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Ciel Mahoney

Ciel Mahoney.

Assistant Dean of Development & Alumni Relations

Development & Alumni Relations



Ciel has been with Berkeley Optometry since 2014, having previously served as the Senior Director of Philanthropy, and as Interim Assistant Dean. Leading up to her recent promotion to Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations, Mahoney significantly accelerated Optometry’s fundraising momentum by leading one the most successful Big Give efforts in the school’s history. She also led the way in identifying and engaging Dr. Herbert Wertheim, for whom the Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science has since been named.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve our alumni and community and inspire philanthropic investments in support of research and scholarship, and the clinical teaching and learning that enables Optometry to have such an impact on Cal and in the world. We’re also looking forward to celebrating the school’s centennial in 2023!”

Mahoney holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of the Philippines, and was a fellow at the Goldman School of Public Policy through her work with the Office of the President of the Philippines. She and her husband, Phil — who has worked at the Haas School of Business since 1996 — have two grown daughters, and Mahoney is a passionate advocate for girls’ participation in sports.

In her current role, Ciel leads the school’s Development and Alumni Relations team, which is responsible for fundraising, alumni engagement, and for working with loyal alumni and friends to ensure the success of the school’s $100 million campaign: “Our Vision. Our Future.”