About the Staff

The Volunteer Center is composed of a small but mighty team dedicated to enhancing UCLA’s engagement in public service. Our full-time staff and student groups collaborate with other campus organizations and community partners on one-time and ongoing service projects, leadership programs, and online resources to inspire others to create social change through a lifelong commitment to volunteering.

Read more about the Center’s employees and student leaders:

Ashley Love-Smith, Interim Director

Prior to Ashley’s start at the UCLA Volunteer Center, she served as the Program Coordinator for Alumni Affairs Diversity Programs where she oversaw the planning and execution of the recent TEDxUCLA Women’s Conference as well as providing support for several identity based alumni groups. Ashley holds an M.A. in Organizational Management at Antioch University and a B.S. in Marketing and Management from Tulane University. She has also completed a Volunteer Management Certificate program through the Long Beach Non-Profit Partnership and regularly demonstrates her passion for volunteerism by volunteering with Hands for Hope, Big Sunday, and Reading to Kids, where she is a site coordinator. She is excited to work more with students who she admires for their “optimism, hope, energy and passion.” In her spare time, she loves adventuring in the Los Angeles community, taking spin classes, and walking her two dogs Comet and Haley.

Kathleen Ly, Marketing Coordinator

Kathleen Ly holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz, where she double majored in Film and Digital Media and Politics/Latin American Studies. A highlight of her volunteerism is her previous experience teaching English at the University of Hue in Vietnam through Volunteers in Asia. Her on-campus volunteer activities include serving on UCLA Staff Assembly’s executive board as Vice President of Special Projects, teaching technology to UCLA emeriti/retirees with BruinTech, and replenishing food and water for feral cats with Campus Cat Network. In addition to her dedication to improving the online presence of the Volunteer Center, Kathleen loves to spend her free time catching up with the latest technology and being active – dragon boating and running in particular! Kathleen is excited to support UCLA and the greater Los Angeles community through volunteerism.

Shammir Khan, Events Assistant

Shammir is a fourth-year student majoring in Biology who is passionate about helping others through community service and healthcare. For the past seven years, Shammir has been involved with Best Buddies, an international non-profit organization focused on increasing respect and opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). As president of the Best Buddies chapter at UCLA, he hopes to reduce the stigma of people with IDD on campus and in the community. In his role as a Community Service Commission staff member, Shammir plans and leads campus-wide awareness campaigns addressing a number of social issues. After attending medical school, Shammir hopes to be a pediatrician who fully embraces relationship building within his community

Eddie Munguia, Events Assistant

Eddie is a third-year Psychology major and Music Industry minor who is interested in the relationship between social psychology and the marketing/management side of the industry. On campus, Eddie is a part of the Music Industry Committee (MIC), a group of individuals who coordinate quarterly events and workshops for students interested in the music industry. Eddie is also passionate about service and advocacy regarding issues such as hunger on college campuses. For the past three years, Eddie has been a part of Swipe Out Hunger, an on-campus organization dedicated to fighting food insecurity at UCLA. As current Co-President of the Swipe Out Hunger chapter at UCLA, Eddie hopes to increase the visibility of the resources that Swipe Out Hunger provides while decreasing the stigma surrounding food insecurity as a whole. After graduation, Eddie plans to pursue his career goals working for a local record label.

Taylor Parker, Web Programmer and Content Producer

Taylor Parker is a fourth year Neuroscience major with an interest in the relationship between psychology, neurology, and technology. She aspires to become a psychiatrist who focuses on the mental health of foster youth. In high school she was a part of the Global IT Academy, where she learned how to program in over five languages. Taylor interned at Boeing when she was 16 as a Systems Analyst for the Missiles and Radar Guidance Systems department and has continued to build upon her programming knowledge since. At UCLA, she is involved with multiple student organizations such as the Bruin Origami Society, Bruin Guardian Scholars, and Interaxon. She also works with the UCLA Department of Pediatrics TIES For Families as a mentor for a foster youth. Taylor’s goal is to provide the Volunteer Center with an aesthetically pleasing while technologically powerful website.

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