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John-o Roberts (he/him/his)
Coordinator // 805.756.5815

John-o Roberts is the Coordinator for the Center for Leadership at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. He is a San Luis Obispo native with a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and will graduate with his M.A. in Public Policy from Cal Poly this Spring. Since his failed run at elementary school president at the age of 10, he has been involved in political activism and youth leadership development from the local to federal levels across the West Coast. John-o makes sure to stay active in serving his community, but only if he's done with his homework and walked his corgis.

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Sarah Hawkins (She/They)
Assistant Director

Sarah Hawkins is the Assistant Director, Clubs & Organizations in the Leadership & Service department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Sarah is originally from Fresno, California and holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and an M.A. in Kinesiology – Sport Psychology, both from Fresno State. Sarah has worked in Higher Education since 2004, working with student organizations, club sports, and campus recreation at Ithaca College, San Jose State, Cuesta College, and Cal Poly. She has also taught as a lecturer at Fresno State, Ithaca College, and San Jose State and was the first person in the world to teach Aquatics for Children with Challenges (ATRI) Instructor Training for college credit.

Sarah is an advocate for living organ donation with Kidney Donor Athletes, Inc. and volunteers her time with the San Luis Obispo County Search and Rescue team.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys training for and competing in triathlons. She has completed 22 so far, including her first IRONMAN in October 2022. She was also a silver and gold medalist at the 2022 Transplant Games of America.

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Jason Mockford (He/Him/His)
Senior Director, Leadership & Service

(805) 756-2476

Jason Mockford is the senior director of Leadership & Service in the Division of Student Affairs at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. He is originally from Auburn, California and holds a B.S. in Graphic Communication and an M.A. in Counseling & Guidance, Higher Education, both from California Polytechnic State University.

Many key initiatives and programs have taken off during Jason's leadership of the department including the creation of the Center for Leadership, the launch of the College Corps: Coastal California Civic Leadership Consortium, expanded support for culturally-based student organizations, and the reimagining of inclusivity and anti-hazing curriculum for the fraternity and sorority community. As a part-time faculty, Jason has taught the Leadership & Consultation course and advised students in their fieldwork and internship requirements in Cal Poly's Higher Education Counseling & Student Affairs graduate program. For six years he was responsible for advising Cal Poly’s orientation board, Open House committee, and developing the nationally recognized orientation leader training program.

He has served in a variety of leadership roles both on the Cal Poly campus and in national and community-based organizations. Jason currently serves on ACPA's Mid-Level Community of Practice Directorate Board and will be the chair-elect of MLCOP in 2023-24. Previously, he has been involved in a leadership role with NODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education as a Transfer Services Network Chair from 2011-2014 and as a member of the Annual Conference Advisory Committee in 2014. He has been a certified community mediator with Creative Mediation in San Luis Obispo and served on their Program Advisory Board for many years. Most recently, Jason joined the Board of Directors as a founding member of Collective Good, a conflict resolution and facilitative mediation training non-profit organization based on the Central Coast of California.


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