UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Richard Moss to serve as chair, and Linda Peterson as vice chair; Paul Simpson elected as new member

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Richard Moss, president of Moss Group, oversees the firm’s day-to-day property management and leasing activities, sets its financial strategies, and acts as its general counsel.
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Paul Simpson (Kresge College ’02, business management economics) is the chief financial officer for LifeMoves, a nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for families and individuals in Silicon Valley.

The UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Richard Moss (Los Angeles/Carmel Valley) to serve as chair, Linda Peterson (Los Angeles) to serve as vice chair, Kamil Hasan (Saratoga) to serve as immediate past chair, and re-elected Paul Hall (San Francisco) to serve as parliamentarian. 

The foundation works in close partnership with Chancellor Cynthia Larive and other university leaders to advance private philanthropic support for the campus mission, while also fostering greater understanding throughout the broader community and state of UCSC's activities and impact. 

Moss, president of Moss Group, was born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated with honors from UCSC before earning his law degree at Loyola Law School (Loyola Marymount University.) He earned a master’s degree at the University of Chicago. At Moss Group, Richard oversees the firm’s day-to-day property management and leasing activities, sets its financial strategies, and acts as its general counsel. He has served on the foundation board since 2006. 

“I’m delighted that Richard has moved into his new leadership role,” said Chancellor Cynthia Larive. “His long-term service on the foundation board, wide-ranging business experience, and his selfless charitable work will be great assets as he leads the foundation Board of Trustees. He will be a great partner to university leadership as we work together to secure much needed resources to advance the university and its impact on the region, state and country.”    

UC Santa Cruz alumnus Paul Simpson has been elected to serve as a new member, joining 32 elected trustees. 

Simpson (Kresge College ’02, business management economics) is the chief financial officer for LifeMoves, a nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for families and individuals in Silicon Valley. 

"I am excited and humbled to join The UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board of Trustees. Serving as a trustee will allow me to play an active role making sure UC Santa Cruz remains a place for catalyzing the brilliance of tomorrow's leaders, where students are able to realize their potential through deeper engagement of scholarship, research, nature, and experience. I look forward to working on initiatives which ensure this world-class institution is available to people of all origins, backgrounds, and interests for decades to come."

The UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board of Trustees also re-elected the following 11 members to serve additional three-year terms:

  • Stephen Bruce (Cowell ’79), managing partner, Bruce Trust
  • Ken Doctor (Merrill ’71), media business analyst and consultancy, Newsonomics
  • Siegmund Gutman, (Crown ’90), partner, Proskauer Rose, LLP
  • Paul Hall, (Merrill ’72), partner, DLA Piper LLP
  • Mir Imran, founder, chairman, and CEO of InCube Labs
  • Frans Lanting, (Graduate Studies ’78), freelance nature photographer and author
  • Anu Luther Maitra, retired CEO, Floreat, Inc.
  • Kumar Malavalli, chief strategy officer and member, board of directors, Glassbeam, Inc.
  • Richard Moss, president, Moss Group
  • Kathleen Rose, co-owner, Old Adobe Orchard
  • Vikram Sahai, independent technology advisor

Over the past year, the UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board has supported critical philanthropic efforts, including special giving campaigns for relief efforts connected to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 wildfires. The COVID-19 campaign raised nearly $1 million and the wildfire relief fund totaled more than $400,000. 

“The real power of philanthropy is being able to make an immediate impact that serves the greater good,” said immediate past chair Kamil Hasan. “Our community faced several challenges this past year, and I’m proud of how the UC Santa Cruz Foundation was able to nimbly respond to the immediate needs, while also looking at how we can support lasting change that will support students and faculty.”

The board also served as a thought-partner in the campus’s development of the new Innovation and Business Engagement Hub, which launched in April. 

In addition to stewarding the university’s private endowment and encouraging philanthropy to UC Santa Cruz, the Foundation provides seed funds to initiate or support short-term campus projects through the Board Opportunity Fund. This past year, the board awarded $90,000 in seed grants, including $40,000 to a service-learning program for local businesses, a proposal from Crown College Provost Manel Camps. 

The college created GetVirtual, a program that supported local businesses’ efforts to adapt to the COVID-19 world, while providing UCSC students with an opportunity to practice their entrepreneurial leadership and project management skills. The student-led teams partnered with local/community businesses to provide and execute solutions at no cost.

“UC Santa Cruz faculty conduct extraordinary research and deliver a world-class education to our students,“ said Vice Chancellor for University Relations Mark Delos Reyes Davis, who also serves as the foundation’s president. “Philanthropy is critical to helping make these opportunities possible.”

Learn more about the UCSC Foundation Board and the Board Opportunity Fund.