Amanda Ketcham, Fall2017 Amanda Ketcham is currently a student at UCSC majoring in Business Management Economics. She has a love for school that is making it possible for her to finish her degree in less than three years. When she is not studying, she enjoys photography and has created her own photography business! She loves going to the beach and spending quality time with her family and friends. She is grateful for the opportunity to intern at the Chamber in order to further her network and help with the Chamber’s events. She hopes to retire early by investing in real estate and pursuing marketing.
Kun An (Victoria), Summer & Fall 2017 Kun An is an international student from China. Her major is business management economics and she hopes to graduate next Fall of her Senior year so that she may then study abroad at Peking University in China. Afterwards, she will apply for an MBA and hopefully remain in America for her career in either finance or marketing. Having an opportunity to intern for the Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce is a great starting point because she has received opportunities to attend business meetings and network with many professionals, all of which have given her a vision of what her future career might be. She loves working here but in her free-time she enjoys working out daily at the gym, watching scary thriller movies, and listening to music.
Chelsea Thompson, Spring 2017 Chelsea is a student at UCSC majoring in Business Management Economics. After witnessing how much her mom enjoyed her 25 plus years working in the Human Resource department at Kaiser Permanente, she hopes to follow in her footsteps and pursue a career in the same field. Her desire is to learn more about business administration, and the internship program at the Chamber has been a great starting point. She is passionate about giving back to the community, in her free time she volunteers at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter as a Tier 2 and Dog Show volunteer. When not volunteering, you can find her at a local coffee shop with friends!
Mireya Avila, Spring 2017 As a student intern, Mireya is currently working on research about the Pure Water Soquel project and the possible effects on the Santa Cruz community. She is also helping to implement new social media strategies on many of the Chamber’s social platforms to better engage with local businesses and communities. She will be graduating this Spring from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in International Politics. She has studied human rights and cultural memory abroad in Argentina and Chile. During the 2016 election season she spent a quarter in Washington D.C. taking classes and interning with Latino Victory Project. Her experience as an intern in Washington D.C. lead her to pursue her passion for community-based solutions and problem solving. Besides working with the Chamber she also volunteers at the Homeless Services Center.
Josh Ebadi, Spring 2017 Josh is a senior at the University of California Santa Cruz, graduating in 2017. He is double majoring in economics and computer science . He has several years experience working in non-profits that help better the community . During free time, he plays sports such as basketball and has been on many teams.
Ilan Zur, Spring 2017 Ilan Zur is a senior at UC- Santa Cruz who is graduating in June, 2017, with highest honors in majors of Legal Studies and Sociology. Ilan is a former NCAA basketball player for UC- Santa Cruz, who is very passionate about pursuing a career in public policy and lawmaking, as a means to fight against social and economic inequality. After graduation he will be applying to top law schools in the nation, with the hope of using the legitimacy of a top law degree to pursue political leadership in the state of California.