Gender Recognition and Lived Name Implementation

Our Charge

The SB 179 Committee's charge is to develop implementation plans that align the UC Berkeley campus with the spirit of the Gender Recognition Act (California Senate Bill 179), which went into effect on January 1, 2019. The bill streamlines the process for Californians to apply to change their gender markers, and creates a nonbinary gender category (the letter “x”) on California birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, identity cards, and gender-change court orders. This law provides an opportunity for our campus to update language and policies to be more inclusive of transgender, intersex, and nonbinary members of the Berkeley community.

The committee's tasks are as follows:

  • Discuss and establish implementation plans within each of their units, including leading sub-groups in their units.
  • Elevate issues and/or make recommendations to Executive Advisory Group regarding broader campus-wide/UC/Federal policy implications that need review.
  • Establish a recommended communications plan for socializing the campus to new processes, practices, inclusive culture.
  • Reassess changes in place post-implementation


August 2018Creation of SB-179 Working Group: Identification Chancellor Christ creates the SB-179 task force and charged the committee with discussing and establishing an implementation plan.
October 2018SB-179 Education Committee members were given an overview of SB-179 and received a training on gender identity in the workplace.
November 2018Committee Discussions: Inclusion Committee members discuss in detail the impact of SB-179 on departments, staff, and processes. Committee members create action items and next steps.
January 2019Action Items/Next Steps (On-going) Committee members continue to work on action items to identify and update departments, forms, data input mechanisms, registration and point of hire systems.
February 2019Action Items/Next Steps (On-going) Committee members continue to work on action items and identify and update departments, forms, data input mechanisms, registration and point of hire systems.

Committee Membership

Executive Advisory Group

  • Khira Griscavage, Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff to the Chancellor
  • Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor, Administration
  • Oscar Dubon, Vice Chancellor, Equity & Inclusion
  • Steve Sutton, Vice Chancellor of the Student Affairs Division 

SB 179 Committee Leadership

  • Billy Curtis (Co-Chair) Director, Gender Equity Resource Center, Division of Equity & Inclusion
  • Jo Mackness (Co-Chair)   Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
  • Tiffany Melendez (Staff)  Health Educator, University Health Services

Full Committee Membership

Name Title
Amy Barron Chung Director of Student Services, Office of the Registrar
Andrew Eppig Institutional Research Analyst, Equity and Inclusion
Ann Gilbert Associate Director, Academic Personnel
Ann Marie Richard Interim Associate Chief Information Officer and Director, Student Affairs Information Technology
Corinne Kosmitzki Assistant Dean Graduate Division
Dana Bache Associate Director, Cal Housing
David Robinson Chief Campus Counsel
Esther Gulli Executive Director, Government and Community Relations
Janet Gilmore Senior Director, Strategic Communications
Johan Steiner Facilities Scheduling, Recreational Sports Facility
Kendra Fox-Davis Complaint Resolution Officer, Ethics, Risk & Compliance Services
Laura Mays Academic Personnel Coordinator, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Laurel Halsey Administrative Director, University Health Services
Lee Borrowman Chief Administrative and Financial Officer, Biological Sciences
Lori Tannyhill Campus Shared Services- Regional Director for Region Six
Lyuda Kerman Senior Application Programming Manager, Information Systems Technology
meckell milburn Staff Co-chair Chancellor's Advisory Committee-LGBTQ, Health Educator University Health Services
Nicolas Hernandez Sergeant, UC Police Department
Pamela Miller Executive Director, Special Projects Office
Rachelle Regan Director of Gift Planning Officer, University Development and Alumni Relations
Rana Silver SIS Functional Director
Regan Putnam Student Co-chair, Chancellor's Advisory Committee-LGBTQ
Ryan Cobb Associate Director of Athletics, Performance, Health & Welfare
Shannon Lee Senior Project Analyst - Housing and Dining Services
Tommy Howard Director of Strategy & Operations, AVC Human Resources
Walter Wong University Registrar, Office of the Registrar


If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for the committee, please contact:

Gender Equity Resource Center Director Billy Curtis at; or

Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Jo Mackness at