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EVP/COO Rachael Nava thanks UCOP staff for an extraordinary year

EVP/COO Rachael Nava sent the following message to UCOP staff on March 12, 2021:

Dear colleagues,

It has been a year since we began our journey through the COVID-19 pandemic with most of us working remotely and a small number of staff on-site to support essential operations. Who could have imagined that most of us would still be doing so a year later when we left our offices in March of 2020?

UCOP EVP/COO Rachael Nava

UCOP EVP/COO Rachael Nava

Make no mistake about it, it has been a challenging year. We’ve faced this unprecedented global health crisis and have exhibited grace under fire, tackled extraordinary challenges, celebrated successes, and forged new ways of getting things done. Through it all, we’ve stuck together, helping and supporting each other, and proving just how adaptable and resilient we are.

I am grateful to have such a wonderful community of colleagues and I sincerely appreciate your partnership and dedication to the important work we do. On behalf of the entire UCOP leadership team, thank you for your perseverance, flexibility, team spirit, and mission focus despite everything you’re juggling.

I also want to thank everyone who is working tirelessly to support the UCOP community and who make it possible for the rest of us to work from home and stay connected to each other and our families.

It is also important to take a moment to recognize those of you who have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus directly or through a loved one. My heart goes out to those who have suffered a loss during this time.

As we look toward the future, there are reasons to be optimistic. The delivery of vaccines is underway across California, the country and the global community. It’s encouraging to see more and more people vaccinated each week, and that the number of COVID-19 cases are decreasing in some counties. With this comes a renewed focus on when we’ll return to the office and how we’ll work in the future. The UCOP team is working on a plan informed by input from many of you, and updates will be provided in the near future.

Thank you for all that you do. It is reassuring to know that we can rely on each other as we continue this journey together.

Please continue to take care of yourself and your loved ones and be safe.

Rachael Nava
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


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