Advisory Board Committee

IRA Advisory Committee Membership

The IRA Committee consists of eight voting members:

  • One Academic Affairs representative appointed by the Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • One Student Affairs representative appointed by the Vice President of Student Affairs.
  • Two faculty members elected by the Academic Senate.
  • Four students named by Associated Students, Inc.

2023-24 IRA Advisory Committee Roster

Amy AllenFacultyCA&
Cailin WhiteAssistant to the AVP of Student LifeStudent
Claudia M. Orozco (Co-Chair)Division Budget Officer & HR LiaisonAcademic
Edgar Mejia- Alezano (Co-Chair)ASI President
Jaiden VillanuevaASI Vice President of Academic
Jhanella (Mae Mae) MartinezASI Executive Vice President
Kirstin L. EllsworthFacultyCA& 
Marcelo CowoASI Vice President of Finance
Staff Support   
Cynthia Napoles (Staff Support)Division Fiscal & HR AnalystAcademic
Shamshad Elimu (Staff Support)Executive

Committee Charge

  • To develop criteria consistent with system-wide guidelines to assist in determining which activities will be supported. The criteria should prioritize educational merit, number of students served, and innovation.
  • To inform the campus community about IRA and solicit from its proposals for funding.
  • To make recommendations to the University President concerning the activities to be supported through IRA funds.


  • Each September: IRA Advisory Committee will publish a Call for Proposals to the campus for the following academic year.
  • November/December: Applications are reviewed by the IRA advisory committee and recommendations are forwarded to the President.
  • January/February: Award/denial letters are sent out to applicants.

View Current & Past IRA Award Reports