The UCSC Basic Needs Village

Our Basic Needs team takes a multidivisional approach with staff across the Division of Student Affairs and Success, Social Sciences Division, CHES, and Planning and Budget working together to support students. 

Campus Basic Leadership Team

Akirah Bradley-Armstrong (Chair)
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Success

Tim Galarneau 
Education and Research Specialist, Division of Social Sciences 

Dave Kellar
(Interim) Associate Vice Chancellor, CHES, Busines and Administration Services 

Katharayne Mitchell
Dean of Social Sciences 

Garrett Naiman
Dean of Students, Student Affairs and Success

Kimberly Register
Associate Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget

Working Group Core Leadership Team

Kednel Jean (Co-Chair)
Director of Basic Needs, Dean of Students Office

Mariah Lyons (Co-Chair)
Assistant Dean, Dean of Students Office, Student Support Programs 

Tim Galarneau
UC Systemwide Basic Needs Committee Co-Chair, Education and Research Specialist, Center for Agroecology
Contact me about information on food security and basic needs initiatives system-wide and on-campus

Heather Bullock
UCSC Blum Center Director, Psychology Faculty
Contact me about information on food security data system-wide and on-campus

Estefania Rodriguez
Dean of Students Basic Needs Program Manager
Contact me about Redwood Free Market, campus-wide food distribution, and CalFresh

Francis Ge 
Center for Agroecology Basic Needs & Student Engagement Coordinator
Contact me about weekly produce pop-ups, student internships, and UCSC Food Systems Working Group

Brooks Schmitt
Center for Agroecology Cowell Coffee Shop Food Supervisor
Contact me about Cowell Coffee Shop and the Center for Agroecology Mobile Food Hub

Desiree Ryan, Melina Singh & Emily Hentschke
UCSC Food Security & Basic Needs Graduate Student Researchers,,
Contact us about information on food security data system-wide and on-campus

Basic Needs Student Leads 

Whitney Pham, Basic Needs Communications Coordinator

Tianna Calderon, Basic Needs Marketing and Communications Assistant 

Bryon Anderson, Redwood Free Market Operations Coordinator

Joy Swanberg, Redwood Free Market Kitchen Coordinator

Elijah Solow-Ohashi, Cowell Coffee Shop Lead

Sage Hirsch, Cowell Coffee Shop Lead

Jasmine Vela, Cowell Coffee Shop Lead

Kirra McColl, Produce Pop-Up Coordinator

Margarida Costa, Produce Pop-Up Coordinator

Tony Arcos, Produce Pop-Up Coordinator

Raven Fonseca Jensen, Produce Pop-Up Coordinator