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Jan Dehesh - Development Director, UC San Diego Jacob's School of Engineering - San Diego Miramar College

As the University of California, San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering Director of Development, Jan Dehesh brings more than 20 years of executive-level experience in all aspects of the wireless telecommunications and information technology industry from start-up to product rollout, commercial ramp up and development of industry standards, as well as nearly 10 years of experience in higher education nonprofit leadership.

"I went to UCSD full time and was working full time and raising two children," she said. "With all of that weight on my shoulders the one thing I never worried about was the validity of my education from the community college system. I felt that Miramar had prepared me with an excellent base education, I knew I would be able to handle whatever was thrown my way from my UCSD classes. And I was correct, I'm not sure who was more proud on graduation day, me or my kids."

Her roots in Information Technology bring excellent understanding of issues in emerging wireless application development and she has built strong relationships with most major industry players, domestically and internationally. As a director for a higher education nonprofit organization for nearly 10 years, including serving as president of the board, Dehesh has a strong understanding of the issues facing both students and public higher education, and the needs of the public college and university systems.

Prior to joining the University of California, San Diego team, Dehesh was the founder and chief executive officer of Dehesh International, a consulting company working to build bridges between technologists, investors and telecom companies. She assisted emerging wireless industry companies around the world and investment banks in San Diego and New York.

Previously, she served in several executive roles at Qualcomm Inc. Most recently, as a vice president of business development, representing all divisions of the company to major carriers and Fortune 500 companies worldwide, Dehesh developed and implemented marketing programs to accelerate the adoption of Qualcomm's technologies and services through strategic partnerships with wireless carriers, device manufacturers, independent software vendors and Fortune 500 corporations. She also created a team to train sales forces for both Sprint and Verizon, developed case studies for carriers to use and sell wireless data and created an awards program focused on innovative wireless applications.

While at Qualcomm, Dehesh spent a year in Europe educating major carriers (Vodaphone, Orange) on emerging wireless technologies. She utilized relationships with chief information officers in Fortune 500 companies to open doors and build momentum for adoption of the wireless data market, leading to shifts in strategy at major carriers focusing on the enterprise wireless data opportunities that had been created. She also was part of the due-diligence team on partnerships, strategic investment evaluation and buy versus invest decisions.

Previously at Qualcomm, Dehesh served as chief information officer/vice president of information technology and helped create the company’s worldwide telecommunications and computing infrastructure where she managed an organization of more 500 people. Also in this role, Dehesh forged industry partnerships with computer and telephony leaders including Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle.

Dehesh is an active member of the wireless industry, including Women in Wireless, the CONNECT San Diego organization and CommNexus San Diego. She currently serves on several boards and advisory committees, including chairman of the Foundation for California Community Colleges, ION Partners and the Mobile Captions Corporation.

"I became involved with the Foundation for California Community Colleges board more than 12 years ago, in 2000," Dehesh said. "My involvement with this organization if very important to me. I know that I would not have been able to complete my education without the availability of the community college system. My education from (San Diego Miramar College) gave me the confidence to go forward with not only my education but also my career. I continually tout the importance of the community college system and how important it is to the citizens of California. We all need to support our higher education organizations in any way that we can."

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