Campus communications leader honored as influential woman

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UC Santa Cruz representatives attended the May 31 award ceremony. Top row, from left: Paul Main, Assistant Vice Chancellor Sherry Hashimoto Main, past honoree Madison Nguyen, B.A. '97, Vice Chancellor Keith Brant, Director Melissa Whatley, and Special Assistant Meg Corman. Bottom row, from left: Professor and previous honoree Claire Max, alumna and previous honoree Shiloh Ballard, B.A. '98, Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor Marlene Tromp, and Campus Counsel Lorena Peñaloza.

The assistant vice chancellor for communications and marketing at UC Santa Cruz is among the 100 most influential businesswomen in the region, according to a recent ranking by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

The publication selected Sherry Hashimoto Main to be among its 100 influential women, a list that was drawn from nearly 300 nominations. This is the 10th year the publication has created this ranking.

“UC Santa Cruz has a rich history of influential women—from Angela Davis on the faculty to alumna Katherine Sullivan,” Main said. “To be able to benefit from their efforts and have a part in the conversations that are driving the future of Silicon Valley and beyond is a true privilege.”

In addition to her leadership at UC Santa Cruz, Main is currently serving as staff adviser to the University of California Board of Regents, where she represents more than 140,000 non-academic employee staff at the UC’s 10 campuses, five medical centers and hospitals, and three national laboratories. Her work on the UC Board of Regents includes advocacy efforts in support of career development, childcare and dependent care, and employee wellness.

Main is an advocate for women and girls, serving as a board member for both Women for Girls and The CLUB Silicon Valley.

Women in nonprofits, startups, manufacturing, aviation, legal, and finance are represented in this year’s ranking. All of the women have made an impact at work and in their communities.

The UC Santa Cruz table at the May 31 award ceremony included three previous honorees, Madison Nguyen B.A. '97, Shiloh Ballard, B.A. '98, and faculty member Claire Max, along with, Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor Marlene Tromp, Vice Chancellor for University Relations Keith Brant, Paul Main, Foundation Trustee Laura Bushnell, Campus Counsel Lorena Peñaloza, Government and Community Relations Director Melissa Whatley, and Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of University Relations Meg Corman.