About Us

Each quarter, every UCSB undergraduate pays a fee of $210.61 to Associated Students creating a $13million budget with about half a million that is left for the Finance and Business Commitee to allocate funds for various events and projects. This fee supports a wide variety of operations of Associated Students that benefit the students of UCSB, the campus and the surrounding community. The charge of the AS Finance and Business Committee is to help registered student organizations put on successful events and determine the appropriate allocation of student funds. The AS Finance and Business Committee is composed of;

  • One Chair, One Vice-Chair, and 8 other Senators, appointed by the AS Internal Vice President
  • Chief Financial Officer, 10 Finance Officers appointed by the AS President

And these student leaders are tasked with the careful deliberation and the decision of the approval of funding for student groups, and for allocating a yearly budget that is used to foster leadership, give to the community, and enhance the experience of UCSB students.

Our team

Alejandro Muro



Astrological Sign: Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon

Fun Fact: I read Tarot cards for friends and family on my spare time.

Quote: “Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end. And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” — Audre Lorde

Astrological Sign: Gemini

Fun Fact: I love creative writing above all else.

Quote:“Don’t celebrate me if you’re not willing to stand with me” -Tarana Burke

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Steven Ho

Internal Vice President internalvp@as.ucsb.edu

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Christian Orneles

Vice Chair


Jake Mungaray

Chief Financial Officer


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Esther Liu

Accounting Intern


Astrological Sign: Aries

Fun Fact: I can’t say no to green tea ice cream.

Quote: “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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Racquel Almario

Finance Officer



Astrological Sign: Aries

Fun Fact: I lived in Japan for 8 years.

Quote: “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” — Beyoncé

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Vanessa Maldonado

Finance Officer vmaldonado@ucsb.edu

Astrological Sign: Sagittarius

Quote: “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together” -Desmond Tutu

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Dhishal Jayasinghe

Finance Officer


Astrological Sign: Ares

Fun Fact: I love country music.

Quote: “You need a hero? Look in the mirror, there go your hero.” -Kendrick Lamar

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Meri Khachikyan

Finance Officer meri_khachikyan@ucsb.edu

Astrological Sign: Capricorn

Fun Fact: I used to live in Moscow, Russia for 6 years

Quote: “Mistakes are part of the journey…just don’t let them sit in the front seat” -NF

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Melissa Perez

On-Campus Senator mepe2222@gmail.com

Alex Funk

Engineering Senator


Anthony Hernandez

University-Owned Senator anthonyhernandez@as.ucsb.edu

Astrological Sign: Scorpio

Fun Fact: Is pro pineapple on pizza

Quote: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” – Sucker Punch (2011)

Rafael Cornejo

Off-Campus Senator rafaelcornejo@as.ucsb.edu

Jasmine Palmerin

Off-Campus Senator jasminepalmerin@ucsb.edu

Astrological Sign: Capricorn

Fun Fact: I am allergic to alcohol.

Quote: “Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it”- Nicholas Sparks

Carolina Castro- Leyva

Finance Officer


Astrological Sign: Pisces

Fun Fact: I’m a dual-citizen, Mexico-US.

Quote: “Más libros, más libres” —meaning more books, more freedom.

Adriana Rivera

Finance Officer


Amy Lu

Finance Officer


Astrological Sign: Gemini

Fun Fact: I love anime because it teaches me so many life lessons that I truly appreciate!

Quote: “As long as I don’t give up, the possibility will never fall to zero.” -Kuroko Tetsuya

Chris Chen

Finance Officer


Astrological Sign: Virgo

Fun Fact: I put milk first, then cereal because that’s the right way!

Quote: “If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” ― Tony Gaskins

Sydney Karmes-Wainer

Off-Campus Senator sydneykw@gmail.com

Astrological Sign: Triple Scorpio

Fun Fact: Foreign music is my jam.

Quote: “Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.”

Dallin Mello

Off-Campus Senator dallinmello@ucsb.edu

Astrological Sign: Aries

Fun Fact: I’ve been living in Spain for the past three months.

Quote: “For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?” – bell hooks