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Meet the Alumni Scholars Program Staff

The Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program team provides administrative assistance and programming support for our undergraduate award recipients.

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Fritzie A. de Mata ’05, Ph.D.Fritzie A. de Mata ’05, Ph.D.
Director, Student Support | 510.900.8232

Fritzie oversees the programming that supports our Alumni Scholars. She graduated from Berkeley in 2005 with degrees in English and political science. As an undergraduate, she was part of the Cal Leadership Symposium and Student Homecoming Team. She participated in service-learning programs as an AmeriCorps Bonner Leader with the Cal Corps Public Service Center and as a literacy tutor for BUILD. She also helped institutionalize recycling programs in all the residence halls on campus and was an undergraduate research apprentice with URAP. She is a former Leadership Award Scholar.

After college, she worked as a reunion gift campaign assistant at UDAR before attending UC Santa Cruz for her doctorate in literature specializing in world literature, Asian American studies, critical race and ethnic studies, and critical theory. At UC Santa Cruz, she worked as a graduate student mentor with EOP’s Pathways to Research Program, assisting students on their undergraduate research and guiding them through the graduate school application process. She is committed to diversity and justice in education as manifested in her work as a scholar, teacher, and mentor and is passionate about issues relating to diaspora and migration.


Jonathan Morgan, M.A.

Jonathan Morgan, M.A.
Director, Scholarship Selection and Volunteer Engagement | 510.900.8346

Jonathan oversees the selection process of the Alumni Scholars Program. He oversees recruitment efforts, engagement opportunities, and builds new experiences for Alumni volunteers in CAA’s various scholarships programs as well as the application and scholarship interview process for prospective alumni scholars.

Jonathan attended the University of Georgia and received a B.A. in history, and the University of Rhode Island, where he received a Master’s in history. Jonathan is passionate about the intersection of nonprofit, volunteer, and education work. His previous work includes music education nonprofits and museums, where he worked with both students and volunteers to create more inclusive spaces.

Vanessa Diaz ’09, M.A. ’14

Vanessa Diaz ’09, M.A. ’14
Senior Program Manager, Scholarship Selection | 510.900.8184

Vanessa Diaz leads recruitment, training, and management of alumni volunteers and works to expand the role of alumni volunteers in helping current scholars. She is a Cal grad and former recipient of both The Leadership Award and the Mildred Jordan Sharp Scholarship and is passionate about public service and education.

At UC Berkeley, Vanessa was involved with the Public Service Center and ran multiple after-school and summer programs for underserved students in the Bay Area through the BUILD program. She was also a founding member of Cal’s chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Inc., an academic organization with service, community activism, and political awareness at its core. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in peace and conflict studies and a minor in education and received her Master’s degree in human rights with her thesis focusing on the American education system.


Johanna “Yoyo” Romero ’15

Johanna “Yoyo” Romero ’15
Senior Program Manager, Student Support, Alumni Scholars Program | 510.900.8208

Johanna Romero is a first-generation, queer, Salvadoran woman and graduate of UC Berkeley. She received her B.A. in peace and conflict studies with a minor in global poverty and practice. As the student support coordinator for the Alumni Scholars Program, she supports scholarship recipients with professional, academic, and personal advising. Johanna brings her experiences in practicing healing justice, equitable education, racial justice, and program management to build a student-led vision of academic achievement and civic engagement. Johanna has had the privilege of growing in community spaces including the UC Berkeley Public Service Center, Queer EcoJustice Project, SEEDs Community Resolution Center, Restorative Justice Center, and Spiral Gardens.


enrique marroquin

Enrique Marroquín
Program Manager, Student Support, Alumni Scholars Program
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Enrique Marroquín is a queer first-generation Latinx, with roots from Colombia, El Salvador, and Puerto Rico; he received his BA in English language and literature. During his time at Cal, he enjoyed literature and poetry from authors of color. While he was a student, he wrote for Chevere (a student-led Latinx publication), became a founding-member for Central Americans for Empowerment (CAFE), and was an Experience Berkeley Transfer (EBT) Coordinator.

As a program manager of student support, Enrique enjoys supporting students in navigating UC Berkeley, while also supporting their path to wellness. He strongly believes in equity and access to higher education for underrepresented students. Enrique is willing to talk to you about professional growth, mental health resources, and navigating as first-generation student/professional.

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