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.
Christine is a 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 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 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 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.
Sam is studying Electrical Engineering at UC San Diego. He enjoys building computers, 3-D printing and building quad copters.