Ayesha came to UCLA in 2019. For over ten years, she has been involved in both the private and public sector dedicated to the advocacy, civic engagement and program development in the field of aging.

In addition to focusing on positive aging, she believes in fostering community and that those who have served the University will continue to have the support of the University.

Ayesha holds both a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Gerontology from USC, and a BA in Sociology from Temple University.  Ayesha continued her passion for gerontology by creating innovative programming; such as intergenerational events, facilitating therapeutic art initiatives, and creating community-centered events. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, running, hiking, camping, music, and art.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Maria was raised in Los Angeles, where she met and married her high-school sweetheart Joey. Their family includes son Cody, daughter Brandi, and three dogs.

Maria has worked at the Center for nearly three decades. Among her responsibilities are maintaining accounting records, processing reimbursements and bank deposits, assisting with retiree programs and referrals to campus resources, and overseeing financial and material management.

In addition, Maria is a second generation Bruin; Maria’s mother retired from UCLA in 1993.  Maria is a graduate of the UCLA Staff Enrichment Program and also volunteers in various capacities. Moreover, she enjoys many family activities and adventures, as well as cooking.

Taking his position at the ERRC as of October 17, 2016, is Eric Wang.  If his name is familiar, it’s because he previously worked in this same position from 1994 to 2005, when he moved to New York.  Returning to the West Coast, he worked at UCLA Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences and has most recently been working at UCLA Campus Human Resources as an employment assistant.

“I am honored to accept the position at the Emeriti/Retirees Relations Center,” he said.  “I look forward to the possibility of contributing again to the value the ERRC brings to the emeriti and retirees.”