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Losing a job or place to live. Car repairs. Unexpected childcare or healthcare costs. For some Aggies, these financial emergencies can be the difference between earning a degree and dropping out.

As stewards of the Student Emergency Relief Aid (SERA) program, Aggies Helping Aggies (AHA), the official student foundation for UC Davis, grants financial awards to students in need. Since 2011, AHA has helped hundreds of students stay in school through economic hardship.

Joining the AHA Board of Trustees is a great opportunity to work with the UC Davis’ Foundation Board, learn from UC Davis’ world-class fundraising team, and develop a culture of philanthropy on campus.

If you are a current UC Davis student who is looking for professional development, leadership experience, meaningful fellowship, and the opportunity to help students in need, please click below to complete the UC Davis Student Foundation Trustee Application!



Megan Ainley

Megan is a fourth year Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior major and this will be her third year as a member of Aggies Helping Aggies. Originally part of the Finance & Allocation committee, she became president after her first year, and this will be her second year in the role. Megan has always been interested in philanthropy, and is so proud of her time with Aggies Helping Aggies, with their work on raising money for vital campus programs like SERA. In her free time, she enjoys watching sci-fi, spending time with her dog, and playing music.

Jocelyne Contero

Jocelyne has been a member of Aggies Helping Aggies for the past three years. After her first year in college she wanted to gain leadership experience in an organization that would be student-led. She joined the Marketing and Stewardship Committee her sophomore year, and helped out with the social media accounts and public outreach. She has now taken the role of Co-Chair of the Marketing and Stewardship Committee. Outside of Aggies Helping Aggies, Jocelyne enjoys to cook/bake, spend time with friends and family, and watch anime.

Perri Gish

Perri is a fourth year Animal Science major and joined Aggies Helping Aggies towards the end of her second year. Perri works in the marketing and stewardship committee primarily on the YouTube channel and enjoys the professional development aspects of this organization as well as feeling like she is making a difference in the community. She also participates on the board of her agricultural sorority, Sigma Alpha, and works in the animal science department on campus. She aspires to work in conservation upon graduation.

Anna Irwin

Anna is a second-year cell biology major and joined Aggies Helping Aggies in the Fall of 2021. Her interest in philanthropy developed in high school where she began volunteering with local organizations to help promote the community’s wellbeing. Watching the pandemic impact her friends, family, coworkers, and classmates further inspired her to get involved in philanthropy on-campus. In her free time, Anna likes to do puzzles, make music, and tutor younger students in math and science.

Katherine Klein

Katherine is a fourth-year Economics major who joined Aggies Helping Aggies in the Fall of 2021. She wanted to get involved with AHA to give back to the UC Davis community, cultivate philanthropy on campus, and help support student resources. Katherine was specifically interested in joining the Finance and Allocation Committee to help students experiencing emergency situations. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time in the arboretum, thrift shopping, and searching for her next cup of coffee!

Jeffrey Lee

Jeffrey has been a member of Aggies Helping Aggies for the past three years. After previous internships at several nonprofits, he wanted to join a service-oriented organization and gain experience in student-led philanthropy. He has helped lead fundraising campaigns for the Student Emergency Relief Aid award, Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center, and other resources on campus. Jeffrey likes to find new music in his free time and go to concerts.

Barry Nguyen

Barry joined the finance and allocation committee during his fall quarter of sophomore year in hopes of playing role in philanthropic efforts at Davis. Through his participation in the foundation, he has been able to promote and further develop his passion for helping students in need.

Cate Sievers

Cate is a third year Communication and Sociology double major who joined Aggies Helping Aggies in the Fall of 2021. After working with many local Yolo County nonprofit organizations, she became extremely interested in supporting philanthropic efforts on campus. She's excited to work on the development committee and make an impact on campus.

Chelan Tolentino

Chelan is a second year Managerial Economics major and joined Aggies Helping Aggies in Spring of 2021. While on the lookout for extracurricular activities on campus, she came across Aggies Helping Aggies, which sparked her interest in philanthropy and helping her fellow students through their journey. She joined the Finance and Allocation Committee to help award students who apply for the Student Emergency Relief Aid award. In her free time, she likes to watch scary movies, spend time with friends and family, and search for Cheeto.

Michelle Trinh

Michelle is a fourth year Economics major and Accounting minor. She has been part of Aggies Helping Aggies and the Finance and Allocation Committee since her freshman year. After a year, she was promoted to committee chair, which gave her more hands-on experience with managing the allocation of the Student Emergency Relief Aid award funds to 100+ students facing financial emergencies. In her free time, she enjoys going on long walks, thrift shopping, reading novels, and exploring different music genres. Upon graduation, she plans on working in public accounting and eventually starting her own business.

Sara Vien

Sara joined Aggies Helping Aggies just this year and has enjoyed being part of an organization that has actively bettered the lives of many Aggies. She has learned so much about student-led philanthropy and during her free time, enjoys cooking, watching scary movies, and trying new places to eat!

Lauren Yi

Lauren was a member of AHA since Fall 2021. Ever since she had an interest in giving and philanthropy, she decided to do some research about the programs like that on the UCD campus. Also, through her twin sister, she has found out about this organization and has also promoted to other people about the committee. She is thankful that the development committee has opened up doors for her to be more professionally prepared for other internships, as well as getting to meet more people. Her interests are primarily in the education of children and how to accommodate to their academic needs during the pandemic.

Shannon Yi

Shannon joined Aggies Helping Aggies in Spring of 2021. In her first year at Davis, she was on the lookout for extracurriculars involving leadership and giving back to the community. She assists with managing the social media accounts and immersed herself into the culture of philanthropy. When not working on projects related to the Marketing Committee, she loves to cook, dance, and translate.