Menlo Appoints New Trustees to Continue Striving Towards Inclusion and Diversity of Ideas

Roxane Marenberg and Shireen Udenka

(Atherton, California/October 23, 2018) – According to Insight into Diversity, “while an increasing number of small, private schools have closed in recent years due to rising tuition and declining enrollment, others thrive by offering individualized attention and support for students and honing a sense of community that is united toward the common goals of equity and inclusion in higher education and beyond.” Menlo College, a small private undergraduate college, is one of those thriving institutions focused on celebrating multiculturalism and promoting the diversity of ideas beyond the classroom.

The college recently appointed two new individuals to the position of Trustee, Roxane Marenberg and Shireen Udenka, who are eager to advance this objective.

“I am honored and excited to be part of the vibrant Menlo College community as it continues its journey instilling the importance of unwavering ethical principles and corporate and social responsibilities, as its students prepare to embark on successful careers,” Marenberg said.

Marenberg completed law school at the University of Baltimore after completing her undergraduate degree at American University. She then obtained her Master of Laws (LLM) at American University.

She began her career with the US Department of Justice as a staff attorney with the Board of Immigration Appeals, and then became a trial attorney with the Criminal Division. Thereafter, she was Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia. Marenberg subsequently joined the Washington-based law firm of Akin Gump as a partner, where she worked as a partner for almost 14 years before moving to DLA Piper, also in the position of partner.

Marenberg refocused her career on business ethics when she moved to the Bay Area, first as Head of Global Employment Law, then as Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Global Compliance Enablement at Cisco. Most recently, she assumed the position of Director, Business Ethics & Compliance for eBay.

“Education is a bridge, not just to economic empowerment for the individual, but also to a diverse and broadened mindset of a community,” Udenka said.

Udenka spent her early years in the Philippines, Iran, and Nigeria. She came to the United States to attend college and completed her bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University. She subsequently earned her CPA and worked as a senior auditor for Hood & Strong, a public accounting firm with offices in San Francisco and San Jose.

Udenka is currently the Global Controller for Business for Social Responsibility, an international nonprofit organization with a network of more than 250 companies that aims to build a sustainable world through the development of business strategies.

As well as showcasing a forward-thinking mindset, Udenka has experience and interest in helping students and the community. She is co-chairwoman of the CalCPA East Bay Chapter Scholarship Committee, and a volunteer mentor through the AICPA mentorship program.

Menlo Board Chair Micah Kane ’91, echoed the college’s excitement about the newly elected officials. “Shireen brings outstanding talent to Menlo College. She brings a deep appreciation for our mission, which I expect will allow her to make important contributions as we further strengthen our 91-year-old institution,” said Kane. “Roxane is already familiar with Menlo College from her time as a guest lecturer in our Business Ethics classes. She is enthusiastic about the niche Menlo has carved out within the higher education landscape and applauds our vision of equipping Menlo students to embrace the creativity and enterprise of Silicon Valley. She brings the added virtue of sensitivity to ethics and diversity. Her impressive resume, her intellect and passion all suggest potential to contribute positively to the Board as a trustee.”

For more information, please contact Linda Teutschel at (650) 543-3744.