Executive Committee

Meet our 2020-2021 Executive Committee!

CHAIR

Chair
Name: Kristina Hernandez Year: 4th Year, Class of 2022 Hometown: Whittier, CA Position: Chair Major: Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Favorite Rally Comm Memory:My favorite Rally Comm Memory has got to be Snow Trip 2019. I had an awesome group of gals in my car and we made some unforgettable memories on the drive up. That weekend also brought we closer to a lot of other committee members and that was even my first time experiencing snow! Fun Fact: My high school was very similar to Berkeley in that everyone referred to it as “Cal”, the cal script was on all of our gear, and our fight song was a rendition of “Sons of California”.
What I’m most looking forward to this year: GAMEDAYS!!! The fall is such a fun time for RallyComm and after not being in the stadium last year, I’m excited to see my ExComm and every committee take part in all the gameday jobs I grew to love my first two years in the committee.

 

Below is a description of each of our five branches and their members: 

 

MEMBERSHIP BRANCH

VC of Membership

Name: Alyssa Hurtado

Year: 3rd Year, Class of 2023

Hometown: Salinas, CA

Position: Vice Chair of Membership

Majors: Environmental Econ and Policy; Urban Studies

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: My first cannon crew! A chilly night game spent up on the cannon platform is the ideal bonding experience!

Fun Fact: I used to raise pigs and goats!

What I’m most looking forward to this year: I’m stoked to express my Cal spirit around campus and see things come to life again as we return to in person classes!

Director of Member Events

Name: Wesley Christian Lu

Year: 3rd Year, Class of 2023

Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA

Position: Director of Member Events

Majors: Psychology; Social Welfare Minor: Education

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: Getting to hold the Pride flag in my rainbow getup for the LGBTQ Pride Football Game against Washington State!

Fun Fact: I have a custom speaker with a picture of Oski & me on it

What you’re most looking forward to this year: Hosting fun events for members to unwind, get to know each other, and experience what it’s like to be part of our spirited community

Director of Athletics

Name: Greg Dachtler

Year: 3rd Year, Class of 2023

Hometown: Tiburon, CA

Position: Director of Athletics

Major:Mechanical Engineering Minor: Aerospace Engineering

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: Cable Car Rally during Big Game Week 2019!

Fun Fact: I’m a dual citizen with the United States and Ireland

What I’m most looking forward to this year: Returning to campus and getting to meet & wave with all our new members in person!

Director of Athletics

Name: Massimiliano (Max) Lucas

Year: 3rd Year, Class of 2023

Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA

Position: Director of Athletics

Majors: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research; Data Science

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: Cannon Crew at the 2019 ASU night game: shot the cannon in the dark, bonded with some real homies, and got back to my dorm at 3am!

Fun Fact: I surf, bodysurf, boogie board, windsurf, wind foil, and wing foil, and yet open water kinda scares me….

What I’m most looking forward to this year: Having some semblance of normalcy in an in-person year!! Stoked to meet everyone in person and (hopefully) be back in the stadium!

 

SPIRIT BRANCH

VC of Rallies

Name: Mari Wong

Year: 3rd Year, Class of 2023

Hometown: San Mateo, CA

Position: Vice Chair of Rallies

Majors: Political Science; Conservation & Resource Studies Minor: Dance and Performance Studies

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: My first cannon crew at the USC game. I met a bunch of my future best friends that night while huddling together in blankets to stay warm.

Fun Fact: My dad is a Cal Alum so Berkeley was my dream school growing up, you can catch me still wearing my childhood Cal t-shirts on game days!

What you’re most looking forward to this year: I am looking forward to the Big Game Bonfire Rally! Bonfire is my favorite event of the year because you can literally feel Cal spirit in the air. The new structure is incredible and I can’t wait to show everyone what we have planned for the upcoming year!

Director of Stunts

Name: Sara Smith

Year: 3rd Year, Class of 2023

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Position: Director of Stunts

Major: Bioengineering

Favorite Rally Comm memory: Singing while giving out lanterns after Big Give.

Fun Fact: I did a magic trick for Jennifer Doudna

What I’m most looking forward to this year: Doing spirit things in person!

Director of Stunts

Name: Raina Japay

Year: 2nd Year, Class of 2024

Hometown: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Position: Director of Stunts

Major:  Genetics and Plant Biology

Favorite Rally Comm memory: Watching the masked dancer!

Random fact: I danced ballet for 15 years

What you’re most looking forward to this year: Going to a football game and creating my first card stunt.

Director of Special Events

Name: Joseph Gonzalez

Year: 4th Year, Class of 2022

Hometown: Indio, CA

Position: Director of Special Events

Major: Theater and Performance Studies

Favorite Rally Comm memory: It is so hard to name just one! One is being on the field for Football games during the 2019 football season and taking pictures of everyone. It was cool to be up close to the field and being able to look out to see a packed student section. It was fun to just document everyone’s smilies while capturing these memories. Another is getting to rush the field when we got the Axe back! It was truly an unforgettable experience.

Random fact: All of my immediate family’s initials end in A.G. and are left handed!

What you’re most looking forward to this year: I am looking forward to hopefully a hybrid semester with in-person elements! I miss game days, rallies, in-person meetings and more. I am excited to be in-charge of Noon Rallies and Night Rallies because these were so awesome highlights of my Rally Comm experience. I also can not wait to meet our new members and share my love for Cal Spirit with them!

 

MARKETING BRANCH

VC of Marketing

Name: Kori Amidei

Year: 3rd Year, Class of 2023

Hometown: Indio, CA

Position: Vice Chair of Marketing

Major: History

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: My favorite Rally Comm memory would have to be the week of 2019 Big Game because there was so much going on, there was a fun event to go to everyday, and, of course, it ended in the Big Game.

Fun Fact: My middle name is a city that neither me or my parents have ever visited.

What you’re looking forward to most this year: I’m most looking forward to having in person Committee meetings. There’s an energy to them that just can’t be replicated online.

Director of Mixed Media

Name: Allyssa Chan

Year: 2nd Year, Class of 2024

Hometown: Camarillo, CA

Position: Director of Mixed Media

Majors: Political Science; Political Economy

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: Learning all the Rally Committee songs before the New Member Welcome. I enjoyed learning about the histories of the songs as well as the gestures associated with each song.

Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I am a golfer (both real and mini) and I love to go play new courses with my family. I am even a golf coach

What you’re most looking forward to this year: I am most looking forward to going to football games and in person rallies. And of course, getting to meet my rally committee family in person!

Director of Mixed Media

Name: Joseph Toman

Year: 4th year, Class of 2022

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

Position: Director of Mixed Media

Majors: Molecular Environmental Biology with a Biodiversity focus; Conservation and Resource Management

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: Riding around San Francisco with Cal Spirit at Cable Car Rally, listening to Cal Band playing the whole way and marching up to Union Square to perform.

Fun Fact: I nap everywhere

What I’m most looking forward to this year: Seeing all of our amazing committee members off screen and bringing Cal Spirit to the campus once again in person

 

TREASURER’S BRANCH

Treasurer

Name: Aidan Newboles

Year: 4th Year, Class of 2022

Hometown: Dana Point, CA

Position: Treasurer

Major: Chemical Engineering

Favorite Rally Comm memory: This past year I really loved participating in Rally Comm is blind! It was so much fun putting on a new persona and trying to piece together who the other contestants were!

Fun Fact: I’ve never had coffee or soda in my life. I really thought I would turn to at least coffee at some point during my past 3 years here but apparently not!

What you’re most looking forward to this year: I’m looking forward to hopefully transitioning to some level of in-person/hybrid year and doing whatever I can to maintain the University’s spirit and pride along the way!

Cannoneer

Name: Julia Miller

Year: 3rd year, Class of 2023

Hometown: Michigan City, IN

Position: UC Cannoneer

Major: Chemical Engineering Minor: Theater and Performance Studies

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: The majesty of Rally Comm is Blind and its ability to make me crack up every week at meeting.

Fun Fact: I love to crochet! My favorite things to make are hats, blankets, and stuffed animals.

What you’re most looking forward to this year: I’m really looking forward to bringing bonfire back. Since we couldn’t have one last year, we’ll make sure that this year’s is better than ever!

Cannoneer

Name: Mark Maffeo

Year: 3rd Year, Class of 2023

Hometown: Clovis, CA

Position: UC Cannoneer

Major: Applied Mathematics Minor: Political Economy 

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: Getting the Axe back after nine long years!

Fun Fact: I currently own a growing collection of 100+ mini college football helmets.

What you’re most looking forward to this year: I’m really looking forward to firing the California Victory Cannon at football games and being more involved with the Bonfire Rally.

Director of Security

Name: Enrique Rene Ortiz

Year: 2nd Year, Class of 2024

Hometown: San Ysidro, CA

Position: Director of Security

Majors: Mathematics; Data Science

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: My favorite Rally Committee memory definitely has to be the New Member Welcome. Rally Comm really went above and beyond to give us new members a memorable experience that made us feel welcome despite it being online this past year.

Fun Fact: I am a BIG Star Wars fan, and yes, I liked the sequel trilogy.

What you’re most looking forward to this year: I’m looking forward to moving up to Berkeley and meeting my Rally Comm members in person!

 

COMMUNICATION’S BRANCH

VC of Communications

Name: Paulina Nguyen

Year: 3rd Year, Class of 2023

Hometown: Vista, CA

Position: Vice Chair of Communications

Majors: Political Science and Music 

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: Oregon Trip 2019! This was one of my favorite Rally Comm trips where I got to meet so many amazing older members and bond with some of my best friends, including the amazing Bridget Bernet. Even though we lost the game, I will never forget the memories I made on this trip!

Fun Fact: I love to sing and I’ve been songwriting since middle school. Currently, I sing Soprano 2 for the California Golden Overtones, Cal’s all-women acapella group.

What you’re most looking forward to this year: I am looking forward to transitioning back to all the fun in-person events that Rally Comm does, including Bonfire, road trips, and special events! I can’t wait to see everyone at meeting in person again.

Director of Traditions

Name: Bella Lopez

Year: 2nd Year, Class of 2024

Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA

Position: Director of Traditions

Majors:History; Media Studies

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: I love being chaotic at meetings, going on walks with members from the committee, and going to post banquet!

Fun Fact: I love to travel and my favorite place that I have visited is Boston!
What I’m most looking forward to this year: I am looking forward to creating a fun and exciting community for committee members at events like cookie baking and midnight singing. I am also super excited to use my pitch pipe and lead our amazing Cal songs!!
Director of External Relations

Name: Ryan Ackles

Year: 4th Year, Class of 2022

Hometown: Carlsbad, CA

Position: Director of External Relations

Major: Media Studies; Minor: Political Economy

Favorite Rally Comm Memory: 2019 Big Game

Fun Fact: I am a triplet! My brother goes to UCLA and my sister goes to USC.

What you’re most looking forward to this year: Continuing timeless UC Rally Committee traditions and spending time with my friends in the Committee!