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CSSI Advisory Boards

The CREATE STEM Success Initiative has two leadership Boards: an Internal Board representing stakeholders from campus, and an External Board representing stakeholders from school districts, community colleges, and informal education organizations. See here for a list of our current Board members; contact us at to learn more.

CSSI External Community Advisory Board

  • Francisco Escobedo

    Chula Vista Elementary School District
  • Cheryl Hibbeln

    Executive Director of Secondary Schools
    San Diego Unified School District

  • Gary Jacobs

    Managing Director
    Jacobs LLC
  • Cindy Marten

    San Diego Unified School District
  • Karen Janney

    Sweetwater Union High School District

  • Linda Kimball

    Vista Unified School District

CSSI Internal Advisory Board

  • Edward Abeyta

    Associate Dean, Community Engagement
    Pre-Collegiate and Career Preparations Programs
    UC San Diego Extension

  • Frances Contreras

    Associate Vice Chancellor
    Faculty Recruitment and Retention
    Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies
    UC San Diego

  • Pamela Cosman

    Co-Director, CRG-STEMM
    Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering 
    Jacobs School of Engineering
    UC San Diego 

  • Amanda Datnow

    Associate Dean, Division of Social Sciences
    Professor, Department of Education Studies
    UC San Diego

  • MIchael L. Norman

    Director, San Diego Supercomputer Center
    Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics
    UC San Diego

  • Cheryl Peach

    Director, Scripps Educational Alliances
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    UC San Diego 


  • Ramesh Rao

    Director, Qualcomm Institute
    California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
    UC San Diego 

  • Gabriele Wienhausen

    Faculty Director, Distinguished Senior Teaching Professor
    Teaching + Learning Commons
    UC San Diego