About us

Cal Parents Staff

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!

David Ortega

Mary Kelley

Director, Parent and Family Philanthropy

marykelley@berkeley.edu

Mary recently 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

mmielke@berkeley.edu

Michelle has worked at Berkeley for more than 15 years and joined the Cal Parents & Families team in 2009. She oversees operations of the Parent and Family Philanthropy (PFP) 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

Melanie (Mel) Ortiz

Assistant Director, Parent and Family Philanthropy

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 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.

 Melanie (Mel) Ortiz

Hannah KC Mukai

Development Associate, Parent and Family Philanthropy

hannahmukai@berkeley.edu

KC recently joined the Cal Parents team as a Development Associate after graduating from UC Berkeley in 2021 with a degree in Sociology. Previously, she worked as a C.A.S.E. Advancement Intern with UC Berkeley’s Next Generation Philanthropy team. As a Development Associate, KC supports the Parent and Family Philanthropy team in delivering meaningful fundraising initiatives for the community of current and past UC Berkeley parents and families. She currently lives in the Bay Area and enjoys weight lifting, charcoal drawing, and being involved with her Japanese American community.

Hannah KC Mukai