Erica Lennard has been with UC San Diego for over 15 years collectively, serving in a variety of roles. Currently, she serves as the Director of Student Affairs and Industry Relations in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In this role, Erica and her team oversee a large and complex education program whose primary goals are to help guide undergraduate and graduate students towards their degree goals, and to support the instructional mission of the faculty. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is one of the largest departments on the campus, with nearly 300 graduate students and about 1,000 undergraduate majors; it is also an important service department for UC San Diego, with over 25,000 STEM students enrolling in chemistry and biochemistry lab and lecture classes per year.
Erica attributes her upward trajectory and career success to having had many inspiring role models and mentors. She started out as a front desk receptionist in the UC San Diego Medical Center while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UC San Diego, and then later moved into leadership roles. Prior to joining the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Erica made important contributions in several other departments, including the Department of Psychology, the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) now known as the Qualcomm Institute, the Department of Literature, and UC San Diego Extension. Outside of the office, Erica enjoys activities focused on health and wellness, and she has proudly completed her twelfth half-marathon since 2011.
She is proud to be part of UC San Diego, which is a top-ranked public research university. Its high rankings reflect excellence in both education and research, with award-winning faculty and a culture of collaboration that spark discoveries that advance society.
MYERS-BRIGGS PERSONALITY TYPE:
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. -George Bernard Shaw
I strive to approach life with kindness, authenticity, integrity, and optimism. I enjoy continually learning and generally approaching life as an ongoing journey in personal and professional development. One of my primary passions is studying health and nutrition . I received my national certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in 2010. I also enjoy pursuing knowledge in areas including psychology, organization/productivity, self-improvement, and leadership. I am a devotee of the principles taught by David Allen, “Getting Things Done” or better known by fellow enthusiasts as GTD. I’ve read each of David Allen’s books and have even been fortunate enough to attend one of his inspiring seminars in San Francisco. I also try to incorporate technology to optimize my efficiency and organization (both personally and professionally). A few productivity applications that I highly recommend are Evernote, Wunderlist, and Things. Of late, I have become an avid listener of audiobooks. Some of my other interests are running , hiking, yoga, skiing , knitting (learning!), healthy cooking, traveling, spending time with my wonderful family , and other adventures with my husband and our golden retriever puppy .