About Our Staff

The dedicated leaders and staff of the Systemwide Business and Finance division support the CSU’s 23 campuses and Chancellor’s Office by providing timely, relevant, prudent and innovative solutions.​

Business & Finance Leadership​

Steve Relyea​
Executive Vice Chancellor & Chief Financial Officer

Brad Wells
Associate Vice Chancellor
Business & Finance

Ryan Storm
Assistant Vice Chancellor
System Budget

Robert Eaton
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Financing, Treasury, & Risk Management

Elvyra San Juan
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Capital Planning, Design & Construction

Mary Ek
Assistant Vice Chancellor / Controller
Financial Services

Michael Berman
Chief Information Officer
Information Technology

Arun Casuba
Assistant Vice Chancellor,​​
Strategic Sourcing &
​Chief Procurement Officer
Contract Services & Procurement

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Staff Directory


Robyn Pennington
Chief of Staff

Lorena Martinez
Manager, Business and Finance Administration

Alexis Naiknimbalkar
Director, Organizational Excellence

Janis Wheeler
Executive Assistant

Eric Andersson
Assistant Director, Organizational Excellence


Diana Reyes
Office Manager


How We Help the CSU:

  • Serve as a strategic resource and trusted partner for campuses to enhance student achievement.
  • Improve communication, increase transparency, and offer guidance to campuses.
  • Provide campuses with intuitive and flexible tools, so that they can provide outstanding services for​ students, faculty, and staff.
  • Increase the availability and use of data for campuses.
  • Simplify policies and procedures to reduce workload for campuses.
  • Reduce cycle time and improve the performance of our essential support services.
  • Research, advocate, and secure support for investment by the State.
  • Ensure effective stewardship of resources to maintain stakeholder and public trust.
  • Reduce costs, limit risk, and optimize return on investment; report results to stakeholders.
  • Cultivate a climate of fairness, cooperation, and professionalism in the division.
  • Promote staff development, encourage creativity, and provide them with the skills to be successful.
  • Increase staff recognition and solicit ideas from staff to make Business & Finance a better workplace.