Guest Contributors

Mariam Grodzins (also known as Mariam Mitchell) worked for UC’s Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) for 26 years, first as an editor and then as an analyst for publishing systems. She can be contacted at

Velma Montoya was appointed a Regent of the University of California¬† in 1994 by Governor Wilson, and served on the Board until 2005.¬† Ms. Montoya has a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, a master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a master’s degree in Economics from Stanford University, and a Ph.D in Economics from UC Los Angeles. Career: Velma Montoya is a consultant on educational and regulatory policy. She formerly served as a Commissioner on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, a position she was appointed to in 1990 by President Bush. Among the positions she has held are Staff Economist with the Rand Corporation; Assistant Director for Strategy, White House Office of Policy Development; and Director of Studies in Public Policy and Associate Professor at Chapman University School of Business Management. Ms. Montoya has also taught at Pepperdine University, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and the University of California, Los Angeles.