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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 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!

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 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

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.

Michelle Mielke Walsh

Assistant Director, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

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.

Maggie Luning

Development Associate, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

(510) 643-7738

Maggie joined the team in June 2018 after working at the University of Washington in Seattle for over 3 years. She supports the Cal Parents team and handles marketing/communications. Originally from Northern VA, the College of William & Mary is her alma mater. She enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring the Bay Area.