Board of Directors

Our Board works to advance our mission and purpose, which is to ensure the BSC continues in perpetuity to serve the cooperative living needs of Bay Area college students. We manage financial contributions and dues, actively assist members of the BSC in their needs and endeavors, lead events for alumni and students alike, and collaborate with our local, national, and international community partners to strengthen our organization to better reach and support the BSC and its alumni members.

We are a working board, in which members are expected to actively contribute to the mission of the BSCAA and the BSC. The term of a board member is three years, and our meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 – 7 p.m.


Board members must:

  • Be a member of the BSCAA
  • Be a good spokesperson for the BSCAA
  • Consistently attend board meetings
  • Serve on 1 BSCAA board or BSC board committee or volunteer on a project (minimum 10 hours/year)
  • Be willing to make a financial donation to the BSC and the BSCAA consistent with member’s capacity
  • Be prepared for meetings
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Believe in the mission of the BSCAA
  • Be willing to recruit others to the board


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Meet Our Board

Analise Electra Smith-Hinkley


Cloyne 2008, Oscar Wilde 2009-10

Analise joined the board in 2010 and has served consistently for the past eleven years. As a co-oper she served as a board rep and special events coordinator for CO and really loved working with alumni and students together, so joining the board immediately upon graduation was a natural choice. Her priorities as BSCAA President in the coming years are to prioritize diversity, accessibility, and inclusivity (starting with the Board itself!); to strengthen the BSCAA’s internal infrastructure in order to better empower the members to do more; and to facilitate the most harmonious and productive collaboration between the BSC and BSCAA yet. In her paid life Analise is a realtor with Generation Real Estate serving Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco; prior to that she worked in marketing and communications at UC Berkeley’s Cal Alumni Association, and for a number of e-commerce sites in Los Angeles. She’s also just finished writing her first novel which is she’s currently editing with a great team in anticipation of publishing. Oh, and she married a fellow Clone so needless to say, she’s never escaping the co-ops. Please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime!

Jim Ausman

Vice President

Chateau House 1990-93

Jim served on the Board of Directors of the USCA for two years, mostly as the VP of Finance. He was the Board President one summer, the summer they decided to foreclose on Barrington and get it back from the man they had sold it to. Other accomplishments were to raise rent slightly to tackle the backlog of deferred maintenance and to allow any students from any college to join the USCA, not just Berkeley. There was a vacancy problem in this era. Jim would like to add more structure to the Board’s projects and goals and his experience as a Project Manager proves useful therein.

Sean Sowell


Lothlorien boarder 1984, Kingman 84-89, Northside 89-92

Sean (he/him) was born in Boston and grew up in Watertown, Massachusetts. He earned a BA in Psychology in 1992 and credits the USCA for making it possible to work his way through school at Cal. He served as Kingman’s Board member in 84, House President and Workshift Manager in 85, House Manager 86-88, as Board President in the Summer & Fall of 88, and as Kingman’s and Northside’s House President in 89 (concurrently). He led membership referenda 1 (84), 2 (86) and 3 (88) that eventually closed and sold Barrington in 1989. His twin sons are Matt and Nick. He served as Zephyr Teachout’s volunteer deputy texting director in her 2018 run for New York State Attorney General, leading a team of 275 volunteers nationwide who contacted 1.01 million registered Democrats in New York with a cell phone. He misses Warren Zevon, Harry Chapin, and Johnny Cash, and regrets never seeing Warren in concert. He drives for GrubHub, used to work for Open Heart Kitchen in Pleasanton, and still delivers meals to folks who are hungry. He welcomes the chance to return his service to the BSC. USCA President Emeritus.

Afsheen Lebastchi


Cloyne 1996-98, Rochdale 1998

Afsheen has worked at Google for the past fifteen years in various leadership roles. Prior to that, he worked at Intel. He also received a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Bay Area native, lived in Berkeley as a child (on Hopkins Street) and now lives in San Francisco. He’s been active with BSC fundraising and is on the Political Economy Advisory Board at UC Berkeley. He loves to travel.

Alexander Barone

Davis House 2011-14

Alexander’s 2.5 years living and boarding at Davis house from 2011-2014 (two years living, one semester boarding) were by far the most formative during his time at Berkeley and represent some of the best years of his life (to date). The BSC presented him with the resources and community to learn about himself and others and he would like to make sure that future generations of students have the same opportunities for success both during their time at Berkeley and beyond. He currently lives in Santa Barbara and works at Hulu in advertising sales but when he’s not working from home you can catch him experiencing the beauty of nature through surfing, snowboarding, hiking or mountain biking. He’s looking forward to working with and learning as the BSCAA supports and enriches the BSC community.

Nancy Brigham Blattel

Barrington 1973-75, Rochdale 1975-76, Northside Apartments 1976-80

Nancy is currently Data Management Lead supporting UC’s database for fundraising and engagement needs. In 1996, she founded the BSC alumni association with a group of dedicated alumni who valued their experience, wanted to give back, and knew other alumni would want to as well. At the BSC, Nancy served on the student board and was vice president for three semesters. She graduated in 1977 with a degree in Social Welfare and then worked at the BSC Central Office in the housing department. She has had a long career of leadership with the Better Business Bureau and the Cal Alumni Association.

Alexandra Daily-Diamond

Euclid Hall 2009-12

Alexandra obtained a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley. Serving as a Health Worker and Kitchen Manager, she developed a love of baking and interest in mentorship and education that continues in her career in Learning and Development. Alexandra is passionate about sustaining the vital communities and support that co-ops provide for students. She is particularly committed to helping maintain the BSC’s resources for members who, like her, are a part of the disabled student community, and otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford higher education. Alexandra believes the assistance and experience the BSC provided was key to her success as a student and beyond and, as a prospective board member, she is excited to pass it forward.

John Ehrlich

Barrington Hall 1974-77

BS Business Administration. John was on the USCA Board when they bought & sold houses. He was a House Manager at Barrington and then was President of the Board in 1977. He served 32 years in the San Francisco PD retiring as a Captain. There were many years with his family at the Lair 5th week Gold. John has served on the BSCAA Board since 2012. He lives in Berkeley.

Ron Enfield

Barrington Hall 1962-65

Ron spent 1962-65 at Barrington Hall, long before coed and drug days. He transferred to UCLA for a BA in film, then joined the computer industry, first as a developer, earning a Comp. Sci. MS at night. Later he wrote, edited, and published technical documents for Bell Labs, MITRE, Oracle, and others, and supported some big corporate websites. He is retired and wants to assist the co-ops. His communication skills help in outreach to alumni and others.

Zach Gamlieli

Casa Zimbabwe 2014-18

Zach valued his time in the co-op even more than his education at Cal. The BSC provided the opportunity for incredible leadership positions, and he had the privilege of being elected to the role of House Manager and the Board Representative for CZ. In his time on the BSC’s Board, he served as the VP of External Affairs (2016-17), and the BSC President (2017-18). During his tenure in those executive roles, he worked hard to improve the BSC’s public perception, which significantly benefited their recruitment efforts geared towards low-income students as well as their relationships with UC Berkeley and City of Berkeley officials.

Steve Greenberg

Cloyne Court, 1980-85

Steve will always value his BSC (fka University Students’ Cooperative Association) experience as one of two educations he got at Berkeley, the other being a couple of Cal degrees. The BSC was and is much more than a cheap place to live; it’s a special place for students to learn and grow. He worked on the maintenance crew at Cloyne, was the Maintenance Manager, and was active in helping Cloyne and the USCA broadly become more energy efficient. He started working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab when he was a grad student still living at Cloyne and is still at the Lab, working on energy efficiency in buildings. He bicycles to work every day, riding past Northside, Kidd, and Cloyne. He’s been on the BSCAA Board since 2009.

Margie Guillory

Hoyt Hall 1970-73, Northside Co-op 1974-78

Margie graduated from Berkeley with a degree in mathematics, two teaching credentials, and a certificate in accounting. She was involved with the BSC as the BSC’s first woman Maintenance Manager (1970-1972), first woman on Summer Maintenance Crew (1972), Decentralization & Inventory Control Clerk (1972-1975), A/P Bookkeeper (1975-1988) with a 6-month break to convert all houses to the Home Cooking Program in 1980, and BSC’s Accountant (1988-2012). She was inducted into the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Hall of Fame in 1990 as an Educator. She is now in a recovery program as the Treasurer of the BSCAA.

Nicholas Hamilton

Oscar Wilde 2002-06

Nicholas served as President of the BSC (then USCA) from 2004-05, on the summer maintenance crew, and as a workshift and house manager at Oscar Wilde House. Experiences at the BSC have strongly influenced his career as an urban policy leader who has launched a diverse set of urban equity and sustainability initiatives, from a national network to revitalize America’s legacy cities to founding the NYC-Metro Urban Sustainability Meetup. Prior to establishing his consulting practice, he previously served as Director of Urban Policy at Columbia University’s bipartisan policy institute, The American Assembly and architectural and urban designer at the firm Davis Brody Bond. He holds a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and Bachelors from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Design in Developing Countries. After thirteen years in New York City, he recently returned to the Bay Area with his partner and two young children.

Jennifer Heller

Cloyne 2000-01, Rochdale 2001, Kingman 2002-04

Jen (she/her) was destined to go to and love living in Berkeley. From a young age, her parents brought her to Cal; she has been frequenting Lama Beans (formerly Jimmy Beans) since 1990! She worked for CO first as Receptionist, then Communications Coordinator and then acting Development Director between 2001 and 2009. Some of her key accomplishments were two complete website overhauls, the development of the online application, and the 75th Anniversary Gala. While at Kingman, she served as Social Manager for two years. Following her time as a staff member at CO, she served on the BSCAA Board until August 2012. In 2010 Jen founded Artsy Geek, a design and marketing agency. In the past decade, she has continued to work with various non-profits and small businesses on branding and marketing. She looks forward to bringing this experience to the BSCAA Board. She will be forever grateful to the BSC not only for the professional experience but for introducing her to her best friends and husband. All of the people she is closest to in the world she met through the BSC. She currently lives in San Leandro with her husband (Lothlorien, Castro, Casa Zimbabwe, Rochdale) and three-year-old son. She enjoys baking, gardening and reorganizing closets.

Laura Vargas Hernandez

CZ 2016, Afro House 2016, Hoyt Hall 2016-17

After Laura graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017, she worked with nonprofits doing marketing, fundraising, podcasting, and event planning. She currently works at an elementary school in the Bay Area and volunteers with an education nonprofit. The reason she joined the BSCAA board was because the BSC helped her during her time at Cal, and she would like to give back. As a Latina immigrant, she hopes that she gets to inspire others to also pursue similar opportunities in their communities.

Jon Lampman

Barrington 1967-68, Cloyne 1968-69

Jon graduated from UC Berkeley in 1969 after living at Cloyne and Barrington. Jon then went to the University of Oregon for one year and to avoid the draft. He took Naval Officer training in Florida. Jon came out with a disability and started working for the U.S. Department of Labor in Philadelphia in June, 1972. While in Philadelphia he completed the academic requirements for an MBA at Drexel and moved to the San Francisco Regional Office in 1978.  Shortly after his transfer he met Sandy and they married in February 1980. He retired from the U.S Department in San Francisco in July, 2009.  A couple of years after his retirement he joined the BSCAA Board. Finally, his wife and he started traveling to Hawaii, Europe and Costa Rica several times. They plan to resume their travels once the pandemic is better.

Kaye McKee

Cloyne Court, Davis House 2012

Kaye works as a commodity trader in Houston, TX with expertise in financial markets. He wants to help sustain the BSC so that higher education is accessible to everyone and students can continue to grow the cooperative culture (which the world needs more of)!

Marcella Murphy

Stebbins, Oxford, Sherman, Cloyne, Northside, Rochdale

Marcella thoroughly enjoyed her nine years of co-op living. She lived in Stebbins, Oxford, Sherman, Cloyne, Northside, and Rochdale. She held several positions and did a wide variety of workshifts. She loved welcoming new members and she confesses to having cried more than once when the house emptied out at the end of the year. She believes now more than ever co-op principles hold many of the keys to solving the economic problems we face today, and she is determined that the BSC should thrive during this pandemic and beyond. 

Michelle Nacouzi

Castro, Wolf, Sherman, CZ

Michelle was a member of the BSC during her junior and senior years at Cal, including serving as BSC President from 2013-14. Her memorable workshifts included bathroom cleaning, Sunday cook crew, and council note taking. Between the BSC and the Berkeley Student Food Collective, Michelle learned more at the student-run coops than she did ‘across the street’, and attempts to apply the cooperative business principles to her career work. After graduating, Michelle moved to New York City, where she has worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney and now as an investment associate for Indicator Ventures (early stage VC). She keeps in touch with BSC alumni and is the proud older sister of two BSC alumna.

Ron Pringle

Stebbins 1977-79, Kingman 1979-81

Ron started his journey through the co-ops at Stebbins Hall in a two-person room with Victor Lee. He was the perfect roommate because his parents lived in SF so he went home every weekend. Ron worked for a time at the Central Kitchen learning how to make vast batches of food to be delivered in “CK” pans to the houses that wanted them. He then became kitchen manager for a year at Stebbins after which he moved up the hill to Kingman Hall. He stayed at Kingman, ultimately getting enough points for a single there until the summer of 1981 when he left Cal to work in the real world. He spent the next 35 years building homes in the East bay. In 2014 he returned to Cal to finish his degree in Forestry, graduating with a BS in 2017. During that time, he raised 3 boys into men, one of which works with him now. He is proud to contribute his life knowledge back to the student co-ops now.

Austin Pritzkat

Afro House, Fenwick, Rochdale 2013-16

Austin served as a Maintenance Manager, Landscaping Coordinator, Councilmember, and Board Director. Austin was also the President of the BSC from May 2015 until May 2016. Austin is a proud alumnus of the BSC. He believes the affordable housing and supportive community provided by the BSC made it possible for him to thrive at UC Berkeley and graduate. After leaving the BSC, Austin worked for a supportive housing organization in Los Angeles for 3 years. Austin is currently finishing his Master of Urban Planning at Harvard. Upon graduation, he wants to return to California to continue working to combat our affordable housing crisis. He is eager to serve the BSC Alumni Association as a Board Director.

Kevin Ramirez

CZ 2013, Andres Castro Arms 2013 & 2014-16, Person Of Color Themed House 2016-2017

Kevin is passionate about disrupting systems and coaching people for more significant equity and justice. His experiences as President and VP of Experience & Training on the BSC Board of Directors and a founding leader of the Person of Color Theme House informed his career to collaborate with organizations to build equitable practices to recruit and retain talent. Currently, he works as a talent equity consultant at Edgility Consulting, where he partners with social sector organizations to embed equity in their talent management programs. He previously worked as a talent strategy associate and a program coordinator for education nonprofits supporting public schools in Los Angeles, California. He received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, where he studied Legal Studies and Philosophy. He is a Fellow at the Riordan Programs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Wick Smith

Barrington 1974-75. Ridge Project (now Casa Zimbabwe) 1974-77

B.A. Psychology ’77 M.S.W. ’80 U.C. Berkeley. Most memorable workshifts: Cooking Sunday Brunch for 125 people, House Photographer, and Switchboard. Career in local government including Alameda County Administrator’s Office, Contra Costa County Schools and Contra Costa County.  IT Manager Contra Costa County for 28 years and senior consultant in a firm that specialized in IT for non-profits and local governments. BSA adult volunteer for the last 25 years. Ham Radio operator and CERT volunteer. Wick’s interest in public service and working cooperatively for others all started with the Coops! He loves continuing that with the co-op students and alums.

Alfred Twu

Afro House 2003

Alfred has been a co-oper since 2003, starting out at Afro House and now around Lothlorien and Wilde. In addition to holding various house and central level positions, Alfred worked at CO for a couple years in the early 2010s and has been on the Alumni Board since, focusing on events like reunions and happy hours that connect current members to alumni.

Join the BSCAA

We’re able to fulfill our mission thanks to our alumni members! If you’re not one already, please consider joining the BSCAA as an annual or lifetime member. Feel free to reach out to us at or (415) 685-3943 with any specific questions; we’re happy to chat.


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