Brightspace at USC Program Team

Program Governance

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Brightspace Champions 

The Brightspace Champions group is comprised of individuals across schools and institutional units who will participate in the program to drive awareness, engagement, and readiness of their respective areas. For a full list of Brightspace Champions click here.

LMS Program Leadership 

LMS Program Leadership group is tasked with guiding the strategy and intended outcomes of the project. The Program Leadership group will serve the campus by advising the project on decisions with cross-cutting and long-term impact.   

 Core Strategy Team 

The Core Strategy Team functions as the primary force for driving success during the LMS Replacement initiative. The team receives input from LMS Program Leadership, LMS Champions and Advisory Councils (as needed) to pursue program goals and deliverables. The strategy team is also responsible for escalating any issues to LMS Program Leadership as they arise. 

 Advisory Council(s)

Advisory Councils advise on changes related to specific areas throughout the duration of the program. Councils are composed of stakeholders across administrative and academic units who can act as subject matter experts on select topics.  

Executive Sponsors

Andrew T. Guzman


Erik Brink

Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer

Project Sponsors

Midhat Asghar

Interim ITS CIO

Ashley Smith

Program Leader, Interim ACIO 

Sandeep Gupta

Program Faculty Advisor, Brightspace Champion Chair

Brightspace Program Leadership Members

Ashley Smith

Program Leader, Interim ACIO

Ginger Clark

AVP for Faculty Affairs & CET Director​

Judith Martinez

GSG Director of Virtual Accessibility


Christine Street

AVP for ADA Compliance

Dan Pecchenino

Academic Senate Past President


Frank Chang


Khalil Daniels


Core Strategy Team

Ashley Smith

Program Leader, Interim ACIO

Dr. Louise Menendez

Assistant Teaching Professor

Samantha Chilton

Director, Product Strategy

Grant Derderian

CTO, Provost IT

Susan Black

PMO Director

Dr. Harly Ramsey

Associate Professor

Jenny Jones

Director, Enterprise Apps

Gozde Fryc

Senior Scheduling Coordinator

Daanyaal Khan

Product Manager

Amy Cheung

Provost Chief of Staff

Ingrid Steiner

Associate Director, Faculty Development

Project and Operations Team Leads

Ingrid Steiner

Academic Team Lead

Katelin Eden Dukes

Organization Change

Management Team Lead

Michael Polk

Sustainment Team Lead

Sallie Michalsky

Technical Team Lead

Karthikeyan Ganesan 

Technical Team Lead