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Susan Hoffman, Director

Before coming to UC, Susan Hoffman worked for the California State University—both at the state chancellor’s office and at San Francisco State—creating new interdisciplinary and international programs. She initiated the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SFSU in 2002 and moved to UC Berkeley in 2007 to re-envision and build an entirely new Osher program. Previously, Hoffman served for a decade as the executive director of the California Confederation of the Arts, advocating for California artists, art educators, and arts organizations in Sacramento and Washington D.C., and developing cultural and educational policies. Her creative portfolio as a writer and film-maker includes directing short films and writing and publishing essays and poetry. Her faculty appointments have been in creative writing, theatre, and political philosophy.

Eric Anthony, Classroom and Facilites Coordinator

Eric Anthony received his BA from Penn State University before relocating to California. With nearly a decade of public sector and nonprofit experience, he recently completed his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona. As the Director of Business Development for the Los Angeles Business Council, Eric planned small and large scale events for regional stakeholders to create a dialogue with local, state, and federal officials. He looks forward to bringing this experience to the OLLI community. At OLLI, Eric oversees facilities and operations, coordinates faculty support in the classrooms, and serves as front-line responder to OLLI members and volunteers.

 

J Monahan Headshot Jennifer Monahan, Web, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Jennifer Monahan has ten years' experience in nonprofit communications and a background in higher education. She joins OLLI from Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, where she managed communications, marketing, and outreach as well as the web site and e-mail campaigns. A Bay Area native, Jennifer has a long affiliation with UC Berkeley: she earned a BA, MA and PhD in French at Cal, and taught as a GSI and lecturer. In her spare time you can find her riding a bicycle, rowing, or moderating the Berkeley Parents Network Announcements newsletter.

Nicole Magnuson, Program Coordinator

Nicole Magnuson has lived in Europe, Mexico, Canada, and on both US coasts, but always comes back to Berkeley. With two Cal degrees, she has managed environmental, arts, and educational nonprofit organizations, including campus appointments at UC Extension and the National Writing Project. She enjoys travel, food and cooking, and languages.

 

Chelsea Crown, Research Assistant

Chelsea Crown is a student in the concurrent Master of Public Health and Master of Social Welfare program at UC Berkeley. Her focus is on health and social behavior and on direct practice in health settings, with a specialty in aging. She has previously worked with Ashby Village, Born to Age Senior Care Directories, the Over 60 Program at UCSF, and several other nonprofits focused on older adults in the Bay Area.

 

Student Staff

OLLI Student Staff are undergraduates at UC Berkeley who provide technical support for courses and programs as well as administrative support in the office.