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About Cal Parents

Andra Lee

Director, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

Andra joins the Cal Parents Program most recently from the University of Illinois where she was a major gifts officer. Before spending the past twelve years as a university fundraiser on both coasts, she also worked in marketing, public relations, and as a radio news reporter/director.  Andra loves to play tennis and explore the local biking/hiking trails with her husband, Chris.

David Ortega

Director, Parent Services and Communication


David is a Cal alumnus, a former Cal football player, and now a proud parent of a fourth-year student, who is also a Cal football player. He is the campus point person for parent services and communications.  He assists parents with campus processes and works with Cal Parents’ social media and the parent newsletter, Letter Home. David has been on campus for 25 years and enjoys helping parents with their Berkeley experience. Go Bears!

Karla Rodebush

Associate Director, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

Karla has worked for Berkeley for 12 years. She joined the Cal Parents team in April 2013 and is also a proud Cal parent. She has two sons and — when she isn’t meeting with parents across the country — enjoys yoga, golf, and gardening.

Rose Hsu

Assistant Director, Parent Philanthropy & Engagement

(510) 664-7411

Rose is the newest member of the Cal Parents team, overseeing 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.

Michelle Mielke Walsh

Senior Development Analyst, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

Michelle has worked at Berkeley for more than 10 years, and joined the Cal Parents team in 2009. 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.