The President's Council of Advisors


The Cal Poly President's Council of Advisors was established in 1980 to enhance the relationship between the University and its constituent communities, including business, industry, agriculture, the professions and the arts. The President's Council of Advisors is a group of individuals who represent leaders of professions, business, industry and communities. The Council convenes regularly to provide advice, advocacy, access, leverage and resources for the University. The Council is aware that its stakeholders include not only the University, its Board of Trustees, the President, Faculty, Staff and Students, but the citizens of California as represented by their state government, business, industry and other institutions of the state, nation and other nations. The Council is constituted to aid the University as it works to achieve its mission and goals.

Council of Advisor Members 2021

Chris Trapani, Chair
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Sereno Group

Silvia Mora, Vice Chair
Mechanical Design Engineer 

Simon Arkell
Campaign Warrior

Douglas H. Austin
Chief Executive Officer
AVRP Studios

Richard A. Bergquist
Locus Technologies

Dana Bezzera
Heron Foundation

Russell J. Bik
Private Investor

Gary L. Bloom
President & Chief Executive Officer
MarkLogic Corporation

Hubert “H” Bromma 
Founder & CEO
Entrust Administration

Stephan Cheek
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office

William L. Chillingworth
Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Mary R. Crebassa
Vice President, Major Accounts 
LTN Global Communications

Margaret Fortune
President & Chief Executive Officer
Rex and Margaret Fortune School of Education

Todd W. Gebhart
Board Member, Advisor, Retired Vice Chairman Intel security/McAfee

Susan Hackwood
Dickson Emeritus Professor, Emeritus Dean of Engineering 
University of California Riverside

Ed Halpin
Chief Executive Officer
Halpin Leadership Industries, Inc.

Andrew Ko
Personalizing EDU, LLC

Scott Lathrop
Yak Tityu Tityu Yak Tilhini Kinship Nonprofit

King R. Lee III
Technology Entrepreneur

Daniel Marrujo
President and Managing Director
Trusted Strategic Solutions

Paul V. McEnroe
Rancho La Purisima

Michela O’Connor Abrams
Chief Executive Officer

Randy Record
Chairman, Board of Directors
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Renee Reijo Pera
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Robin L. Rossi
Rossi Enterprises

Charles Smith
Professor, School of Law
North Carolina Central University

George H. Soares
Managing Partner
Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP

Sarah Storelli
Global Marketing Leader
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Mitchell Suarez
Vice President of Product, ISP, & OEM

Jim Welsch
Senior Vice President Generation and Chief Nuclear Officer
Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Doug Young
Vice President & Deputy Program Manager of Strike Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Maureen Zawalick
Vice President of Business and Technical 
Services for Generation
Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Peter Zierhut
Vice President, Haas Technical Education Center
Network and Government Relations
Haas Automation, Inc. 

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