Action Team Member Profiles

Jen Bellenger with her fancy pink bowling ball and beer in hand at an IST gathering at Albany BowlJen Bellenger

How long have you been at UC Berkeley, and what was your first job here?

I’ve worked at UC Berkeley since 2007, when I was hired as a Senior Personnel Analyst in Central HR. I helped recruit for positions across campus including Student Affairs, VCAF, and others. Because I had previous PeopleSoft upgrade experience, I also ended up working as the functional liaison on the HCM/TAM upgrade team. Shout out to my friends in JKASD.  

What’s your current role in IST, and how long have you been in the department?

I am the Change and Engagement Lead on the bConnected service team within IST-API. I’ve been on this team since 2015. I focus on creating and executing the change management and communication strategies for G Suite, Box, and other collaboration services. I also participate in a few committees that align with my professional interests like Workforce DevelopmentOne IT Committee, and now the Action Team.  

What’s a favorite hobby or skill?

Besides bowling and disc golf...I am a foodie. I love baking, cooking, throwing (casual) dinner parties, watching food-related t.v. shows like Parts UnknownMind of a ChefChef’s TableUgly DeliciousGreat British Bake Off. I’m always interested in checking out new places to eat near work, my bCal is up-to-date if you want to join :)

What’s your favorite movie?

It’s been a few years since I’ve watched it, but I really love how magical Amélie feels. Paris! Accordions! Whimsy!

What’s something your colleagues might not know about you?

Music has been a huge part of my life. I started taking music lessons when I was little. I took violin and piano for many years. I also sang in the San Francisco Girls Chorus for over a decade, got to perform (as a monk) in the San Francisco Opera’s Turandot, and also joined my college choir. I played synthesizer in my husband’s band, Tremor Low, for a few years. The last show I did was a SXSW showcase, while I was five months pregnant. Now I enjoy sharing vintage music videos, and belting out Disney soundtracks with my kiddo.