Monica Ebeltoft ʼ89
Monica Ebeltoft ʼ89 is the recipient of the 2022 UCLA Award for Volunteer of the Year for her significant impact leading and strengthening our Orange County Network. Throughout her tenure as president of the OC Bruins, Ebeltoft led the charge to build a strong alumni community and significantly increase scholarship support.
Ebeltoft earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from UCLA, where she volunteered at UniCamp. She learned as a student to persevere and to create opportunities to connect with others. She holds a master’s degree from the Chapman University Physical Therapy program and has had a distinguished career in healthcare business development.
As president of a regional alumni network with a diverse range of programming, Ebeltoft planned innovative events and communication to engage a wide range of interests. Service is at the core of the True Bruin values and the O.C. Bruins ensure that service to their community is a pillar of the work they do.
During her time leading the O.C. Bruins, she created opportunities for alumni networking while raising support to make a UCLA education possible for the region's high school students. Ebeltoft coordinated the Orange County Golf Tournament which raised more than $10,000 for Alumni Scholarships and their New Bruin Send-off was attended by more than two hundred people. During the pandemic, she did not let social distancing keep the O.C. Bruins apart, hosting virtual Comedy Nights via Zoom while raising more than a thousand dollars for Alumni Scholarships.
After six and a half years of leading the O.C. Bruins, Ebeltoft has stepped into the role of president emeritus where she continues to inspire innovative ways to engage alumni. In her newly formed Women of UCLA committee, she is committed to providing a forum for alumnae to connect and give back. She also serves UCLA as scholarship chair to identify and cultivate donors for alumni scholarships, as a volunteer recruiter representing the University at high school college fairs, and is a member of UCLA Bruin Professionals, Chancellor's Society and Women in Philanthropy.