Board of Directors

The Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors is a notable and representative group of community leaders, distinguished faculty and staff, and motivated students who are committed to supporting Cal Poly and its educational mission.


Cynthia Vizcaíno Villa

Senior Vice President, Administration & Finance

“The corporation was founded for the sole purpose of supporting student success and the educational mission of Cal Poly.  Each day 3,000 corporation employees contribute to creating the amazing educational experience and community for which Cal Poly is renowned. Cal Poly Corporation makes us ‘Cal Poly Proud,’ and it is my honor to serve on the Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors.”

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vice Chair

I am proud to partner with the Cal Poly Corporation in service to the campus community through its support of teaching, learning and the student experience. The corporation helps make Cal Poly the special place to Learn by Doing we are known for.

Andy Thulin

Dean, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences

“Cal Poly Corporation is a partner in providing the best hands-on learning opportunities available to students. From our many enterprise projects to commercial ventures selling agricultural products produced directly by students, together we provide an academic environment that cannot be rivaled. I am proud to serve as a director and founding member of Cal Poly Corporation to further its mission in serving the entire campus community.”


Dean Wendt

Dean of Research, College of Science and Mathematics
Director, Audit Committee Member

“Cal Poly Corporation is central to the success of the university and our students. It enables successful partnerships in teaching and research, and it makes Cal Poly a more effective community for student learning.”

Keith Humphrey

Vice President, Student Affairs

“I serve on the Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors because so many of the programs and services offered by the corporation have a direct impact on our student’s experience, and it’s important to ensure that the focus remains on students.”

Geri LaChance

President and CEO of SESLOC Federal Credit Union

“SESLOC has been rooted in supporting education and educators for nearly 80 years so the opportunity to serve with the corporation board is an honor; the university is a defining part of this community’s heritage of educational excellence. I am happy to contribute to improving the student experience, growing Cal Poly’s reach and ensuring fiscally sound operations.”

Steven Rein

Associate Professor, College of Science and Mathematics
Director, Business and Finance Advisory Committee Member

As a Cal Poly faculty member for more than 20 years, a parent of a Cal Poly graduate and local community member, I want the Cal Poly Corporation to be successful.  Cal Poly and the students benefit from the hard work and services provided by the corporation.  As Cal Poly continues forward into the future, the corporation will play a necessary part of student success.

Patrick Mullen

Division Director, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Director, Business and Finance Advisory Committee Chair

“As a member of the local business community, Cal Poly alumnus and now Cal Poly parent, I have seen first hand the terrific impact Cal Poly has on our community, region and state. Cal Poly Corporation plays a critical role in supporting our students’ success. From dining, books and student support programs, Cal Poly Corporation improves the lives of our students and of those in our neighboring communities.”

Cara Crye

CEO, Farm Supply Company

“I am incredibly honored to serve on the Cal Poly Corporation board as an alum and representative of our local business and agriculture communities. The corporation’s commitment to Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” philosophy is an integral part of the university’s success and enhancement of each student’s educational experience.”

Sean Hurley, Ph.D.

Professor, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science
Director, Audit Committee Chair

“Cal Poly Corporation has a tremendously positive effect on the campus and local community through the services it offers; touching the lives of everyone on campus in one way of another. I am honored to serve on the board as a Faculty Senate representative and to help guide the corporation in helping Cal Poly fulfill its Learn by Doing mission.”

Marissa Hiji

Business Administration
Student Director

“The Cal Poly Corporation plays an integral role in growing our university’s “Learn By Doing” culture and it is a privilege to represent the student voice. I am excited to work alongside campus leaders to continue striving towards a more welcoming and inclusive Cal Poly for all.”

Aaron Fernandes

Industrial Engineering
Student Director

“As a Cal Poly student and beneficiary of the corporation’s work, I am honored to be given the opportunity to learn from, and partner with campus and industry leaders to influence decisions that enrich our Cal Poly campus experience and demonstrate the ‘Learn by Doing’ mission to the community we serve.”


Audit Committee

  • Sean Hurley – Chair
  • Dean E. Wendt – Member

Investment Advisory Committee

  • Eldon Shiffman – Chair
  • Larry Gorman – Member
  • Larry Lahr – Member
  • Matt Wilson – Member
  • Cyrus Ramezani – Member
  • Geri LaChance – Member

Business and Finance Advisory Committee

  • Patrick Mullen – Chair
  • Steve R. Rein – Member
  • Angie Kraetsch – Member
  • Marc F. Benadiba – Member
  • Ed Rainbolt – Member