Staff Profiles

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Cecilia Fura

Cecilia Fura, Senior Manager

As VSPA Senior Manager, Cecilia is the primary contact for VSPA.  She oversees the daily operations, supervises office staff, and conducts special projects and initiatives. 

Cecilia will serve as the point person for VSPA in the interim while the Vice Chancellor for Research Office launches a search for a new Director.

Phone: (510) 643-9681

Phone: (510) 643-9681

Marci Burke

Marci Burke, Program Coordinator

As VSPA Program Coordinator, Marci coordinates VSPA events and manages the appointment process for postdocs and visiting researchers.

Phone: (510) 643-9681

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Student Team

Ryan Chang


Ryan Chang is a VSPA Program Assistant studying Economics and Data Science at UC Berkeley. During his spare time, he enjoys watching YouTube videos on investments, technology, and watches.  


picture of Vy Ho in outside setting


Vy Ho is a VSPA Program Assistant studying Data Science and Statistics. A rising junior, Vy enjoys baking bread, all things cats, and the occasional Redbull or two. In her spare time, you might find Vy out on a stroll luring neighborhood cats with treats.

headshot of Rui Hong Guan with fiat lux graphic in background


Rui Hong Guan is a VSPA Program Assistant and is a fourth year from the Bay Area studying civil engineering. In his free time, he likes to play volleyball and badminton. He is also an inspiration-driven artist, meaning he unfortunately only draws when inspired to, but when he does decide to pick up his pencil, he enjoys figure drawing.

Lea Huynh standing in front of a redwood tree


Lea Huynh is a VSPA Data Assistant studying Data Science. She loves hiking, having lunch at Memorial Glade, and taking a nap at Sather Tower. In her free time, she enjoys escaping to the nearby redwood forest and finding something interesting to read.




Haoan (Richard) Liu is our VSPA Website Builder and graduate student in Development Engineering 2022. He is from Hangzhou, China. A boy enjoying traveling, quiet time, reading, and also a big fan of coffee. He has huge passion about volleyball, thinking, and exploring the world with ultimate curiosity. Endeavor to find his unique way to impact the world in the future.


Ellie Matsuno


Ellie Matsuno is a Program Assistant at the VSPA. She is studying Civil Engineering at UC Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing video games, and hanging out with friends.


Simmerdeep Kaur


Simmerdeep Kaur Originally from India, Simmer is a first-year student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She is passionate about reporting unconventional yet significant news stories that deserve the world's recognition. She serves as the News Editor at VSPA. Other than being a journalist, she is also a gym and fitness enthusiast.

Bella Sanford


Isabella Sanford is an English major in her third year at Berkeley and is VSPA's Social Media Intern. Her hobbies include playing in her band, content creation, and journaling.



Elizabeth Wang is a fourth-year Economics major and an Alumni Assistant at VSPA. In her free time, she enjoys listening to new music, watching documentaries, and spending time with friends.