camping, biking and spending time with his dogs. Since joining Pitzer’s internationally-minded community in 2010, Santiago has been inspired to visit a greater variety of international locales.
Recruitment and application reading territories: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, California (San Francisco County), U.S. Territories (Guam, Puerto, Rico, America Samoa) and International (East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean)