Shanti brings two decades of fundraising, alumni relations, and communications experience to her joint appointment with the School of Information and its Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), including 19 years with UC Berkeley.
Since 2019, she has helped to establish the I School's first $1M doctoral fellowship endowment and formalized more than a dozen new corporate and foundation engagements with the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity - inspired by the opportunity to diversify both the student and general population this work engages, and the chance to advance more human-centered solutions to digital security.
A Berkeley High alumna, Shanti attended UC Santa Cruz where she secured her BA in Community Studies, drawn to its social change emphasis and the opportunity to conduct international fieldwork, which she completed in Barcelona co-teaching women's self-defense classes - an experience memorialized in her honors undergraduate thesis.
Early development work with the Berkeley YWCA, Business for Social Responsibility, and three years with the Washington D.C. based headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), preceded her career in higher education. At the University of Southern California, while working in development and student affairs, she secured her Master's degree in Communications Management from the Annenberg School for Communications with distinction.
Joining the UC Berkeley staff in 2003, Shanti served as Director of Development, Alumni Relations & Communications for International House across eleven adventurous years - working closely with its leadership, Board, and a small but mighty team to consistently exceed fundraising goals, including its milestone 75th Anniversary capital campaign. Shanti helped to secure over $20M in service to the I House mission while consciously building its brand and network through revamped online and print communications, video contests, annual fundraising Galas, and alumni convenings in London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, L.A, D.C., and the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
As Assistant Dean for UC Berkeley's Graduate Division 2014-2017, Shanti designed and launched a $500K to $500K matching gift program - the Berkeley Endowments to Attract and Retain Graduate Students (BEAR Grads) program - which, through collaborative fundraising across campus, secured $20M for Graduate Fellowship Endowments in just over two years.
She joined the School of Information - formerly the School of Librarianship - after a productive two years with the UC Berkeley University Library (all 24 of them), including leadership for the 10th Anniversary of the East Asian Library and significant expansion of direct funding for the wine oral history project and detective book collections of the Bancroft Library.
She completed her Certification as a Planned Giving Specialist (CSPG) in 2021.
Shanti lives and volunteers in El Cerrito where she resides with her husband, their youngest soccer-obsessed Berkeley High teen, a "spoiled hot dog" (dachshund) named Digby, and enjoys rare but welcomed visits from an eldest son now attending Chico State University.