Meet the Team



Jeff Roth

Associate Vice Chancellor

Email: jroth@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 206-8041

Jeff was appointed as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Budget in January 2016. Prior to joining UCLA, Jeff served in a variety of leadership roles in different educational and nonprofit institutions. He worked at Stevens Institute of Technology, Teachers College at Columbia University, and New York Institute of Technology. After his time working in higher education, Jeff served 15 years at the New York Public Library, taking on roles including the VP for Budget, VP for Strategic Planning, and most recently the VP for Finance.

Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and master’s from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management.


Suzanne Smith

Deputy to the Associate Vice Chancellor

Email: ssmith@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-3764

Suzanne began working at UCLA for the Office of The Vice Chancellor for Research in 2007. She then joined Academic Planning & Budget in 2013 and currently serves as Deputy to the Associate Vice Chancellor. Prior to joining UCLA, her career encompassed the legal profession and corporate finance. She fully supports UCLA in developing strategic initiatives that strengthen both the campus and community and is a strong advocate for quality public education. Suzanne is a proud alum of UCLA earning her BA in History, with a specialization in African Studies.


Elisabeth Pilcher

Associate Director of Budget Administration

Email: epilcher@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 206-3752

Elisabeth Pilcher accepted the role of Associate Director of Budget Administration in 2017. Prior to coming to UCLA, Elisabeth was the Assistant Director of Financial Planning and Reporting in the Office of the President and Provost at Harvard University. She has over a decade of experience in financial planning, reporting, analysis and accounting in the area of higher education.


Lydia Coleman

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Email: lcoleman@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-3139

Lydia Coleman joined UCLA as Director of Strategic Initiatives for APB in 2017. Lydia has over a decade of experience in strategy, operations, and finance, having previously worked at DaVita Inc., McKinsey & Company, and a mid-market private equity firm in Palo Alto. Lydia earned her bachelor’s in Finance at the University of Notre Dame, and her MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.


Homa Mojtabai

Senior Projects Analyst

Email: hmojtabai@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-5754

Prior to joining the APB in 2017, Homa worked in local government and with CityGrows, a seed-stage govtech startup. Previously she worked with UCLA's California Center for Sustainable Communities. She also has experience as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and in microfinance with Grameen Foundation. She earned a Bachelor's in Spanish from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Wharton.




Institutional Research and Data Analytics


Adam Sugano

Executive Director of Institutional Research & Data Analytics

Email: asugano@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-5713

A proud triple Bruin, between 2000-2008 Adam earned his BS in mathematics, MS in biostatistics, and a PhD in statistics from UCLA. Prior to his return to campus, Adam held leadership positions at Autodesk and Experian Marketing Services where he managed data science teams focused on understanding customer behavior and delivering innovative data-driven solutions to help inform decision making across these organizations.


Albert Biscarra

Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Email: abiscarra@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 206-4152

Albert Biscarra joined APB as Assistant Director of Institutional Research in May 2017. He has worked in institutional research at UCLA since 2011. Albert seeks to further the mission of APB as a chief data resource both for the campus and externally through supporting data-driven analyses that empower strategic business decisions and new ways of evidence-based decision-making, as well as through forging strong working relationships with colleagues across UCLA and beyond. Albert attended UC Irvine for undergraduate and UCLA for graduate school. 


Cecilia Zhang

Assistant Director of Data Science

Email: czhang@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-3358

Cecilia Zhang has served as the Assistant Director of Data Science and Institutional Research at APB since June 2017. Before she joined UCLA, she has been involved with institutional research, business intelligence and advanced analytics in various institutions of higher education. Cecilia earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and her research focused on the impact of labor migration on regional income inequality using panel data analysis.


Nicole Lim

Principal Analyst, Data Science

Email: nlim@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-1981

A data scientist and design enthusiast, Nicole joined UCLA in 2017. She earned her BS in Bioengineering from UCSD and her MS in Analytics from Northwestern University. Previously, she started an analytics consulting practice with her Northwestern cohort and worked as a Lead Data Scientist at Autodesk in San Francisco.


Chloe Reynolds

Principal Database Developer & Analyst

Email: creynolds@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 206-4619

Chloe Reynolds joined UCLA in 2013 and has managed APB’s database development since 2017. Her background includes 17 years of designing data analytics pipelines, having served as the Senior Data Engineer for Sprint's Advanced Analytics Research Lab; the Data Architect for the National Science Foundation Nuclear Forensics Project; and Global Strategy Business Intelligence Analyst at Electronic Arts. Her work enables delivery of actionable insights to executives and clients. Chloe earned her Master of Information Management and Systems degree from UC Berkeley, with a focus on data analytics.





Program Analysis


Rebecca Lee-Garcia

Director of Program Analysis

Email: rleegarcia@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-4922

Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Rebecca traded in snow boots for year-round running shoes. She is committed to public higher education and working on institutions’ financial challenges while fulfilling a commitment to their mission. She feels fortunate to be working at UCLA as part of a campus community that is dedicated to its students, faculty and staff. Rebecca has previously worked with Indiana University, where she also earned a PhD. She earned a Bachelor's and Master's from University of Michigan and remains a Michigan football fan.


Ellen Hermann

Senior Strategic Planning Analyst

Email: ehermann@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 794-5210

Ellen Hermann has served as a Senior Strategic Planning Analyst with UCLA’s Office of Academic Planning and Budget since 2016. She has worked in non-profit strategic planning for the past several years, and served as a financial consultant prior to that. Ellen earned her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.


Nike Noack

Senior Strategic Planning Analyst

Email: nnoack@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-7024

Nike Noack has served in the role of Senior Strategic Budget Analyst since 2017. Prior to accepting the role with UCLA, she spent over a decade working in various finance, budget, and accounting capacities in the non-profit and government sectors. Nike earned her master’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from California State University, Stanislaus in 2017.


Cathy Son

Hyperion Planning Analyst

Email: cson@ponet.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-3833

Cathy Son began her role as the Hyperion Planning Analyst in 2016, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve as the C-BIG resource at her alma mater. In her previous position, she was a consultant at an award-winning consulting firm that specialized in Oracle Enterprise Performance Management products, including Hyperion Planning, Essbase, and Oracle Cloud. She has experience in application development, technical support, and project management; and has authored one of the very first Oracle Cloud technical reference books on Oracle Planning & Budgeting Cloud Service.




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