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Makeda Zulu is UROC’s chief executive officer with primary responsibility for securing UROC’s success in all aspects of its work. She provides executive oversight of strategic planning, revenue generation, financial stewardship, organizational development, staff management, and operational activities. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Grambling State University and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
James De Sota
Assistant Executive Director
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James De Sota works to connect University researchers with community needs. He oversees a wide variety of projects including UROC's Research Agenda, scholarly affiliation process, budget and human resources management, and grant-related initiatives. Prior to joining the University, James served as the neighborhood director for the Southeast Como Improvement Association, an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Minnesota Literacy Council, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gambia, and researcher and consultant for several for-profit industries in the geographic information sector.
Graduate Research Assistant
Choua Xiong provides assistance to UROC Research Agenda-related projects and team members. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin - Stout and is currently enrolled in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health's Masters in Community Health Promotion program.