Jeff Porto, Jr.

Senior Delegate & President, UC Merced Staff Assembly

Job Title: Director, Philanthrophy and Strategic Partnerships, Externals Relations
UC Service: Nine years at UC Merced
Phone: (209) 228-4132


Jeff Porto Jr. is a Director, Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships in External Relations at UC Merced. Jeff creates and strengthens donor relationships, and identifies and secures major gifts for student success programs, scholarships and fellowships, and cutting edge research.

Jeff began his career at UC Merced as an Analyst in Government Relations in 2010, and has a public relations background, where he worked on a number of projects including the San Francisco 49ers NFL stadium in Santa Clara.

Jeff became a member of UC Merced Staff Assembly in 2016 and proudly served as Co-Chair of Fundraising. He currently serves as President. Jeff is a California native, a first generation college graduate, former NCAA DI student athlete, and holds a BA in history and a Master of Public Policy from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.

He enjoys spending time with his wife Leslie and daughter Samantha. Jeff is an avid Athletics, Raiders and Warriors fan. He is also a skilled fact checker.