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About the PMO

PMO Vision

We seek to:

  • Champion consistent project management practices by promoting a project management culture where: 

    • Customers reap the benefit of a carefully planned investment. 

    • Project success is the norm. 

    • Project teams are proud of their work.

  • Provide support and guidance across the organization for UC Merced’s project-related needs.   
  • Objectively assess, analyze, recommend solutions, and collaborate closely with stakeholders. Become a resource center by providing tools, templates, and best practices to complete project work. 

  • Mentor, train, and guide the UCM’s project teams and community as they learn and then adopt PM best practices in their projects.

Our People

The successes of the PMO are driven by our team. We are project management professionals whose passion is assisting our campus partners in improving business processes or finding or building the technologies needed to serve our community.  All our team members are Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified and equipped to lead quality and process improvement initiatives. We encourage you to reach out to us to talk about potential projects. We love learning more about what you do and how we can help you succeed.


Chioma Ndubuisi

Director, Project Management Office

Chioma is an adept and adaptive leader of UC Merced's Project Management Office. She has directed and implemented complex multi-million dollar projects successfully in multi-disciplinary environments for business units and information technology. Her portfolio of professional accomplishments is both in the public and private sectors. A Project Management Professional (PMP), Chioma brings a depth of knowledge on successful project delivery and change management dynamics. Her capacity to fit into a wide range of environments aides her in forging solid relationships with partners and building consensus across multiple organizational levels focused on the achievement of operational excellence.

In addition, her passion for volunteering facilitates opportunities to give women and girls alternatives for living a life of meaning with awareness of choices. Chioma strongly believes in assisting others to actualize their potential and has mentored a variety of people at various levels of accomplishments.


Jose Magana

Project Manager

Jose Magana joined the UC Merced Office of Information Technology in 2014 as Project Manager. Jose is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and his experience includes roles as a Business Analyst, Associate Systems Manager, Change Management Manager, User Service Manager, Client Data Computing Support. Prior to joining UC Merced in May of 2001, he was employed at Robert Half International as Service Desk Technician.


Mercedes Zendejas

Business System Analyst

Mercedes has over 13 years of experience as a Software QA Tester and IT Business Analyst. Mercedes is a ASTQB certified tester. She has worked in the private and public sectors and a wide range of projects from data migration, data warehouse/data marts, eCommerce, Finance, Insurance, Marketing, Energy and Utilities, and Workers Compensation. Mercedes has worked in both Waterfall and Agile environments.

Mercedes’s experience also includes defect management, leading a team, creating training material, end-user training, and managing a test environment.