Career Management Team
Julia Min Hwang is the Assistant Dean of MBA Career Management Group and Corporate Engagement at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Julia Min Hwang, Assistant Dean, CMG & Corporate Engagement
In her role, she oversees the career services for all MBA students and MBA alumni and works with companies and organizations to engage them with Haas. Prior to this role, Julia was the Executive Director of the FTMBA Program Office where she served as the dean of students overseeing the academics and student life. Prior to joining Berkeley Haas, Julia served in many roles at NYU Stern School of Business for ten years including Dean of MBA Admissions and Director of Student Services. She also worked at the Embassy of Japan coordinating the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and prior to that, taught English in Japan. Julia received her graduate degree in international education from New York University and undergraduate degree in religious studies/Asian studies from the University of Virginia. In her free time, Julia spends with her two young children (ages 4 and 7) exploring San Francisco and the greater bay area.
Account Management Team
Our Account Managers have strong relationships with companies in specific industry groups. They partner with employers to set their recruiting strategy at Haas. Account Managers also assist students in refining their career search once they have developed a plan with a Career Advisor.
Jenn Bridge, Director of Recruiting
Jenn joined Haas after spending thirteen years in the retail and consulting industries. Prior to her role as the Director of Recruiting, Jenn spent four years as the Berkeley MBA Career Management Account Manager responsible for developing and managing relationships with consulting firms, consumer packaged goods companies and retailers looking to hire Haas students into their organizations. Before Haas, she was a recruiting manager for Booz Allen Hamilton, a global strategy consulting firm, and was responsible for all aspects of recruiting MBA candidates, including developing on-campus brand building strategies and marketing programs that supported their recruiting efforts. Prior to Booz Allen, Jenn spent eleven years at Gap Inc. where she held various positions in marketing and strategy for the Gap, Banana Republic and International divisions. Jenn holds a BA in technical writing and marketing from San Francisco State University.
Courtney Walker, Financial Services, Real Estate, Social Impact
Courtney is focused on Financial Services and Real Estate. Prior to Haas, Courtney was an Experienced Hire Recruiter for Investment Banking, Global Transaction Banking and Global Markets at Deutsche Bank in New York. She began her Wall Street career at Lehman Brothers as a Campus Recruiter focusing on the MBA, PhD, and MFE populations for Investment Banking: Product & Coverage groups and Capital Markets: Sales, Trading & Research. She covered business schools throughout the US including the Johnson School, Darden, Rice and UT. Having always lived in New York, Courtney holds a BA from Colgate University and a Masters in Social Work from NYU.
Virginia Martin, Consulting and CPG/Retail
Virginia is an Account Manager at Haas focused on Consulting, CPG, and Retail companies. Prior to Haas, Virginia was an MBA Recruiter at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), starting in the Boston office and then transferring to San Francisco in 2008. During her time at BCG she led the recruiting efforts at MIT Sloan, Tuck, and Haas. She was also involved in MBA hiring at the office level, and interacted with various business school programs across the country. Virginia was very involved in all aspects of recruiting at BCG; from planning, marketing and branding to interviews, conversion, and on-boarding. Prior to BCG, Virginia lived in New York where she worked with BlissWorld in their publicity department, before starting her Recruiting career at the CitiStaffing agency. There she was responsible for sourcing candidates for some of the biggest fashion houses in Manhattan. Virginia holds a BA from Boston College with a major in English and minor in Communications.
Rich Wong, Technology, Entertainment/Media
After achieving his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Haas, Rich worked in the field and obtained his California CPA license. He then earned his MBA in finance at UCLA, leading to a 17 year high-tech finance career at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Rich joined Haas in 1999 as one of the inaugural industry account managers where he utilizes his educational and professional experience to help students and companies in his sectors - technology, media/entertainment, non-profit and socially responsible business - achieve recruiting success.
For years, Rich has kept close tabs on Silicon Valley activity and has built strong relationships in the industry.
Betsy Ream, Energy, CleanTech, Biotech/Healthcare
Betsy works with both employers and students in the areas of energy & cleantech, and healthcare/biotech. A few years ago when the school recognized the growing student interest in cleantech, Betsy successfully partnered with faculty, students and alumni to develop industry relationships and grow the number of opportunities we provide to our MBAs in this very strategic area. Similarly, in all of her industry areas, she continues to build relationships with employers. Betsy is committed to helping students navigate their career searches, with a particular emphasis on the network-driven, off-campus job search.
Betsy holds a BA in History from UCLA. Prior to Haas, she worked in MBA recruiting at Booz Allen Hamilton in New York. A proud east bay native, Betsy grew up just a few miles down the street from Berkeley and enjoys exploring new restaurants in her north Oakland neighborhood. Outside of Haas, she is active with the UCLA alumni association advising prospective students.
Laci Hutto, Program Coordinator
Laci joins the MBA Recruiting team from her previous role with FTMBA career programs & advising. Laci supports employer relationships for Consulting, CPG, Energy, and Healthcare. She oversees daily operations for on-campus recruiting, and is available to answer questions about OCR and other recruiting avenues. Prior to Haas, Laci coordinated engagement events for the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association. She holds a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in English Literature from NYU.
Janet Chin, Program Coordinator
Career Advising and Programs
Berkeley MBA Career Advisors have the experience and expertise to help students determine career goals, develop skills, and structure and implement an effective job search.
Pat DeMasters, Director of Part-time MBA & Alumni Careers
Pat DeMasters joined the Haas School of Business in 2006 as Director of Career Management for the Working Professional MBAs, including Evening & Weekend, Executive and alumni MBAs. Prior to Haas, she was the senior director for the North Bay practice of Spherion Human Capital Consulting where she focused on coaching and/or advising senior- and mid-level clients from financial services, biotech, consumer products and technology industries. She has 15 years experience in Human Capital Consulting which includes career transition/outplacement, career development, training, & program development serving clients in the Bay Area, US and abroad.
Michael G. Katz, Director of Full-time MBA Careers
Michael G. Katz is a respected career coach in the international business school community.
For over six years, Michael has engaged hundreds of Full-Time MBAs, Evening MBAs, Executive MBAs, and alumni in one-on-one and large group formats. Well-regarded among students pursuing careers across a host of industries and functions, he is also known as a subject matter expert on case interviewing for finance. Michael applies this expertise by leading training workshops for students as well as for other career services professionals. Additionally, he has also published a chapter on this topic in the latest edition of "Crack the Case" by David Ohrvall.
Michael currently leads the Career Advising & Programs team for the full-time MBA Program at the Haas School of Business. Previously, he led the MBA Professional Development team at Management Leadership for Tomorrow, having honed his career development skills at NYU Stern and UT McCombs. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance.
Lesah Beckhusen, Career Advisor
Lesah has more than twenty years of deep and broad career counseling experience as an independent career consultant, trainer, product developer and small business owner. Lesah has been at the Haas School for over twelve years as a career advisor and program manager. She has developed and managed many programs including the Career Coaches and Super Saturday Interview Program and most recently the new Haas Virtual Interview Coaching Program. In 1987 Lesah launched SkillScan, a publishing business that develops and markets innovative skills assessment tools to universities and colleges, adult career centers, career counselors and corporations. SkillScan is used by thousands of college and universities throughout the U.S.
Lesah holds an MS degree in Counseling and a BA degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. She is a Certified Toastmaster and travels throughout the U.S. conducting trainings on SkillScan products and is a regular presenter at the International Career Development Conference.
Mark Friedfeld, Career Advisor
With a background in law, marketing and admissions, Mark joined Haas in 2001 after working for the MBA program at the University of Maryland. Following judicial clerkships in Alaska and attorney positions in Washington, D.C., he entered the business world by joining the Princeton Review, where he taught students, trained instructors, designed courses and served in various corporate roles including Special Project Manager and Director of Marketing. As an MBA Career Advisor, Mark works with all students but has a particular focus in financial services.
Away from Haas, Mark is active with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training triathlon program. He received a BS in economics and a BA in international relations from UC Davis and a JD from the American University's Washington College of Law.
Luke Kreinberg, Career Advisor
Luke Kreinberg primarily serves Executive MBA students and MBA alumni, specializing in helping students to move forward in their careers. He helps them gain clarity about objectives as well as identify the competencies they need to flourish in their professional lives. Some of the companies he's coached at include: Bain & Company, McKinsey & Company, and Yahoo. Luke graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Davis with a BA in international relations. He received his Coaching Certification from New Ventures West in San Francisco. In his former life, Luke served as a partner in a boutique search firm and developed learning curricula for emerging technology firms. He is the author of The Book of Goals: Achievements, Plans, and Dreams of a Lifetime which has sold 100,000+ copies. Luke swims and gardens, but not at the same time.
Jeanne Lew, Career Advisor
Jeanne has 15+ years in marketing and management consulting successfully introducing products and programs across the financial services, technology and consumer packaged goods sectors. Her professional career began in strategic, systems and litigation consulting with Price Waterhouse Management Consulting Services. Currently, she is a marketing and strategy consultant advising clients in strategic marketing and branding, and product development and implementation initiatives. Her educational background includes an MBA in Marketing from UCLA's Anderson School.
Dorothy Zhuomei, Career Advisor
Prior to joining Haas, Dorothy was a consultant at the Boston Consultant Group's San Francisco office. At BCG, she worked on various strategy, operations and organizational development projects in healthcare, consumer goods, technology and non-profits. Dorothy started her professional career in biotechnology after college but soon discovered her passion in coaching and leadership development. Since 2011, She has worked with more than 100+ MBA students, young professionals and entrepreneurs at Kellogg, UCLA Anderson and Hive Global Leaders Program on personal and leadership development. Dorothy graduated from the MMM program (MBA + MEM in Design & Innovation), a dual degree program from the Kellogg School of Management in 2012 and holds a BA in biochemistry from Occidental College. In her spare time, Dorothy loves taking dance lessons and exploring the Bay Area restaurant scene with her husband and friends.
Lara Klein, Career Advisor
Lara Klein is committed to supporting the EWMBA students and all Haas alumni in making their next career move, whether it’s advancing to a higher level role or making a career transition. Prior to joining Haas, Lara spent the past five years coaching the working professional MBA populations at NYU Stern School of Business, helping students and alumni to advance their careers and make transitions in a variety of industries and functions including consulting, finance, marketing, media, entertainment, technology, and healthcare/pharma. Lara spent the first 15+ years of her career in recruiting, career development, and other HR roles across a range industries, including companies such as Sony, International Creative Management, and Sanyo North America (now Panasonic). She has a B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from San Diego State University. She is a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching, an accredited coaching program in New York.
Christine Blaine, Operations Manager
Born and raised in the Boston area, Christine has been a resident of Berkeley for the past 20 years. Before joining Haas, Christine worked in the retail, banking and specialty food industries with positions in sales, marketing, production and operations. She graduated from California State University in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Christine manages and supports our Full Time MBA programs.
Alexandra Daily, Program Coordinator
Alexandra supports the Career Management Group by connecting students to the resources that the CMG offers and assisting the Full Time MBA program. Prior to working at Haas, Alexandra facilitated client relations at the East Bay SPCA, and supported students and operations teams in numerous positions on the Berkeley campus, most recently with Cal Performances. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Alexandra is excited to return to Cal. You can find her at the front desk of S420 or setting up workshops around campus.
Tamera Garlock, Operations
Tamera is an event planning specialist. She manages a variety of recruiting events and also assists with the day-to-day operations of on-campus recruiting and other employer services. Prior to Haas, Tamera worked for UC Berkeley’s Moving & Event Services. Before joining the UC Berkeley team, she worked for hotels and catering companies as a manager working with corporate, social and academic clients from throughout the bay area.
Gagan Kular, Project Manager
Gagan has transitioned into the Project Manager role from her previous role working as the Program Coordinator. She is a good contact for any students or alumni with questions about CareerNet, workshops, and CMG services. Gagan is a proud UC Berkeley alumna with a degree in Integrative Biology. Prior work experience at Cal includes the LEAD Center as an Office Management Intern for 4 full years, volunteering through the Tang Center as a Health Worker, and she also interned at the Public Health & Development Arthritis Foundation of San Francisco. In her spare time you might see her hiking all around the Bay Area, venturing out to different coffee/tea shops, and exploring the street festivals.
Jojo Lam, Assistant Director, Technology & Communications
Jojo Lam is a UC Berkeley alumna with a degree in Political Science. Her first job out of college was traveling as a Leadership Consultant for the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She remains an active alumna and currently advises on member retention and development. Prior to Haas, Jojo was a technology recruiter working with companies in the Bay Area. She transitioned to career management to focus on career development and pursue a career in higher education. Today, Jojo is the point person for career management technology systems and communications.
Aileen Bautista, Program Coordinator
Aileen comes to us from her previous role working in the MBA Admissions Office for Working Professionals here at Berkeley-Haas. Prior to joining us at Haas, Aileen worked at the UC Davis Career Recruiting Center. She is a graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Communication and a minor in Sociology. While in college, she interned at Appency, a PR and Marketing firm for mobile apps, and KCRA-TV in Sacramento. Aileen was born and raised in the Bay Area. Outside of work, Aileen enjoys travelling, working on DIY projects, and trying out new restaurants.