Page last updated on April 21, 2017
The Alumni Board is a volunteer group of alumni dedicated to keeping fellow alumni connected with one another and Pitzer College. Members of the Board help organize events, services, and programs for every Pitzer alumnus. Current projects include helping with Alumni Reunion weekend, organizing alumni volunteer opportunities, creating young alumni programming, collaborating with Career Services and working to increase giving to the Alumni Fund.
Brian Christiansen ’93, President
Brian is the senior director of portfolio and strategy, global community impact for Nike, Inc. Brian is passionate about the intersection of corporate philanthropy with the public and private sectors to address large scale challenges in the world. Prior to this experience, Brian worked in centralized global finance roles at Nike, Inc. and in a variety of positions at Intel Corporation.
Brian was a member of the Sagehen basketball team and received his BA in economics before going on to earn an MBA from Duke University. He is originally from Seattle, Washington and now lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Tara, and his sons, Colby and Matías.
Tim Campos ’10, President-Elect
Tim graduated from Pitzer College in 2010 with a dual degree in sociology and Chicano/a-Latino/a studies and a minor in studio art. As a student, he worked as an admission fellow and diversity intern and was an active member of Student Senate, volunteered as a Chicano/Latino Student Affairs sponsor for incoming first-year students, served as president of the Latina/o Student Union, studied abroad in Costa Rica and was one of the original organizers of the Latino Rockabilly Festival.
After three years as an admission counselor at Pitzer, Tim worked in the marketing department at HartmanBaldwin Design/Build and has more recently taken on a new role as a director in the Admissions Office at ArtCenter College of Design. Tim is pursuing a Master of Communication Management at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He enjoys swimming, biking and running and, when not training for a triathlon, he can be found engaging in Los Angeles arts and cultural events.
Kurt Beardsley ’97
Kurt was born and raised in Claremont. After obtaining his BA in Studio Art from Pitzer College, he worked at Pomona College, first at the Pomona College Theater and, for the last 16 years, as the production manager at the Mabel Shaw Bridges Auditorium for the performing Arts. He has worked for a wide variety of clients in the entertainment industry, spanning theater, film, television and concert work. Kurt’s other passions include photography, travel and nature and he has combined those interests in his travels–largely throughout Africa, a continent he is thoroughly in love with. He has wandered the Sahara extensively and self published a collection of photographs from his many journeys.
Kurt is currently focusing on his art and several creative ideas and can also be found enjoying the company of his wife, fellow Pitzer alumna Asya Ghafarshad ’91, and their two children, Shaheen and Massoud.
Jahan Boulden ’07
Jahan graduated from Pitzer in 2007 with a degree in sociology. She is passionate about traveling, and her dream job is to be an “adventurer.” After graduating from Pitzer, Jahan became a middle school special education teacher and then took on a role as the LA program director for an educational nonprofit called the Spark Program. While she has many passions in life, her career passion lies in education. She believes that a quality education should be a basic human right, and should be hands-on, well-rounded and specific to each individual’s interests and needs. While our country has a long way to go when it comes to public education, liberal arts colleges–and specifically Pitzer–are constantly working to improve and come closer to that ideal.
Jahan is excited to join Pitzer’s effort to provide greater access for all students to a quality higher education. She currently lives in Rancho Cucamonga with her three sons and husband, and works as a fundraiser for Pomona College.
Mitchell Felton ’13
Mitchell graduated from Pitzer in 2013 with a BA in Asian studies. During his student years, he was very actively involved with the Pitzer community, serving as an admission fellow, first year mentor, president of the Claremont Colleges Circle K, and was a member of the Asian Pacific American Coalition, the Student Investment Committee and Dining With Democracy. He studied abroad in China during the fall of 2011, where he furthered his Chinese language abilities and participated in an internship. Mitchell has returned to the Alumni Board as an alumnus after previously serving as a student representative from the Student Senate.
Mitchell currently works at the University of San Francisco in the Development Office, where he coordinates student, alumni, faculty and staff fundraising.
Rhonda Foster ’82
Rhonda graduated from Pitzer College with a BA in Psychology. She is a case manager for Community Build, Inc. conducting the City of Los Angeles Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) Program in gang prevention for youth and their families and serves on the board of Women Against Gun Violence. For two decades, it has been her mission to address the issue of gang and gun violence as a result of the tragedy of the loss of her 7-year-old son, Evan and injury of her then 10-month-old son, Alec in December 1997.
Operating from the foundation of a Pitzer education and Christian faith, she and her husband, Ruett ‘81, have made the most of every opportunity to impact lives with the understanding that we are all connected and love never fails. They have worked with youth in prisons, police departments, legislators and community activists and have been recognized and honored for their efforts. Their most recent awards were from Pitzer College as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni and from KCET and Union Bank as the 2011 Local Heroes for Black History Month.
Char Miller ’75
Char is the director of the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College where he is the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis (EA). After graduating from Pitzer in 1975 with a degree in history and political studies (he couldn’t make up his mind), he did his graduate studies in American history at Johns Hopkins University. Since then, he and his wife, Judi Lipsett ’75, have moved around the country, and raised two children (the oldest, Ben, is a 2003 Pomona grad), before returning to Claremont in 2007. Because the EA Program is a 5C major, Char spends a lot of time working with Pitzer faculty and students.
Among his most recent books are Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dread (2016), America’s Great National Forests, Wildernesses, and Grasslands (2016) and Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene: Science, Policy, and Practice (2016). He is a regular contributor of essays, commentary and reviews to professional journals, newspapers and online media, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Time, New Republic, the Washington Post and National Public Radio.
Tricia Morgan ’08
After graduating in 2008 with a BA in Sociology as a new resources student, Tricia joined the Community Engagement Center (CEC) staff and is now associate director for Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center and Pitzer in Ontario (PIO). In addition, Tricia has served many years on college governance committees as a Staff Council Representative and on the Academic Planning Committee.
Tricia has played a key role in successfully attaining a place for Pitzer College on the Presidential Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; obtaining the coveted Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and guiding multiple winning student letters in the Debating for Democracy annual competition through Project Pericles. Tricia is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Claremont Graduate University’s School of Education for Higher Education Administration. Her research interests include access and equity in higher education, social justice leadership, student success, and mindful community engagement.
Jon Rice ’13
Jon graduated from Pitzer in 2013 with a BA in Political Studies. As a student, Jon was involved both on the Pitzer campus and in the larger Claremont Colleges community, working in the Office of Admission as an admission fellow, competing with the Pitzer Model United Nations team, serving as the communications director for the ACLU of The Claremont Colleges and writing for the Claremont Port Side, a 5C progressive campus newsmagazine. Committed to Pitzer’s tradition of shared governance, Jon served as the president and chair of Student Senate in his senior year. After graduating, he completed a year-long Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in South Korea and consulted in Washington DC for the 2014 midterm elections.
Currently, Jon works in the Office of Admission at the University of San Francisco, recruiting students from across the country for a social justice-based college education.
Liliana Johansen ’09
Liliana graduated from Pitzer in 2009 with a BA in sociology and gender & feminist studies. She then went on to earn a master’s in public health from San Diego State University. During her time at Pitzer, Liliana was involved in the Latino Student Union, Student Senate, Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee, 5C Chiapas Support Group, Spanish Conversation groups and worked in the Advancement Office. She was named a Ronald E. McNair Scholar in 2008 at CGU.
Liliana is currently a project coordinator for the Embedded Clinical Research and Innovation Unit, creating plans to recruit participants, collect data and implementation at point of care for innovative, high value research projects. She first started at UCLA in 2012 as a research associate for the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and worked for the Athena Breast Health Network.
Sayjal Waddy ’07
Sayjal graduated from Pitzer College in 2007 with a BA in sociology. She then completed her MA in Education from Teacher College, Columbia University in 2009. During her time at Pitzer, she was very active in BSU and other diversity-based organizations. She worked in the Office of Admission, which fueled her interest in outreach and access within higher education. Her favorite Pitzer memories include hanging out with friends in the halls of Sanborn and her semester abroad in Botswana.
Since graduating, Sayjal has worked for a number of nonprofit organizations and is currently the assistant airector of admissions at the University of Redlands. She loves working with high school students and helping them understand their full potential. Sayjal was bit by the travel bug during her semester in Botswana–herr first time out of the country!–and has since then traveled to South Africa, England, Japan, Spain and France and hopes to add more countries to that list. She also loves food and live music and spends most weekends exploring Southern California and taking advantage of all the various types of cuisine available in the region.
Professor of Psychology Mita Banerjee
Alumni Board Faculty Representative
Professor of Mathematics Dave Bachman
Alumni Board Faculty Representative
Clint Isom ’20
Alumni Board Student Representative
Alegria Martinez ’18
Alumni Board Student Representative