Who Is Involved

Executive & Steering Committee Members

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee helps provide oversight to the Ascend Project and champions the project to the campus community. The Committee also helps resolve escalated issues by making decisions based on Steering Committee, project team, and community input, and help to enforce the project mission and guiding principles when major decisions are made. Additionally, they absorb project updates and support the project team in resolving vendor issues and leveraging Oracle product expertise. The Executive Committee is comprised of University personnel.

Executive Committee
Emily Carter

Emily Carter
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP)

Gregg Goldman

Gregg Goldman
Vice Chancellor, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Beck

Michael Beck
Vice Chancellor, Administration

John Mazzlotta

John C. Mazziotta
Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences & CEO, UCLA Health

Rhea Turteltaub

Rhea Turteltaub
Vice Chancellor, External Affairs/Foundation

Rodger Wakimoto

Roger Wakimoto
Vice Chancellor, Research

Susan Cochran

Susan Cochran
Professor, Epidemiology & Statistics, Academic Senate

 

 

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the primary governing body for the Ascend project, with membership representing the leadership from UCLA’s finance, budget, research, and external relations functions. The Committee oversees and supports the overall project in line with mission and guiding principles, ensures the project is operating within stated constraints (budget, schedule, scope, etc.), and monitors risks and associated mitigation efforts. Steering Committee members also serve on the Executive Committee, assuming all additional responsibilities associated with membership in addition to escalating information, decisions, and risks to the Executive Committee.

Steering Committee
Allison Baird-James

Allison Baird-James
Associate Vice Chancellor and Controller, Corporate Financial Services

Reem Hanna Harwell

Reem Hanna-Harwell
Asstistant Dean, College
 

Karla Breen

Karla Breen
CFO, GSE&IS

Christina Chase

Christina Chase
Executive Director, Foundation Financial Services

Charles Hajek

Charles Hajek
Executive Director of Finance, David Geffen School of Medicine

Yoon Lee

Yoon Lee
Director External Funds Management, Office of Research Administration

Rebecca Lee Garcia

Rebecca Lee-Garcia
Director Financial Analysis & Decision Support, AP&B

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Scott Law
Senior Director CFS

Anja Paardekooper

Anja Paardekooper
Sr. Associate Dean of Finance & Administration, David Geffen School of Medicine

Jens Palsberg

Dr. Jens Palsberg
Academic Senate Representative and Professor of Computer Science

Jeff Roth

Jeff Roth
Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Planning & Analysis

Julie Sina

Julie Sina
Associate Vice Chancellor, Alumni Affairs

Marcia Smith

Marcia Smith
Associate Vice Chancellor, Research

Tammy Wallace

Tammy Wallace
CFO UCLA Hospital System

Steve Yu

Steve Yu
CFO & Assistant Dean, Law School

Charles Turner

Charles Turner
Executive Director, Financial & Administrative Services, Administration

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Lucy Avetisyan
Associate Vice Chancellor, IT Services

 

 

Project Leadership – Business Transformation Office

Day-to-day project management and execution will be led by UCLA’s Business Transformation Office. To learn more about the mission, vision and guiding principles of the BTO please visit (bto.ucla.edu)

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Omar Noorzai
Steering Committee Chair, Executive Director, Business Transformation Office

Mike Lee

Mike Lee
Ascend Program Director, Business Transformation Office

Robbie Tucker

Robbie Tucker
Ascend Program Manager, Business Transformation Office

 

Team Structure 

The chart below outlines the revised project organization structure, work streams, sub-committees, workgroups and change network populations.

Org Structure