About us

Cal Parents Staff

David Ortega

Director, Parent Services and Communication


David is a Cal alumnus, a former Cal football player, and now a proud parent of a recent Cal graduate and two younger daughters. He is the campus point person for parent services and communications.  He assists parents with campus processes and works with Cal Parents’ social media, website, and the parent newsletter, Letter Home. David has been on campus for more than 25 years and enjoys helping parents with their Berkeley experience. Go Bears!

David Ortega

Mary Kelley

Director, Parent and Family Philanthropy


Mary joined the Cal Parents team as the Director of Parent and Family Philanthropy. As Director, she provides strategic direction and implementation of a comprehensive plan to increase philanthropic support from UC Berkeley’s parent and family community, provides leadership for the Cal Parents Board and Ambassador volunteer groups, and increases opportunities for meaningful engagement with the university through active volunteerism by current and past Berkeley parents.

Mary brings more than two decades of experience in fundraising leadership roles as human services and educational organizations such as the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis, Live Oak School in San Francisco, Habitat for Humanity, Glide Foundation, and Mercy Housing of California. More recently, she served as Vice President of Philanthropy at BRIDGE Housing in San Francisco. Though a Yale grad herself, Mary comes from a long line of proud Cal and UC grads.

Mary Kelley

Michelle Mielke Walsh

Associate Director, Parent and Family Philanthropy


Michelle has worked at UC Berkeley for more than 15 years and joined the Cal Parents & Families team in 2009. As Associate Director, she oversees operations of the Parent and Family Philanthropy program, including program events and communications, parent data integrity and analytics, and efforts to engage parents and families in Big Give, Berkeley’s annual 24-hour fundraising blitz. A native of the Midwest, Michelle holds an M.A. in Depth Psychology and has worked with non-profits supporting the arts and humanitarian assistance.

Michelle Mielke Walsh

Mel Ortiz

Associate Director, Parent and Family Philanthropy


Mel Ortiz joined the Cal Parents & Families Program most recently from the University of California, Irvine, where she worked to advance parent and family philanthropy initiatives. As Associate Director, Mel works to engage parents and connect them with gratifying opportunities to elevate Cal’s greatest priorities and ambitions. Mel studied sociology as an undergraduate student at Mills College and holds a Master of Public Policy degree. Outside of the office, she enjoys cooking, travel, and outdoor activities with her husband, Daniel, their child Elena, and rescue dog, Comet.

 Melanie (Mel) Ortiz

Hannah KC Mukai

Assistant Director, Parent and Family Philanthropy


KC recently became Assistant Director on the Cal Parents & Families team after working as the Development Associate since November of 2021. As Assistant Director, she helps parent donors make meaningful gifts to make an impact on student experience at the number one public university in the world. Previously, she worked as a C.A.S.E. Advancement Intern with UC Berkeley’s Next Generation Philanthropy team. KC is also a proud alum and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2021 with a degree in Sociology. She currently lives in the Bay Area and enjoys weight lifting, charcoal drawing, and being involved with her Japanese American community.

Lloyd Schine

Assistant Director, Parent and Family Philanthropy


Lloyd recently joined the Cal Parents & Families Program team as the Assistant Director of Parent and Family Philanthropy.  As Assistant Director, he will raise meaningful gifts from parents of current students and parents of alumni, to support the CAL Parents Fund and other philanthropic needs across the UC Berkeley campus and community.  Lloyd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration, a Master’s in Educational Leadership, and a Master’s in Teaching, from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga.  Lloyd has over twenty years of professional experience in Donor Development, and Alumni and Community Relations, supporting organizations like De La Salle High School, Saint Mary’s College of California and the City of Pleasant Hill. Outside of work, Lloyd can be found teaching ballroom dance, or with his wife Cri, enjoying their twin sons playing in a baseball tournament or band concert.

Karen Salazar

Development Associate, Parent and Family Philanthropy

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Karen joined the Cal Parents & Families team as Development Associate. In her role, she supports efforts to expand philanthropic support from Berkeley's parent and family community. Previously, Karen served as the Operations Administrative Associate at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, and she began her non-profit fundraising career at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. Karen graduated from Cal State University, East Bay with a B.A. in Human Development. She loves to hike, go to the gym, do her nails, spend time with her dog and family, and is a budding plant enthusiast.