Staff

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Matthew Daines, Ph.D. - Executive Director

Telephone. 020 7269 5908

Email. matthewdaines@californiahouse.org.uk

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Jodi Anderson, Ph.D - Senior Director, Outreach Europe

Telephone. 020 7269 5906

Email. jodi.anderson@ucop.edu

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Violet Del Toro - Communications Manager

Telephone. 020 7269 5905

Email. violet@californiahouse.org.uk

Violet was born and raised in Riverside County, California, where she also attended the University of California, Riverside for her BA in Creative Writing. During her third year, she participated on the UC Education Abroad Program Year Long Immersion Program in London. Following her graduation from UCR in 2013, she returned to study an MA in Film Studies at King's College London. 

In 2015, she founded the UCR Highlanders in London Network and continues to support as a committee member today. 

First interning with the University of California Trust (UK) during her graduate studies, Violet accepted a full-time role upon completion of her Masters in 2014.

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Elaine Rhodes - Development Coordinator

Telephone. 020 7269 5907

Email. Elaine@californiahouse.org.uk.

Born in London and raised in Nottinghamshire, Elaine Rhodes graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2014 with a BA in History. Whilst at Sheffield, she enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in creative outlets such as Sheffield University Theatre Company and the campus' TV station Forge, in addition to working as a student fundraiser for the University of Sheffield's Alumni Fund. 

After graduating, Elaine worked for TSB as a customer advisor before completing a marketing internship with Periene Press, a publishing house focused solely on the distribution of translated fiction. She has recently taken up an MA in Public History at the University of York. Elaine joined the University of California Trust (UK) in November 2016

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Rhiannon Yee - Alumni Relations and Events Assistant

Telephone. 020 7269 5907

Email. rhiannon@californiahouse.org.uk.

Rhiannon Yee was born and raised in southern California. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a BA in Media Studies. During her time at UC Berkeley, Rhiannon was involved with competitive hip hop dance and Cal's fashion magazine. She also studied abroad at King's College London for a semester, at which time she also interned with the English National Ballet in their marketing and press department.

Following graduation, Rhiannon participated on a graduate internship with the UC Education Abroad Program Office in London. After finishing the 12-month programme, Rhiannon applied and was accepted to study a Masters' Program in Advertising and Public Relations at Richmond University in London. She began working for the University of California Trust (UK) in October 2017.

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Kieran Hashmi - Operation and Development Assistant

Telephone. 020 7269 5907

Email. help@californiahouse.org.uk.

Kieran was born and raised in London where he is currently studying for a Master's in Physics at Queen Mary University. During his studies, he has enjoyed an active role in the rowing, sailing and rock climbing teams, whilst also involving himself in university rocketry projects.

Kieran is also a proud UCLA alumnus. He participated on an exchange with the University of California Education Abroad Program for a full academic year in 2015. Since his return to London, Kieran has worked with the University of California Trust (UK). He first interned as Donations Accountant in 2016, and returned in January 2018 as Operations and Development Assistant.