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Fall Greetings Charter Members of the Dean's Leadership Society!

We are off to a very busy and exciting academic year ahead, and I wanted to take a moment to share how delighted I am to have your support and engagement of the School of Social Sciences here at UC Irvine. Many thanks to those of you who joined us at Steve ('79) & Linda Borowski's beautiful home in Monarch Beach last week for our Fall Forecast event. It was a terrific gathering and everyone enjoyed remarks from Political Science faculty members Marty Wattenberg & Matt Beckmann who provided an update on the mid-term elections coming up around the corner.


That evening was a perfect venue to kick off our Charter member campaign. On that note, I was pleased to announce our two new Co-Chairs that have dubbed themselves my "Thelma & Louise" to help grow and enrich the Dean’s Leadership Society. Janice Cimbalo '87, Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle and Claudia Keller '87, Chief Program Officer for LA's Promise will be leading the charge – and I think you will find them both to be incredibly talented and passionate in their professional careers as well as their alma mater. As proud and quite distinguished alumnae, they will help our team take our new academic support group to the next level and help us meet our goal of recruiting 50 Charter members for our brick naming campaign by the end of next fiscal year. Alumni, faculty, staff, and community members alike will be drawn towards their warmth and leadership. They are both looking forward to the festivities surrounding Homecoming and the celebration of the 50th!


I encourage each of you to introduce yourselves to them at upcoming DLS programs, and share your thoughts and expertise on how we can continue to be a long term success in raising critical funds to help move the school forward. Below, please find a bio on each of them and if you wish to contact them, please feel free to send them a note: and

Janice L. Cimbalo

Janice L. Cimbalo, Esq., MCR

Senior Vice President

Ms. Cimbalo has been representing tenants with their office space requirements for 16 years. She is responsible for strategic planning and implementation including workplace strategy solutions for tenants throughout Southern California as well as nationally and internationally.


Before joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Ms. Cimbalo assisted corporate users in a wide variety of industries and geographies while at Cushman & Wakefield and Studley. Prior to her position as a tenant advisor, she was a litigation attorney for seven years, handling cases relating to real estate, corporate, international, antitrust, bankruptcy, product liability, and medical malpractice law. Her legal experience assists clients in evaluating their real estate transactions on an additional level, while coordinating the various transactional elements, including incentive negotiations for clients throughout the United States.


She also provides clients with cutting-edge strategic solutions, such as her REMMY award-winning work with SCAN Health Plan in Long Beach, California evaluating and implementing cost-saving strategies in the development of SCAN’s “Office of the Future.” A partial list of clients represented include: The City of Long Beach, (California), 21st Century Insurance, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation, First Regional Bank, International Rectifier, World Poker Tour, UBS, ING, AXA Advisors and Paine Webber. Additionally, Ms. Cimbalo is a co-author of two books: Cut it Out, providing creative solutions to reduce facilities expenses and Work on the Move: Driving Strategy and Change in Workplaces, which discusses the increasing importance of a proactive workplace strategy to the real estate process.


Ms. Cimbalo is the Secretary, Past President and Past Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Corporate Real Estate Council of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and is involved in CORENET Global, through which she has received her Masters of Corporate Real Estate. She is also the former Program Director for the Organization of Women Executives and is a founding member of Executive Real Estate Women. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine, where she was awarded the 2013 Alumna of the Year in Social Sciences. She acquired her law degree from Pepperdine University and is a member of the State Bars of California and Tennessee.

Janice L. Cimbalo

Claudia Bonilla Keller

Chief Program Officer

Claudia Bonilla Keller is the Chief Program Officer at LA’s Promise. In this capacity she leads LA's Promise’s health, after school, parent engagement and college going programs for the agency. LA's Promise runs 3 historically under-performing public schools in South Los Angeles with a unique contract in partnership with LAUSD.


Claudia joined LA’s Promise in September 2012 after 7 years as Executive Director at the American Heart Association here in Los Angeles. In 2007, she was the Associations’ Executive Director of the Year. More recently her office led the nation in the implementation of the Association's hallmark Childhood Obesity platform - Teaching Gardens, with more gardens in the ground in LA than anywhere else in the county – including 3 at LA's Promise schools.


Claudia earned her BA in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in 1987. She spent over 20 years in the Fashion Industry before moving into the non-profit sector in 2005. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration from the California State University Fullerton. Claudia is a sports enthusiast, and plays organized soccer at least twice a week. She enjoys reading, traveling and gardening. Her son Jackson is pursuing his Masters degree in Education at the Claremont Graduate University and is a high school English teacher in Watts.

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