Small & Diverse Business Advisory Council


The University of California Small & Diverse Business Advisory Council provides a forum for businesses, business affiliate organizations and business trade associations to provide input and feedback on UC policies and practices that impact small and diverse business utilization and participation in UC contracts and projects.

The Council is chaired by UC Chief Procurement Officer, Paul Williams, and meets on a quarterly basis. It reports to the UC President’s office, the UC Procurement Leadership Council (PLC) and other key University channels.


The Council's mission is to foster, promote, increase and retain University of California spend among small, diverse, disadvantaged and local businesses.

Council Members

  • Jasmine Ali | President & CEO, Bay Systems Inc.
  • Anda Draghici | Chief, Small Business & DVBE Services, State of California, Department of General Services
  • Sandra Escalante | President & CEO, Laner Electric Supply Co., Inc.
  • Cassie Jazmine | Venture Capital & Private Equity Principal, Strategic Economies
  • Maxie Juzang | President, President & CEO, Healthcare Staffing Professionals
  • Gordon LeePresident, CEO & Founder, Princeton Credit
  • Cheryl Lott | Attorney, Buchalter
  • Frank Louie | Chief Operating Officer, CA Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce
  • Phillip McCants | Small Business Officer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Shaila Mistry | Co-Founder and President, Jayco mmi, Inc.
  • Uriridiakoghene (Ulili) Onovakpuri | Managing Partner, Kapor Capital
  • Doug Parrish | President and CEO, Red Dipper
  • Cecil Plummer | President, Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Tong Qin | Partner at CFOs2Go
  • Donna Ruff | Vice President - Supplier Diversity & Development Manager, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
  • Darrel Sauceda | President & COO, ASC Group
  • Anthony Singleton | Small Business Officer, UC San Diego
  • Marc Spencer | CEO, Summer Search
  • Gil Vasquez | Manager Partner, Vasquez & Company LLP; Chairman of LA Latino Chamber of Commerce
  • Paul Williams | Chief Procurement Officer, UC Systemwide Procurement
  • O.T. Wells | Chief Procurement Officer, UCLA
  • Soraya Wright | Founder & CEO, SMW Risk Management Consulting
  • Avis Rivers Yates | CEO, Technology Concepts Group International

Interested in learning more about the Council?

Please contact UC Procurement