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About Cal Parents

David Ortega

Director, Parent Services and Communication

dortega@berkeley.edu

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!

Michelle Mielke Walsh

Assistant Director, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

mmielke@berkeley.edu

Michelle has worked at Berkeley for more than 10 years and joined the Cal Parents team in 2009. Michelle provides parent data for the major gifts team and oversees the Parent Annual Program. A native of the Midwest, she holds an M.A. in Depth Psychology and has worked with non-profits supporting the arts and humanitarian assistance.

Rose Hsu

Assistant Director, Parent Philanthropy & Engagement

rosehsu@berkeley.edu

Rose has overseen the Cal Parents Ambassador Program since May 2016.  Although relatively new to Berkeley, she spent 10 years at UCOP (Office of the President) in Alumni Relations and Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach.  Rose is the editor of the monthly volunteer e-newsletter and is always in search of new Cal parent volunteers!  If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact her directly.

David Jaeger

Assistant Director, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

dmjaeger@berkeley.edu

David joined the Cal Parents team in July 2018 with more than 15 years of fundraising experience at organizations including Outward Bound California, Yosemite Conservancy and Earthjustice. Having grown up on the East Coast, he graduated from Vassar College with a BA in History and eventually moved to the Bay Area in 2004. As Assistant Director, David helps parents throughout Northern California find meaningful ways to engage and support excellence at Cal. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two small children and enjoys cycling, sailing, and hiking.

Melanie (Mel) Ortiz

Assistant Director, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

melortiz@berkeley.edu

Melanie (Mel) Ortiz joined the Cal Parents Program most recently from the University of California, Irvine, where she worked to advance parent and family philanthropy initiatives. As Assistant Director, Mel works to engage parents in Southern California 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, and their rescue dog, Comet.

 

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