Southern California Regional Campaign Committee

Our Mission

The Southern California Regional Campaign Committee is a group of enthusiastic and generous alumni, parents, and friends who work to strengthen the BU community in Southern California, advance the success of The Campaign for Boston University, and provide support to local students who aspire to receive a Boston University education.

The Committee is both a working group and a public way for the University to recognize our leading advocates and supporters in the region.


The SCRCC will work to:

  • establish a leadership group to help create a strategic engagement plan to help further strengthen the Boston University network in Southern California,
  • explore and develop opportunities to make an impact on the educational experience of students from Southern California attending Boston University,
  • provide opportunities to connect and socialize with other leading members of the Southern California BU community in exclusive, comfortable settings,
  • and establish a platform that will support and provide feedback on the key strategic initiatives of the University.


Winston Alt (MED’80)
Bryan Biniak (CAS’90)
Janet Buck (CAS’85)
Amy Chiu (GRS’97)
Rebecca Crigler (COM’77)
Adolfo Fastlicht
   (SHA’89, Parent CGS’19)
Bruce Feirstein (COM’75)
Edwin Fuller (Questrom’68)
Alan Gittelson (Questrom’79)
Ryan Harding (Questrom’02)
David and Cynthia Hoag
   (Parents Questrom’17)
Jonathan Hodge (CAS’97, CAS’99)
William Kamer (LAW’78)
Hassan and Fariba Kheradmandan
   (Parents CGS’18)
Gerald Levine (CFA’79)
George (CGS’54, COM’56) and
   Denise Lilly (Parents COM’89,
   Questrom’90, COM’97, Questrom’97)
Robert Margolis
   (CGS’67, Questrom’69)
Daniel Maneval (ENG’82)
Husam Nazer (ENG’95)
Cleveland O’Neal (COM’78)
Frederick Pardee (Questrom’54)
Richard Park (CAS’00)
Linda Peterson (LAW’76)
Natalie Pickup (Questrom’96)
Jay Roewe (COM’79, Parent COM’14)
Stephen Russell (MED’55)
Richard Polonsky
   (Questrom’54, Parent CAS’83)
Pedram Salimpour (MED’96,’00)
Larry Sanitsky (CAS’74)
Steven Sereboff (LAW’91)
Jay Schulman (Questrom’83)
Francis Sheng (Parent CAS’20)
Stuart (MED’67, CAS’67) and
   Barbara Siegel (Parents CAS’94)
Jeffrey and Karen Silberman
   (Parents CAS’17)
Debra Simmons (Questrom’80)
Edward Slatkin (Questrom’77)
Christopher Stonich
   (COM’88, Parent COM’18)
Nina Tassler (CFA’79)
Pam (CAS’98, MED’03) and
   Jonathan Taub
Keith and Cecilia Terasaki
   (Parents SED’19)
Charles and Kathleen Toppino
   (Parents COM’19)
Alessandro Uzielli (CGS’87, COM’89)
Jeffrey Verdon (LAW’79)
Jamie and Elizabeth Wong
   (Parents COM’18, CAS’18)
Robert (CAS’61) and Linda (CAS’62)
   Yellin (Parents CGS’86, COM’89, MET’89)
Michael and Debra Zeiden
   (Parents Questrom’17)


Each member commits to:

  • an annual gift of $10,000 or more to BU throughout the life of the campaign or their committee tenure,
  • attending campaign leadership events, when available,
  • being open to hosting a campaign cultivation event in their area,
  • and strategizing with BU Development staff and campaign leadership, particularly when it comes to identifying and introducing potential campaign supporters and leaders.

Alfre Woodard and Michael ChiklisBenefits

Committee benefits include:

  • opportunities to meet with BU leadership and to have a direct impact on the strategic engagement plan for Southern California,
  • special invitations to exclusive, high-level University and campaign events,
  • receipt of leadership-level briefings on University progress and plans,
  • complimentary registration for all non-ticketed BU events in Southern California,
  • and public recognition at regional campaign events and in targeted campaign and BU media products.

Honorific Membership

The benefits and recognition associated with committee membership are automatically bestowed to all individuals who have given or pledged $100,000 or more to The Campaign for Boston University and who wish to be listed as a member.

BU’s impact in Southern California

16,677 BU alumni live in Southern California.

Students from California represented 13 percent of BU’s total undergraduate applicant pool, more than any other state.

California residents comprise the most students of any state in the Classes of 2019 and 2020.

50% of students from Southern California receive financial aid, with an average award of $30,763.

More than 43 households and organizations in Southern California have given gifts of $100,000 or more.

More than 5,500 Southern Californians have made a gift to support The Campaign for Boston University. With an average household commitment of $13,000, this amounts to more than $50 million in donations over the lifetime of the campaign.