Advisory Boards

The Garden’s Campus Advisory Group and Board of Visitors are invaluable resources that assist the Botanical Garden in serving the diverse needs and perspectives across UCLA and the wider Los Angeles community. Composed of staff and faculty from many different departments as well as major community stakeholders, these committees provide input and feedback on our collections, programs, and plans for the future.

2020-2021 Campus Advisory Group

Marvin Browne
Graduate Student (Sack Lab) – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Jules Cooch [ex oficio]
Manager of Public Outreach & Education – Botanical Garden

Thomas Gillespie
Professor – Geography / Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Terry Huang [ex oficio]
Assistant Director – Botanical Garden

Nurit Katz
Executive Officer – Facilities Management
Chief Officer – Sustainability

Nathan Kraft
Associate Professor – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Stephanie Landregan
Program Director – UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture and Horticulture programs

Luke Nikolav
Assistant Professor – Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Cully Nordby
Associate Director – Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Maura Palacios Mejia
Postdoctoral Scholar in the Wayne Lab – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Deb Pires
Instructional Consultant and Academic Administrator – Center for Education Innovation in Life Sciences

Phil Rundel
Professor Emeritus – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Past Director – Botanical Garden & Herbarium

David Shorter
Professor – World Arts and Cultures

Janice Shintaku [ex oficio]
Assistant Director of Development – UCLA College Life Sciences

Victoria Sork [Chair]
Director, UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
Distinguished Professor – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Shannon Speed
Associate Professor – American Indian Studies / Gender Studies

Wendy Teeter
Curator – Fowler Museum at UCLA
Lecturer – UCLA American Indian Studies

Andrew Tran
Web Developer / Designer – UCLA Life Sciences Computing

May/Yuerong Xiao
UCLA Undergraduate Student – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Volunteer Gardener and Educator

Felipe Zapata
Assistant Professor – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2022-2023 Board of Visitors

Martin H. Blank

Linda Duttenhaver

Kathryn Welch Howe

Morton La Kretz

Melvin D. Lindsey

Kaili Peng

Nancy R. Riordan

Irene Romero

Maurice M. Salter

Victoria Sork [ex oficio]

Maureen E. Stockton

Drew J. Zager [Chair]

Elena B. Zager

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.



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