Development and External Relations

    Development Staff

  • Josh Larsen

    Executive Director of Development 
    (949) 824-7424

    Josh Larsen joined UCI Law in November 2020 from USC’s Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, where he served as the Executive Director of Development. During his tenure at USC Dentistry, Josh and his team secured substantial philanthropic support from individual, foundation and corporate donors, benefitting clinical education, research initiatives and community outreach programs.

    Previously, he served as the Senior Director of Development at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. During his time at USC Annenberg, and as part of the $7 billion Campaign for USC, Josh secured multi-million dollar gifts to fund capital projects, create student scholarships, launch new student programs and advance faculty research initiatives. While securing donor funds, Josh worked with student affairs colleagues to conceive of and develop new career programming to better leverage corporate partnerships and to open new career pathways for graduates. He also spearheaded the launch of the school’s initiative to provide resources that ensure access to extra- and co-curricular activities regardless of students’ financial circumstances.

    Josh is a two-time USC graduate, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship.

  • Mary Ann Soden

    Mary Ann Soden

    Director of Development and Faculty Initiatives
    (949) 824-9079

    Mary Ann Soden joined UC Irvine School of Law in February 2016. She is an experienced non-profit executive as well as an attorney, having practiced civil law. Prior to joining UCI Law, she was the Chief Community Programs Officer for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation in Santa Ana, where she led their public-private partnerships for health and human services developing several innovative collaborations. Prior to becoming an attorney Mary Ann worked with Price Waterhouse (Legal Support Services) and American Express Bank in systems development and support. She holds a J.D. from USC Gould School of Law; a M.Sc. in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She is very active in her own alumni associations, promoting networking opportunities, class communications, scholarship selection, and reunion giving.

  • Jaclyn McVay

    Jaclyn McVay

    Associate Director for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving 
    (949) 824-2921

    Jaclyn works collaboratively with School alumni, staff, faculty and prospects. She provides donor stewardship, manages alumni relations, and works with Central Advancement, the School’s Marketing and Communications team, and colleagues and supporters to ensure success of development events, activities and programs. She performs coordination of complex, confidential and sensitive issues of a broad scope related to donor relations, major gift fundraising, and public relations that support the engagement and fundraising objectives of the Law School. Jaclyn brings significant private sector experience overseeing and coordinating team efforts in a variety of contexts including the financial services and real estate appraisal industry in the roles of Vendor Manager and Office and Commercial Projects Manager respectively. She has an M.B.A. from Averett University and a B.A. in History and French from Randolph-Macon Women's College.

  • Sen. Joseph Dunn (ret.)

    Sen. Joseph Dunn (ret.)

    Special Advisor to the Dean

    (949) 824-0197

    Joseph Dunn was a member of the California State Senate from 1998 to 2006. In the Legislature, he chaired key committees such as the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Housing Committee. He received international acclaim as chair of the Senate Investigation Committee into the 2001 California energy crisis. California Lawyer Magazine labeled then-Senator Dunn as “The Man Who Cracked Enron.” Prior to entering the Senate, he was a plaintiff’s lawyer in Orange County, handling products liability litigation involving defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He worked in the Newport Beach office of Robbins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi after law school and joined Robinson, Calcagnie, Robinson, also in Newport Beach, where he continued to focus on products liability and complex litigation until his election to the Senate. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Minnesota School of Law (1983) and his B.A. magna cum laude from the College of St. Thomas (1980).

  • Rebekah Bergeron

    Development Coordinator
    (949) 824-1265