From the second she wakes up, Sandra Jones dreams up new ways to improve the student experience at UC Irvine. She closely collaborates with students to make great ideas a reality. In 2010 a freshman came to her with the idea of setting the world record for the largest dodge ball game. The resulting event included 1,742 people and has become an annual world-record endeavor.
Jones’ greatest passion is making sure college students are equipped with all of the tools necessary to be effective community leaders. She started a program called The Dream Grant to give student leaders seed money for innovative social change projects. Working closely with the students inspired Jones, as well.
“I was so overwhelmed by their generosity and sincerity, I broke down crying during one of the lunch sessions,” she says.
Her next project involves working with colleges and universities across the nation to address wellness issues in college, helping avoid public health issues down the road by encouraging students to develop healthier habits. asuci.uci.edu
Best business advice she’s received: “Leadership is about showing up.”
OC METRO's 2012 40 UNDER 40
Lily Knowles ≈ Ashleigh Aitken ≈ Jeremy Yamaguchi
Kevin Willson ≈ Megan Lavender ≈ Jason Lucash
Tan Rezaei & Navid Firoozi ≈ Julie Schoenbachler
Chris Winn ≈ Shawna Smith Gotreau ≈ Matt Petteruto
Kelly Lewis ≈ Justin Choi ≈ Marissa Gerlach ≈ Josh McCarter
Brian Davis ≈ Patrick Strader ≈ Quy "Q" Nguyen
Carla Vargas ≈ Patrick Rue ≈ Jennifer Tucker Klein
Brandon Burton ≈ Lauren O’Gorman ≈ Inna Kassatkina
Tom Reimers ≈ Jackie Ferlita ≈ Eric Bender
Dale Partridge & Aaron Chavez ≈ Danny Sonenshine
Russell Bendel ≈ Sandra Jones ≈ Balaji Krishna
Saimah Chaudhry ≈ Dan Nasitka ≈ Laura Hess
Kohl Crecelius ≈ Larry Labrado Jr. ≈ Melissa Beck
Jeremy Linehan ≈ Stephen Silver
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