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From Class Chair to Dean's Council

John Onderdonk (MESM '03) remains a stalwart supporter of the Bren community

John Onderdonk

Past Chair, Bren Alumni Advisory Council 
Member, Dean’s Council 

Both UC Santa Barbara and Bren alumni make up a significant part of our individual giving community. Brennies in particular recognize the value of their high-caliber graduate education and its impact on shaping them into sought-after environmental professionals. Through their ongoing support in a variety of capacities –as donors, guest lecturers, advisors, Group Project clients, employers, connectors, and more- alumni give back to advance the careers of other future solutions-oriented environmental leaders. 

MESM ’03 graduate, John Onderdonk, is one of these individuals. Following his graduation from Bren with a Master of Environmental Science and Management with a specialization in Corporate Environmental Management, John and his wife, Katrina, have remained actively involved through a multitude of ways. They have given annually to the Bren School since John graduated, and since 2014, they have supported named student fellowships that have made numerous Fellowships possible.

As a founder and Past Chair of the Bren Alumni Advisory Council and a member of the Dean’s Council, John has acted as an invaluable connector between Bren and our greater alumni community, enabling the school to retain its high standing as a leading center for training environmental problem-solvers.

Want to get involved? Reach out to the Bren School for more information about partnership opportunities.

Lotus Vermeer

Assistant Dean of Partnerships & Development
(805) 893-3712

Beth Pitton-August

Director of Development
(805) 893-5047

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