UC Small and Diverse Business Advisory Council


Established in April 2017, the purpose of the University of California Small & Diverse Business Advisory Council is to provide a forum for businesses, business affiliate organizations and business trade associations to comment and provide feedback on UC policies and practices that affect or impact small and diverse business utilization and participation in UC contracts and projects.

The Council is chaired by UC Chief Procurement Officer, Bill Cooper. The formation of this group was first announced by President Napolitano in July of 2016 during a meeting held at the LA Latino Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, CA. The Council meets in-person on a quarterly basis and reports regularly to the President’s office, the UC Procurement Leadership Council and through other key University channels.


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

Council Members

  • William Cooper (Chair), Associate Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, University of California, Procurement Services
  • Gil Vasquez, Manager Partner, Vasquez & Company LLP; Chairman of LA Latino Chamber of Commerce
  • Maxie Juzang, President, President & CEO, Healthcare Staffing Professionals
  • Jasmine Ali, President & CEO, Bay Systems Inc.
  • Danetta Jackson, Section Program Manager, Procurement Division – Customer/Supplier Outreach, Training & Advocacy, State of California, Department of General Services
  • Tong Qin, Deputy District Director, Director for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Outreach, San Francisco District Office, Small Business Administration
  • Carl Hackney, Managing Director, Hackney & Company
  • Ingrid Merriwether, President & CEO, Merriwether & Williams
  • Mike Moye, General Counsel, Alameda Health System
  • Sandra Escalante, President & CEO, Laner Electric Supply Co., Inc.
  • William Propst, Chief Procurement Officer,Corporate Financial Services, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Richard Chacon, Director, Supplier Diversity and Development, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
  • Shaila Mistry, Co-Founder and President, Jayco mmi, Inc.
  • Doug Parrish, President and CEO, Red Dipper
  • Soraya Wright, Founder & CEO, SMW Risk Management Consulting
  • Chris Brown, Financial Policy Director, PolicyLink
  • Eimee Miura, Chief Procurement Officer, University of California Health
  • Stephanie Lopez, Special Programs Manager, University of California, Procurement Services

Current Projects

Focus Area Project Description
Program Management Business pipeline transparency

Project to clarify general practices around competitive bidding at UC.
• Clarify practice of publicly posting opportunities; when/how (see Competitive Bidding Policy in Public Contract Code 10507.5)
• Gather information on low dollar bids
• Clarify Construction business pipeline

How to Do Business With Us
UC Public Bid Site

Program Management Campus Case Study 

Recommendation that UC evaluate a single campus to assess the sites small and diverse business program, campus pipeline, supplier interface practices, reporting, etc.

Findings will support recommendations for improvement or identification of best practices for potential replication at other sites. Results can also be used to assess where UC systemwide policies, practices and support can be improved.

Evaluation Site: UC Los Angeles Campus Procurement

Education & Outreach  Site Best Practice Review  Select a small group of UC personnel to participate in an off-site workshop. Participants will visit a site with an exemplary program and conduct a full program review/interview to gain knowledge and use findings to drive program changes.
Education & Outreach  Develop Economic Impact Report Develop economic impact report to reflect UC’s impact on economy and community today.
Education & Outreach  Communication Guide Develop and manage a robust communication guide to provide to Council Members and UC Supplier Diversity Coordinators so each group can efficiently/effectively communicate key information. Some examples being: business fair announcements, upcoming solicitations, other business opportunities, program changes, etc.