Jeff Porto Jr. is the Director of Development for Student Affairs and Athletics. Jeff’s role aims to create and strengthen donor relationships, and identify and secure major gift funding for scholarships, programs, and sponsorships. Jeff also manages the annual Ma Kelley Memorial Events which include a dinner and auction and a golf tournament, and both serve as signature fundraisers for UC Merced Athletics. Jeff began his career at UC Merced as an Analyst in Governmental Relations in August 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 Vice President.

Jeff is a first generation college graduate, former NCAA DI athlete, and holds a BA in history and a Master of Public Policy from Cal Poly-SLO.

Contact Information

University of California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
Phone: (209) 228-4132