Alumni Notes



Mimi (Mary Renard) Knox, Walnut Creek, Calif., announces, “The Class of 1950 will enjoy lunch at the University Club at the stadium for our 68th class reunion, Wednesday, May 18, 2018. Watch for your invitation!”


Merlin L. “Bud” Henry Jr. served on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Alumni Club, representing the Admissions Office at community college fairs and high school college nights for 35 years, as well as on the Board of Directors of the California Alumni Association from 1994 to 1997, receiving its Excellence in Service Award in 2000. He was selected for the Class of 1954 Hall of Fame. “I am a firm believer in giving back to the community,” Bud writes. “I am a long-time reader at my church, served two terms on the Tustin Unified School District Board of Education, and the Orange County Grand Jury. As an Army Reserve officer I was the Orange County admissions coordinator for the U.S. Military Academy from 1975 to 1986 and served on many congressional interview committees to nominate candidates for the major service academies. I retired in 1986 from the U.S. Army Reserve at the rank of colonel. Am still feeding the homeless at Mary’s Kitchen. I retired from Santa Ana College after 29 years as a professor of marketing.”

Jim Jorgensen, Camas, Wash., chair of the 60th reunion, writes that the class is looking forward to the 65th! Now retired, he writes books on personal finance and continues a long career as a nationwide radio host and public speaker. His new book, Retire Tax Free, tells what happens when you retire and begin withdrawing money from your IRA, 401k, and pension and paying the taxes. Jim warns: “You could have your benefits taxed and lose part or all of your Social Security retirement check.”


Mike Wood, Honolulu, reports that 2017 will be the 11th year of his 25-year commitment to provide track and field scholarships to Cal men and women student athletes. To date, he has provided 40 scholarships, totaling $120,000. In addition, he and his wife, Joanne, built Ho’omalu O Na Kamali’i (Safeguarding Our Children), a transitional home for abused and neglected children on the leeward coast of Oahu. To date, the nonprofit has successfully transitioned more than 1,100 children into permanent homes or back home to an improved family setting. Also, 2017 will mark the 35th year that the Woods have provided financial assistance to the Haas School of Business. “Go Bears!”


E. Brian Peach, Gadsden, Ala., passed away suddenly on April 26, 2016, at his home in Gadsden. Surviving are his wife, a daughter and son, and six beloved grandchildren.


Herbert Tully, Ross, Calif., reports that he is retired.


Brad Howard See Ron Roderique, MBA 58



Michael Daley, BS 80

Michael Daley, Greenbrae, Calif., returned to taxation with Andersen in 2015 and climbed Mount Fuji to celebrate his 60th birthday.



Winnie Wing-Kei Tso-Curé, BS 84

Winnie Wing- Kei Tso-Curé, Fremont, Calif., successfully took four companies public during her career, two as controller, one as global controller, and the last one as chief financial officer (CFO). Her husband, Robert Curé, announces, “It is with great heartache and sadness that I inform the alumni that my beloved wife, Winnie, passed away to God on the morning of July 21, 2017, at our home. Winnie fought valiantly against cancer for 15 years and 20 surgeries, which were all major and very painful. In August 2016, her left arm was amputated above the elbow. We were told she was cancer-free and Winnie was planning on going back to the corporate world. However, within three months it was back, this time in her lymph nodes. After surgery to correct that, the cancer spread to the brain and lungs. Always trusting in God and very optimistic, together we vowed to beat this disease. Our lives will never be the same. God bless my wife, Winnie.”



Tara and Dave Rochlin, BS 85s (right), with sons Alex (the lone Bruin) and Bradley, new Haas grad

Dave Rochlin and Tara Ryan Rochlin write, “We were excited to watch our son Bradley Rochlin cross the stage as part of the Haas undergrad Class of 2017. A second-generation family affair! Bradley joined AB InBev this summer, and we’re looking forward to receiving shipments of vanilla porter instead of tuition bills.” Dave teaches and runs several programs at Haas, and Tara is a Lamorinda- based real estate broker.



Kathie Lee, BS 86

Kathie Lee, Sunnyvale, Calif., announces, “After many years working for HP, Agilent, and eBay, I decided to work for startups and love the variety and growth that come from supporting clients in biotech, mobile, and nonprofits. I’ve become a managing partner at Ravix Group, where we employ more than 40 consultants supporting more than 150 Bay Area clients. If you or anyone is in a startup and need finance, HR, and accounting support, I look forward to hearing from you! Also, I have many opportunities to reconnect with Cal, as my oldest daughter became a Cal Bear two years ago.”


Gary Lentz, BS 86, with granddaughters and future Golden Bears, Maeve and Lucy

Gary Lentz, Santa Rosa, Calif., has become one of the top residential mortgage bankers in the North Bay and, more importantly, is expecting his fourth grandchild in December.


Carrie Dolan See MBA 1997.



Jim Gray, BS 88

Jim Gray, Chicago, was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer, Ingredion, Inc. Ingredion is publicly traded under INGR and is a Fortune 500 company operating in more than 40 countries worldwide.


Jill (Darcangelo) Godsey, Lafayette, Calif. See MBA 1996.


Timothy Yee, BS 90

Timothy Yee, Alameda, Calif., president of Green Retirement, Inc., created a custom fossil-free target date fund suite for corporate and nonprofit retirement plans.


Juan Barrera, Playa Del Rey, Calif., reports, “I have been with City National Bank since 2010 and am currently a VP-senior credit risk review officer. In June, my wife and I welcomed our son Vicente into the family to the delight of sister Rosario and brother Antonio. In 2016, my wife, Dr. Verónica Gutiérrez, was appointed director of undergraduate research at Azusa Pacific University, in addition to her role as associate professor of Latin American history. Earlier this year, I listened to my first-ever TED talk—watching my wife speak live on the TED stage while six months pregnant.”


Kathryn Cicoletti is the founder of Ms. Cheat Sheet, an education investing platform for individuals and corporations. She started her career in the hedge fund industry and has more than 10 years of experience in the asset management industry. Kathryn’s new book, Little Red Ms. Cheat Sheet on Investing, is available at Amazon.

Scott Orn, San Francisco, runs operations at Kruze Consulting, a fast-growing startup CFO consulting firm that works with more than 160 startup clients. In his spare time, Scott co- founded Ben’s Friends, an internet patient support community for people with rare diseases.

Aaron Schweifler, Oakland, Calif., is COO and a partner at Sports Basement. He has also served for seven years as an executive board member for Girls on the Run of the Bay Area.


James Wedewer, Fremont, Calif., announces, “In June, I received my MBA from Santa Clara University and was fortunate to celebrate by taking my family to Europe for a month this summer. I continue working as a strategy manager with Ross Stores in Dublin.”


Will Edmonson, West Hollywood, Calif., writes, “I am excited to announce that I have started my own law firm, primarily handling business litigation and appeals. Previously, I was a partner at Doll, Amir & Eley LLP and an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and served as a law clerk in federal district court and then the federal appeals court. For big law firm experience and talent at affordable rates, contact me at will@”


Kevin Chou, founder of Kabam (which he sold this year to Netmarble and Fox), has launched a new venture. He is now chairman and CEO of KSV eSports, a collaboration between Silicon Valley and Seoul, aimed at creating and guiding homegrown Korean eSports teams into champions on the international stage. Chou bought the Seoul franchise of Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League, a professional eSports league for the multiplayer online first-person shooter video game Overwatch. Chou’s company will be based in both Silicon Valley and Seoul.


James Bao, New York City, announces, “My company, Pixel Inc., was recently commissioned to create a next generation e-commerce experience for NERF. It’s surreal to get a chance to work with a brand that defined our childhood. Also, I’m celebrating my third year as a board member of the Center for Asian American Media, a publicly funded institution that ensures Asian-American stories come to light; I couldn’t be prouder.”



Yoonki Lee, BS 08

Yoonki Lee, New York City, writes, “Graduated from NYU Stern’s full-time MBA program. Soon after, launched kofunds, a provider of crowdsourced consumer lending data for comparing loans and facilitating refinancing. Got married to Rebecca Park at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.”

Cole Turay, San Francisco, reports, “It’s been an incredible ride the last two years at late-stage startup Tanium. The Campanile is visible from our offices in Emeryville, so I’ve been fortunate to stay local. Author Gretchen Rubin said it so well: ‘The days are long, but the years are short.’ The decade’s bookends of a Haas graduation in May ’08 and a May ’18 wedding are so exciting, humbling, and empowering. Looking forward to the days and decades ahead.”


Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, the founders of Oakland, Calif.-based Back to the Roots, were featured in HuffPost in July talking about how they turned a simple idea into a new food movement. Watch the behind-the-scenes look at how they’re impacting homes and classrooms nationwide: http://haas. org/bttr-video. In other news, the pair’s indoor gardening kits won the Most Innovative Product Award at the Organic Produce Summit.


Nate Floyd found himself atop some rocks outside his home in Boulder, Colo., a year and a half ago “contemplating ‘How should I serve humanity?’ or, in Haas terms, go ‘Beyond Myself’? Do I contribute my efforts to the front wave of technology—playing a role in the inevitable progression of AI? Or, as the ‘water level rises,’ do I help others catch up with where humanity is directed—that is, ‘how to “swim” in this global economy’? Thankfully, I found my current role at iMerit where I get to serve both ends of the spectrum,” he writes. A social impact outsourcing company with 700+ employees across offices in India, iMerit empowers young men and women from marginalized communities, many of whom have escaped poverty through employment there, while developing computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), and other AI applications. “We label images and videos so that cameras for autonomous cars and augmented reality systems know how to interact and understand the world around them, as well as label text to help with NLP development,” Nate explains.



Guy Barnea, BS 12, and Olympic champion Anthony Ervin, BA 10 (English), during the Maccabiah games in Israel

Guy Barnea writes, “In addition to being a Haas alum, student athlete, and Israeli Olympic swimmer, I am now a proud business founder. I recently launched a swimwear line for men called Weekends At (https://weekendsat. com). As a professional swimmer who has spent the majority of my life in a bathing suit, traveling for competitions all over the world, I long ago realized the lack of affordable and fashion-forward options for men. That started me on a journey to build the perfect men’s swimwear brand. Since we launched in May, many of my Cal friends (such as Olympic Champ Anthony Ervin) are wearing our swimwear and have been helping spreading news about it globally. Tel Aviv has a vibrant tech scene, where it’s been particularly interesting to take a different kind of entrepreneurial approach to business. I have my experience at Haas to thank for all of this.”

Kristen Lee, San Francisco, was one of five Bay Area women who received a 2017 Emerging Leader Award from the YWCA Silicon Valley to “recognize and encourage women who are within the first five years of their current careers but who show strong evidence of leadership and executive potential.”


Talia Caldwell, European pro basketball player, joined the Golden Bear coaching staff on June 1 as an interim assistant coach for the women’s basketball team while the head coach and assistant coach were on maternity leave. Caldwell was a key contributor in Cal’s run to the Final Four in 2013.


Christina Jones, BS 13

Christina Jones, Williamsburg, Va., was appointed visiting professor and director of the Parents Engaged in Learning Equality (PELE) Special Education Advocacy Clinic at William & Mary Law School. She teaches special education law and guides law students in advocating for children with disabilities so that they receive the free, appropriate public education guaranteed them under law.


Jada, Brett Podolsky, Budino, and Jonathan Regev, BS 13

Jonathan Regev, Brooklyn, N.Y., reports, “We’ve successfully raised Series A funding for The Farmer’s Dog, a tech-enabled next generation pet food company. Our total funding is now more than $10 million and we’re hiring aggressively. Please send any smart dog lovers or food manufacturing experts our way!”


Jason Bellet writes, “I wanted to share exciting news coming out of Eko, a startup I co-founded while a senior at Haas. Eko just received FDA clearance on Eko Duo, a portable (handheld) combined electrocardiograph and stethoscope that will be prescribed to heart disease patients and will enable their clinicians to do full exams (listen to heart sounds and capture ECGs) remotely. The device is designed to bridge the gap between the constant cardiac monitoring 28 million heart disease patients receive in the hospital and the complete lack of monitoring they receive when sent home. We couldn’t have done this without the advice and mentorship of the Haas community.”


Woohyuk Lee, Seoul, South Korea, updates, “I have been working at Korea System Company, a defense company manufacturing air conditioning and over pressure equipment systems and run-flat tire assembly for Korean Main Battle Tank and wheeled armored vehicles. I’m a director at the strategic business unit and work for new projects.”


Richa Namballa, BS 16, at the Association for Computational Linguistics conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Richa Namballa, San Mateo, Calif., graduated from a grad rotational program at SAP Labs, in Palo Alto and finalized a full-time role as a data scientist for the Innovation Center Network Machine Learning Incubation team. “I represented SAP at the Association for Computational Linguistics conference in Vancouver, Canada,” Richa writes, “my first time as a company ambassador at an academic conference— a valuable experience filled with new ideas and plenty of global networking. My favorite part, a workshop on Abusive Language Online and how to address it, [included] a multidisciplinary slate of speakers, including Carol Todd and Brianna Wu. This November, I will become an aunt! My brother and my sister-in- law are expecting a baby girl. I hesitate to say girl because, in true Berkeley fashion, I believe that the baby will grow up to choose its own gender identity.”


Wonjun Yun, BS 16

Wonjun Yun, Seoul, South Korea, started a new job at seed accelerator Sunbo Angel Partners.


Grace Lee, UC Berkeley Leadership Award Scholar and student body president of the Haas Business School Association, was featured on CNBC as one of the top 10 business majors graduating in 2017. She was originally profiled at Poets & Quants as one of the “best and brightest” of her year and seeks to break glass ceilings and fight inequality as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan.



Tom Fish writes, “Just wondering if any others from the 1957 MBA class are still out there. I’m at Black Butte Ranch, Oregon; started (with son Gary) Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon, in 1988. Hoping to hear from someone else in our first class in what then was the ‘new’ graduate school of business at Berkeley in 1951.”



Ron Roderique, MBA 58, and Brad Howard, BS 79, at a Rotary conference in Arizona

Ron Roderique, a longtime Rotary leader in Arizona, met up with Brad Howard (BS 79) at a Rotary district conference held in Flagstaff, Ariz. Howard, a Rotary International director, was a keynote speaker at the event.


Alex Krem, Boulder Creek, Calif., is a lawyer at the U.S. Maritime Administration (Washington, D.C.) and at Graham and James (Washington, D.C.), a commercial and investment banker for Bank of America (S.F., Tokyo, London, Cairo), an investment banker for NZI Bank (Auckland), an investment banker for Admiralty Group (in 120 countries), a philanthropist at www.campingunlimited. org and www., and is “working harder than ever,” he writes. “I have worked in more than 70 countries and supervised my companies’ projects in 50 more. Lovely wife Janet is English and now a New Zealander. Three lovely daughters: Christina, 30, gave me my first granddaughter three weeks ago. She runs Camp Krem, which will have more than 1,300 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 6,000 days and nights. Charlotte, 27, is now entering her last year at Stanford Law with an interest in international human rights. Katherine, 22, is majoring in math at Stanford. Happy to be alive, healthy, and happy.”


Neil Hamilton, Stockton, Calif., is retired.

Don Smith See PhD 1981.


Anne Johnson, Berkeley, Calif., reports, “Co-developing with Jim Johnson the ActionMap Toolkit, an SaaS application for collaborative online meetings that deliver Better Faster Process Change. The software is targeted for release in Q4 ’17—please visit!”

Arun Sarin was appointed chair of the board of Oakland, Calif.-based Globetouch, which provides global connectivity services for the connected car and the Internet of Things. In his 30+ years of experience, Sarin led some of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. He served as global CEO of Vodafone PLC from 2003 until 2008, holding a director position from 1999 to 2008. Prior to joining Vodafone, Sarin served as a director for AirTouch before becoming president and COO.


Doug Wholey See PhD 1984.



Michaela Rodeno, MBA 80 (center), co-founder of Women for WineSense 2017, with other members of that group: Karla Barber, national president; Karen MacNeil, keynote speaker; Jonjie Lockman, past national president; and Julie Johnson, co-founder

Michaela Rodeno, Napa, Calif., announces, “After five years, I’ve stepped off the board of Bank of Marin, a rapidly growing $2B community bank headquartered in Novato. Combined with the 10 years I spent on the board of Silicon Valley Bank, that’s a lot of banking for this vintner. I’m eager to take on a consumer products or services company board. In the meantime, my husband, Gregory, and I continue to grow and bottle small amounts of outstanding Napa Valley Sangiovese under our Villa Ragazzi label. We also sell Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from our Oakville vineyard to Robert Mondavi Winery. La vie est belle. We recently returned from the Finger Lakes in New York, where we attended the very successful Women for WineSense 2017 Grand Event, an organization I helped found in 1990 that is still going strong. The wines were excellent, especially the dry rosé, Cabernet Franc, and Riesling. There’s a strong farm-to-table movement in the Finger Lakes, so the food is outstanding too. Don’t miss a chance to discover this up-and- coming wine-growing region.”


Mike Henry, Berkeley, Calif., reports, “After 20 years in the Boston biotechnology community, I moved back to Berkeley in 2015 to join AncestryDNA in San Francisco. I am now SVP and GM Consumer Genomics at Centrillion in Palo Alto. Having fun reconnecting with my Haas MBA classmates!”


Steve Blechman, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., updates, “After 10 wonderful years in Princeton University’s Office of Human Resources, I have moved on to a new adventure with Workday, an amazing company and an amazing set of products and technology. I am a senior HCM consultant in the education and government practice and love having the opportunity to a) visit college campuses across the country and b) work for a Bay Area-based company!”


Pierre Frediere, MBA 86, on his 57th birthday with his daughter, Juliette

Pierre Frediere moved to Fresno in 1995 and worked in real estate lending and investments. Son Maurice, a junior at Rice University, interned this summer and last at Houston City Hall in the Department of Education and is a research intern at the Baker Institute on Foreign Relations. Daughter Juliette, a sophomore at Clovis North High School and a superb vocalist, performed at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Pierre is a member of the Fresno Rotary Club, which celebrated its centennial last year.


Ajoy Khandheria, writes, “I currently live in New Delhi, India, and do a fair amount of business in Myanmar as well. We relocated to India a few years ago for professional reasons. I am in various businesses and an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization.”



Josh Bersin, MBA 88

Josh Bersin, Oakland, Calif., writes, “I’ve had an incredible five years at Deloitte (to whom we sold our business in 2012) and recently spent a week in India talking about emerging talent issues around the world. All I learned at Haas has helped me immensely in building our business and helping business and HR leaders understand the new world of work, new models of leadership, and the re-engineering of organizations going on around the world. I’m continuing to love advising senior HR and business leaders on their people, organization, and talent strategy and helping to lead our research on these always important issues, including the emerging growth of citizenship, well-being, and inclusion as top business issues.”


Laurent Dhollande, MBA 88

Laurent Dhollande, Napa, Calif., announces, “Aiming to raise $100 million for the expansion of the Pacific Workplaces and CloudVO businesses I founded, both of which are in the shared office space industry. Moved from the Peninsula to Napa to bring us closer to Tahoe, where we built a house and spend a lot of time.”

Doug Galen recently started RippleWorks, a nonprofit foundation committed to driving innovative, scalable solutions to our biggest social challenges. RippleWorks helps fast-growth ventures succeed by working with the CEOs to create high-impact projects focused on a venture’s scaling challenge. “We bring in Extreme Experts who have conquered that scaling challenge (volunteers from places like Facebook, Airbnb, or Google) who are motivated to help because they want to contribute their skills to a company doing good in the world,” Doug writes. “We’ve worked on 35 projects in 41 countries.”

Shelly Guyer was recently named CFO of genetic information company Invitae Corporation. Guyer was previously CFO at Veracyte, Inc., a genomic diagnostics company.


Kathi Pugh, MBA 88

Kathi Pugh, Berkeley, Calif., retired as the senior pro bono counsel at Morrison Foerster, where she had served since 1990. She is now volunteering with the pro bono program at Berkeley Law and spends her weekends sailing on the San Francisco Bay with husband, Josh, and Westy, their golden retriever. Watch her in action at https://vimeo. com/194091837. She currently serves as the vice commodore of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors and on the boards of Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund and Bay Area Outreach Recreation Program.



Bill Cohen, MBA 89, WWII vet and president of the Irwindale American Legion Lodge, handing a thank you trophy to Craig Furniss, MBA 89, owner of 7th Street Development

Bill Cohen, of Los Alamitos, Calif., writes, “I sold my business! After 20+ years of building a business and a brand (HydraFacial MD), it was time to move on. The business reached $50M in sales in 75 countries. I don’t miss the stress, but I sure miss the people. Staying in touch has been important as it really was one big family business! Thanks to Rich Lyons for your time and thoughts during my transition. I now spend my time investing and assisting in startups, volunteering with several great causes, and partnering with one of our alums, Craig Furniss. Our development donated the local American Legion Vets Lodge to the members. Vets representing all the wars from WWII through Desert Storm were present. Sorry, Craig, I had to share your photo with our class!”


Alexis Nasard was featured in The Straits Times as the new CEO of footwear manufacturer and retailer Bata. Nasard is credited with giving the company an infusion of swagger. “We refuse the dictate that a woman in the 21st century has to choose between being gorgeous, beautiful, and comfortable,” he’s quoted as saying.

William Wilfong, Sparks, Md., writes, “After moving to Singapore two weeks after graduation, and spending the past 26 years in Southeast Asia, I have returned to my native Maryland and am looking forward to catching up with friends and classmates now that we are back.”


Peter Wilson, MBA 91, and Ellen Wilson

Peter Wilson, Piedmont, Calif., reports, “I am a Bay Area chair for TIGER 21, a peer-to- peer learning and networking organization for successful wealth creators. TIGER 21 groups meet once a month locally and once a year globally to learn and discuss personal topics regarding investment ideas, philanthropy, estate planning, and health and wellness—a fun and rewarding way for me to be a ‘Student Always.’ My wife, Ellen, and I have three kids, two in college (Macalester and U. of Michigan) and one entering high school. Ellen works for Achievers, an HR tech company.”



Virginia Rocha, MBA 92 (right), and classmates at the 2017 Alumni Reunion: Eric Zankman, Lori Benintendi, Isabelle Velde, and Jean Frammolino—not shown: classmate David Okuji, who joined them for the day activities

Virginia Rocha, San Francisco, attended the 2017 reunions (see photo).



Perry Gershon, MBA 93, for Congress

Perry Gershon, East Hampton, N.Y., is running for Congress in N.Y. CD-1 (Eastern Suffolk County). The seat is currently occupied by two-term Republican Lee Zeldin but was previously held by a Democrat. After 25 years in commercial real estate finance, this is Perry’s first foray into politics, running as a businessman better able to adapt to 21st-century problems than the current group of politicians. Please visit for details.

Stefano Paoletti, Berkeley, Calif., writes, “Recently joined a promising, early-stage enterprise security startup in Google-land (Mountain View). Had one more startup in me and this one clearly will make me rich : ). Actually just missed the startup energy and innovation creativity. Wish me luck.”

Hilary Weber, San Francisco, reports that 2017 “has been a whirlwind so far. My innovation coaching and consulting business is growing— we’re focusing on gender diversity and inclusion training, a hot topic! I co-founded a second company, a social impact organization in India with a special focus on women. To top it off, I’m now working with the People Centered Internet organization (founded by Vint Cerf and Mei Lin Fung) as lead for innovation and entrepreneurship. My pilot project will be in Southeast Asia, centered around financial inclusion for women and other underserved populations. At least I’m getting time to write my book, The Confidence Con Game, while I’m on all of these flights!”


Bruce Deaner, Tokyo, Japan, reports, “Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to lead a team supporting Tokyo Governor Koike in her effort to revitalize Tokyo’s asset management sector and redevelop this amazing city into Asia’s leading financial center. True to our Haas values, the team is constantly challenging the status quo and looking to make tangible contributions to society through this endeavor. I’d be pleased to speak with anyone who wants to know more. As committee chairman for the Boy Scout troop my son belongs to here in Tokyo, my role is simply to support a group of teenagers as they learn outdoor skills, citizenship, leadership, and much more. It’s a fantastic journey to be a part of.”


Jonathan Geurkink, Seattle, launched Possession Point Partners LLC with University of Washington Computer Science Professor Mark Oskin to apply machine learning to the investment management process. He adds, “Just celebrated our first anniversary of the partnership.”


Jill (Darcangelo) Godsey, MBA 96, at Lair of the Bear with sons, Parker and Logan—husband, Tom, BS 85 (mech. eng.), behind the lens

Jill (Darcangelo) Godsey, Lafayette, Calif., writes, “I’m head of operations and service and the BSA (anti-money laundering) officer at a mobile banking startup called Varo Money, Inc. We are Series A financed by Warburg Pincus and have applied for a national bank charter. We want to help millennials manage their finances using lots of AI-learning and little to no fees. After almost 20 years at Charles Schwab, most recently as SVP operations, I am enjoying working in a small, highly innovative environment, where I use all my financial services experience making customers’ lives better every day.

“I serve on the board of directors of Super Stars Literacy, a nonprofit based in Oakland that delivers high-intensity literacy support to K-12 children, most of whom are ESL learners, reading below grade level. Our students get 15 hours of literacy and social- emotional training every week after school. We are tackling economic and social justice imbalances by giving these children the skills and confidence they need to graduate from high school and contribute positively to our society.”

Granular, a farm- management software platform startup led by Sid Gorham, was acquired by DuPont Pioneer for $300 million, according to AgFunderNews. Gorham, president and CEO, will continue at the helm of Granular while also overseeing digital agriculture for DuPont. Andrew Meyers, MBA 15, is VP of customer success and Tamar Tashjian, MBA 11, is VP of product at the company.


Kira Makagon, MBA 96

Kira Makagon, Hillsborough, Calif., has been named to the Calix, Inc. Board of Directors. Calix is a world leader in subscriber driven intelligent access. Makagon is currently an executive vice president of innovation at RingCentral, Inc., a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions.


Carrie Dolan, former CFO at Lending Tree, is now the CFO for startup Metromile, a San Francisco- based company offering pay-per-mile auto insurance.


Michael Kan, MBA 97

Michael Kan passed away July 8. “One of the finest examples of everything we hope for in a Berkeley leader is now gone,” writes Rhonda Shrader (MBA 96). “Michael died from heat stroke while leading a training hike for a Boy Scout troop of which his twins were part. The news was devastating and so completely unexpected— he was a veteran who had served in Iraq and was famous for his meticulous planning. We joked through tears at his memorial when it started exactly on time with the crowd spilling out into the parking lot, just like he was there.

“He was an absolutely devoted dad who took time off after the twins were born to be a stay-at-home dad. I don’t hear of a lot of MBAs doing this, but he embraced it and gave so much to his community as a scoutmaster and many other things. Serving others remained central to him.

“At the time of his death, Michael was a senior director of operations at Visa. He is survived by his sons Matthew and Benjamin as well as his wife, Susana.”

Todd Morrill, faculty director at the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps, was interviewed by The National about corporate innovation in the Middle East. Morrill, an innovation expert who has supported the development of more than 100 successful companies and taught more than 800 teams of entrepreneurs and corporate managers how to launch profitable products and services, said that businesses in the Arabian Gulf are “very dynamic, very eager to lead globally, and very open to best practices.”



Chris Chan, MBA 98 (center), with Jason and Clarissa at Clarissa’s 2017 UCLA graduation.

Chris Chan, San Francisco, writes, “After decades of toiling the hot fields of Twentynine Palms, and Mission Bay-S.F., I’m happy to announce that both of my offspring are now safely out of college. Clarissa graduated from UCLA in June, and because she has a thing for stethoscopes she’s currently applying to various med schools. Jason also graduated as a Bruin, in 2015, and after a gap year (i.e., enjoying life living off his parents) he will be starting a job at a CPA firm. (Yes, of course I tried to warn him.). Dad will be trying to find things to do to kill time before The Last Jedi comes out.”

Eric Lu, San Jose, Calif., announces, “My lovely daughter Emily Lu was accepted by Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.), a two-degree program offered by Haas with the College of Engineering.”


Douglas Clark, MBA 98, making bricks to build toilets at elementary schools on the island of Leyte, Philippines

Douglas Clark, of Salt Lake City, writes, “In light of National Geographic’s recent article on the major lack of sanitary facilities around the world, I thought I would include this note. I have partnered with a local organization in the Philippines to build ‘comfort rooms’ for elementary schools that still have no toilet facilities following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. We employ locals to make inexpensive but sturdy bricks out of Portland cement and sifted dirt, and use local volunteer labor to build the basic two-room facilities with sinks and flush toilets. We are based on these self-help principles: (1) The community must provide the land, (2) The community must be willing to provide volunteer labor during the construction phase, and (3) The community must sign an agreement that those receiving the comfort room agree to keep it in like-new condition. The brick- makers are happy to have jobs, and the kids are astonishingly appreciative. Typically, they put on a one-hour ceremony of singing and dancing to say thank you at the ribbon cutting. I never guessed that building toilets would be such sweet work.”


Julia Violich, MBA 98 (center), with classmates Torben Mottes, Terry Fraser-Reid, JT Klepp, George Paparrizos, Robert Shear, and Mario Alvarez-Fernandez in August

Julia Violich, Kentfield, Calif., writes, “Saw classmates Torben Mottes, Terry Fraser-Reid, JT Klepp, Robert Shear, and Mario Alvarez-Fernandez in August.” (See photo.)

Matthieu Malan, Casablanca, Morocco, writes, “Still running the startup I co-founded with my wife, Livremoi. ma has been delivering over two million books in French and English all over Morocco for eight years and is still growing with double digits. We are launching magazine subscriptions and enjoying the surprising absence of competitors. Three years ago we opened a bookstore in Casablanca, which boosted online growth and offers us the new experience of retail in brick and mortar and direct contact with customers. I learn from some customers or try to help when a customer simply says, ‘What should I read to learn or to get out of worries?’ Morocco is a quiet and pleasant place in Africa. ‘Student Always’—when it comes to IT—as so many new practices emerge; it’s a pleasure and a necessity, a break from operational work. Yes, a dream job.

“Felix, our son, is 6 1/2, and I am discovering how education can be demanding for all; what a pleasure to see him read a book for the first time ever, when he couldn’t recognize a letter a year ago.”


Matt Kubo moved from Hong Kong to Tokyo in May. He is back at SPARX Asset Management Co. as head of the CEO office and focused on AI and robotics-related startups.

Rachel (Martin) Long, Piedmont, Calif., reports, “Currently the vice president of veterinary and canine operations at Guide Dogs for the Blind with campuses in San Rafael, California, and Boring, Oregon, I’m lucky enough to put my education and experience to work helping blind and visually impaired people. I can also interact with puppies and dogs. That’s what I call a win-win. Watching puppies grow up and become guide dogs is amazing but not as amazing as seeing our clients gain their independence.

“My three children are super talented and decent people. My eldest is a competitive swimmer, runner, and Rubik’s Cube solver. One of my twins was recently cast as Annie in a professional production at the Berkeley Playhouse, and the other twin recently moved up to the optional level in competitive gymnastics at Cal.”


Yosmar Martinez, MBA 00

Yosmar Martinez, Miami, Fla., forwards the following: “A labor of discovery and passion, Yosmar Martinez’s cookbook, Tastes of Camino, was named Best in the World by the Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards in the self-published category! The book’s recipes represent the food culture of the Camino de Santiago, known as the ancient pilgrimage route in Northern Spain.”

Greg Patterson, San Francisco, writes, “Every time I go to a Haas event, I am inspired by other alums—thank you! Had a fun dinner with a group of 2000’s a few weeks back. From our three kids I learn more than what we teach. Also now have a puppy—3 a.m. housebreaking is lovely (kids agreed to help, but guess how long that lasted!). The Advisory Group is growing, still independent/ unbiased guidance to fiduciaries/401k plans, families, and foundations/endowments— using the four Haas Defining Leadership Principles. Ping me to be part of our beta, online saving and investing advice for 401k plan participants and up-and-comer individuals. And we’re giving back by doing financial literacy presentations for families and students at schools—add a school to our list. As always, thanks to Haas staff and alum volunteers! And remember to check out Haas Insights videos for booster shots, for your MBA+.”

Sonja (Winckler) Velez, San Francisco, writes, “In May I returned to California and joined The San Francisco Foundation as CFO. I feel very fortunate to be part of a committed team working to advance racial and economic inclusion and build strong communities in the Bay Area.”



Mat Fogarty, MBA 01, and the Can of Bliss

Mat Fogarty, Orinda, Calif., reports, “I’m working on designing the perfect packaging platform for cannabis flower. Can of Bliss is hitting California dispensaries next month, and we plan to scale the brand as legalization rolls around the globe. It’s a lot of fun working in this rapidly evolving industry.”

Ravi Jagannathan, Cupertino, Calif., left Applovin, a mobile ad network, after it was acquired for $1.5B, and in 2016 joined Vungle, a rapidly growing mobile ad network featured on Mary Meeker’s 2017 report.

Alison Oliveira Wheeler, Washington, D.C., was named chief marketing officer of SOS Children’s Villages, USA, part of an international organization that builds loving, stable families for orphaned, abandoned, and other vulnerable children in 134 countries. For nearly 70 years, SOS has been working to ensure that all children have the long-term care they need to grow, thrive, and reach their full potential. Through its family support programs, schools, and vocational training initiatives, medical centers and emergency relief efforts, SOS impacts the lives of millions of children and families. Alison leads the brand, communications, and marketing teams, responsible for branding, public relations, marketing partnerships, campaign management, digital marketing, content strategy, and resource development.


Pei Yi (Peggy) Wu, MBA 01

Pei Yi (Peggy) Wu, Singapore, writes, “We are still enjoying our life in Singapore after four years, although I miss the U.S. a lot. I am looking forward to starting my new job as head of marketing APAC for Aviva Investors in late October. Lilia (10) and Kadin (8) are transitioning to an international school after attending local public schools for the last few years. They have excelled so far, but I believe they will blossom more in a freer learning environment that fosters teamwork, creative thinking, and strong social skills. With John’s recent promotion at Wells Fargo and my new job, we’ll likely be here for a few more years. Visitors are welcome! Email me: peiyiwu124@”


Devan Cross, San Rafael, Calif., was recently promoted to president of MHN, the behavioral and mental health care subsidiary for Centene, the largest managed care Medicaid company in the country.

Peter Fiske joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as the director of its Water-Energy Resilience Institute in a new position that underscores the lab’s commitment to developing solutions for the challenges associated with the interdependence of water and energy systems. He was previously the CEO of Richmond, Calif.-based PAX Water Technologies, Inc. Watch Peter’s 2017 HaasX talk, “The Accidental Entrepreneur”: insights.haasalumni. org/2017/06/01/ haasx-2017/.

Mike Golden, Shanghai, reports, “Our 13-year-old Shanghai-based marketing agency merged with our Boston partner to form a new global agency: Brandigo. The newly formed agency assists companies—especially in B2B and health sectors— with branding, marketing, and communications. The new partnership means more chances to visit the U.S. for me!”



Newlyweds Francesco Carantani and Cristina Higgins, MBA 03s, with fellow classmates Adrienne Steinberg, Julie Holt, Marie Claire Meisels, Andrea Signoretti, Geoff Crouse, Daniele Poggetta, Bob Basso, Dan Sherman, and Brian Renehan

Francesco Carantani, Bergamo, Italy, updates, “After 20 years at Italcementi and living abroad, I moved back to Italy and changed companies. I joined the Phoenix Group (pharmaceutical distribution) as CEO of the Italian subsidiary. It is quite exciting to enter into a completely new sector! Also, after 15 years together Cristina Higgins and I decided to finally tie the knot. Being back in Italy provided a fantastic setting. It was great to have our three kids, Paolo, Isabella, and Chiara, participate in the ceremony. We had a big celebration and hosted family and friends from all over the world, including a strong delegation from Haas!”

Siddharth Sanghvi, Oakland, Calif., announces, “I just started my own real estate investment company after being COO at one for three years. We are focused on multifamily real estate in the Bay Area, especially the East Bay. It’s quite different from World of Good, the Fair Trade company I started with Priya Haji, MBA 04, but I guess I’m following the Haas principle of ‘Student Always.’

“We spent the summer traveling in Scandinavia and Italy with our three young children and got a chance to catch up with Cristina Higgins, Francesco Carantani, and Andrea Signoretti. I’d love to catch up with classmates and alumni (”

Balaji Thirumalai, Saratoga, Calif., who relocated back to the U.S. after 10 years in India, writes, “I am now heading up Mindtree’s HiTech practice based out of San Jose. Would love to connect with companies driving digital transformation, product engineering, and IT innovation across the high-tech and media space. And I am hiring, as we are always looking for smart, motivated account managers/sales folks to join our team across various locations in the U.S.”


Carter Keller See EMBA 2014 note for David Johnson.


MBA 04 alumni Rachel Fleet and Ross McConnell in July 2017, toasting a quorum for the MBA 2004 reunion in Wellington, N.Z.

Ross McConnell writes, “I am back in startup mode with my new venture Blinder (www.blinderHQ. com), where we’ve developed a platform for PR managers of high-profile teams. It’s giving me a great excuse to spend more time in the U.S. (Cali in particular) and to connect with Cal alums who are involved in pro sports, entertainment, and communications sectors. We’ve just moved into our new family home in Auckland, New Zealand—built (literally) by my amazing wife, Hollie, with the support of friends and family members in the trades. Sons Niko (10), A.J. (8), and Jed (6) are very happy with their new abode and love to host guests from their extended Cal family, so please don’t be a stranger if you make it all the way to N.Z.!”


As reported in Bloomberg, Ben Allen, currently president of Parnassus Investments, has been tapped to become the CEO next year at age 41, after current CEO and founder Jerome Dodson steps down mid-year. Allen began at the company as an intern.

Kelli (Chester) Nardis and her family moved in spring 2017 to Singapore, where she has a new role at Facebook as head of marketing science solutions and partner development for APAC.



Munish Gupta; Sangeeta Chakraborty, MBA 06; Keya Gupta; and Neil Gupta, BS 18 (comp. sci.)

Sangeeta Chakraborty, Woodside, Calif., writes, “Just returned from a relaxed and entertaining weekend at Seascape in Aptos, mentoring newly minted EWMBA grads on their final stint in their journey at Haas. This past month has been a Cal Bear month—very honored to be selected to join the prestigious Cal Alumni Association Board for the next four years. Many thanks to Dean Lyons and Tenny Frost for their faith in me! Cannot wait to get started! It’s also been a fun two years at Ayasdi, where, as chief customer officer, my focus is to ensure banks and hospitals learn how to move efficiently from more traditional approaches to new ones that leverage advances in AI using Ayasdi’s platform. We’re hiring Haasies, do check us out! Finally, while being a Cal alum is great, we’ve been having a terrific experience as proud Cal parents! Our son Neil is a computer science major and a sophomore, heading into an internship at Amazon. Looking forward to enjoying this new perspective!”

Kristin Groos Richmond forwards the following: “The Boston Globe reported in July that Revolution Foods, founded by Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Saenz Tobey while the two were at Haas, will take over the preparation of breakfasts and lunches in most of Boston’s schools this fall. The food will be made fresh locally and not frozen, a change for the school system.”

Putri Pascualy, Newport Coast, Calif., reports, “My firm, PAAMCO, entered into a strategic partnership with KKR Prisma to form one of the largest liquid alternative firms in the industry. As a partner and portfolio manager, I’m excited about this new development and how it creates an even stronger liquid alpha provider for our clients. Early this year I joined the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Orange County. I was involved with GSOC via the STEM Consortium, a joint venture between GSOC and leading Orange County employers to promote STEM interest and activity in tomorrow’s girl leaders. It’s been an incredible experience!”

Kirsten Saenz Tobey See MBA 2006 note for Kristin Groos Richmond.


Joshua Atlas, Newbury Park, Calif., joined the Global Board of Directors at IMA, The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business. IMA has a global network of more than 85,000 members in 140 countries and supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices.


Robert Chatwani, MBA 07

Robert Chatwani, Fremont, Calif., writes, “I’m proud to join Atlassian, a global software company, as its new chief marketing officer. This is my first foray into the enterprise world. For the past 15+ years, my career has been defined by work in the consumer sector, predominantly at eBay, where I also served as CMO. My time at Haas taught me the power of business as a force for good. I’m proud to join a purpose-driven company such as Atlassian. For example, our software has helped teams at NASA build and launch a Mars rover, empowered teams at Tesla to create the Model S, and enabled Be The Match to speed up the process to match bone marrow donors with patients in need. We are also a founding member of the Pledge 1% movement along with Salesforce. We look forward to expanding our team of Haas alums with even more great talent from Berkeley!” (See http://

Ellon Xu is settling into his new role as vice president, strategy, for Fosun Healthcare Holding in Shanghai. Ellon traveled to Berkeley for the 10th reunion festivities last April and enjoyed catching up with his classmates.


Jit Bhattacharya was named CTO of Fenix, a next-generation energy and financial services company working to deliver breakthrough technology and products to sub-Saharan Africa. He is based in Uganda. Previously, Bhattacharya worked as a senior manager in the special projects group at Apple. Until 2014, he served as the CEO and president of Mission Motors, a company that developed technology for the emerging electric vehicle sector.

Isabel Ge Mahe was named Apple’s managing director of Greater China in July. Mahe has led Apple’s wireless technologies software engineering teams for nine years, developing cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Near Field Communication, location, and motion technologies for nearly every Apple product. She has also overseen the engineering teams developing Apple Pay, HomeKit, and CarPlay. In China, she has worked closely with Apple’s R&D team and carrier partners to develop new China-specific features for iPhone and iPad, including recently announced iOS 11 features such as QR code support, SMS fraud prevention, and enabling the use of a phone number as an Apple ID.


Emily Walling, MBA 08

Emily Walling, Menlo Park, Calif., announces, “I just started a new job as head of consumer marketing for Ladder, an up-and-coming startup in the InsureTech sector. Ladder is disrupting, innovating, and improving the process of getting life insurance so you can save time and make the most of life. If you’ve been meaning to get on life insurance (initial or supplemental), check us out at I also just became chair of the Berkeley Haas Alumni Council for the next two years, after serving as vice chair since 2015. If you have any alumni concerns or suggestions, please feel free to reach out!”



Ali Butt, MBA 09, representing Haas at the British 10K

Ali Butt, London, U.K., took over as co-president of the U.K. Alumni Chapter last November and enjoys hosting fellow Haas, Cal, and UC alums. The highlight of his summer, he writes, was representing Haas on the University of California Alumni team at the British 10K and raising $6,200 for UC Study Abroad Scholarships. “I also had the pleasure of watching Federer at Wimbledon and the 2017 Cricket Champions Trophy Final at the Oval,” he adds, “following that up with a family trip from London to Venice. Go Bears!”


Omar Garriott, MBA 09, bonding in the hospital with brother Kristofer, his liver giver

Omar Garriott, San Mateo, Calif., updates, “I’m director of product marketing at Salesforce. org, helping lead its first foray into K-12 education. More important, many Haasies have provided amazing support to me over the past one-and-a- half years as I’ve battled liver cancer and multiple surgeries, including a recent liver transplant. I’m eternally grateful for our thoughtful, tight-knit community.”



Gary Coover, MBA 10

Gary Coover, San Francisco, reports, “I moved back to the Bay Area from Korea with Samsung in 2013 to help launch our incubation and investment efforts at Samsung NEXT. I’ve since focused on international expansion, leading the selection, establishment, and launch of our Tel Aviv office in 2015 and Berlin office earlier this year, while also helping establish our $150M NEXT investment fund in 2016.”

Toby Gardner and Eric Kuhn were featured in a story in the Australian publication SmartCompany announcing the launch of their Melbourne-based fintech startup Finch. The financial app uses relationship metrics and targets millennials, taking a different approach to serving customers. Said Gardner in the article, “We allow users to request money from friends, run tabs for payments when traveling, provide financial insights specifically around your social life, [and] help users understand where all their money went last Friday night.”

Chris Giles became chief operating officer of the Oakland A’s in July. Giles will oversee organization- wide strategy and the daily operations for the team’s revenue- generating functions, including sales, marketing, partnerships, PR, and community engagement. Giles was previously VP of sales and marketing for the NFL’s On Location Experiences. Through the 2015 NFL season, Giles served as the San Francisco 49ers’ vice president of sales and strategy, where he was instrumental in opening Levi’s Stadium for the San Francisco 49ers, including overseeing both team and stadium revenue streams.

Eric Kuhn See MBA 2010 note for Toby Gardner.


Ian Lee, MBA 10 (front row, middle), with Citi colleagues and partners at Nasdaq in New York City

Ian Lee, San Francisco, announces, “After three great years at Citi Ventures, Citigroup’s global venturing and innovation arm, I recently left to pursue several new and exciting opportunities. I’m joining IDEO as an executive in residence to help grow and take to new heights the CoLab (, an organization working with leading organizations such as Nasdaq, Fidelity, Exelon, Ford, and others. I’ll also be joining a new investment firm ( as a general partner focused on digital and cryptographic assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. I’m also helping advise classes at UC Berkeley this fall in financial technologies! Please email me at ian. if you want to partner or get involved!”


Jay Benson, Lexington, Mass., started a new job in July: vice president of manufacturing and Lexington (Mass.) site head, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Biologics Operating Unit.

Laurie Peterson, Oakland, Calif., the founder of Build and Imagine, secured a patent for her company’s magnetic building sets that inspire storytelling and promote STEM skills for girls.

Tamar Tashjian, see note for Sid Gorham, MBA 96.


Billy Hwan writes, “After a decade living and working around the world, I finally decided to put down roots in San Francisco. I am now a partner at a socially responsible investment firm and manage its Asia Pacific equity strategy. Last year, I had a baby daughter as an intentional solo gay dad and documented my surrogacy journey in a television show. Beyond work and parenting, I’m currently renovating a fixer-upper in Noe Valley, so welcome any advice and recommendations from classmates.”

Brandon Yahn, the founder of student loan information website Student Loans Guy, was interviewed for a U.S. News & World Report article about MBAs in the U.S. tech industry titled “Consider an MBA Concentration in Technology.” In the article, Yahn says that Haas’ proximity to Silicon Valley as well as its strong alumni network in the tech industry make it a worthwhile investment for MBA candidates.


Jessamine Chin, San Francisco, director of the VMware Foundation, authored a research paper titled “Transforming Technology Pro Bono,” in collaboration with the Taproot Foundation. The paper—intended to advance conversations about technology pro bono—describes a digital divide in which the social sector severely lags behind the for-profit sector in investing in and fully utilizing technology. In the spirit of going “Beyond Yourself,” Jessamine developed a practical approach to engaging pro bono talent for nonprofit capacity building.


Ken Fujiwara, MBA 13, Jin, Kou, and Tomoko celebrating their children’s shichi-go-san

Ken Fujiwara, Tokyo, reports, “I started my company UMITRON, a data company for aquaculture, last year and am working with fish farmers to leverage ocean observation data for better production. Also, Jin and Kou had Shichi-Go-San, a Japanese event to celebrate healthy growth when children turn 5 and 3 years old.”



Newlyweds Andrew Lee, MBA 15, and Elizabeth Su with Andrew Berry, MBA 15; Julia Silbergeld, MBA 15; Sandeep Pahuja, MBA 15; Danielle Platt, MBA 15; Charlotte Burgman; Chloe Brown; Jessica Hovick, MBA 15; Benjamin Ferrara, MBA 15; Carmela Aquino, MBA 15; Dan Goldman, MBA 15; Johannes Koppel, MBA 15; Aubrey Munoz; Willy Chu, MBA 15; and Andrew Goodman, MBA 15

Andrew Lee, of Berkeley, Calif., married Elizabeth Su on Sept., 24, 2016, at Holly’s Ocean Meadow in Fort Bragg, Calif. Classmates in attendance included Benjamin Ferrara, Johannes Koppel, Dan Goldman, Carmela Aquino, Willy Chu, Andrew Goodman, Andrew Berry, Julia Silbergeld, Jessica Hovick, Danielle Platt, Erin Krueger, MBA 17, and Sandeep Pahuja.


Parag Jhaveri, MBA 15

Parag Jhaveri started a new role at McKesson, a Fortune #5 company, as a director of strategy and business development for its specialty health business unit focused on acquisitions and partnerships. “After living seven years in San Francisco,” he writes, “we will be moving to our new house at the end of September in the South San Francisco/San Bruno area. If you live in this area or work in the city, I would love to grab lunch or coffee with a fellow Haasie. Please reach out.”

Moses Lo, the founder and CEO of Xendit, an Indonesian mobile finance company, was interviewed for Tech in Asia about his experience as an entrepreneur and as the CEO of the first Indonesian Y-Combinator firm. Lo is quoted as saying he went through a paradigm shift while getting his MBA at Berkeley Haas—from believing he could start a million-dollar company to believing he could start a billion-dollar company. “My dreams were not big enough,” he says.

Andrew Meyers, MBA 15, see Sid Gorham, MBA 96.

Alastair Trueger, Champ Suthipongchai, and James Wang are about to start raising their second venture capital fund, after the early success of their debut fund. Focused on deep technologies that all three were exposed to through Haas’ collaboration with other schools at Berkeley, Creative Ventures also works with Manuel Sescosse, MBA/MPH 15, and counts several Haas faculty as advisors.



Chida Khatua, MBA 16

Chida Khatua, Sunnyvale, Calif., co-founded EquBot with Art Amador. EquBot technology is disrupting the investment process via a powerful AI that provides unique investment insights to investors. EquBot, an IBM Global Entrepreneur Company powered by IBM Watson, is launching the first AI- based exchange-traded fund in the New York Stock Exchange. It was featured in national media:,, haas. org/equbot-3. The company’s algorithmic stock- picking has been beating index performance and garnering widespread press attention.



Joe Duran, founder and CEO of United Capital Financial Partners, blogging on InvestmentNews, offered his three big takeaways from the 30th anniversary of behavioral economics celebration held at Berkeley Haas. Among them: people typically overemphasize what is in their line of sight and ignore outlier events; also, your unrecognized weakness will be exploited for economic gain. Read more at http://

Mike Novotny, the founder and CEO of Medrio, an eClinical Cloud company designed to accelerate clinical research, announced in May that the company had received a $30 million equity investment from Questa Capital Management. The investment marks Medrio’s first infusion of institutional capital in its 12-year history. The funds will be used to accelerate the deployment of Medrio’s new software applications and expand its leadership position in the eClinical market.


Suzann Cabling, the CFO of Jackson Square Properties, was interviewed by Online Education in June, and the conversation turned to gender in the workplace and her thoughts about a mostly male-dominated field: “I use all of my strengths and sometimes the softness that a woman can bring to a meeting, or the compassionate side can be a benefit. We deal with residents and increasing rents, and there’s a human side to it. I can bring that to the table.”


Jon Sebastiani, founder and CEO of Sonoma Brands and Krave jerky, according to the San Francisco Business Times, bought the Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club in February to bring semi-pro baseball to the wine country. The Stompers, part of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, started its season June 2.


Rupam Shrivastava, BCEMBA 11, on the Hobbiton set in New Zealand

Rupam Shrivastava, Jersey City, N.J., announces, “I am heading business development for Afrimax Vodafone, helping launch the Vodafone brand across various geographies in sub-Saharan Africa. I am looking to partner with Africa-focused investors and strategic telco partners. Meanwhile my wife and I had an amazing road trip in New Zealand over winter! See the picture with the Hobbiton set.”


David Johnson and his business partner, Carter Keller, MBA 04, recently won a $50 million contract with their startup, GigaGen. The company develops novel therapies for cancer, immune deficiency, infectious diseases, and autoimmunity disorders. Johnson, GigaGen’s founder, president, and CEO, met Keller, GigaGen’s COO, at the annual Berkeley Haas Celebration at the Menlo Circus Club.


Sanjeev Sastry, EMBA 14, with wife, Vasudha, son, Kanishk, and daughter, Kanika

Sanjeev Sastry, San Ramon, Calif., writes, “I started a new role within Google, moving to Google Cloud supporting Strategy and Capacity Planning. Prior to that I worked at Google Fiber leading network deployment and operations. Haas Silicon Valley Immersion week and the Haas Defining Leadership Principles of ‘Question the Status Quo’ and ‘Students Always’ prompted me to leave Chevron and Jacobs after 13-plus years of energy industry experience to dive into the tech world and start a new career as a novice. Every day has been a true learning experience in this highly intellectual, fast-paced environment!

“The last couple of months the kids were away at their aunt’s house in Florida, so my wife and I spent some quality time—something we had forgotten about since having kids—by visiting Vegas and behaving like a couple of teenagers! When picking up the kids we enjoyed Orlando and Miami.”


Swaminathan “Vasan” Srinivasan has been elevated from COO to president of Terracon Consultants Inc., an environmental and geotechnical firm ranked No. 30 on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms, with $602 million in revenue and more than 4,000 employees.



Mark Gorenflo, EMBA 16, charting a new course after Haas

Mark Gorenflo, San Francisco, reports, “I’ve been the director of academics of the Evening & Weekend MBA Program at Haas since January 23, 2016, two days after walking across the stage to snag my MBA degree from Dean Lyons. It’s great to be able to apply what I learned at Haas by working at Haas!”


Matt MacLaurin, EMBA 16

Matt MacLaurin, San Francisco, announces, “Right after our graduation ceremony in January, I started a new role as VP of UX at With design studios in Seattle, Austin, S.F., and Tokyo, it’s the most I have ever traveled for work, but I absolutely love it. Coming from a deep immersion in corporate psychology, negotiations, and operations, I encounter situations daily where I draw on my EMBA learning. Not only was my EMBA a critical integration phase for my 25 years of management experience, I shudder to think of taking on such a high-growth and nonstop role without those professors behind me. Just this week, I’ve applied key learnings from game theory, statistics, and negotiations. And this is a design role.”

Reshmi Singh Thakur, Kirkland, Wash., updates, “I started independent consulting part time for small businesses focused on environmental issues. This is a dream come true, made possible by my recent Berkeley- Haas EMBA. I aspire to make the world a safe and better place by helping businesses solve problems. Life in Kirkland is great, and I hiked in Utah and Alberta, Canada, this summer.”




Vijay Kelkar, PhD 70

Vijay Kelkar, former chairman of the Finance Commission of India and former executive director of the International Monetary Fund Board, made a significant contribution to one of the deep fiscal reforms in his country—the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Kelkar chaired the committee that in 2003 proposed the concept and design of the GST, a comprehensive indirect tax system levied on goods and services. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when launching the GST from the historic Central Hall of India’s Parliament, underlined that for the first time the proposed GST will fiscally unify India into a “one nation, one tax” fiscal system. Modi hailed the GST as the most important fiscal reform since India’s independence. Kelkar has been working for over a decade toward the adoption of the GST—expected to further accelerate growth and employment in India— while serving in various policy roles. In 2011, the president of India awarded Kelkar the Padma Vibhushan, one of the highest civilian honors, for his distinguished and exceptional services to the nation.



Rescue greyhounds Dashell and Dolce with Don Smith, PhD 81, a finance professor

Don Smith, Dover, Mass., writes, “Still teaching finance at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. My new book is titled Valuation in a World of CVA, DVA, and FVA: A Tutorial on Debt Securities and Interest Rate Derivatives—it’s perfect for CFA Level II candidates!”


Doug Wholey was awarded the 2017 Keith G. Provan Distinguished Scholar Award from the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management at their annual meeting on August 8.



Jeffrey Bohn, PhD 99

Jeffrey Bohn moved to Zurich to head up a new research division called the Swiss Re Institute, a platform to showcase the thought leadership, applied research, and collaborations with academic institutions of Swiss Re, the global reinsurer. Bohn brings with him his experience setting up an innovation lab for State Street Bank in San Francisco called GX Labs.



Neil Thompson, PhD 12

Neil Thompson, Cambridge, Mass., announces, “Over the coming year, I’ll be on leave from MIT and will be a visiting professor at the Harvard Innovation Science Lab.”



Pablo Hernandez-Lagos, PhD 13, giving a talk at the Institutions and Innovation conference at HBS, a conference organized by Berkeley Haas alumni every year in October

Pablo Hernandez-Lagos, upon completing his doctorate, joined the faculty of economics at New York University—but in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. “When I was offered the job,” he writes, “I did not know what to expect. These four years have been truly enriching and rewarding. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have all the venture diversity and eagerness of Berkeley and then some. I am part of the StartAD initiative to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem here, where the main advantages are easy access to capital and geographical centrality. It would be great to connect Haas to our initiative and perhaps partner up in some ways.”

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