Leadership Team

    Dr. Aaron Jones/ He, Him, His

  • Dr. Aaron Jones

    Interim Director

    BA, English, UC Riverside; MEd, Higher Education Administration & Policy, UC Riverside; EdD, Higher Education Leadership, Azusa Pacific University


    Greetings EOP students! I am very excited to serve as the Interim Director of EOP. I have dedicated my professional life to push for educational equity for students with minoritized identities. I have done this in educational spaces for the last 10 years, working at non-profits, private educational organizations, UC Riverside, University Hawai'i at Mānoa, and the last four years here at UCSC. I am a nerd, and more specifically a Black Nerd or Blerd) at heart and I love history and to watch movies and tv shows, and especially if the source material is comics and graphic novels. I look forward to continuing to support your ongoing success at the university, please feel free to reach out to me if you encounter barriers on campus and in life, and I am happy to partner with you to resolve them as best as I can.




  • Mario Wash/ He, Him, His

  • Mario Wash

    Assistant Director, Transition and Access Programs

    Bachelor of Arts, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

    Bridge First Year Experience Program

    My name is Mario Wash I grew up in Inglewood, CA. I am a First Generation College Student who graduated from UC Berkeley with my Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare. I enjoy working with students to disrupt inequities that get in the way of their success in college. I love going on hikes, wilderness adventures and traveling.



    121 Academic Resource Center

  • Sara Sanchez / She, Her, Hers, Ella

  • Sara Sanchez

    Assistant Director for Advising, HSI Initiatives

    M.A., Educational Administration with a Specialization in Student Affairs, University of Nebraska - Lincoln; B.A., Communication Studies and Spanish, California State University, Long Beach


    Education has always been important to me and I am fortunate to pursue a profession where I get to "go to school" every day and be part of college student's educational journey's. As Assistant Director for Advising, HSI Initiatives I also serve as an EOP STEM Counselor and provide support to students regarding academic and non-academic issues, including: social, financial, cultural, family, sense of belonging, personal support and navigating university resources. I also love connecting students to opportunities and other people that can be part of your journey. When I'm not on campus I enjoy spending time with friends and loved ones, exercising, hosting dinner parties and watch parties, traveling, and crossing things off my bucket list. Check out one of my favorite quotes: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do." - Mark Twain



    Science & Engineering Library, 213

    Merrill College Liason


  • Ami Gonzalez/ She, Her, Hers

  • Ami Gonzalez

    EOP Specialist

    B.A. Environmental Studies, University of California-Santa Cruz

    Administrative Specialist and Textbook Lending Library

    Growing up as half-Japanese and half-Mexican, I have the opportunity to live in Japan for six years, in Mexico for eight years, and in the United States (current). The transitions were challenging, but I had the honor to connect to my roots by living in three countries, learning the languages, and understanding the cultures. Form Japanese being my primary language, I had to learn Spanish at the age of seven and learn English at the age of sixteen. Upon arriving in the United States at the age of sixteen, some people did not believe I will be graduating from high school because I was already behind in classes and my language barriers. However, I was determined. I am now proud to say that I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies. As a first generation college graduate, I am passionate in supporting students succeed in their academic, personal, and professional journey. Please know that EOP is here to root for you and grow with you! Lastly, two fun fact about me, I love indoor plants and have 100+ plants in my house. I also love creating illustrations! You can check them out @artbyamig on IG. Feel free to reach out (agonza82@ucsc.edu) if you are interested in connecting or learning more! I am looking forward to connecting with you.




  • Wassila George

  • Wassila George

    Assistant Director, EOP

    B.A, Psychology; M.S, Higher Education Student Affairs Administration, Nazareth College

    Pre-Graduate Programs Coordinator

    Hello! My name is Wassila George and I am originally from the Bronx, New York. In my current role, I enjoy supporting students as they prepare for life after college through the exploration of various professional development opportunities to graduate school preparation. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my daughter and reconnecting with the world from a child perspective.


    (831) 459-5472

    ARCenter - EOP Office

    Cowell/Stevenson College Liaison