Professor Chris Benner, Executive Director
My name is Dr. Chris Benner. I like riding unreasonable distances on my bike, pondering technology and social inclusion, and inspiring students to do great things. My background in activism and fighting inequality has greatly influenced my work. The four books I’ve co-authored with the prodigious Dr. Manuel Pastor definitely reflect my belief that a just world is a prosperous one, but not necessarily vice versa. In the spirit of openness, this website features downloadable versions of over 20 of my publications, as well as information and links to my books. The most recent, Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America’s Metropolitan Regions, features an incredibly robust website replete with downloadable data, case studies, and ongoing conversations.
The Fellows are the beating heart of the organization. They are the owners, operators, and key stake holders.
The fellows are students who’ve completed the 30 series and typically have implemented their own projects (sometimes multiple times!). They teach the research sections and tech labs while designing new ones. Fellows are responsible for recruitment, aspects of fundraising, and act as peer mentors for current 30 series students. The fellows are self managing and are understood to be the true owners of the Everett Program.
Staff and Executive Fellows
Kathryn Roper, Managing Director
Katie Roper is a GIIP alumni, who has formerly done documentary film directing, political organizing, strategic messaging, and directing grassroots fundraising operations. She is passionate about nonviolent communication, building intentional communities, and telling great stories.
Yesenia Torres, Lead Technologist
When she’s not empowering street hawkers in India or interning at Google, Yesenia is shaping Everett’s tech. This includes internal communications, student project tech, and shaping our entire technical pedagogy.
Monica Gutierrez-Lopez, Impactathon Coordinator
I am passionate about prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration, women’s empowerment, and fair socio-economic opportunities for everybody.
Gabriela Giusta, Research Specialist
Researcher and human rights activist interested in integrating both academic work and grassroots activism to promote human and planetary well-being.
Global Advisory Board
Comprising thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, and folks from all walks of life, the Global Advisory Board (GAB) consults on high level strategy, guidance, and fundraising.
Mark Headley, Co-Chair of Global Advisory Board, Chairman of the Board, Matthews International Capital Management LLC,
Paul M. Lubeck, Former Executive Director and Co-Founder or the Everett Program. Currently Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
Michael J. Watts, Class of 1963 Chair in Undergraduate Studies and Chancellors’ Professor, UC Berkeley
MaryJane Skjellerup, Central Valley Director, Center For Multi-Cultural Cooperation, Fresno, CA
Alicia Dwyer, Documentary Filmmaker, Veracity Productions
Elijah Sparrow, Founding Programmer, Riseup.net
Rehan Iftikhar: Senior Product Manager, Oracle
Jacob Martinez: Founder and Executive Director, Digital NEST
Allen Gunn: Executive Director, Aspiration
Rhys Thom: Design Lead, IDEO
Rebecca Wage: Customer Support Specialist, Socrata
Carmen Rojas, PhD: CEO, The Workers Lab
Luther Jackson: Program Manager, NOVA Workforce Board
Kyle Eischen: Assistant Dean for Programs and Planning, Division of Social Sciences
Joop Rubens: Development Officer, Social Sciences Development
Maira Sutton: CEO of the Everett Alumni Foundation
Faculty Advisory Board
UCSC faculty members from multiple departments and divisions serve to help the Everett Program better serve our students and the campus as a whole.
Sue Carter, PBSci-Physics, Website
Steve McKay, Sociology, Website
Lise Getoor, Computer Science, Website
Flora Lu, Environmental Studies, Website
Ronnie Lipschutz, Politics, Website
Rob Fairlie, Economics, Website
Healther Bullock, Psychology, Website
Stacy Philpott, Environmental Studies, Website
Sylvanna Falcon, Latin American & Latino Studies, Website
David Lee, Technology and Information Management, Website
Executive Fellow Alumni
Fellow alumni of the Everett Program and GIIP have graduated and moved into positions in diverse fields of work including private companies as well as civil society. This section is by no means exhaustive.
Are you an alumnus of the Everett Program or GIIP? Head over to the official website of the Everett Alumni Foundation and join the community!