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

Program Administrator & Executive Assistant, Executive Leadership Academy

Samantha Rushing currently serves as the Program Administrator and Executive Assistant of the Executive Leadership Academy, under the Center for Studies in Higher Education, at the University of California, Berkeley.

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 front desk support for the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and CalWORKs office. Simultaneously, she served as an...