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...

Gemma Givens

Events and Communications Specialist

Gemma is the communication and events specialist for the Center for Studies in Higher Education. She is responsible for the organization of Center events both in person-and virtual, as well as the Center's promotional outreach.

Samantha Rushing

Program Administrator & Executive Assistant, Executive Leadership Academy

Samantha Rushing started with the Executive Leadership Academy in 2017 as the Executive Assistant. Her passion for and devotion to the program assisted her in becoming the ELA Program Administrator in 2018.

Ms. Rushing was chosen as the 2016 recipient of the President’s Medallion Award for Berkeley City College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with 3 AA degrees . She transferred to UC Berkeley, where she recieved a B.A. in English with a minor in Medieval Studies. Samantha's experience as a student parent, along with her work with ELA, has inspired her to further her education...