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.
Lisa Hardy, Business and Operations Manager
Lisa Hardy has been with UC Berkeley since 2013, and previously worked for several years at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as both a UC and a Federal Contractor. Lisa brings broad experience in both program management and organizational change management, specializing in identification and analysis of stakeholders and the incorporation of these relationships for business development. She brings close to 25 years of operational knowledge and expertise from private and public sector businesses and prides herself in engaging all levels of an organization through trust, respect and integrity in building partnerships based on mutual gain and the spirit of cooperation.
Eric Anthony, Classroom and Facilities 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. At OLLI, Eric oversees facilities and operations, coordinates faculty support in the classrooms, and serves as front-line responder to OLLI members and volunteers.
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.
Kate Hoshour, Curriculum Coordinator and Department Administrator
Kate Hoshour comes to OLLI with a strong interdisciplinary background, having received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Harvard University and her BA in Social Sciences and Psychology (double major) from San Jose State University. Prior to joining the OLLI team, Kate worked with a US-based human rights organization for eight years, where she served as the Senior Research Fellow and the Coordinator of Frontline Support to communities threatened by destructive mega-projects, such as mines and dams. She has previously taught in the departments of Anthropology and South & Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and UC Irvine.
OLLI Student Staff are undergraduates at UC Berkeley who provide technical support for courses and programs as well as administrative support in the office.