The President's Council of Advisors

Mission

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 
Zoox


William J. Allison
Chief Executive Officer
Southcoast Engineering


Simon Arkell
Chairman
Campaign Warrior


Douglas H. Austin
Chief Executive Officer
AVRP Studios


Richard A. Bergquist
Director
Locus Technologies


Dana Bezzera
President
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
Chair
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
Entrepreneur
Personalizing EDU, LLC


Scott Lathrop
President
Yak Tityu Tityu Yak Tilhini Kinship Nonprofit


King R. Lee III
Technology Entrepreneur


Paul V. McEnroe
Owner
Rancho La Purisima


Michela O’Connor Abrams
Chief Executive Officer
MOCA+


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
President
Rossi Enterprises


Charles Smith
Professor, School of Law
North Carolina Central University


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


Sarah Storelli
Program Director and Global Marketing Leader
IBM


Mitchell Suarez
Vice President of Product, ISP, & OEM
CUJO LLC


Jim Welsch
Vice President, Nuclear Generation & 
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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