Sharing the Light

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Eric Manzo ’21

To help himself cope with his own transition to Berkeley, Eric Manzo decided to get more involved on campus by joining groups that help create a welcoming environment for other Golden Bears.

“The first couple of weeks at Berkeley were hard,” the Fresno, California native says. “But all that changed when I got involved in the UC Rally Committee, Campus Ambassadors and Epsilon Eta. I also worked with Golden Bear Orientation my entire time at Cal.”

Eric graduated from Cal in 2021 with a degree in society and environment from the Rausser College of Natural Resources.

Eric’s involvement in Berkeley didn’t stop when he graduated. He made gifts to Cal as a senior and currently donates to the UC Rally Committee and Cal Spirit.

“Student organizations help students feel comfortable during their time at Cal, and it’s great to be able to give back to those that made me the person I am today,” Eric says.

He says the passionate people and the healthy competition in the air at Berkeley have influenced him and changed his life forever.

“There is nowhere else quite like Berkeley,” Eric notes. “Giving back to Berkeley ensures that we continue to be one of the top universities in the world. Berkeley gave so much to me and making sure that Berkeley can be all it was for me and more for future Golden Bears is incredibly important.”

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Shannon Bayley ’08

Cal alumna Shannon Bayley remains grateful for the pivotal role that Berkeley has played in her life — and passionate about the university’s power to help improve our world.

“Berkeley’s legacy has long been built on questioning the status quo,” says Shannon, who works in operations for a healthcare company that leverages technology to better deliver affordable quality care. “If ever there was a time where we need to support students who will become leaders who can break down the world’s systemic injustices, it’s right now.”

Shannon consistently splits her support of the university among three areas: the College of Letters and Science, from which she earned her degree in rhetoric and mass communications; Cal Athletics, “because some of my favorite memories were cheering for our championship teams or waving the flag in Memorial Stadium”; and the General Fund, because she trusts campus leaders to direct its resources to where they’re needed the most.

Shannon’s fond feelings for her alma mater also reflect her gratitude for the scholarships and financial aid that put her in a position to thrive at Cal without taking on immense student loans. “I worked incredibly hard, but the system was set up to help me succeed,” she says. “And in the years since, I’ve felt that I must give as much as I can back to Cal, so more students can afford a Berkeley education and all the experiences that had such a huge impact on my life.”

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Karen Leong Clancy ’76

When it comes to connections to Cal, Karen Leong Clancy ’76 leaves few stones unturned. She’s an alum, married to an alum, the parent of two graduates, a long-time volunteer, and a university employee. It’s no surprise that her love for Cal extends to her philanthropic passions. For over 15 years she has provided support that reflects a life and values well spent on campus.

Karen was involved in K-12 advocacy efforts when her children were young. Her lens later broadened to include higher education, and she held various board positions with the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and the UC Regents. This governance perspective showed Karen a gap between Berkeley’s impact worldwide and the funding it receives to drive that impact.

“The amount Berkeley gets from the state is so much less than the general public realizes,” she says. “For us to maintain the excellence we’re known for and the value we bring to the world as a research university, not just to our students and faculty, we need support — and from all areas.”

Among many interests, Karen and her husband Dallan endowed a scholarship through CAA’s Achievement Award Program, as well as established a fellowship for graduate students in the Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, where Karen works. Meghan Howard, the 2019-20 fellowship recipient, used the funds to visit several British institutions, where she examined Buddhist manuscripts from the Dunhuang caves in China.

“Meghan had been studying these objects through online and black-and-white photos for over 10 years, but seeing them firsthand dramatically shifted her perspective,” says Karen. “To have a student say they used this opportunity to make a difference in their research is really wonderful.”

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Rashmi Garde

Rashmi Garde ’87, J.D. ’95

Rashmi’s family came to the United States from India because her father was admitted to Berkeley master’s program in architecture. Rashmi was just a one-year-old at the time.

“My father is thrilled to have three generations of Cal grads: himself, me and his grandson, Ryan,” Rashmi says. Rashmi is pictured with Ryan when he recently graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Ryan just started working for Apple.

Rashmi started as an undeclared major at Cal and took a wide variety of classes as an L&S student. She took her first computer programming class her first year and decided to try more, eventually majoring in computer science. After working as a software engineer for a few years (including at Apple), she decided she was interested in how companies could collaborate and protect their intellectual property. She enrolled at Berkeley Law and has practiced law in the Silicon Valley for more than two decades. Rashmi was the first attorney at three companies, establishing and building their in-house legal function. She is currently the chief legal officer at Sophos, a cybersecurity company, where she leads an established legal and compliance team of about 35.

Rashmi gives to the College of Letters and Science and Berkeley Law because both have been the basis of the unique trajectory her career has taken. And because of her son’s path at Cal, she and husband Jeff now give to the College of Engineering as Cal Parents.

“One of the most rewarding things you can do is pay it forward,” Rashmi says. “There were so many people at Berkeley who helped us along in our careers, including the faculty and other students who helped us, challenged us and expanded our perspective.”

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Adrienne ’86, M.B.A. ’94 and Warren ’87, M.B.A. ’91 Hogg

Like so many other Cal alumni, Adrienne and Warren Hogg treasure the memories of their years on campus — for Adrienne, people-watching on Sproul Plaza and studying outside near the Campanile, for Warren, participating in Black Engineering and Science Student Association events and all-night computer programming sessions in the basement of Evans Hall.

Today, their enduring affection for Cal has inspired them to become consistent donors to their alma mater. “We are proud Cal Bears, and we know that our Berkeley education is the primary reason why we’ve been successful in our lives and careers,” says Adrienne, who serves as the chief financial officer for Community Works, an Oakland nonprofit that works with youth, adults, and families impacted by incarceration.

The Hoggs have primarily focused their support on the Haas School of Business and the College of Engineering — “two schools that have given us so much,” says Warren, who worked as a software engineer and tech consultant before turning to the investment world. These days, the couple has another compelling reason to give to Cal: their son, Brendan, is a second-year student majoring in electrical engineering and computer science.

But above all else, the concept of “paying it forward” drives the Hoggs’ desire to give back to Berkeley. “As students, we benefited from the gifts that came before us,” Adrienne says, “and now we should give back to the university to benefit the students who come after us. That’s how Cal will remain exceptional.”

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Lynn Telford

Lynn Telford ’64

Lynn Telford was there on Charter Day, the anniversary of Cal’s founding, in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy spoke at UC Berkeley, addressing an over-capacity crowd of 88,000 at California Memorial Stadium. “The air was electric,” Lynn recalls. “It made you believe in possibilities, and that never left me.”

Lynn attended the Big Game in 1982 when The Play made sports history. The air then was sheer pandemonium. “Everybody was cheering. We couldn’t believe we’d won.”

Even though Lynn has been at UC Berkeley for several momentous occasions, she is inspired every time she sets foot on campus. “It always feels good when I’m at Berkeley. I feel like I’m surrounded by intellect and ideas.” That’s why she’s been a Berkeley Loyal member for so long. She says she wants future graduates to have the opportunities that Berkeley gave her. She majored in sociology at Cal and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Lynn is currently a tax managing director. Her areas of expertise include estate, gift, and fiduciary tax planning and compliance. She also has an individual tax practice. Lynn has worked for the IRS, a bank trust department, and many accounting firms. When Lynn took the IRS’s enrolled agent exam, she achieved one of the top 20 scores in the country.

“I remain Berkeley Loyal because the support of individuals is incredibly important to keep UC Berkeley the place of intellectual stimulation that it is.” Lynn says. “Just find a focus — and there are so many that are worthwhile — that means something to you.”

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Jim Fousekis ’60 / 50+

Jim Fousekis ’60

As a tennis player at San Jose State University, Jim Fousekis ’60 realized he did not measure up to the other top players on the team. Lucky for us, Jim, the son of immigrant parents, transferred to UC Berkeley and has sustained his loyalty for over 50 years.

Berkeley sparked an academic fire within Jim. After majoring in political science, he went to Yale Law School and worked as an attorney in civil litigation, antitrust, and media law. “Both schools left me with a sense of public service,” says Jim. “I couldn’t just work for private clients. I had to give back to society.”

Jim has given back in spades — from supporting services for people with disabilities to fighting for laws that prevent gun violence to serving on the California commission that offers financial aid to students statewide. As for Berkeley? “I’m here all the time,” he says. “I go to lectures and sporting events and am involved in various matters.”

In addition to ongoing support for The Bancroft Library’s Tebtunis Papyri collection, Jim and his wife Susan, who passed away in 2008, established the Jim T. and Susana C. Fousekis Scholarship Fund in 1996. He says students’ greatest challenge is to find themselves and views the scholarship as a powerful tool for enabling its recipients to develop their interests and talents. To date, the scholarship has been awarded 66 times to 30 students; many students received it multiple times.

“I want opportunity to be available for everyone, and I have a passion to make sure that young people have the opportunity to go to Cal — and other schools, too,” he says. “That’s the future, and that’s the message of California to the nation.”

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