Gloria is the Founding Director of The Basement. In her role as Executive Director, Gloria leads the full spectrum of strategy, planning, development, and direction of programs focused on innovation and entrepreneurship designed to engage regional and global constituencies as well as corporate interests. A major focus of Gloria’s work is to direct annual initiatives and programs established to connect industry, and the community with UC San Diego’s innovation ecosystem. She oversees direction of Basement programs, systems, resources, and annual operating budget. For over eight years, Gloria has directed, and managed business focused centers and programs in higher education. She specializes in working with both tech and non-tech startups with over ten years of experience. Gloria is a certified Lean Launch Educator with expertise in startup consulting. She ran her own consultancy, and is a published writer. Gloria is a former university faculty member with a communications, business, and arts background. She is a LEAD Fellow, Leader for Equity Advancement and Diversity. Gloria is passionate about building collaborative communities and Co-founded, COLLAB, a maker council engaged in creating connections and increased collaborations within the maker community at UC San Diego.
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Christine manages and oversees the daily operations of The Basement. As a UC San Diego Sixth College alumna with over a decade of experience mentoring and advising students in higher education, Christine is dedicated to helping students at her alma mater. Prior to her role as the Basement Coordinator, Christine has worked in residential life, transfer housing, and academic advising. Christine has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from the University of San Diego.
Schedule a Meeting with Christine: https://basementmentorhours.as.me/ChristineLiou
Amanda is studying International Business and Business Psychology at UC San Diego. She is interested in graphic design, marketing, and social media planning.
Madeline is a second year Data Science major at UC San Diego. She enjoys design, fishing, and programming.
Summer is a third year Bioengineering: Biotechnology major at UCSD and is the Projects & Events Assistant at The Basement. She aims to help support students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation by connecting them with resources and events to help them grow their ideas. Besides working at The Basement, Summer conducts neuroscience research at the Salk Institute in La Jolla and is also involved in UCSD’s Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC).