Administrative Staff

Helena Brykarz

Manager, Center for Studies in Higher Education

Helena Brykarz has worked with a range of international non-profits, successfully recruiting leaders, as well as managing programs, operations and fundraising. She has worked with foundations, including Goldman and Skoll, where she developed awards programs. Helena also created an innovative funding initiative in human rights and the environment and is a proud co-founder of Rainforest Alliance. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Congo and later as Peace Corps staff. Helena has a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and...

Samantha Rushing

Associate Director & Executive Assistant to the Board, Executive Leadership Academy

Samantha Rushing currently serves as the Associate Director and Executive Assistant to the Board of the Executive Leadership Academy, under the Center for Studies in Higher Education, at the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as Policy Coordinator of Berkeley Global Executive Education under the Goldman School of Public Policy.

In 2014, Ms. Rushing moved to Berkeley so that she could pursue a higher education and become the first in her family to obtain a college degree. While studying as a single parent at Berkeley City College (BCC), Ms. Rushing served as the...