New Staff

March 07, 2023

The Division of Global Engagement welcomes the following new staff members.


Michael Price, Global Travel and Security Manager

This is a new position for UCSC, funded through the divisional resource call, that will provide campus-wide support to identify and mitigate health, safety, and security risks related to international travel for students, faculty, and staff. Michael will work collaboratively with campus stakeholders, such as the Office of Risk Services, to provide international traveler support and risk assessment to the broader campus community.

He aims to create a proactive risk management environment that prepares people for going abroad by anticipating potential risks specific to location and activity type, and supporting travelers through developing crisis management plans, faculty briefings, and expanded educational resources for students.

Prior to his role at UCSC, Michael was the Health, Safety, and Risk Manager at the University of Oregon, a position he held since 2018. His experience also includes the University College Utrecht in Utrecht, the Netherlands, as the Student Life Officer. It was there that he had oversight of campus student and residential life, first experiencing student emergency and crisis response.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Oregon, specializing in archaeology. Later, he studied at the Reinwardt Academy of the Amsterdam High School of the Arts, where he earned Master’s certifications in Museum Education and Museum Collections Management.

ken-maranta-new-staff.pngKen Maranta, Finance and Business Manager

Ken will provide financial oversight for all business operations in the Division of Global Engagement, working closely with Budget Analysis and Planning (BAP) as well as other financial colleagues across campus.

His goals include streamlining financial processes and providing clear and transparent financial reporting to help Global Engagement make critical short and long-term decisions.

Ken brings over 11 years of UC finance experience to the position, including five years with Global Affairs at UC Davis. Prior to that, Ken worked in the private sector for 15 years in finance roles for firms such as Genentech and Oracle. 

He holds an Economics degree from UC Davis. Living in Davis, Ken and his wife Michelle have three kids, two of which are in college and one a high school senior. When all of them are together, the family enjoys taking turns beating Ken at pickleball.