What do you anticipate being the next big thing or trend in your industry and why?
Peyton (Tim) Carr writes, “As one of 12 in special quantitative program, wonder what results were. I know I enjoyed it, having transferred from engineering. AFROTC helped to decide my USAF/ American Airlines flying career, but always felt my BS and UCLA MBA provided a nice background.
“Retired in 2004; now living the good life in gated community in Hilton Head, S.C., area last five years after 20 years in N.H. One daughter in SoCal (sales/marketing for Auberge Resorts in Cabo) and other in Bethesda, Md., (kindergarten teacher).”
Nick Lymberis, of Livermore, Calif., updates, “I am currently retired, although I do help my wife and business partner with ‘advice’ when asked. I spend time reading about the real estate industry to see the direction it is headed and to allow me to assist new agents in their endeavors to succeed. Planning a trip to Greece this spring.”
Coulter Stewart, of Reno, Nev., notes, “Sold my publishing business and family RE Partnership in 2003. Travel, volunteer, write, and lecture since. I now do a lot of environmental, resource, and political issues research and information dissemination. We also support the Grad School of Journalism as Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society Members. Two grown daughters: one grad in econ from UC Davis and one from UC Irvine in L&S. Four grandkids— two girls, two boys. Left S. Calif. three and a half years ago with COPD to find clean air and a secure water supply.”
Amram Knishinsky See MBA 70.
october 16–18, 2020
David S. Walker, of Belvedere, Calif., writes, “With five companies formed over 44 years, I have sold my last one, Allied Administrators. Still active on several boards. The education I received in business school at Berkeley has always served me well.”
Richard Hennum informs, “I have just moved to Sacramento, as both of my grown sons have settled there after graduating. I’m currently working as a business sales consultant, looking for a permanent position. I’d be interested in any computer/software technical sales position. Find me on LinkedIn. “As a former Cal rugby player, I have coached high school in the Bay Area for many years. I intend to continue coaching high school rugby in Sacramento.”
Mitch Rosenberg, the CEO of Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based MDR Insurance and Financial Services, made the Pacific Coast Business Times’ “Who’s Who in Health Care, Insurance Services, and Biomedicine” list for 2019, marking him as one of the top insurance and financial agents in the region that includes Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. Away from work, Rosenberg is a community leader and founding member of Haas’ Los Angeles alumni chapter.
Scott Hammon, of Sacramento, Calif., updates, “I recently assumed a new role as leader of MGO’s National Cannabis and Hemp Practice. MGO is the leading public accounting and consulting firm serving the industry and has built a platform of services to support it, including dedicated investment banking, transactional services, technology, and real estate advisory groups. I’m excited about the opportunity to support MGO’s continued expansion with our new Chicago and South Florida offices joining our existing network in California, New York, and India. Our platform, including our traditional services of audit, tax, advisory, and accounting, has helped cannabis, hemp, and CBD companies grow responsibly and sustainably while navigating complex local, state, and federal laws and regulations.”
Timothy Wong, of Sacramento, Calif., writes, “Finished 12 years in Monterey at Trinity Christian High School. Served several months at SF City Impact as director of academic development in the Tenderloin District of SF. Starting head of school position at Capital Christian School in Sacramento. Celebrated 25 years of marriage in New Zealand and Australia with wife, Lynne.”
Timothy Yee, of Alameda, Calif., the co-founder and president of Green Retirement, announces that his company’s co-founder and CEO, Rose Yee, was honored as a 2020 World-Changing Woman in Conscious Business.
Dwight Harris, of Phillipsburg, N.J., announces, “I have been named CEO of RPA Consultants, after leading Citi’s (Citibank, Manhattan, N.Y.) RPA efforts. RPA Consultants (RpaConsultants.com) is a boutique consultancy focused solely on delivering robotic process automation (RPA) solutions that decrease costs, eliminate operations risk, and in some cases increase revenues, thus conferring significant competitive advantages.”
Patty (Celia) Juarez, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., writes, “This year marks my 25th anniversary with Wells Fargo! I was recruited into the analyst program and started there Jan. 1995, right after my Dec. 1994 graduation from Haas. I also just became the enterprise-wide president of the Hispanic employee resource group, representing 47,000 Latinos across the country at Wells. Latinos make up the largest minority group at our wonderful company. I am humbled and honored to lead this important group.”
“A mechanism to instantly fact check, clarify, and countermand false and misleading information in public and political discourse as well as social media will come into being.”
COULTER STEWART, BS 67
october 16–18, 2020
John Harkavy, of Chico, Calif., was named CFO for Lundberg Family Farms in September.
Will Edmonson, of West Hollywood, Calif., notes, “I continue to practice law, primarily handling litigation matters for individuals and small and mid-sized businesses. Before starting my own firm, I was a partner at Doll, Amir & Eley LLP and an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. I offer big law firm experience and talent at affordable rates. Contact me at 424-248-9581 or email@example.com if I can help with anything.”
Lisa Chang, of San Jose, Calif., and Chris Lim married on September 8, 2019, at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club.
Amy Chou See
Jen Loo See entry
for Luke Johnson, EMBA 14.
Alison Sanders, of New York City, updates, “Joined Seaport Capital in 2018 and added All Traffic Data and Linen King as new portfolio companies in 2019.
“Fostered over a dozen kittens with my partner, Walter, through the ASPCA and Flatbush Cats. Little Franny from Flatbush went viral! See haas.org/franny-video.
Richard Zen, of Hong Kong, writes, “Moving beyond traditional real estate investing now. I am learning about all things datacenter!
“In May 2019, we welcomed our baby daughter Ilene into the world. Our ‘little bear’ will soon be walking around in no time.”
october 16–18, 2020
Yamase See MBA 17.
“Artificial Intelligence as a Service. As AI technology and usage expands, AIaaS will allow companies to utilize AI applications without prohibitive investment of resources.”
RICHARD HENNUM, BS 78
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, AHS INC.
Zarrah Birdie See entry for Amy Chou, MBA 16.
Aron Schindler, of Bangkok, announces, “I’ve accepted an offer as managing director, Thailand, for Poladrone, a drone-based enterprise services company covering Southeast Asia. Poladrone is a team of drone specialists, data scientists, and application experts with the vision to help our clients incorporate drone solutions into their daily workflow as part of the Industry 4.0 revolution.”
Talia Caldwell reports, “Franchise Magazine, a boutique basketball publication, featured me in a full spread. Franchise put together a huge rollout at the trendy Undefeated store on La Brea Avenue in the heart of Mid-City. Seeing my face on the wall and watching my mother beam with pride was an experience I’ll never forget.
“In September 2018, I left for Novosibirsk, Russia (Siberia). This was a pivotal moment for my basketball career, as Russia is consistently the most talented league. I led the entire league in rebounds and earned a stint with the WNBA’s New York Liberty.
“In a New York preseason game, five Cal Bears competed on the court. Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray, along with myself, suited up for the Liberty to play my best friend Layshia Clarendon and this year’s draft pick Kristine Anigwe of the Connecticut Sun. All while Cal women’s basketball head coach Charmin Smith was the assistant coach for New York. It was a joy to experience a once-ina- lifetime dream with my Cal family.
“While in Russia, I continued to write for my website Five Fifths Culture (fivefifthsculture. com) and got a lot of attention for it. I realized I want to be a TV scriptwriter and enrolled in UCLA’s Extension Beginning Writing for the Half-Hour Series to make this latest passion of mine come to fruition. I also worked production assistant jobs.
“I’ve finished a two month assignment as interim assistant director of African American Student Development at the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center here at UC Berkeley. My current intention is to head back overseas.”
Elizabeth Julia Ensler, of Berkeley, Calif., notes, “I transitioned out of traditional tech and began the process of becoming a physician assistant (PA). I’ve always loved medicine, and now I can combine my passion for tech and medicine to help innovate medical companies in the long run.”
Eko Devices, a smart stethoscope company co-founded by Jason Bellet, raised $20 million in venture capital in September and has secured FDA clearance for AI algorithms designed to improve screening for two common heart conditions.
Clement Kao, of San Francisco, announces, “I’m currently a product manager at Blend, a fintech startup digitizing the consumer lending ecosystem. We just raised our Series E round, and we’re actively hiring! Check out blend.com/ careers for all of our openings.
“I also published a book this year on breaking into product management! Check it out at amazon.com/dp/ B083F72JR9.”
Matthew Ko, of San Francisco, updates, “After spending nearly two years as a management consultant at Ernst & Young, I recently left to start my own digital health company, DeepScribe. In September, we closed a $2M seed financing round with participation from Bee Partners, 1984, Tsingyuan Ventures, Berkeley SkyDeck, Plug and Play Ventures, Supernode, Wavemaker360, and the Sequoia Scout Fund. DeepScribe is an artificially intelligent medical scribe that is able to produce comprehensive clinical documentation simply by listening to the natural conversation between patient and health care provider.
“The idea of DeepScribe was inspired by my experience as the care coordinator for my mother when she had breast cancer. I grew upset with the lack of empathy that my mother’s oncologist provided to my family. This distaste largely stemmed from the sheer amount of time our oncologist spent typing away at her computer screen instead of looking at my family to provide the reassurance we needed to know that our mother was going to be okay.
“After sharing my experience with and learning from over 80+ doctors, I learned that my mother’s oncologist was in fact not a bad doctor but simply one of many clinicians who suffer from the burden of documentation. Today, clinicians spend nearly 40% of their day on documentation alone.
“Since we began, we have been able to restore the joy of care for hundreds of clinicians and patients across North America by saving our doctors up to three hours a day on their documentation. I attribute much of the success I have found at Deep- Scribe to the wonderful faculty at Haas. Without learning unit economics from Rob Chandra, negotiation tactics from Holly Schroth, VLOOKUPs from Thomas Lee, and undying perseverance from Stephen Etter, I would not be where I am today.”
Jocelyn Stradiotto writes, “After working at Google for the past year, I’ve decided to leave to build my own company, Sun Chaser. Sun Chaser is a beverage that’s non-alcoholic and caffeine-free but intended to give a subtle buzz using compounds that affect cognition. These supplements, including L-Theanine, GABA, Cordyceps, and 5-HTP, impact the brain centers responsible for stress relief, mood, and joy.
“My co-founder, Nellie Coffy (shown left), and I set out to make products that would allow us to live the good life, and Sun Chaser was born.
“Personally, the skills and culture of Haas taught me to question the status quo, and that’s exactly what we’re doing creating a beverage in a new category. I hope this is encouraging to current undergrads, as the impact of Haas creates a foundation for entrepreneurship. Another first: we’re launching direct to consumers online rather than traditional retail!
“We rejected the narrative that alcohol, with its numerous negative consequences, was the only option. So we created another one. We launched our crowdfunding campaign in February. Learn more and sign up to stay in the loop at drinksunchaser.com. Be the first to try this new beverage! Happy to provide more information. Just contact me.”
Carmen Zheng, of New York City, reports, “Upon receiving my graduate degree in strategic communication from Columbia University in May 2019, I joined Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management Division under Investment Solutions. My client-focused skills and passion for helping others ensure Morgan Stanley’s 16,000 financial advisors have the resources they need to develop long-term financial plans aligned with client goals.
“Living in NYC has rendered travel to Europe a lot easier. Most recently, I took a weeklong trip to Iceland. Our itinerary consisted of endless smoked salmon, black sand beaches, and a lot of photography by waterfalls, glaciers, and vernal mountains. Last but not least, my childhood dream was to see the aurora borealis and, on a clear night, I finally achieved it at three in the morning!”
Neel Somani, of San Francisco, notes, “In August, I started a new job at Airbnb as a software engineer!”
“As Baby Boomers retire, the next big thing in wealth management is to attract confidence in Millennial investors by furnishing relevant value-add products that inspire trust and customer confidence.”
CARMEN ZHENG, BS 17
ANALYST, MORGAN STANLEY WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Michael Yovino- Young, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “Celebrating 60th year as a professional appraiser with a company of 10 professionals in our Berkeley offices. President of Yovino-Young, Inc., but trying to be semi-retired, leaving the heavy lifting to my wife, Alison Teeman, and daughter, Diana Yovino-Young (Cal 1989). I seem to be one of many in the early 80s age group who are still working. Wonder why, other than I enjoy what I do and can offer a lot of experience.”
Dave Wilson, of Naples, Fla., reports, “Currently the lead director at CoreSite Realty; chair of the audit committee on the board of directors at Barnes & Noble Education. Also chair of the finance committee at Gulfshore Playhouse; chair of the audit committee on the board of trustees of Johnson & Wales University. First evidence of my loss of mental acuity was when I agreed to serve on the board of my condo association.”
SPURRING YOUR MOMENTS
Tools, strategies, and examples of how to make inspiration happen and last for leaders, teams, and organizations.
Sandra Spataro,PhD 00
Co-founder of talent strategy firm InspireCorps
Ronald Lim updates, “I have been retired for the past 15 years in Honolulu. My wife Audrey and I devote significant time with our grandchildren, Brayden (8) and Derek (6). We are most gratified to be with them and share our spirit of Aloha though they reside in Houston.
“I was a student of the iconic Professor Maurice Moonitz in 1966. He suggested that a paper I wrote for his Accounting Theory Seminar be submitted to The Accounting Review. ‘The Mathematical Propriety of Accounting Measurements and Calculations,’ published in Oct. 1966, has been cited over 25 times in various publications as recently as 2019.
“I was so totally immersed in the social movements at Berkeley in that era that I devoted my working career to public service, rehabilitating deteriorating neighborhoods, providing affordable housing and services to people who [were] homeless, of special needs, and of lower income.”
Lewis Okser, of Brooklyn, N.Y., reports: “Founder, TourSleuth. com. Unique, advanced mapping for travel and touring; 300,000+ U.S. curated destinations. Searchable from any point in U.S. by categories such as museums, shopping, historical buildings, etc. Google type mapping from 0.5 to 50 miles by car, bike, walking, and public transportation for selected activities and destinations. Artificial intelligence and machine learning areas; working with Professor Jeff Cheeger, NYU, 2018 Steele Prize winner for Lifetime Achievement, American Mathematics Association.”
Robert Klein, Verdi, Nev., sends, “Very best wishes to 1970 grads on our 50th anniversary (hard to believe), and also congratulations for exceeding our statistical life expectancy at birth!”
Amram Knishinsky (also BS 69) was named to Arizona Jewish Life’s Tikkun Olam list of 10 change makers and unsung heroes. Knishinsky is principal partner and lead developer of Scottsdale’s Butterfly Wonderland, the OdySea in the Desert, and Ody- Sea Aquarium, Arizona’s first attraction certified as an autism center for visitors with sensory differences.
Michaela Rodeno, of Napa, Calif., writes, “We Rodenos are all about wine. It’s our work (we own a vineyard and small winery), and our fun.
“In June we’re sharing a 10-day visit to Italy with a small group of our Villa Ragazzi Sangiovese fans and friends. From our base in a restored/renovated mill in Montepulciano, we’ll visit local wineries and hilltop villages, dine on Tuscan specialties, and learn how to make some of them; make side trips to Venice, Cinque Terre, and Florence; and attend Italy’s wildest horse race, the Palio in Siena. Look for a report on villaragazzi.wine, or come visit and we’ll tell you all about it.”
Jesse Wolf, of Bronx, N.Y., is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of FlowPharma, Inc., a biotechnology firm based in the Bay Area.
David Critchfield, of Fremont, Calif., reports, “Haven’t worked a real job in many moons. I still own and manage a few rental properties. I’m on my bicycle three days a week with the local bike club and recently tried out the new bike lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge (wonderful). Also biked through parts of Italy, Spain, and Croatia over the last couple of years. I’m enjoying being a grandparent. Reading a lot lately, trying to eat healthy and not get too fat. I turn 70 in March—I never thought I’d make it this far!” Shown: Critchfield with sister Susan near Granada, Spain.
Stephen Bartoletti, of San Francisco, reports, “The November 2019 Risk Management Association Journal published my article ‘An Argument for Restoring the Importance of Balance Sheet Cash Flow.’ This was my fifth publication, a sideline after tapering off on international bank consulting through the World Bank and several banks. To balance this professional focus, I volunteer by playing piano at Laguna Honda Hospital.”
Mark Coopersmith announces, “My wife, Lori (BA 83), and I are proud to have another Cal Bear in the family. Our daughter Alison (BA 19) graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in microbial biology and is now a junior research scientist with Bay Area-based Alveo Technologies, focusing on diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. I continue to teach and speak about entrepreneurship and innovation at Cal (I taught my first Haas class in 2003!) and around the world, having visited almost a dozen countries last year. Two of the companies on whose boards I sat were recently acquired (one a Silicon Valley venture, another a government spinout in Scandinavia), so I’d love to join another board or two.”
Karen Criddle, of Bellevue, Wash., writes, “Every fall we meet up somewhere near or far for a long reunion weekend. This year we all met up at Laura Hudson Evans’ beautiful (and recently empty nested) home in Monte Sereno. We spent the weekend hiking, drinking, laughing, and attending a throwback concert of REO Speedwagon. Here’s to great friendships born at Cal!”
Satish Rishi, of Santa Cruz, Calif., writes, “After almost four decades in the corporate world, I am making a change! I am joining Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay as their CEO. We cover over 15 cities in two counties, and I am looking forward to contributing and giving back to the local communities. Join me to volunteer and donate to this noble cause as we tackle the affordable housing issues in the Monterey Bay Area.
Carlos Gaviola writes, “Longtime alumni residents of Paris: Yvonne d’Angela, Ciaran Quinn, MBA 90, and Carlos Gaviola were very happy to catch up first with Will Burke and Stewart Noyce during their visits to Paris. We discussed the evolving world of entrepreneurs and their social impact, based on the involvement of Will and Ciaran with SkyDeck,of Carlos with think tank #Leplusimportant, of Yvonne in business education, and of Stewart with his podcasts on digital responsibility. And of course, we reminisced about our time in Barrows Hall!
“We are always happy to host and reconnect with visiting classmates. Do not be afraid to come despite what you may be reading or watching about strikes and other disruptions. They are a common fact of life and a visit to Paris without a grève somewhere would be incomplete…” Shown: Noyce with Quinn, d’Angela, and Gaviola.
Ciaran Quinn See entry for Carlos Gaviola, MBA 89.
“In real estate, more efficient development—from modular construction to better use of technology at the construction site—as well as land use reform.”
ELIZABETH TRACEY, MBA 94
VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, JAMBOREE HOUSING
Frank Hundley, of Flemington, N.J., reports, “Completed three years as the senior partner and VP of wealth management for Hundley McGovern Wealth Management, a New Hope, Pa.-based financial advisory team affiliated with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. Founded in 1832, Janney is a Philadelphia-based high-net-worth boutique financial advisory firm.
“Serving in my fourth year of a six-year term on the Rutgers University board of governors. Member of the search committee that will select the next president of New Jersey’s flagship state university system with more than 70,000 students.
“In February 2019, I took a trip to Rwanda to see my nephew, who was wrapping up a two-year stint in the Peace Corps. Had the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to trek into the Virunga Mountain Range to see the mountain gorillas made famous by conservationist Dian Fossey in the 1970s.”
Dan Lynch, of Orinda, Calif., announces, “Last year I moved back to the U.S. after 28 years in Central Europe. After graduation, I took a job in Budapest, Hungary, in venture capital and eventually owned my own firm for 15 years. I sold it to my partners and moved to Orinda with my Czech daughters so I could put them in an American high school. Like Rip Van Winkle, I have hours of fun in grocery stores finding all the changes in the nearly three decades.”
Dan Widmann, see Leslie Widmann, MBA 92.
Scott Galloway was named to the Drum Digerati 2019, listing the world’s top 100 digital marketers. Galloway, a professor of marketing at NYU Stern, was noted for authoring the Digital IQ Index, a global ranking of prestige brands’ digital competence, and for his founding of several firms, including L2 and Red Envelope.
Annetta (Bolden) Moses, of Columbus, Ohio, updates, “I started work with Abbott Nutrition in Columbus, Ohio, as the director of commercial analytics. I lead a team responsible for predictive and descriptive analytics for our Therapeutic Nutrition products such as Ensure, Glucerna, and Juven.”
Leslie (Wilson) Widmann, of Hayward Hills, Calif., writes, “Dan Widmann, MBA 91, and I continue to enjoy life in the East Bay with our daughter Erin. This year brought trips back East for fun in the sun and connecting with family. I had the pleasure of joining a Haas hike on Mount Diablo a while back and look forward to more Haas events in the coming year.”
Tom Stahl announces, “I recently joined Outschool as head of operations. Outschool is building the future of learning by creating live, online, teacher-led classes for K-12 students.
company closed its Series A financing this summer and already has over 10,000 classes and 60,000“My wife, Julie Kim, and I live in San Francisco with our two teenagers. In my spare time, I’m still traveling and taking photos, and I just relaunched my photography website, tomstahlphoto.com.” students.
Adrienne Hogg writes, “After years in the corporate sector in finance, I’ve moved to CFO of Community Works, a nonprofit justice reform organization in Oakland providing direct services and engaging in advocacy led by system-impacted people in the Bay Area. For almost 25 years, Community Works has been directly on the front lines, offering innovation, expertise, and vision for a future where justice heals. We’ve been dedicated to reducing the number of people entering the justice system and improving the outcomes for those who do. The organization has shown measurable success with healing the impact of incarceration and violence by empowering affected individuals, families, and communities. Visit communityworkswest. org.”
Bill Koefoed, of Rochester, Mich., was appointed CFO of OneStream Software, the leader in Corporate Performance Management solutions for mid-sized to large enterprises, as the company expands the management team to support rapid growth.
Elizabeth Tracey, of Berkeley, Calif., reports, “I just joined Jamboree Housing as VP of new business development. Jamboree develops low- and mixed-income housing throughout California. Having always wanted to be a real estate developer, I am stoked!”
Mike Trigg, of Menlo Park, Calif., writes, “I am founder/CEO of an AI software company for customer contact centers, funded by AI Fund in Palo Alto.
“I recently wrote a novel on Silicon Valley. The book, called Bit Flip, is a corporate thriller about a software startup gone awry. I’m currently seeking a literary agent with the goal of landing a traditional published deal, but will self-publish it soon if that doesn’t come through. I’m promoting the book and my blog at miketrigg.com. You can subscribe to stay updated on my progress.”
Greg Patterson, of San Francisco, announces, “The Advisory Group just celebrated 20 years of life-changing financial advice, helping people make work optional. It was great to see personal wealth and 401k clients at our event, including a number of Haas alums! We’re also close to launching WealthStep. com, designed to democratize basic financial advice outside of our normal client base, to help people make their goals and dreams real for 401k plans and individuals.
“Kids are wonderful and growing. Still volunteering for Haas. Great to see classmates at a dinner Pascal Hoffmann organized. Experimenting with ‘van life’ and our ‘new’ Westie. Had a big triathlon year in 2019, capped by qualifying for Kona Ironman World Championships at Ironman Argentina in December—what a feeling! Open to sponsorship opportunities; get your brand in the lights!”
Samuel Wilson, of London, U.K., writes, “Still a SVP of SMB and eCommerce at 8×8, but in November added the job of managing director of Europe. As part of the expanded opportunities, moved to London. I expect to be based in London for the next couple of years and then who knows. Family moving in the summer of 2020.”
Daniel Firepine, of Berkeley, Calif., notes, “Looking to connect with classmates and begin exploring health care entrepreneur and health care venture financing opportunities. Would like to meet and learn from alums in these fields over coffee, lunch, hike.”
Leslie (Davis) Nicholson, of Toronto,Canada, updates,“In 2019, after a 10-year hiatus from capital markets to work more flexible and family friendly roles including running my own business, I returned to the Toronto Stock Exchange to run the indices and benchmarks business lines. I am thrilled to be working in equity markets again and being a part of the rise of passive investing in Canada, as well as jumping into TSX’s sustainable investing work and the other kind of green investing that we take very seriously in Canada—cannabis Shown: Georgia, Sydney, Marlee, Rob, MBA 95, and Leslie Nicholson.
Steve Welch, of Martinez, Calif., notes, “Promoted to general manager of Contra Costa Water District. Building a new winery tasting room in Downtown Martinez, named William Welch Wines, to open in spring 2020.”
Geoff Wolfe, of Alamo, Calif., started a new job as SVP of customer success for Everplans, a legacy planning software company.
“The impact of California Assembly Bill 5 on companies using independent contractors and the varying ways technology impacts the workplace.”
MICHAEL THOMAS, MBA 08
SHAREHOLDER, OGLETREE DEAKINS
Darryl Eaton, of Santa Barbara, Calif., announces, “My oldest son turns 15 this year, which means we left Haas 15 years ago! Wow, time flies. I have another son (11) and daughter (10), and all the kids are doing great and loving life in SoCal. My wife, Isa, is now an established landscape designer in Santa Barbara, with a book, Small Garden Style, coming out in February. I followed my entrepreneurial leanings and started a company about six years ago in the alternative credit data/fintech space. We’re up to 50 employees now and it’s been a roller coaster ride! Hope everyone is well.”
Sami Iwata, of Oakland, Calif., updates, “After a decade at Adobe, I pivoted into the public sector through a fellowship with an amazing organization called FUSE Corps. For the last two years I have been at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, working to advance equity in the City of San Francisco’s programs and services. I’ve been leveraging all my skills from my previous disciplines in this new area, which feels so urgent.
“I also recently joined the board of Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, a local nonprofit that focuses on closing the opportunity gap, preparing children up to age 5 for kindergarten. As someone who loves children’s books, I appreciate the wonderful book recommendations from our StoryCycles program, which serves 15,000 Bay Area families a year.”
Eddie (Xueli) Ma, of Cupertino, Calif., reports, “I recently concluded a four-year run at Uber as engineering director on Business Intelligence & Global Compliance. In December, I joined Lacuna Technologies in Palo Alto, as VP and head of engineering. Lacuna is on a mission to transform urban transportation for the cities around the world. Lacuna leads the open source forum, Open Mobility, to enable cities to manage, plan, and enforce policies around new and developing mobility innovations, such as riding sharing, micro-mobilities today, and drone, autonomous vehicles in the future. We also recently moved from Sunnyvale to Cupertino.”
Ketan Babaria recently joined Roofstock, a fintech firm aimed at real estate investing, as chief product officer. Babaria, the former head of product for LifeLock and a division of Capital One, will lead product innovation.
Emily Olman announces, “I am the CEO and co-founder of SpatialFirst, a Berkeley- based PropTech startup. Our first product is PlaceTime, which combines AR & CV to build a digital twin platform to help commercial office brokers lease space faster. Our launch city is Oakland, and we’re excited to be in beta and already deployed in three buildings. I have been so grateful to be a Cal alum, and we have been accelerating out of Berkeley SkyDeck since January 2019. I also hired three Haas undergrads as interns, and it was amazing working with them— feel like my degree from Haas is a gift that keeps on giving. Please reach out to grab coffee and tell me what you’re working on. I’d love to reconnect.
“My husband, Jason, and I moved back from Berlin in 2015 and our kids are in kindergarten and fourth grade. His album These Lines from his band Junior Reggae was just voted SF Artist of the Month by The Deli magazine.” Shown: Olman with Gabriele Romagnoli.
Michael Thomas reports, “In December 2019, I was promoted to shareholder at the global labor and employment law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. I am based out of our Los Angeles office. I service clients throughout California.”
Emily Walling, of Menlo Park, Calif., updates, “I recently started as head of marketing at Portfolia. I was inspired by what the company is doing to help women flex their financial muscle and create their own path in venture investing. It’s a rapidly growing community of trailblazing women who know what they want to see in the marketplace and who are using their money to fund change— investing for both impact and returns. If you want to learn more, please reach out (men are welcome as well; around 6% of our investors are men interested in specific funds).”
CHAMPIONING LOCAL BUSINESSES
Alison Lingane, MBA 00, was named a 2019 Akosha Fellow for her work developing economic resiliency in lowincome communities. Lingane co-founded Project Equity, which builds demand for employee-owned businesses and facilitates the transition of companies to this more equitable model.
Morgan Bernstein announces, “After nine years with Haas’ full-time admissions team, I have transitioned into a new role as the director of strategic initiatives. I will partner with senior leadership to identify, develop, and implement initiatives that advance Haas in the MBA marketplace. First up—launching Accelerated Access, a deferred admissions program for undergraduates in their final year.”
Viral (Vik) Mehta writes, “Completed one year at Uber in November and it has been an incredible journey. While continuing to build my global team in the U.S., Amsterdam, India, and Manila, I’ve met and worked with an amazing bunch of folks from around the globe.
“Eesha is a sophomore at Head Royce, and this past year we enjoyed taking a couple of family trips to Spain and Morocco.” Shown: Eesha, Preety, and Viral in Barcelona.
Will Wright, of Birmingham, Ala., reports, “About a year ago, I joined Protective Life to start running corporate innovation in insurance. I’ve also been connecting with a lot of the health care folks in Alabama. It’s a really small world here! I’d love to connect with Haas folks building solutions in health and insurance. Come check out Alabama!”
Jasmin Young, of San Jose, Calif., has been appointed CEO of Netreo, an IT Management/ AIOps company, to accelerate its growth and transformation. Netreo’s award-winning full-stack IT management products are widely deployed by enterprises, and these products are monitoring more than 15 million assets and devices per day. Netreo is backed by Software Growth Partners, a PE firm led by Sumit Garg, MBA 08. Prior to being approached by Garg, Young was a business models transformation leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she had been advising leading and pioneering software/ cloud companies for nine years.
Mira Inbar, MBA 09, commercial director for Royal Dutch Shell, received the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Award from the U.S. Department of Energy last November. Inbar will use the monetary award to support new moms transitioning back to the cleantech workforce. Contact her if interested! View her acceptance speech: haas.org/mira-inbar.
“With massive advances in sensor, data-access, and data-processing technologies, companies will be able to personalize product experiences at scale. Products themselves will become the biggest and the best distribution channel.”
SUYOG DESHPANDE, MBA 18
HEAD OF PRODUCT MARKETING, AMPLITUDE
Zachary Chan announces, “I started my second year as treasurer of the Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association (BREAA). It’s been a fun way to reconnect with old classmates in the real estate industry and, because it’s open to Berkeley grads across schools, I’ve made new friends from Berkeley Law, Environmental Design, etc. We recently had an amazing opportunity to tour the Chase Center while it was still under construction and have many more great events planned for 2020! Feel free to check us out at berkeleyrealestate.org.”
Ignacio Conde writes, “In 2019 I changed jobs. I left Latam Airlines, where I spent 10 years, to join Flexport, a logistics/tech startup. I moved from Miami to Chicago— looking forward to our first winter in the Windy City!”
Sanjay Krishnan, of Los Altos, Calif., announces, “Left Google in 2019 to start as vice president, product, at Apex.AI. This Palo Altobased startup makes an operating system for self-driving cars. Debating between visiting Alaska or Tokyo for summer 2020.”
Anlei Lee and Fritz Herbert, MBA 11, were reunited last year in Genentech’s Pharma Technical Innovation group, where they work to enable Genentech’s manufacturing network of the future. “We were surprised to learn that we had each earned the Haas Community Fellow Award for leading our classes in community service hours. We have continued to go ‘beyond ourselves’ through volunteering at both Genentech and community organizations. Any other teams out there with multiple Haas Community Fellow Award winners? We’d love to see a photo of you in your Cal gear too!”
Dinesh Moorjani, of Belmont, Calif., notes, “It has been almost four years since I co-founded Telegraph Hill Advisors, a boutique investment banking firm that provides M&A and private financing advisory services to emerging growth technology companies. We focus mostly on companies in the Mobile & IoT, Enterprise Software, and Data Analytics sectors.”
John Pavolotsky, of San Mateo, Calif., writes, “I’m excited to co-teach Comparative Privacy Law and to have recently joined the executive committee of the California Lawyers Association IP Section. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since graduating from Haas!”
Fritz Herbert See Anlei Lee, MBA 10.
Jordan Lindsey, of Sacramento, reports, “This March will start my third year as executive director of The Arc of California, a nonprofit advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. This last year we led a broad coalition across the state to successfully advocate for $350 million in new funding for community- based services and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We still have a long way to go, however, to ensure each person has opportunities to employment, safe and independent housing, and inclusion in our society. In 2020 we will be working hard again to fight for our community.”
Victor Noguera See entry for Christopher Fong, BCEMBA 10.
Max Anisimov writes, “This February my co-founder and CTO (also a Haasie) and I are launching the product we’ve been developing for months— it should be live by the time the magazine is published. We’re building a team-based and culture-centric recruiting platform. Hiring managers and teams will be matched with job seekers (engineers, at first) based on intangible factors that really matter, such as culture, working styles, team setup, etc. If you’re hiring, we invite you to promote your team on the platform! Also, we’d love to connect with Bay Area-based founders and investors interested in SaaS, marketplaces, or recruiting. Our website: ahappyjob.com. Reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org or LinkedIn.”
David Sagalov, of New York City, joined AB InBev as global director of Customer Acquisition and Partnerships.
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Celia Carter, of Oakland, Calif., co-founder and CEO of Roshi, announces the closing of an oversubscribed $2.4M series seed round for her cannabis operations platform startup. Roshi is the first mobile app that digitizes cannabis and hemp production and distribution, while offering real-time insights into sales, costs, and trends with GMP-level tracking that’s designed to withstand FDA audits.
Amy Chou writes: “Social impact Haasies reunited at SOCAP19! It was wonderful to catch up with old friends at the world’s largest gathering of thought leaders and practitioners of impact investing.” Shown: Chou with Zarrah Birdie, BS 11, MBA 17, and Denisse Halm, MBA 17.
Abhishek Sharma shares that what started as a simple Tuesday open-mic night became a podcast called “Shake The Cosmos,” downloaded over 100 times the first week alone. Approached by businesses wanting to bring the podcast as a seminar in-house, Sharma founded Shake The Cosmos, a company with the mission to help professionals make their next career move and entrepreneurs scale their businesses. Learn more: shakethecosmos. com.
“I’m grateful for Mark Rittenberg’s Leadership Communications course and my Advanced Design Thinking independent study with Sara Beckman; both created the foundation to take my work to the next level.”
“More people starting side hustles and businesses as the only way to combat age discrimination.”
CATHY GOODWIN, PHD 86
AUTHOR, CONSULTANT & SPEAKER
TOP YOUNG STARS
Congrats to alumni making Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Maria Buitron, MBA 19 (left), honored in both the energy and immigrants categories, is a founding member of Piva, a $250 million venture capital fund investing in energy and industrial technologies. Amanda Groves, BS 13 (center), is a partner at PLUS Capital, a venture advisory firm working with celebrity artists and athletes. David Greenfeld, BS 13 (right), is the co-founder of Dream Pops, offering frozen vegan treats.
Uma Tantri, of San Francisco, announces, “Charlie Tilleman and I got married on August 17, 2019, at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club right next to Haas. We met during our first year in the program. We had a blast celebrating our marriage with family and friends, including 30 of our classmates and partners from the Class of 2017, at such a special place in our hearts.”
Matt Wong reports, “Finally left Cisco after 13 years for startup White Tale Coffee last November! Did it the EWMBA way, nearly a year nights and weekends before taking the plunge from corporate into startup life!
“Olive turned 5, the 2014 baby born one month before our EWMBA class start.”
Sara (Yamamoto) Yamase, of Austin, Texas, writes, “I’m actually a double bear (also BS 10), and I started working at Simon-Kucher & Partners as a consultant out of undergrad. Now after working there for nearly 10 years, I’ve been elected partner. I look forward to helping even more software, internet, and technology companies with pricing, marketing, and commercialization strategies!”
David Huh writes, “Just had our first child in December—a girl!”
Sean MacMannis updates, “Half a year after finishing the MBA, I left my job at Pinterest and the online advertising world I’ve lived in for 12 years to explore new career opportunities. I’m reading more, making new connections, and on the hunt for the right challenge. I’m also spending more time with my daughters (5 and 3) and giving my wife space to continue to lean into her blossoming career at DocuSign.”
“Driving the use of technology in health care delivery systems, offering price transparency, consolidating large health systems to achieve greater efficiencies, and optimizing interoperability among the gazillion electronic health records.”
SHRUTI NATHAN, EMBA 15
SYSTEM VP OF STRATEGY, AMITA HEALTH
Tracy Gray, BCEMBA 08, received a Badass Women In Green Award from the California League of Conservation Voters. Gray is founder and managing partner of The 22 Fund, founder of We Are Enough, executive in residence at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, and the first social impact fellow at Haas’ Institute for Business & Social Impact.
Rob Miller writes, “In January, I joined the Last 300 Expedition to the South Pole along with Cal undergrad Paulina Villalonga, reaching the pole on Jan. 13. Our team skied 60 nautical miles in 7.5 days, carrying gear and provisions for eight nights of camping in temps around –20 degrees. This was the most physically and mentally demanding challenge I’ve ever accomplished, even considering Army service.
Ezra Roizen reports, “Working on the second edition of the Magic Box Paradigm: A Framework for Startup Acquisitions. Looking forward to helping a new cohort of startup founders! Our youngest, Race Roizen, won first place overall at the 2019 freeski national championships (boys 7 and under division).”
Patricia Rose Duignan updates, “I’ve been working with a group of game-developer students from UT Austin to design a prototype of a game, called THE KNOW ZONE, that will teach women how to avoid sexual assault. Shockingly, 1 in 5 college women will be sexually assaulted during college. I base my game on a successful program developed in Canada called EAAA. My game will reach a much larger audience.
“My fourth granddaughter was born Oct. 4. Fortunately, all of my granddaughters live within 30 minutes, and I babysit once a week.”
Mike Chaput reports, “My company made a return to the Inc. 5000 list of privately owned companies this past year. Getting on the list when you’re starting out is a challenge in itself, but returning to the list after being in business for 15 years is rare. I’m humbled by the excellent people around me. As founder & CEO of Endsight, I’ve been incorporating mindfulness into our meetings. This has resulted in shifts in self-awareness in group settings that are impacting interpersonal relationships and openness within the company.”
Christopher Fong writes, “Victor Noguera, MBA 11, and I met at the Haas Super Bowl party in the Wells Fargo room 10 years ago and became friends. We stayed in touch and just officially partnered together! I run a 1,000-member investment syndicate (Xoogler.co and Angel. co/Xooglers) to invest in startups led by ex-Google entrepreneurs. Victor founded a tech startup, Flat.mx, in Mexico City. Flat simplifies the painful process of buying or selling a home in Mexico. I just led an investment syndicate in Flat.mx!”
Peter Holst writes, “This past year, I married my beautiful wife, Marisa Melo. In November, I started as the Acoustics Group Leader at TEECOM, a technology consulting company in Oakland that is among the fastest-growing companies in the Bay Area. Also, I continue to serve as president of the board of directors for Meals on Wheels of Alameda County.”
Luke Johnson writes, “Haas classmates have been awesome in providing crucial advice and support for the fintech home financing startup I founded, Neat Capital. Special thanks to Nicole Farrar, a co-founder, as well as the many classmates who have participated as investors, with collective participation exceeding $1M. After our recent Series A, Jen Loo (also BS 05) generously offered her leadership and governance support on our board of directors.”
Ray Sidney reached a million vertical feet of heli-skiing—with classmate Luke Johnson in tow to report the achievement. Ray summarized the adventures enthusiastically: “Das war krank!”
Shruti Nathan started a new job in August working as VP of strategy at AMITA Health. She writes, “Moved from sunny San Francisco to frigid Chicago after living in SF for 15 years!” Shown: Nathan with EMBA classmates Jayanthi Srinivasan, Prashant Chouta, and Johanna Liu.
Gonzalo Obregon writes, “Recently moved to San Diego, and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with the UC Berkeley community. After graduating, I worked in New York. In 2013 went back to my native Santiago, Chile. However, my two daughters decided to go to college in California, so my wife, Cecilia, and I moved back!”
Prateek Maheshwari reports, “I recently started as a quant researcher at GMO, where I focus on capital allocation decisions across broad asset classes.”
Cathy Goodwin writes, “I’ve gotten involved with storytelling as a marketing tool and developed a framework for using storytelling to brand a small business. I’m consulting and copywriting in this area, holding webinars, speaking, and writing books. I’ve got several on Amazon and working on more.”