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Meet the Team


Connect to the other members of the EVC Office and learn about their roles supporting Academic Affairs. Visit our Meet the Executive Vice Chancellor page to learn more about EVC Simmons. 


  • Robert Continetti, PhD

    Robert Continetti, PhD

    Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Sr. AVC-AA)

    The Sr. AVC-AA serves as a principal advisor to the EVC, supporting the priorities of Academic Affairs in line with the university’s strategic plan. They are also responsible for managing academic personnel processes, including serving as the primary liaison to the Senate Committee on Academic Personnel (CAP), as well as administering new academic initiatives and providing guidance about resource needs to meet programmatic goals. In this capacity, Robert Continetti oversees Academic Personnel Services (APS) and serves as dean designee for Halicioğlu Data Science Institute, Design Lab, San Diego Supercomputer Center, and the Qualcomm Institute. 



  • Carlos Jensen, PhD

    Carlos Jensen, PhD

    Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Innovation (AVC-EI)

    Carlos Jensen joined UC San Diego and the EVC team in 2020. He is a champion of experiential learning and has extensive leadership experience in public education, with a strong emphasis on teaching excellence, educational innovation and access, and enhancing the student experience. As AVC-EI, he leads our campus educational innovation efforts, designed to stimulate the development of new academic programs and infrastructures in support of our strategic priorities for diversity and access, the student experience, organizational sustainability, and more. In this capacity, Carlos oversees the Teaching + Learning Commons, which promotes educational excellence through comprehensive services for students and educators. 



  • Alison Sanders, MA

    Alison Sanders, MA

    Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief of Staff (Asst. VC-AA/COS)

    The Asst.VC-AA/COS is a strategic advisor and collaborator that provides expertise and counsel on policies, programs, and operations for administrative and academic units that report to the Office of the EVC. Alison joined UC San Diego in 2019, and in this critical role, she works closely with faculty, administrative leaders, staff, and colleagues across the UC system to advance UC San Diego’s strategic goals.



  • Carolyn Arntsen, MPA

    Carolyn Arntsen, MPA

    Special Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor

    The Special Assistant provides management support to the EVC on a wide range of issues, involving high-level work associated with complex and sensitive issues, and serves as a liaison in interactions with senior administrators, faculty, and staff colleagues at UC San Diego and across the UC system. 

    Carolyn came to UC San Diego and joined the EVC team in 2016. She is the main point of contact for EVC signature items and prepares remarks, communications, presentations, and other documents for the EVC Office, working closely with the EVC's Executive Assistant and the Asst.VC/Chief of Staff 

    Please direct any questions about EVC signature items, remarks or communications, including the Academic Affairs newsletter, to Carolyn.  



  • Gillian Hemingway Asch

    Gillian Hemingway Asch

    Deputy Chief of Staff

    As Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, Gillian provides broad scope research and analysis, communication development and consultation in carrying out the objectives of the Executive Vice Chancellor-Academic Affairs. She is responsible for high-level oversight and coordination of organizational initiatives and their implementation, directs programs and initiatives of a complex and sensitive nature,, and supervises the EVC’s immediate office professional staff. She acts on behalf of and serves as a liaison for the EVC and their Chief of Staff to both internal and external constituents. Gillian joined UC San Diego and the Office of the EVC in 2003.

    Questions about EVC communications, including campus notices,  strategic initiatives, and endowed chairs and fellowships may be directed to Gillian.



  • Melanie Bentley

    Melanie Bentley

    Executive Assistant to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

    Melanie has more than 15 years of experience in executive administration at UC San Diego both on the General Campus and in the Health Sciences. She joined the EVC Office in 2018 and supports the Asst. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Alison Sanders) and the Director of Institutional Research (Christine Hurley). 




  • Janka Bond

    Janka Bond

    Executive Assistant to the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

    Janka is a UC San Diego alumna with more than a decade of experience as an executive assistant. She joined the EVC team in 2016 after serving in the Office of Research Affairs, and supports the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor (Bob Continetti). In this role, she is the primary point of contact for the Sr. AVC’s calendar commitments, briefings, and signature items. In addition, Janka supports event planning for several campus-wide signature events, including Triton Day, and faculty awards programs, including the Hellman Fellowship Program.  



  • Peter Tag

    Peter Tag

    Student Administrative Assistant

  • Marina Hayden, MBA, EdD

    Marina Hayden, MBA, EdD

    Principal Project and Policy Analyst

    Marina is a UC San Diego alumna with more than 20 years of experience supporting academic affairs, including serving as a lecturer and administrator at the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Office of Undergraduate Education. Marina joined the EVC Office in 2019 and serves as an analyst for Educational Innovation initiatives 



  • Jessica Juarez

    Jessica Juarez

    Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Innovation 

    Jessica joined the EVC team in 2019 after serving in the College Business Office. Jessica currently serves as the executive assistant to Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Innovation, Carlos Jensen. 

    In this role she provides high-level administrative and programmatic support to the Office of Educational Innovation; independently manages the AVC-EI’s daily and long-range workload and schedule, and communicates diplomatically with diverse campus and community stakeholders on behalf of the AVC-EI. She coordinates ad-hoc and standing committees as well as workshops, webinars and other events on behalf of the AVC-EI and the Educational Innovation team. Jessica also represents the EVC Office in planning for campus-wide signature events such as Triton Days 



  • Lisa Riolo

    Lisa Riolo

    Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 

    Lisa joined UC San Diego in 2017 and the EVC Office in 2019. With more than 20 years of experience in project management and executive administration, Lisa is the primary point of contact for all of the EVC’s calendar commitments. Working closely with the Special Assistant, Lisa manages the EVC’s daily and long-term work schedule, compiles briefings for all of the EVC’s meetings and events, prepares correspondence on the EVC’s behalf, and completes other special projects in support of the EVC and EVC Office as needed.

    Any scheduling requests for the EVC should be directed to Lisa.