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Vanessa Jara

Program Coordinator |

Vanessa joined the New Student Services team in August 2019. In her role, she focuses on the pre-arrival components of the Golden Bear Experience, health/wellness programming and supervision and leadership development for student staff. This includes Golden Bear Prep, new student outreach and communication, social media, Parent & Supporter Orientation, and holistic student wellness programming during Golden Bear Orientation. She supervises the Student Coordinators, Office Representatives and the Bear Pact directors and actors. Vanessa grew up in Murrieta, but considers San Diego home where she completed her undergraduate degree in Communication from California State University San Marcos and earned her Masters of Education from San Diego State University with a specialization in Postsecondary Educational Leadership and Student Affairs. Vanessa is a Certified Professional Life Coach with a focus on Leadership and Growth and truly enjoys coaching students one on one to help them realize their full potential. She was highly involved with orientation programs, fraternity and sorority life, student government, student organizations and leadership programs during both her undergraduate and graduate work. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys cooking, music festivals, concerts, writing, comic-con and television shows.