Career Services Advisory Council (CSAC)
The purpose of the Career Services Advisory Council (CSAC) is to advise and actively support Cal Poly Career Services in achieving our mission of empowering students to achieve a lifetime of meaningful career success.
For more information, please see the CSAC overview.
Members (* denotes council chair)
Mihran Berejikian, Belami Ecommerce
Audra Branstad, Apple
Director of Employee Development Programs in Finance and Information Systems & Technology, Apple
Since joining Apple in 1999, Audra has served in key roles that fuel Apple’s talent pipeline. She built Apple’s Finance Development and Leadership Programs as well as the IS&T Development Program. Most recently, she has been involved with starting a mentor program for the ACE Charter School in San Jose. Prior to her tenure with Apple, Audra held positions with Cummins Inc. in HR, Labor Relations, and International HR.
Audra holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts degree in Labor & Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Doug Britt, Flex
President of Industrial and Emerging Industries, Flex
Doug Britt is President of Industrial and Emerging Industries at Flex, the Sketch-to-Scale™ solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. With approximately 200,000 professionals across 30 countries, Flex provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets. Doug also sits on the Board of Directors for Sun Hydraulics, serving as Chair of the Compensation Committee and member of the Audit Committee. Prior to joining Flex, Doug served as Corporate Vice President for Future Electronics where he was responsible for managing sales, engineering and operations and was accountable for profit and loss for Future’s largest business. Before that, he served for two years as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Marketing, and Operations for Silicon Graphics. Previously, he spent seven years in positions of increasing responsibility at Solectron, culminating his career there as Executive Vice President where he was responsible for Solectron’s customer business segments including sales, marketing and account and program management functions.
Mr. Britt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chico State and attended executive education programs throughout Europe, most notably at the University of London.
Albert Climent, Spencer Stuart
Managing Director, Spencer Stuart Executive Search Firm
Albert Climent is the managing director of Spencer Stuart’s Silicon Valley office and is a member of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice as well as the North American Board and CEO practices. He brings an extensive and functionally broad background in the storage, computing and semiconductor industries. With more than 20 years of experience in leading worldwide teams, Albert has held management positions with international responsibility in sales, marketing, engineering, product management, quality, materials and manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Albert served as a Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Service and Support at Celerity. Previously, at Read-Rite/Western Digital, he held positions of Vice President and General Manager of the company’s largest business unit as well as the corporate marketing function. Albert also has held management positions in engineering, product management and manufacturing operations at Amdahl Corporation/Fujitsu. In addition, he has developed and led several successful entrepreneurial ventures.
Albert earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and holds a master’s in business administration from St. Mary’s College of California.
Lisa Climent, Community Leader
Lisa Climent has retired from the world of technology and has focused her efforts in multiple diverse non-for-profit initiatives. Lisa is on the board of Providing Autism Research (PAR), an entity focused on raising funds for autism research. They have raised over $1,000,000, which has benefited the University of Davis Mind Institute, local special needs teacher grants, the Children’s School of Imagination and others. In addition, Lisa leads multiple charity events to benefit local schools and children’s sporting teams.
Prior to engaging in non-for-profit activities, Lisa spent a number of years consulting for technology companies offering operational excellence practices. Previously, Lisa led Manufacturing Operations organizations and New Product Engineering programs at Spectra Physics, a leading laser technology company.
Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and holds a master’s in business administration from St. Mary’s College of California.
Steven Fettig, CAPREIT Residential Corporation
Vice President, CAPREIT Residential Corporation
Steven Fettig is Vice President for CAPREIT Residential Corporation. CAPREIT is a fully integrated real estate operating company that owns and manages apartment communities throughout the United States. Steven was named to this position in August of 2015 with the purpose of expanding CAPREIT’s western footprint as well as providing leadership for CAPREIT’s West Coast Operations. CAPREIT currently manages over 13,000 multifamily units from Coast to Coast.
Prior to joining CAPREIT, Steven was Senior Vice President and Director of Operations with Evans Property Management, Inc (“EPMI”) which was an owner and operator of approximately 6,000 units located throughout CA, WA, OR, NV and TX worth in excess of $500MM. In addition, Steven “right sized” the organization while increasing its portfolio size through the addition of fee managed clients. Steven oversaw Property Management, Human Resources, IT, Payroll, Asset Management and Construction Management. While at EPMI Steven was very successful in transforming non-performing assets into success stories through his 18 years of real estate experience.
Steven holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as well as a Master of Science Industrial and Technical Studies also from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He also holds a broker’s license in California, Washington and Nevada.
Gamiel Gran,* Mayfield
Vice President of Business Development, Mayfield
Gamiel Gran is Vice President of Business Development at Mayfield, a venture capital firm located in Silicon Valley. In his role he manages Mayfield’s CXO Network and oversees Mayfield Insights, Mayfield Impact, and manages the company’s leadership and networking series. Gamiel also leads a CIO Thought and Leadership & Innovation advisory board and invests in and supports AVNI Networks, Ionic Security, and EaseVR. Gamiel possesses over 25 years of experience in the areas of operational management and venture capital. He previously held the position of Chief Strategy Officer for SOASTA where he was responsible for ongoing operational improvements including sales, marketing, channels, strategic partnerships, corporate development and investment support. Prior to joining SOASTA, Gamiel was a partner at Sierra Ventures. In this role he expanded the global reach of Sierra and led the Sierra CIO Summit. During his career he has held executive leadership roles at IBM, Oracle, BEA (acquired by Oracle), Asera, and Cassatt (acquired by CA).
Gamiel is a California native and graduate of U.C. Berkeley. He is passionate about education and internship access for the next generation of employees. In addition to his leadership on Cal Poly’s Career Advisory Board, he recently led the 100% Internship initiative at Claremont McKenna College.
Beth McCormick, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Engineering Recruitment and Diversity Manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Bethany (Beth) McCormick is currently the recruiting and diversity manager for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Since joining LLNL in 2006, Beth has created, developed and executed innovative programs in diversity and inclusion including mentoring, leadership, recruitment and on boarding for engineers and scientists. Beth attended Michigan State University where she received a B.S. in chemical engineering.
Five years ago, Beth realized it was getting more difficult to find middle skilled workers willing to move to California. She decided to develop a local workforce of technicians in partnership with Las Positas College. Together they developed a unique educational program for veterans that accelerated their ability to gain middle wage careers in STEM in just two years. Her Vet’s to Tech program has been recognized at the White House, US News STEM Conference, 2017 Education Innovation Award by East Bay Economic Development Association any more recently by Senator Feinstein as a best practice in strategic workforce development. Beth is passionate about providing educational and work opportunities to under-represented populations and women, in STEM. “Employers need to be more proactive in supporting educators by providing internships as early as possible. Applied learning is the key to building a successful pipeline of students in STEM.”
Beth served on the advisory board for Cal Poly’s Multicultural Engineering program for the past five years. She is also on the Executive Board for Alameda County Workforce Development Board and UC San Diego Jacob School of Engineering’s IDEA Center.
In her spare time, she is “adventure gramma” for her four-year-old grand-daughter. It’s not unusual to find Beth hiking or riding around somewhere in Northern California.
Dianne Rivera, Goldman Sachs
Vice President, Head of University Relations, Human Capital Management Goldman Sachs
Since joining Goldman Sachs in 2006, Dianne has served in two different capacities which helped build her knowledge of financial services and recruiting skills to attract talent to the firm. She initially worked in the Operations Division joining efforts with the Wealth Management and Trading businesses to build efficient platforms and processes while managing risk for clients and the firm. Dianne then moved to the Human Capital Management Division where she currently manages University Relations for the Americas and campus and lateral recruiting for the Salt Lake City office. Dianne was also nominated to head the Hispanic/Latino Affinity Network at Goldman where she led recruiting, mentoring and talent development efforts for employees at the firm. Dianne is involved in local community charitable organizations, one of which provides mentoring to minority entrepreneurs to help develop the skills needed to start their own business. Prior to her tenure with Goldman, Dianne held positions at Wells Fargo Bank.
Dianne has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Brigham Young University. She and her husband live in Salt Lake City and have four children and three grandchildren. Dianne loves the outdoors and wildlife.
Lauri Shiffrar, County of San Luis Obispo
Assessment Analyst, County of San Luis Obispo
Lauri Shiffrar is an Assessment Analyst with the County of San Luis Obispo, where she serves as the Human Resources Liaison for the Assessor’s Office. In this role she works directly with elected official Tom J. Bordonaro, Jr., the County Assessor, on outreach and recruitment efforts, onboarding of new hires, performance evaluations, employee development and retention, and organizational development. Prior to working at the County, Lauri was the Development Coordinator for Marian Medical Center Foundation and completed an 18-month-long fellowship program through the Santa Barbara Foundation on leadership and raising funds for non-profit organizations. She also has private sector work experience in the wine and agriculture industries on the beautiful Central Coast.
Before Lauri started her professional career, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business. During her time at Cal Poly, she was President of the Economics Association and served on other committees. A fifth generation San Luis Obispo County native, Lauri is also proudly a second generation Cal Poly graduate.
Cynthia Tusan, Strategic Global Advisors, LLC
Founder and President of Strategic Global Advisors, LLC
Cynthia Tusan, CFA is the Founder and President of Strategic Global Advisors, LLC, an employee-owned registered investment advisor based in Newport Beach, California. SGA manages approximately $3.2 billion in international, global and domestic equity strategies, primarily for institutional investors. Ms. Tusan’s investment career spans more than 20 years, including 16 years with Wells Fargo where she began in 1989 as a Senior Portfolio Manager. Ms. Tusan earned her BA in Economics from Bryn Mawr College and her MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. She is a CFA charter holder and is a member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles and the CFA Society of Orange County.
Ed Ware, Raytheon Company
Senior Manager, Raytheon Company
Ed Ware is Senior Manager for the Raytheon Company and serves on Software Engineering Center Staff developing the Center’s software tools strategy and leading both professional and college strategic recruiting efforts. Ed has worked at Raytheon for over 37 years, holding positions including: Electronic Technician, Software Developer, Product Team Leader, Software Section Manager and Software Department Manager. In addition to his management responsibilities, Ed serves as the Raytheon Campus Manager to Cal Poly, coordinating on-campus events, supporting affiliations and recruiting at campus career fairs. He is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for Cal Poly’s Computer Science Department and serves on boards for several non-profits.
Ed is a strong supporter of youth in science and music education. He led the creation of the Engineering Academy at Dos Pueblos High School, where he served as Computer Science Instructor and also on the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Foundation Board of Directors. During his tenure at Dos Pueblos, Ed teamed up Raytheon and DPHS students to compete in FIRST Robotics competitions. He also started bands at local schools and taught instrumental music before work each day.
Ed served in the US Air Force as an Avionics Systems Specialist, and has a degree in Computer Science from Wayland University.