Faculty: Jelena Ristic

Jelena Ristic Kelleher, JD

Director of the Undergraduate Experience
San Francisco, Seattle
Jelena Ristic

Jelena Ristic, JD, began her career at Golden Gate University as a student assistant in the information kiosk while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. Since that time, she has held numerous roles including the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs position, and most recently: the Assistant Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Experience. Jelena has taught the Gateway to Success course for over six years and also teaches the Prior Learning Assessment course and the Capstone course for the BA in Management. Throughout her various roles at GGU, her leadership and project management skills were instrumental in the development of online tools for students and the implementation of the Customer Relationship Management program used by the University. Jelena was also a key member of the Admissions and Student Affairs team for over eight years where she recruited and admitted new students, advised continuing students on course selection, university policies, career planning and staying on course towards degree completion.

While working full time, Jelena also completed a Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate in the part-time evening program.

In addition to the many roles Jelena has held at GGU, she briefly returned to her hometown and accepted a position in the Centre for Career Education at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario Canada where she developed appropriate placement opportunities for students that fit designated learning outcomes. She taught various courses related to employment preparation, employment strategies, career goals and personal and professional development.


UGP 10
Gateway to Success
UGP 150
Learning Counts
MGT 160
Management and Leadership Strategy


  • JD, Golden Gate University
  • BA, Human Relations, Golden Gate University


  • 2014 - Present: Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Programs, Golden Gate University
  • 2012 - Present: Associate Consultant, Enrollment Builders
  • 2008 - 2013: Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Golden Gate University
  • 2007 - 2008: Employment Relations Coordinator, University of Windsor
  • 1999 - 2007: Associate Director, Enrollment Services, Golden Gate University