Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Cohorts and Cohort Leaders

To boost community spirit and create a more supportive, cohesive environment, students enter the Haas Undergraduate Program divided in cohorts. The cohorts allow students to navigate their major experience with a smaller group of their classmates. Activities are centered on social, community involvement and a host of other engagement opportunities. Each of the six cohorts has around 60 students.

Our cohorts are:


Class of 2017

Axe Cohort Leader

Grace Lee <graceklee@berkeley.edu>

Grace Lee is a 3rd year from Fremont, CA pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Public Policy. In her free time, she enjoys going out and taking scenic photos, and also loves to play basketball, piano, and strategic board games. On campus, she is involved in the ASUC Student Legal Clinic, Livingwater Church, and intramural basketball. This past summer, Grace was a summer analyst in the Corporate & Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan in New York. She hopes to continue pursuing a career in investment banking and to eventually find a way in which she can combine her passion for finance, law, and government to make a lasting impact.

Bear Cohort Leader

Edgar Chimdi Okorie <edgarokorie@berkeley.edu>

Edgar Chimdi Okorie is a junior from San Leandro, California pursuing simultaneous degrees in Business Administration and Economics. His professional interests include international business, finance, and real estate. Edgar is an entrepreneur at heart, and is passionate about finding innovative ways to improve the world around him. When he is not too busy being awesome, you are free to join him in outdoor activities, and also in exploring various cultures through music and film. From Bollywood movies, to Korean TV dramas, the possibilities are endless!

California Cohort Leader

Michael Dunn <michaeldunn.77@berkeley.edu>

Michael Dunn is a transfer from Berkeley City College pursuing a Business Administration degree with a focus on finance and accounting. Michael was born in Los Angeles but considers Berkeley, by way of Boston, his home. Having lived in Berkeley for over 20 years, Michael has had the opportunity to serve the local Berkeley community by way of working in his local family business. Michael has also worked in event planning, production, and marketing as an independent contractor in New York City. In his free time, Michael volunteers as a mentor to elementary students, coaches youth hockey, skates in several adult hockey leagues and is slotted to play for the Cal ice hockey team while pursuing his degree at Haas.

Oski Cohort Leader

Sanjana Sathyanarayana <sanjana.sathya@berkeley.edu>

Sanjana is a junior from Cupertino, CA, studying Business Administration. On campus, she is involved in Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement), currently working to connect the unique handicrafts made by village women to larger markets in order to help them earn a sustainable source of income. Last summer, she worked at T-Mobile as a corporate responsibility intern. In her free time, Sanjana enjoys inventing fusion cuisine recipes, watching rom-coms, and traveling. She loves to meet new people, so feel free to reach out and say hi!

Sproul Cohort Leader

Kenneth Suh <kenksuh@berkeley.edu>

Kenneth Suh is a third year studying Business Administration at Haas School of Business. He is interested in consulting and finance and hopes to eventually start his own business. Kenneth is an MMA enthusiast and loves to eat Korean BBQ. He is excited to get to know the Haas community and meet lots of different people.

Telegraph Cohort Leader

Rowena Zhang <zhangrowena@berkeley.edu>

Rowena Zhang is a junior from Rochester, Minnesota, pursuing degrees in Business Administration and Economics. On campus, she enjoys working as the Student Director for the Cal Sport Clubs Program and dancing with the Cal Ballroom Dance Team. Rowena loves multitasking and keeping herself busy. Carrying this character, she is interested in entrepreneurship and international business. In her spare time, Rowena loves playing board games, watching YouTube videos, and listening to music. She is excited to join the Haas community and make the most out of the next two years!

2017 Cohort Liaison

Maya Litvak <mlit303@berkeley.edu>

Maya Litvak is a third-year from Fremont, CA (but born in Ukraine), majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Environmental Economics & Policy. On campus she's actively involved in Oratory at Berkeley and ASUC elections while also cultivating her interest in business through her research at Haas. In her free time, she's an avid swimmer, animal-lover, scary movie fanatic, and super into Blogilates. This past summer, she interned at IBM. She's excited to get to know the Class of 2017 and looks forward to all the fun events planned for this year!

Class of 2016

Axe Cohort Leaders

Sebastian Werz <sebastianwerz@berkeley.edu>
Megan Yen <meganyen@berkeley.edu>

Sebastian Werz is a transfer from Santa Monica College pursuing a degree from Haas with focus on innovation and consulting. During his time in high school, he developed an online entertainment network with an audience of 100 thousand. Thereafter, he became the Community Manager of Machinima, a Youtube start-up network. At Berkeley, Sebastian is looking to collaborate and gear professionally towards making positive changes in health and medicine. He is always excited to meet new people, explore new places and ideas, and make the most out of everyday. Feel free to reach out to him!

Megan Yen is a 3rd year Business Administration major from the San Jose Bay Area. In addition to joining the Haas Cohort Leaders, she is involved in the Berkeley Business Society and Colleges Against Cancer. Professionally, she is interested in finance and consulting. In her free time, Megan loves exploring new food places, chatting over coffee, and daydreaming about traveling the world. She also goes for the occasional run/hike, but much prefers stuffing her face with buttery pastries.

Bear Cohort Leaders

Erica Fossum Bear <erica.fossum@berkeley.edu>
Alex Park Bear <ckstnpark@berkeley.edu>

Erica Fossum is a junior from Los Altos, CA pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Haas. She is returning to Berkeley fresh off an exciting summer internship in Accounting at Groupon, Inc. in Chicago. She also completed an Operations and Sales internship last summer at Pinnacle Capital Mortgage Corp in Seattle. In addition to school and internships, Erica enjoys most outdoor activities, especially hiking, paddle boarding, and water skiing. She is excited to dive into the Haas curriculum to further define her career goals and plans to build a cohesive cohort group that will learn from one another and have some fun!

Alex Park is a third year pursuing a degree in Business Administration at the Haas School of Business. Alex came into this world with heart and Seoul from South Korea, but grew up in the mitten-looking state of Michigan. He hopes to pursue a career in the banking industry and live the rest of his life wearing assorted impressions of suits and ties in the various shades of navy and dark grey. Alex enjoys watching horror and romantic comedy films and dislikes long walks on the beach.

California Cohort Leaders

Jesse Bowens < jebowens@berkeley.edu>
Julie Xiao <juliexiao@berkeley.edu>

Jesse Bowens is a third year transfer student majoring in Business Administration. She is an enthusiastic tennis player and coach who aims to found a tennis academy. Her other interests include: Most sports, music, and Chinese language and culture. She emphasizes the importance of building relationships with her peers and is excited to join her fellow Haas students along this next journey towards future goal.

Julie Xiao was born and raised in the sunny city of Los Angeles. She is interested in advisory and is planning to get her CPA after graduation. On campus, she plays intramural volleyball and is involved in Phi Beta Lambda and Livingwater Church. She is passionate about serving inner city communities and hopes to work with non-profits in the future. Outside of academics, she loves hanging out with family and friends, playing with dogs, hiking, and getting Litt Up. She cannot wait to meet and get to know every one of her peers!

Oski Cohort Leader

Jacqueline Young <jacquelineyoung@berkeley.edu>

Jacqueline (Jackie) Young is a third-year Business Administration major. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys watching sporting events and cheering on her favorite teams, including the SF Giants and the 49ers. In her free time, Jackie likes hanging out with friends, eating, and traveling. She is excited to work with her fellow cohort leaders and make everyone's Haas experience as amazing as possible!

Sproul Cohort Leaders

Andrea Haro <and.haro@berkeley.edu>
Kevin Yin < kvyin@berkeley.edu>

Andrea Haro is from Elk Grove, California, a suburb near the Sacramento area.On campus she is actively involved in LBSA (Latino Business Student Association), her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and works at the Graduate Assembly as the Finance Assistant. Outside of that she enjoys running outdoors, playing/watching soccer, and getting to try new desserts (macaroons and flan are some of her favorites)!

Kevin Yin is currently a junior pursuing a major in Business and a minor in Computer Science. He grew up in Shanghai, China and has also lived in Newport Beach, CA. On campus, Kevin is involved in PBL and Colleges Against Cancer. Last summer he worked at Visa Inc. as a product development intern. His professional interests include technology, entrepreneurship, and strategic consulting. When he is not looking for places to eat, Kevin loves meeting new people, catching up with The Walking Dead & Game of Thrones, and exploring various hiking trails around Berkeley.

Telegraph Cohort Leaders

Daniel Phan <danielphan@berkeley.edu
Cassarie Soungpanya <cassariesoungpanya@berkeley.edu>

Daniel Phan is a junior from San Jose, CA, pursuing degrees in Business Administration and Media Studies. In his free time, he likes to go hiking, watch/play sports, catch up on his favorite TV shows, and listen to music (hit him up if you like country!). He also loves to travel and explore new places, and has studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland and is interested in a career in finance or sports marketing/management. At Berkeley, he has worked for Cal Athletics, rowed for Cal Lightweight Crew, and was a member of the business club, PBL. He looks forward to working with the other cohort leaders and all the members of the Class of 2016 to make these two years at Haas the best possible experience for everyone. Here's to the best cohort group ever (Telegraph '16), and as always, Go Bears!

Cassarie Soungpanya is a third year transfer student studying Business Administration. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and transferred to Haas from Napa Valley College. Cassarie is interested in pursuing a career in consulting or marketing. Her other interests include hiking, Mad Men, and badminton. Cassarie has always enjoyed helping and supporting her peers, so feel free to reach out to her!

2016 Cohort Liaison

Mansha Seth <manshaseth@berkeley.edu>

Mansha Seth is a Business Administration major and a Peace and Conflict Studies minor from Chico, California. She hopes to foster a sense of community between Berkeley students and the City of Berkeley through her work as the Special Projects Director in The Berkeley Project. Besides working with other students and faculty members, Mansha enjoys running, traveling, and exploring all of the quaint coffee shops Berkeley has to offer. In the future, Mansha hopes to pursue a career in marketing and international trade.

HBSA President

Jess Mersten <jmersten@berkeley.edu>

Jess Mersten
is a Business Administration major and French minor from San Diego, California. A true Cal fanatic, Jess cheers on the Golden Bears as a member of the UC Rally Committee and gives tours to campus visitors as a Campus Ambassador for the Visitor Center. When not practicing walking backwards, you'll find her cooking, listening to music and exploring Berkeley's many coffee shops with friends. Jess is interested in pursuing a career abroad in marketing or public relations, but is open to exploring other fields.