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Susan Hoffman, Director

Before coming to UC, Susan Hoffman worked for the California State University—both at the state chancellor’s office and at San Francisco State—creating new interdisciplinary and international programs. She initiated the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SFSU in 2002 and moved to UC Berkeley in 2007 to re-envision and build an entirely new Osher program. Previously, Hoffman served for a decade as the executive director of the California Confederation of the Arts, advocating for California artists, art educators, and arts organizations in Sacramento and Washington D.C., and developing cultural and educational policies. Her creative portfolio as a writer and film-maker includes directing short films and writing and publishing essays and poetry. Her faculty appointments have been in creative writing, theatre, and political philosophy.

Eric Anthony, Classroom and Faciliites Coordinator

Eric Anthony received his BA from Penn State University before relocating to California. With nearly a decade of public sector and nonprofit experience, he recently completed his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona. As the Director of Business Development for the Los Angeles Business Council, Eric planned small and large scale events for regional stakeholders to create a dialogue with local, state, and federal officials. He looks forward to bringing this experience to the OLLI community. At OLLI, Eric oversees facilities and operations, coordinates faculty support in the classrooms, and serves as front-line responder to OLLI members and volunteers.

Nicole Magnuson, Program Coordinator

Nicole Magnuson has lived in Europe, Mexico, Canada, and on both US coasts, but always comes back to Berkeley. With two Cal degrees, she has managed environmental, arts, and educational nonprofit organizations, including campus appointments at UC Extension and the National Writing Project. She enjoys travel, food and cooking, and languages.

Talia Walsmith, Program Assistant

Talia Walsmith comes to OLLI with over a decade of experience in the Bay Area's nonprofit sector with a focus on community health, mental healthcare, and gender equality. She is a certified expressive arts facilitator and holds a BA. in women's studies from UC Santa Barbara and an M.A. in women's spirituality. Talia has also completed graduate work in depth psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and archetypal studies and enjoys painting and writing. Talia joined OLLI in 2014 as support staff for OLLI's programs and leadership. 

Chelsea Crown, Research Assistant

Chelsea Crown is a student in the concurrent Master of Public Health and Master of Social Welfare program at UC Berkeley. Her focus is on health and social behavior and on direct practice in health settings, with a specialty in aging. She has previously worked with Ashby Village, Born to Age Senior Care Directories, the Over 60 Program at UCSF, and several other nonprofits focused on older adults in the Bay Area.

Jason Gant, Research Intern

Jason Gant, a Bay Area native, has a BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley. He has worked in operations and management across many sectors including finance, technology, and fashion, and is now pursuing a masters level education in Public Health. Jason joined OLLI in the summer of 2013 as a research intern to learn more about the effects of lifelong learning in health outcomes for older adults.

Student Staff

OLLI Student Staff are undergraduates at UC Berkeley who provide technical support for courses and programs as well as  administrative support in the office.