Student Affairs Staff

The Division of Student Affairs maximizes the student experience.  We foster transformative co-curricular learning and support students as they navigate challenges and transitions. We teach students the skills they need to be artist-citizens who embody CCA values.

For descriptions of Student Affairs' departments, programs, and services, please review the Division of Student Affairs Resource Guide.


Contact Us

Division of Student Affairs Information Desk
M–F: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Irwin Student Center, 2nd floor
Oakland campus

San Francisco Student Affairs Suite
M–F: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
80 Carolina, 1st floor
San Francisco campus

Mailing Address
Division of Student Affairs
California College of the Arts
5212 Broadway
Oakland CA 94618


Office of the Vice President


George Luis Sedano
Vice President for Student Affairs | 510.594.5033

Kayoko Wakamatsu
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs | 510.594.3673

Vanessa Gorman
Senior Project Manager for Student Affairs | 510.594.3676

Jordan Elmowitz
Administrative Assistant for Student Affairs | 510.594.3666


Office of the Dean of Students


Jeannine Szamreta
Dean of Students | 415.703.9509

Nicole Whitner
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion | 510.594.3720

Jeremy Khuth
Assistant Dean for Access and Case Management | 510.594.3775


Academic Advising

Phone: 510.594.3728 (Oakland)
415.551.9310 (San Francisco)

Fonda Yoshimoto-Reed
Director of Academic Advising | 415.551.9310

Courtney Chung-Torralba
Associate Director of Academic Advising | 510.594.3728

Jessica Bockelman
Senior Academic Advisor (San Francisco) | 415.551.9274

Kat Gonzalez
Academic Advisor (San Francisco) | 415.551.9254

Astrid Ek
Academic Advisor / First-Year Specialist (Oakland) | 510.594.5031


Access/Disability Services

Phone: 510.594.3775


Career Development

Phone: 415.703.9567

Diana Chávez, PhD
Director of Career Development | 415.703.9575

Andrew Knutson
Assistant Director for Employer Relations | 415.703.9596

Josh Smothers
Assistant Director of Career Development - Fine Arts & Humanities | 415.703.9572

Kyle Casey Chu
Career Specialist | 415.703.9567


Counseling Services

Note: Please see Appointments for scheduling information.

Tara Rech, PhD
Director of Counseling Services | 510.594.3670

German Cheung, PsyD
Assistant Director of Counseling Services | 510.594.3677


Housing and Residential Life

Phone: 510.594.3722

Monique Butler
Director of Housing and Residential Life | 510.594.3725

Virginia L. Webb-Pekelnicky
Assistant Director of Housing Administration & Operations | 510.594.3723

Rosie Heller
Housing Assignments Coordinator | 510.594.3721

Marina Arevalo
Residential Life Coordinator for the First Year Community | 510.594.3727

Michelle Wadleigh
Residential Life Coordinator for the SF Community (Panoramic) | 415.552.5841

Gesita Tafesse
Part-Time Residential Life Coordinator (Webster)

Jane Son
Part-Time Residential Life Coordinator (Harriet Street)


International Student Affairs and Programs (ISAP)

Phone: 415.551.9284

Jessica L. McMillan
Director of International Student Affairs & Programs | 415.551.9284

Emily Maloney
International Student Advisor | 415.551.9280

Andrew Heald
International Student Advisor for Cultural Engagement | 415.551.9268


Learning Resources

Phone: 510.594.3756

Brooke Hessler, PhD
Director of Learning Resources | 510.594.3756


Student Life

Phone: 510.594.3678

Noki Seekao
Director of Student Life | 415.703.9591

Janeece Hayes
Associate Director of Student Life | 415.703.9571

Gilles Stromberg
Graduate Intern for Student Leadership and Engagement

Leslie Clark
Graduate Intern for Consent Education


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