The UVA Club of the San Francisco Bay Area is dedicated to connecting alumni, parents, and friends of the University living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Whether you are new to the Bay Area or looking to reconnect to the UVA community, we encourage everyone to join us! We have provided our ‘Hoos in the Bay Area with many exciting and unique activities including:
- UVA sporting event viewings and tailgates
- “Welcome to the Area” picnics
- Happy hours
- Networking events with other college alumni groups
- Museum tours
- Community service projects
- Visiting speakers from the University
We also invite you to submit new ideas for activities or join a committee to help us coordinate worthwhile events in your area of interest. Connect with us on Facebook HERE, and drop us a line at email@example.com with any questions or comments!
Christine Piccora (CLAS ’10), President
- Meet Our Board!
Christine Piccora: Bay Area Club President
School and Year / Concentration: CLAS 2010
What’s your responsibility on the UVA Board? President
Favorite part of being a Wahoo? How far the school pride travels post-college. Being able to immediately connect with people because of our love for UVA and Cville.
What have you been up to since graduation? Moved from NY to SF 5 years ago, working in e-commerce, traveling abroad (recently Thailand) and domestically (CO, LA, parts of CA).
What do you love about your life today? The friendships I’ve made and the trips I’m planning for 2018.
What brought you to the Bay Area? Work! Got a job at a retail HQ 5 years ago and been here ever since!
Daniel Baciuska: Social Co-Chair
School and Year / Concentration: School of Architecture, 2006
What’s your responsibility on the UVA Board? Social Co-Chair
Favorite part of being a Wahoo? The immediate connection I feel whenever I run into another Virginia graduate. No matter where in the world I am, when I see a UVA hat or shirt on a passerby and say ‘Wahoowa!’, a familiar connection is made and a conversation is initiated.
What have you been up to since graduation? After leaving Grounds, I lived in Washington DC before moving to New York City for graduate study at Columbia University. It was while in NYC that I started dating Nicole Cowing (COM ’06). After completing my Masters, together we moved to England as Nicole pursued her MBA at Oxford. After two years living abroad we settled San Francisco and were married in Sausalito in 2017.
What do you love about your life today? Living in North Beach surrounded by old friends from Charlottesville and new friends made along away has really made San Francisco feel like home (I’m originally from New Jersey). Since moving and working in the Bay Area, I’ve been practicing custom residential architecture that has me frequently going to project sites in Hawaii.
What brought you to the Bay Area? When Nicole and I were deciding where to live next after England, we each wrote down ten cities that we would like to move to next and then compared our notes. When you see me at a UVA event ask what cities, other than SF, obviously, made our lists!
Heidi Connal: Bay Area Communications
School and Year / Concentration: McIntire 1994, MIS and Marketing
What’s your responsibility on the UVA Board? Communications Chair
Favorite part of being a Wahoo? The immediate connection I feel when I meet another Wahoo.
What have you been up to since graduation? I moved to New York City immediately after graduation “for only a year or two” – and spent the next twenty-one years loving the vibrant city living. I consulted at the United Nations for five years, took two years off to get my MBA from NYU, dove into a wonderful career of strategy, marketing, and M&A for various financial services firms (American Express, Fleet Boston, American Express), and eventually began an inspiring position working for Salesforce. In 2016, I left the corporate world to start my own business as an executive coach, working with brilliant leaders who want to change the world.
What do you love about your life today? I’m blessed to do what I love every day and to spend my free time traveling the world with my husband.
What brought you to the Bay Area? I’d taken a leadership role at Salesforce and was traveling from NYC to the Bay every other week. After a year of frequent flyer glory, I decided it was time to give the west coast a shot and I moved here in 2015. It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Daniela Jones: Education Committee
School and Year / Concentration: CLAS ’17, Psychology and Leadership
What’s your responsibility on the UVA Board? Assisting Danica, the Education Chair, with the Speaker Series, and co-leading the effort to expand the UVA club’s presence into the East Bay.
Favorite part of being a Wahoo? The sense of pride and community.
What have you been up to since graduation? Doing business development and client engagement at Designit, a global user experience design and strategy firm.
What do you love about your life today? Being back home in the Bay and going on new adventures with old and new friends.
What brought you to the Bay Area? As an Oakland native, I guess the real question is what brought me back to the Bay Area–I came back for a great job and the opportunity to be on the same coast as my family again!
Rafat Khan: Young Alumni Chair
School and Year / Concentration: Comm 2015 – Finance and Philosophy
What’s your responsibility on the UVA Board? Young Alumni Chair
Favorite part of being a Wahoo? Community
What have you been up to since graduation? Heading up Growth & Operations at a seed-stage startup called Snappr, i.e. the Uber of Photography.
What do you love about your life today? I get to live in a beautiful city and do what I love for a living.
What brought you to the Bay Area? I was working at Morgan Stanley in New York and they moved me to their west coast team.
Danica Murphy: Bay Area Educational/Cultural Chair
School and Year / Concentration: – College of Arts & Sciences – History 2006
What’s your responsibility on the UVA Board: Education Chair (launched the new Speaker Series)
Favorite part of being a Wahoo? The sense of community and how connected we feel with other alums.
What have you been up to since graduation? Work in sales at a tech company
What do you love about your life today? I live my life fully by embracing opportunities and seeking out new adventures. “The unexpected is always upon us.”
What brought you to the Bay Area? My job brought me out here and I am grateful that it put living in CA on my radar!
Evan Rothschild: Silicon Valley Liaison
School and Year / Concentration: McIntire 1997, Finance
What’s your responsibility on the UVA Board? Starting to bring UVA Club events to Silicon Valley
Favorite part of being a Wahoo? Other Wahoo’s are always happy to see each other
What have you been up to since graduation? Helping people manage their investments with a focus on Private Equity.
What do you love about your life today? More Sun and less shoveling than when I lived on East Coast.
What brought you to the Bay Area? My wife is from San Francisco, was just a matter of time before we ended up here.
Will Wang: Bay Area Community Chair
School and Year / Concentration: CLAS 06, Economics
What’s your responsibility on the UVA Board? Community Chair
Favorite part of being a Wahoo? Being part of a strong community, meeting other Wahoos, and going back to Charlottesville!
What have you been up to since graduation? After graduation, I moved to New York for two years to work on the proverbial Wall Street. Right before the recession hit, I moved to Los Angeles for a job opportunity at an investment management firm. It was there that I got active in UVA’s local LA club where I helped the LA club in social events and Asian-American outreach. In 2011 I moved to Philadelphia to pursue my MBA at Wharton where I met my now-wife; we moved back to Los Angeles in 2013. In 2016 a new job opportunity (also in finance / investment management) presented itself in San Francisco, CA. Before moving to Lower Pacific Heights, we adopted a puppy (Australian Shepherd mix) named Kilimanjaro.
What do you love about your life today? I love traveling and spending time outdoors with my wife, dog, and friends
What brought you to the Bay Area? A job opportunity at Angel Island Capital
- Related Links
University of Virginia links:
San Francisco City Guide
San Francisco Visitor’s Guide
San Francisco Gate
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Recreation and Parks
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Zoo
San Francisco Cable Car Museum
For more information, please contact Meggie Lam Chopade, Senior Associate Director, UVA Clubs and Global Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-470-815.