Gloria Negrete

Director of The Basement,

Planning & Strategic Initiatives, relations & advancement

Gloria directs strategic initiatives to advance opportunities and departmental goals. She worked with The Basement's Alumni Founders and the UC San Diego Alumni office to drive establishment of The Basement in 2015. Gloria’s background in higher education spans many years working in directing programs, program development, project management, corporate relations, fundraising and advising. Gloria has led business and entrepreneurial related programming for seven years within institutions for higher education. She has a strong background in working with startups, business and entrepreneurial programming. Gloria is an experienced publicist and freelance writer with expertise in higher education, publishing, nonprofits and startups. In a former life, she taught university-level research writing, communications and comparative world literature. She is a published writer of literary fiction and poetry. Gloria earned a graduate degree from San Diego State University.

Silvia Mah

Student Programs Director

Dr. Mah is a premier advocate for empowering women ­owned businesses on a global level by promoting, nurturing, and investing in socially relevant new ventures that allow women to excel around the world. Through her work, Dr. Mah has identified challenges unique to female entrepreneurs. She holds a Ph.D. in Marine Molecular Biology from UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, an M.B.A. from UC San Diego Rady School of Management, and a B.S. in Biology with Honors from Pepperdine University. She is currently CEO of Hera Labs and a Founding Partner of Hera Fund. Dr. Mah is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and currently resides in San Diego with her husband and three kids. Family is most important to Dr. Mah, and she advocates for a healthy integration of work and life.

Christine Liou

Program coordinator

Christine Liou is proud alum of UC San Diego Sixth College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Prior to starting her role as the Basement Coordinator, she began her UC San Diego career in residential life, transitioned to transfer housing, and most recently advised undergraduate students at the Division of Biological Sciences.  While working full-time at UC San Diego, Christine also received her master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from the University of San Diego.

Daphne Kim


Daphne is studying Communications and International Business at UC San Diego. She aspires to be a creative  director and is interested in graphic designing, management and social media marketing.

Gautam Suresh


Gautam is studying Nanoengineering and Mathematics at UC San Diego. He aspires to be an entrepreneur in              energy conservation technology and is currently doing research on Lithium Ion Batteries.  

Kim Luong

Communications and Administration Intern

Kim is studying International Business and Communications at UC San Diego. She aspires to be a market strategist and is interested in advertising and media planning.