Jeffrey Belk, B.A. ’83 Economics

Jeff is managing director of Forecast Ventures, focused on developing and guiding global growth opportunities in the information and communication technology space. Belk spent nearly 14 years at Qualcomm Inc., where he served as senior vice president of strategy and market development. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for InterDigital Corporation (Nasdaq:  IDCC), Velocity Growth, DockOn Inc., the San Diego Venture Group, and is vice president of the UCSD Alumni Association.  He also previously served on the Board of San Diego based Peregrine Semiconductor, through it’s 2012 IPO (Nasdaq:  PSMI), and subsequent sale to Murata Corp. of Japan.He earned an M.B.A. from UC Irvine.



If you get kids involved in an entrepreneurial mindset, if you get them to learn how to collaborate better, if you get them to learn how to use tools to present themselves, there are going to be two outcomes to The Basement: one, companies are going to flourish, and two they will create real jobs
— Kim and Jeffrey Belk


Aryeh B. Bourkoff, B.A. ’95 Economics

Aryeh is founder and the Chief Executive Officer of LionTree LLC, an independent investment bank based in New York City. Previously, he served as vice chairman and head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS where he held a seat on UBS's global Investment Banking Executive Committee. Before joining UBS, he served as a high- yield research analyst at CIBC World Markets from 1997-99 and Smith Barney from 1995-97. Bourkoff is a director on the boards of select private companies.


At the time I was at UC San Diego, there was not really talk of launching new ideas beyond research and sciences. The Basement will create some real utility and benefit for the students. Going forward in launching new businesses out of the university is very exciting.
— Aryeh B. Bourkoff

Mark Suster, B.A. ’91 Economics and Political Science

Mark is a partner at Upfront Ventures, a venture capital firm that backed both of his previous startups. Before joining Upfront, Suster was Vice President, Product Management at following its acquisition of Koral, which he was the CEO of and founded. He was also the founder and CEO of BuildOnline, a European SaaS company that was acquired by SWORD Group. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.


Imagine if you had three more Qualcomms in town-how much that would add to the community. The most amazing entrepreneurs would stay here and build local jobs here.
— Mark Suster


Armin Afsahi, B.A. ’90 Communication

Armin is the vice chancellor for advancement the University of Denver where he inspires a progressive vision for university advancement, and provides leadership for the university’s global engagement and philanthropy programs. He previously served as the associate vice chancellor for Alumni and Community Engagement at UC San Diego, and chief alumni officer and executive director for the UCSD Alumni Board of Directors (2007-2015). He is a seasoned advancement professional with more than 20 years of private and public sector experience. He received a bachelor of arts degree in communication from UC San Diego’s Revelle College, and an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego.