Dawn Zelmanowitz joined the UCLA School of Nursing team in 2022 following her appointment as the Founding Administrator of the Institute of Urologic Oncology (IUO) in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and has been with the University of California for over 30 years. Ms. Zelmanowitz began her UCLA career in the Division of Surgical Oncology, spent 10 years as a Manager in the Dean’s Office of the David Geffen School of Medicine, served as Director of Business Affairs with the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and then as Assistant Dean of Administration at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs prior to her return to the Health Sciences.

Dawn has hands’ on experience in faculty recruitment, financial planning, donor/VIP relations, facilities and space management, website build-out, and staff management. She spear-headed the launch of a Partners Program for donors in the School of Medicine and is active on committees, work groups, and programs at UCLA and across the UC System.