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.

  • Steven Andrade

    Associate Director of Development
    (949) 824-2921

    Steven Andrade joined UCI Law in May 2022 after serving as the Director of Business Development for a retail technology company in San Diego, where he managed key-investor relationships, served as the lead contact for industry partners and oversaw inventory operations.

    Previously, Steven was a member of the Development staff in the University of Arizona’s Athletics department. In his most recent role as Associate Director of Development and Revenue Generation, Steven was responsible for securing major gifts for the Wildcat Club during the department’s recently completed, $60 million fundraising campaign. Additionally, he served as the Development team’s premium seating lead and managed the Arizona Stadium Skybox Suite program.

    Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a master’s degree in Legal Studies, both from the University of Arizona.

  • Rebekah Bergeron

    Associate Director of Alumni and External Relations
    (949) 824-2816

    Rebekah Bergeron joined UCI Law in November 2019 as Development Coordinator, assisting and managing portions of alumni programming, student philanthropy, donor stewardship, campaign planning and tracking and development operations. In August 2022, Rebekah was promoted to her current role as Associate Director of Alumni  and External Relations.
    Prior to UCI Law, Rebekah served for three years with the University of Arizona Foundation’s Major and Principal Gifts team, where she worked with colleagues from across the University of Arizona development operation to ensure consistent and successful communication flow and fundraising planning. She also worked closely with the foundation’s senior executives while supporting trustee and high-level donor engagement.
    Rebekah holds a bachelor’s degree in Social, Behavioral and Human Understanding from the University of Arizona.
  • Leslie Dods

    Events Manager
    (949) 824-0197
  • Berenice Gomez

    Development Coordinator
    (949) 824-1265