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About Parent and Family Programs

The Office of Parent and Family Programs serves and supports family members of undergraduate UC San Diego students. We believe that when families are informed and engaged, students benefit. We help families support their student’s UC San Diego experience and encourage families to be active members and supporters of the Triton community.


The Office of Parent and Family Programs at UC San Diego recognizes the important role families play in their student’s life and education, and we are committed to making UC San Diego accessible to families of undergraduate students. We do this through the development and implementation of targeted services, resources and programs that ensure parents and families have the tools they need to support their students, as well as meaningful opportunities to engage with and support UC San Diego.

Our mission is built upon four guiding principles:

  • We are accessible: We provide diverse resources to meet the needs of families of undergraduate students to positively impact their time at UC San Diego.
  • We are supportive: We answer families’ questions, address their concerns and turn their inquiries into resources for supporting students.
  • We are committed: We understand the impact families have on their student’s success. We are committed to nurturing the relationship between families, students and the university.
  • We are service-oriented: We care about families of undergraduate students and their UC San Diego experience, and we demonstrate this through good service and attention.


Meet the Team

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Margot Clifford, M.A.Ed.
Director, Parent and Family Programs

Margot’s career in higher education has traversed the spectrum of the college experience, from undergraduate admissions to alumni and parent engagement, and has focused on implementing effective engagement strategies, working with volunteers, and fostering community. She truly enjoys connecting with people and building meaningful relationships, and is passionate about supporting students and families from all backgrounds through the college experience. As director of Parent and Family Programs, Margot serves as a point of connection for families of undergraduate students across the globe to help support student success and strengthen our Triton community.

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Dan Perez, M.A. Ed.
Assistant Director, Parent and Family Programs

Over the past decade, Dan has worked in many aspects of university and student life, and has had the pleasure of working with parents and families of students throughout all his positions. His experience includes student programming and wellness, disability services, student conduct, new student orientation, student clubs and organizations, student veteran organization and military resource center, and commencement.

Dan is thrilled to be able to leverage his understanding of campus life and student transition at UC San Diego, where he focuses on creating avenues for parents and families of undergraduate students to connect and engage with the campus community. Dan also serves as families’ go-to for questions about how to best support your student.


Marla Libraty
Director of Development, Parent and Family Giving

From Batteries to Barbie Dolls to Boat Shoes - Marla is now back at UC San Diego where it all began. Marla spent more than 20 years in the corporate sector in brand strategy and marketing for highly recognizable global brands including Eveready Battery Company’s Energizer, Mattel’s Barbie brand, and Stride Rite Children’s Group (including Sperry, Merrell, Hush Puppies, Keds and Saucony). She shifted into fundraising as she believes deeply in the transformative power of higher education. She led Brandeis University’s parents fundraising efforts and was the Director of Development for the Fresno State Library, the largest academic library in California's Central Valley. Marla and her family are proud and grateful Tritons. She looks forward to connecting new Triton families with UC San Diego, where her family’s story began.


Steve Sanders
Senior Director of Development, Student Success and Parent Programs

Steve is an experienced and deeply collaborative philanthropic leader, and uses a strategic and relationship-centered approach to connect people to the Triton community. He currently manages an exceptionally talented team dedicated to supporting Parent and Family Programs, Student Success and Chancellor’s Associates. Over the last six years at UC San Diego he has made a valuable impact in strategies for emerging and dynamic philanthropic initiatives across general campus, such as the Clarke Center for Human Imagination, the Design Lab and The Basement. He has over 16 years of development and management experience including Director of Development for Student Affairs and Parent Giving at San Diego State University. Steve loves working at UC San Diego and seeing our students grow and thrive on their educational journey.

Contact Us

Parents' Helpline: (858) 534-7273