Michelle is responsible for leading the Soll Center for Student Opportunity, which houses Career Services, the Sponsored Internship Program, and the Scholar Communities, which includes the Robert Day Scholars Program. In this capacity, Michelle interacts with internal and external constituencies to connect students to the many resources and opportunities offered at CMC through programming and counseling. Previously, Michelle was an attorney with O'Melveny & Myers LLP, focused on structured finance and private equity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration from Claremont Graduate University, and a Juris Doctor from Southwestern School of Law. She resides in Claremont and is active in her community, as a member of the Southwestern School of Law Board of Visitors and Mt. San Antonio Gardens Corporation Board.
Ursula leads the Career Services team at Claremont McKenna College. She is passionate about helping students and alumni construct and navigate their own career paths. During the past 20+ years of her career, she has worked as a leader, administrator, and educator in the fields of higher education, healthcare, financial services, and consulting. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of London, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education from New York University.
As the Director of the Robert Day Scholars Program and Scholar Communities, Amy oversees the day-to-day activities of the program, which include career services functions, curricular programming, and alumni relations. In her role, Amy works closely with current students to provide them with personal and professional development opportunities and connects them with resources to support their growth. She also works closely with alumni and parents of CMC to identify opportunities that help them connect with students and strengthen relationships on and off campus. Amy is originally from San Luis Obispo, California. She graduated from CMC in 2011 with a dual degree in history and international relations. After graduation, Amy joined Teach For America and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. She taught kindergarten for 3 years at Sylvanie Williams College Prep and then coordinated intervention efforts school-wide for two years. Following that, Amy served as the Operations Manager for Crocker College Prep, working with 550 students and 75 staff members. After moving back to California, she organized on-campus recruitment for Teach For America at many Southern California colleges, including CMC. In her spare time, Amy loves to eat, cook, and be outside.
Freya works with students, employers, and alumni associated with the following interest clusters: Accounting & Financial Services; Government, Law & Public Policy; and Non-Profit & Social Enterprise. Prior to joining Career Services, she worked in data analytics and operational efficiency in the energy utility space. Freya graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Economics, Mathematics, and the Financial Economics Sequence, and she has her MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Freya enjoys cooking and baking for others, hiking, traveling, playing strategic board games, watching Broadway productions, and reading sci-fi/fantasy/mystery novels.
Charlene was born in Pomona and has always been a resident of the Inland Empire. She attended Pitzer College and Chaffey College. She began working in Career Services at Claremont Graduate University in 1981 and came to CMC in 1999. She enjoys working with the employers as well as the students and loves the campus environment. She has two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and three beautiful grandchildren.
Garineh is the Assistant Director for the Sponsored Internships and Experiences Program. She is a career development professional with a passion for counseling and empowering students so they can achieve their full potential academically and professionally. She has several years of experience working within Student Affairs in a Higher Education setting and continues to serve by being resourceful and guiding each individual in their career journey. Prior to joining CMC, she worked at UCLA and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as a career counselor and internship advisor working with students from undergraduate to Phd/Post-Doc levels. She received her BA in English Literature from UC Irvine and her MA in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. In her free time she enjoys cooking, listening to podcasts, cheering on the Lakers and spending time with her family.
Grace meets with students and alumni in the Creative & Entertainment and Technology & Entrepreneurship clusters and also supports the Silicon Valley Program. She has worked in higher education in career services since 2007. She has worked at UCLA, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Mount Saint Mary’s University and taught a freshmen summer career development course at UCSB. She has worked with students ranging from freshmen to doctoral students in all majors from arts to science. Her work history spans a wide spectrum of experiences including television post-production, radio and college/campus recruitment at Disney and Shire (biotech). She received her BA in Film Studies from UCSB and her MSW from UC Berkeley and is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.
As the Assistant Director of First Year Programming, Jesal helps connect first year and sophomore CMC students to Career Services resources while also supporting their overall transition to the college. Additionally, he helps coordinate the Winter and Summer Job Shadow Programs and assists with the Sponsored Internships and Experiences Program. He loves working with college students and enjoys helping students feel comfortable and empowered as they navigate their transition to college. Prior to starting at CMC, Jesal received his Masters of Education in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. From being born and raised in the South, Jesal went on to attend Pomona college where he received his undergraduate degree in PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) and Asian American Studies. He identifies as first-gen, low-income, and BIPOC. Jesal is an avid abolitionist who loves eating spicy food, perusing Twitter, watching tv shows (anywhere from Insecure to One Piece), and laughing in community. He is very excited to welcome new students and connect with the Claremont McKenna community!
Gary works with students, employers, and alumni associated with the following interest clusters: Medicine, Biotech & Health Services; Consulting; and Science & Environment. Gary has extensive experience in higher education and leadership. Prior to joining CMC, Gary spent extended time with The Princeton Review, working his way from SAT instructor to Executive Director of the Los Angeles Office. He found his way to higher education with an admissions start up, Joined, Inc. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego.
As the Administrative Associate for the Career Services Center, Mia provides Employer Relations support and oversees student outreach through event marketing and digital communications. Prior to starting at CMC, Mia worked in Professional Recruitment Services for roles within accounting and finance. She collaborated with job seekers ranging from new graduates to tenured professionals to revise resumes, prepare for interviews, and close employment offers. Mia has a passion for helping people and is excited to consult with students and employers on their employment goals! Mia is the first person in her family to attend college and she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of La Verne. While in college, she played on the Women’s Soccer team and was a team captain. In her free time, Mia loves going to Disneyland, playing with dogs (especially corgis), and eating at new restaurants. She is excited to mentor and support the CMC student body in pursuing their career goals!