The Staff

ROXANNE MENDEZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Roxanne Mendez is the 5th Executive Director of the Riordan Programs. Previously, Roxanne was the Associate Director of the The Riordan Programs, in which she managed the Riordan MBA Fellows Program and the financials. Roxanne is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.S. in business administration. She completed her graduate work at the University of Southern California. Before coming to the UCLA Anderson School of Management, she worked with the USC Upward Bound Math/Science Program. Her experience also includes working as a grant consultant, establishing a pre-medical school program for underrepresented populations.

MARGIE CRUZ, SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Margie Cruz is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.S. in English Education with an emphasis in Secondary Education. She received her M.Ed. in Post-secondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California. Margie has a wide range of work experience in teaching, programming, advising, recreation, management, and various positions within student affairs. Her interest include initiatives to assist underrepresented and first-generation students, as well as providing a rich student experience.

TANDIA ELIJIO, PROJECT COORDINATOR
Tandia Elijio is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed in the Counseling program at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Prior to coming to the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Tandia gained experience in community outreach, advising, programming, event planning, volunteer management, and conflict resolution. Her interests include assisting underrepresented, first generation students within higher education to succeed.

VERONICA PONCE-NAVARRETE, PROGRAM SPECIALIST
Veronica Ponce-Navarrete is a graduate of Wheaton College with a B.A in Sociology with a concentration in social justice and urban studies. She received her M.Ed. in Student Affairs from UCLA. Prior to coming to UCLA, Veronica worked at Wheaton College where she founded and directed a college access program for low-income and first generation students. Her interests include mentoring students, student leadership development, and supporting access and retention of underrepresented students in higher education.