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Digital Archaeology Lab and Data Publication Director

Deidre Brin leads the development of DIG, an archaeological data publishing initiative at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, and manages the Digital Archaeology Lab at Cotsen.

Conservation Student Affairs Officer

Shaharoh Chism has been with the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and UCLA/Getty Conservation Program for three years. Prior to that she worked in UCLA Cardiology for six years.

Director of Publications, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press

Randi Danforth has an archaeology BA from Yale and has worked for the Cotsen since 2013. Before that she was an editor at the American University in Cairo Press, in Cairo.

Fund Manager


Director of Development and Events

Michelle Jacobson has been a fundraising professional for over 20 years, most of that time at UCLA. She has a BA and MA in Anthropology and a MBA – all from UCLA. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Co-opportunity Natural Foods Coop and the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation.

Office Manager

Alfonso's career at UCLA began in May 2011 in the department of Pediatric Cardiology as the Catheterization Coordinator. He was in this department for a little over 2 years.

Department Technical Analyst

BA in Business Administration, Information Systems from Cal State Northridge. 8 years experience of technical knowledge and repair from Geek Squad and Apple Retail as a Genius, with a year experience as a CapEx Project Manager at Apple.

Director of the Experimental and Archaeological Sciences Lab (EASL)

Vanessa Muros holds a BA and MA in archaeology and an MSc in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic objects.

Director of the Waystation Initiative

Lyssa C. Stapleton received her MA and PhD in archaeology from UCLA. She has a BA in anthropology, with a minor in museum studies, from Cal State East Bay.

Archaeology Student Affairs Officer

Sumiji is the Student Affairs Officer for the Archaeology Interdepartmental Graduate Program.  He is responsible for advising the Archaeology graduate students on University and departmental requirements.  He coordinates the program’s admissions and orientation, monitors student progress, and man

Chief Administrative Officer

Bronson Tran received his undergraduate degree at UCLA and worked as a technology analyst for the English Department though the Center for Digital Humanities for years, eventually becoming the IT manager.