Alumni Notes



Paul McKnight and Mimi Knox led the class council to the Department of Anthropology to see the famous Phoebe Hearst’s treasures, which will be displayed in public in 2017 for the first time in decades. “Many may remember some were stored in the basement of Hearst women’s gym and pool,” Paul writes. “We encourage alums to check out the new gallery in Kroeber Hall, to open early next year.

“Our class is looking for a reunion venue for two years from now. Start planning for a spectacular get-together. You will be getting details down the road.”


George Tucker. See MBA 1956.



Michael B. Wood, BS 63

Michael Wood, Honolulu, writes “75 and still active and successful in my commercial real estate development career with projects including shopping centers, office buildings, assisted living, and self-storage.

“Wife Joanne and I have completed our 53rd year in Honolulu and have been able to travel extensively the past 15 years. We celebrated our 55th anniversary with family in Sydney, Australia, watching Cal beat the University of Hawaii. GO BEARS! The Wood family has provided four track- and-field scholarships each year over the past nine years. I completed my degree in business administration in 1963, so my only Haas experience has been numerous visits to the fabulous campus.”


Susan (Napper) Campbell, Sonora, Calif., reports, “After working 23 years, in 2000 I became a full-time stay-at-home mom. My son, Michael, graduated in June 2016 from UCSB. My daughter, Kathryn, is a junior in high school.

“My husband, Craig (who retired in 2001), and I spent five weeks this summer with our children in England and had a fabulous time in London, Bath, the North Lake District, Brighton, and Oxford. It was exciting to get firsthand news of the political upheaval as we were there during the Brexit vote and subsequent resignation of several key party members.”



Emily Wu, BS 81, and family

Emily Wu, Los Altos, Calif., writes, “It is hard to believe that I have come full circle with the last of my two kids successfully launched in tech and construction management—sadly not Cal alumni. I am the development manager for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Santa Clara. We provide free classes, presentations, support groups, and information to individuals and families coping with mental illness.


Mark Rosenthal, Pacific Palisades, Calif., updates as follows: “I am CEO of Raleigh Enterprises, employing a staff of approximately 500. Its diverse businesses include the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas, File Keepers, Malibu Hills Vineyards, Hollywood Rentals, and Raleigh Film and Television Studios. Since its inception in 1955, the company has purchased, developed, managed, and owned more than 10 million square feet of real estate, including high-rise and low-rise office buildings, luxury hotels, commercial shopping centers, movie and television studio complexes, industrial developments, and residential apartments. We have also overseen the development of more film studios around the globe than any other company. Our last studio consulting engagement was for the largest property company in China, the Wanda Group.

“Travels this summer took us to the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, Nantucket, and Lake Muskoka (120 miles north of Toronto). Recently re-engaged with Cal, I hosted an event on October 19 for the physics and paleontology departments at our studio in Hollywood.”



Papa Bear Mitch Rosenberg, BS 83, Mama Bear Melanie, Cubs Paige, Andy, and Ashley

Mitch Rosenberg, Thousand Oaks, Calif., reports, “I recently finished my 30th year as an insurance and financial advisor in Thousand Oaks. I just finished my term as president of the Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council and was recognized as one of three ‘Trusted Advisors’ in my field by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

“I am very proud of my Golden Bear twins, Andy and Paige, Class of 2018. Paige is in the College of Natural Resources and Andy just started at Haas and is following in my footsteps! They both spent the summer at the London School of Economics and joined us on an amazing trip to Prague and Croatia. Our oldest daughter Ashley graduated from UCLA and is excelling at LinkedIn in San Francisco. Empty nesters with all our kids in the Bay Area, we are enjoying frequent visits to Cal. We would like to come back in our next lifetime as our kids!”


Michael Tamaru, Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “Having held executive roles in consumer tech the past 20 years, I set up my own consulting firm helping startups in the wearable tech, IoT, and consumer hardware space scale up in terms of go-to-market, supply chain, back-office processes, and fundraising. Currently, I split my time between San Francisco and Palo Alto, with six startups.”



Chris Carvalho, BS 88, with his oldest, Matthew, who recently joined the ranks of Boy Scout Eagle Scouts.

Chris Carvalho, San Rafael, Calif., announces, “After stepping down as COO of Kabam a couple of years ago, I have been working at SkyDeck and with several startups in the gaming industry. Most recently, I was appointed to the board of directors of ROBLOX, a gaming platform with 20 million monthly users, and G5 Entertainment, a mobile gaming company.”


Nathan Tung, Linnet Kwok, BS 88, and Nicholas Tung

Linnet Kwok, Shanghai, reports, “Just celebrated five-year anniversary as the China GM with Alexander Mann Solutions, a global talent acquisition and management firm. As part of our strategic investment, we recently moved our China operations to a state-of-the-art sourcing center to accommodate future growth.

“Almost 14 years in Shanghai. Just sent the youngest to college: Empty nest begins (both boys attend the University of Colorado, Boulder). Elected as vice president of the Rotary Club of Shanghai. Looking to return to the Bay Area next year. If anyone needs to hire an operations professional, let me know.”

Brad Weston will become Petco’s CEO on Feb. 1, 2017. Weston has been serving as president and Chief Merchant of the company, responsible for driving Petco’s overall business strategy, operations, and merchandising activities, as well as marketing and e-commerce. Prior to joining Petco, he held senior leadership roles at Dick’s Sporting Goods, May Merchandising Company, and Robinsons-May.



Jose Henriquez, BS 93, with his family

Jose Henriquez, Pinole, Calif., notes, “I am a 17-year banker working in commercial banking, currently as a loan team manager. I love banking due to the exposure to so many businesses, industries, and business owners/visions. I earned my MBA many years ago, but it remains a great accomplishment for me.”


Joel S. Smith, BS 93

Joel S. Smith, Concord, Calif., writes, “Opened up my own CPA firm in 2012. Finished my master’s in taxation in 2014. Had a daughter in 2009.”


Mike French, Alexandria, Va., is NASA’s chief of staff in Washington, D.C. Mike lives in Virginia with his wife and two kids.


Kaylin Darrow (6), Tricia Tran, BS 99, and Thai Elephant

Tricia Tran, Burlingame, Calif., writes, “Hello Haas Friends! After many amazing years in Asia working in regional marketing roles for Credit Suisse, JPMorgan, and Barclays in Hong Kong and Singapore, I am excited to return home with my husband and daughter to the Bay Area this year. I am delighted to further build on my marketing career working for MUFG Union Bank based in San Francisco. My husband, Travis Darrow, BA 98 (Political Science), joined a Palo Alto pre-IPO company funded by Goldman Sachs, Sageview, and Kleiner Perkins focused on governance, risk, and compliance software, based.

“We had the fortunate opportunity to play leadership roles with Berkeley chapter clubs in Asia. Living and working abroad was fantastic, and we could not imagine a better place than the Bay Area near our family, friends, and the Haas network to follow our experience! I look forward to reconnecting and seeing you all more now that we are back and living in Burlingame.”


Walter Chun was named new head coach of the Cal men’s golf team. Chun has been with the team for 19 seasons, including the past seven as associate head coach.


Amy Chou, Oakland, Calif. See MBA 2016.



Richard Zen, BS 09, chatting with Michael Jordan

Richard Zen, Hong Kong, reports, “Closed the sale on a US$2 billion property portfolio located in Hong Kong and Shanghai. At the celebration party, ran into Michael Jordan and played billiards with him in Lan Kwai Fong. Made two trips to visit NGOs: Cambodia and Guangzhou, China. Raised over US$15,000, performed on-the-ground due diligence on selected NGOs, and then allocated donations to them. Learning philanthropy as a process; as a philosophy.”


Daniel Chun, Los Angeles, updates as follows: “After five amazing years at DreamWorks Animation, I recently joined the communications team at NBC Entertainment as manager of corporate communications. I am thrilled to be working at America’s first broadcast network and home to some of today’s most popular series, including The Blacklist, The Voice, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live. As a theater fan, I’m particularly excited for this December’s live broadcast of Hairspray Live!”



Michael Midling, BS 12

Michael Midling, San Francisco, reports, “For the past two years, I’ve been working in the analytics org at Facebook. Next month, I’ll be moving to N.Y.C. to work for Instagram’s data science team—my first move out of the Bay Area since graduation! Going to Haas, and Berkeley in general, really taught me the importance of continuous learning. Taking online courses, evening classes, and so on helped me shape my career. Looking forward to reconnecting with Haas friends in New York!”



Adnan Rajkotwala, BS 13

Adnan Rajkotwala announces, “I just completed my master’s of management (finance) from the University of Melbourne. Now I’m working at Deloitte Consulting in Melbourne with its strategy and operations practice. I was very excited to attend the Cal-Hawaii football game held in Sydney on August 26th! A whole group of Cal alumni made it a lot of fun!”


Stephanie Tran still works on the MoPub team at Twitter HQ in San Francisco and began volunteering with the Bay Area chapter of Girls on the Run.


Jae Kim reports the following: “I recently began working as a basketball data analyst for the L.A. Lakers. I took two UGBA 196 courses, both sports management courses, at Haas. One for college sports and one for professional sports. One was taught by Solly Fulp, one of the best teachers I have ever met. He became my best mentor. I didn’t have any connections in the sports industry, but Solly and many guest speakers of the two classes opened the door for me. Thanks to them, I learned how the sports market works and could meet great sports figures including Cuonzo Martin, head coach of Cal men’s basketball. As a result, I worked as analytics manager at Cal men’s basketball for the 2015-16 season. What I learned at the two sports management courses offered at Haas and my experiences at Cal Basketball were the key for me to become the first South Korean native to work for a NBA team’s front office.”



George Tucker is retired in San Leandro, Calif., and writes “just to let everyone know I am alive and kicking. I volunteer at the California Senior Legislature, a legislative advocacy group for senior citizens, serving as a senior assembly member representing Alameda County, and also with SCORE (Senior Corps of Retired Executives), where I counsel individuals going into small business. I am vice chair of my neighborhood improvement association and have been married to the same sweetheart since 1958. We have three children and nine grandchildren. My principal pastimes are playing bridge and gardening.”



Robert V. Caruso, MBA 71

Robert Caruso, San Leandro, Calif., is president of the John Benjamin Company, dedicated to the development of Bay Area residential and commercial projects, specializing in development of in-fill housing maximizing ROI on small spaces. He is currently working on entitlements for a six-unit residential property in San Leandro and a 24-unit apartment project in San Lorenzo, Calif.


Joe Garrett, Berkeley, Calif., was just appointed to a three-year term on the National Advisory Council of Cal’s Institute of Governmental Studies.



Joe Carlson, MBA 77, wearing the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition shirt

Joseph Carlson, Monument, Colo., volunteers with the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition (EPCHVC) where he is now chairman of its board. He writes, “The EPCHVC conducts a ‘Stand Down’ and a Transitional Housing Initiative (THI) in the Colorado Springs area that will assist an estimated 275 homeless veterans with goods and services at the October 18 Stand Down and temporarily provides shelter, meals, and services to 10 homeless family units for 30 days.”



Tom Metz, MBA 79

Tom Metz, Seattle, has written a new book titled Perfect Your Exit Strategy: 7 Steps to Maximum Value. The book advises entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business owners about how to develop a sound exit strategy for the eventual sale of their company. The seven essential steps describe concisely how to improve your value, reduce your risks, prepare for an unsolicited offer, and assess the nature of strategic value. A sound strategy improves the probability of making a successful exit while obtaining the maximum price. The book addresses important issues such as the optimal time to sell and the top 10 seller mistakes. It presents a succinct summary of the process for selling a company and advice about transaction structures, confidentiality, due diligence, hiring the right advisors, and eight M&A myths.



Jeff Fearn, MBA 83; Emmy Fearn, MBA 80; Dria Fearn; and Jonathan Fearn

Emmy Fearn, Oakland, Calif., teaches undergrads at SFSU and grad students (new special education teachers) at CSU East Bay, all while supervising special education intern teachers in their classrooms. She writes, “I’m also a member of the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and of its Marketing Committee, working with the media to promote the White Elephant Sale, which earned more than $2.1 million in 2016. Also chair the WES Volunteer Cafe, managing the volunteers who feed our 1,000 WES volunteers who work in our warehouse throughout the year and during the public sale period. My husband, Jeff, MBA 83, and a CPA, now retired, daughter Dria, and son Jonathan (a software developer), are also White Elephant Sale volunteers. Dria, an attorney working for a federal judge, is also a member of the museum board.”



John Courtright, MBA 82

John Courtright, Redmond, Wash., reports that his firm, SIE, completed the systems integration and engineering for the ORBIS International Flying Eye Hospital. ORBIS, a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide, operates a fully equipped mobile teaching hospital offering sight-saving medical services in the fight against preventable blindness. SIE provided the engineering design, certification services, supply chain management, and overall program management for ORBIS’s next-generation Flying Eye Hospital, an MD-10-30 aircraft generously donated by the FedEx Corporation.



Mark Berger, MBA 83 (standing), sailing on San Francisco Bay during a Class of 83 mini-reunion with Captain David Heindel and crewmates Dana Krelle and Dave Dent

Mark Berger, Menlo Park, Calif., reports: “On July 1, the MBA Class of 1983 held a mini-reunion with Captain David Heindel and crewmates Dana Krelle, Mark Berger, and Dave Dent sailing on San Francisco Bay. Wife Madeline and daughter Kelsey crewed and skippered the boat. Winds reached a formidable 25+ knots, which helped to blow away the hot air from the many career tall tales and reviews of the current political headwinds. Looking forward to future MBA class reunions sailing on the bay; think of it as the old Bear’s Lair on water! Captain Dave is always looking for people to provide ballast and adult beverages on weekends or even some weekdays for those with flexible schedules.”

Ellen (Swanberg) O’Connor, Santa Rosa, Calif., published “The Test of Time: Historical Perspectives on Management Education Reform in the U.S.” in The Routledge Companion to Reinventing Management Education.



Andy Sih and Caitlin McGaw, MBA 84, at Melbourne Cup Day, 2015

Caitlin McGaw, Davis, Calif., reports, “Making the big leap to start up a boutique executive search firm in late 2013 after 16 years in the business—it has been an exciting ride as we approach our third anniversary. We have a wonderful portfolio of Fortune 200 clients in our major Midwestern markets and a strong track record for service delivery. I just presented my second webinar for the international organization for IT Audit, Information Security, and IT GRC professionals (ISACA) with live attendance of nearly 900 for each webinar.

“My itinerant and ever-adventurous husband, Dr. Andy Sih, has had scientific collaborations in England and Australia this year, which allowed for great vacations in Cornwall and Queensland. The kids are all out and about. Rocker stepson is living the life of the successful musician and DJ in N.Y.C. and touring the music festivals in Europe with Kelela. Our middle son, who served in the USMC, is a junior at Cal this year studying marine science and dreaming of doing research in Oceania. My daughter is an art director in Los Angeles working with a variety of fashion clients, including Lululemon, after having been a senior creative manager at TOMS.”

Brian Shefts, Oakland, Calif., writes, “It has been eight years since leaving the tech and media world and acquiring Boulangerie Solignac, an artisanal gourmet commercial bakery. We specialize in manufacturing gourmet frozen croissants and pastries for hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the U.S. About three years ago, we launched a line of frozen retail pastries. We are now in independent groceries and chain stores such as Whole Foods, Nugget, Draeger’s, and more across multiple states. Would be nice to catch up.”



Paul DeMuro, MBA 86

Paul DeMuro, PhD, JD, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., of counsel in the Fort Lauderdale office of Broad and Cassel, was named associate professor, Department of Sociobehavioral and Administrative Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy at Nova Southeastern University. He also joined the voluntary faculty at the University of Miami.


Kathi Pugh, JD, of Berkeley, Calif., recently retired after working for almost 25 years at the San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster. She is now doing volunteer work at Berkeley Law working with the student-led pro bono projects.



Richard Jones II, MBA 92, with his 10-year-old son, Richard Jones III

Richard Jones, Oakland, Calif., writes, “After 16 years at Intel, I decided to accept an early retirement package, allowing back-to-back enjoyable summers. Last summer the family toured France (watched the Tour De France) and Australia (Sydney and Melbourne). While in Sydney I saw fellow classmate Mike Baldwin. This summer we spent time in Connecticut and Texas visiting family. When not traveling, my son and I were competing in bicycle races. As part of my retirement package, Intel will pay me to volunteer at a nonprofit for one year, so I’m looking for tech nonprofits in the Oakland area serving inner-city kids.”



Francesco Rockwood, MBA 93, and Susan Rockwood, MBA 89, in front of Berkeley Castle in the town of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, UK

Francesco Rockwood, Orinda, Calif., reports, “It has been three years since Sue and I launched Rockwood Pacific. We have particularly enjoyed working with hospital systems and universities in planning and executing senior living real estate projects. This summer, with daughter Sarah (Class of 2019), Sue and I visited Oxford, Cambridge, and the Berkeley Castle of the Bishop George Berkeley family. Oxford and Cambridge were nice, but we prefer the vibe of UC Berkeley.”


Koji Asada, New York, has been appointed chief of staff at MUFG Americas Holdings and MUFG Union Bank, and is responsible for the planning management of the bank’s business throughout the Americas, including the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. “This is my return to N.Y.C. after two and a half years of engagement at BTMU Canada as president and CEO,” he writes. “I am excited to be back in the States in a more challenging banking environment, with many more opportunities. ‘Questioning the Status Quo’ will continue to be my important principle in this new challenge.”

Michael Garrow, Akwesasne, N.Y., became CFO for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Akwesasne, in which he is an enrolled member. He oversees the tribe’s financials as well as the casino and other tribal LLCs.



Kevin Brown, MBA 96

Kevin Brown, Atherton, Calif., announces that his food tech company, Innit, will partner with Whirlpool to power smart kitchen appliances and raise new funding, bringing total backing to $43 million.


Annadella, Monica Stevens, MBA 96, and Paul

Monica Stevens, Oakland, Calif., celebrated her 20th anniversary at Wells Fargo. “From commercial real estate lending, to recruiting, to syndications, to global banking, and a few stops in between, it’s been a fabulous ride!” she writes. “Got married, my baby girl is now a ‘tween’ at Redwood Day. Still very connected to Haas and am honored to serve as the chair of the Alumni Diversity Council. Lots of weekends spent volunteering for Oakland Girls Softball League. How did 20 years pass so quickly!”


Mohit Sen, MBA 96

Mohit Sen is now senior vice president, client solutions, at Allant Group. “Still living in Chicago with my wife, Susan, and Shona, our beloved golden retriever.”


James Gray, Austin, Texas, reports, “In June I made a transition from Microsoft to a startup here in Austin, leading the data engineering team at Civitas Learning. Our mission is to partner with leading colleges and universities to help students learn well and finish strong. Civitas is powered by data science; my role is leveraging the data science skills I acquired during my graduate studies at UC Berkeley’s School of Information.”


Daniel Tellalian, Los Angeles, Calif., writes, “Pleased to have taken on a new role as managing partner of Avivar Capital, a registered impact investment advisory firm based in Los Angeles. We create impact funds, manage portfolios, and bring impact investment advisory services to philanthropies, wealth advisors, and institutions in the U.S. A terrific blend of financial discipline and social responsibility!”



Clockwise from lower left, MBA Class of 00 alumni mini-reunion: Neva Flaherty, Patrick Aragon, Pete Cowing (hidden), Rodrigo Prudencio, Diane Bisgeier (hidden), Chris Barton, Baris Ruacan, Cagla Erdogan Ruacan, Guillaume Gavillet, Carla Feely, Patrick Feely, Greg Funk, Peter Marchetti, Pascal Hoffmann

Pascal Hoffmann, Oakland, Calif., describes an unofficial class reunion in San Francisco on August 9 that “was also an opportunity to celebrate a wedding anniversary for Patrick and Carla Feely (yeah!) and a move back to the Bay Area for Baris and Cagla Ruacan (welcome back!) #GoodTime #UntilNext.”


Shing Wong, San Francisco, asks, “Have you ever been in a meeting, webinar, or conference and wished you could have the presenter’s slides in front of you to interact with in real time? In early 2016, I launched Ampslide (, which enables presenters to live-share presentations in real time to thousands without clunky software. If you’re a presenter, marketer, or conference organizer/attendee, check it out! Sign up at with the referral code BerkeleyHaas for a 30-day free trial.”


Scott Cheeseman, Sonoma, Calif., reports, “After making the leap from construction and real estate development to health care, I am excited to announce that we have opened three new Direct Urgent Care locations this year. I appreciate all the help my Haas connections have provided—your introductions to financing, potential locations, and vendors have been instrumental in our growth. This has been a very exciting ride, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us. We have several new locations in the works, and we hope to continue our rapid pace of growth for the next several years. Please let me know if you have medically zoned retail space you are looking to fill! And if you happen to be feeling ill, please drop in—we will be sure to help you feel better faster!”


Thomas Phinney, MBA 03, in São Paulo, 2015

Thomas Phinney, Portland, Ore., is now president of FontLab, the font software tools company. He notes, “Started running this year! Last summer the whole family spent six weeks in Europe.”

Amir Sharif, Menlo Park, Calif., announces, “I am excited about the founding and top-tier VC funding of Aporeto, a cloud native security company. We are hiring engineers, business development folks, marketing imagineers, and sales people. Please visit and contact us. We would love to hear from you. On a personal note, we have a new family addition, but of the canine type—Ludus Maximus, a very friendly and cute yellow lab.”


Yan Chow, Orinda, Calif., took a new position in August as medical director for Mobile Health for Amgen, based in South San Francisco. “I will be the physician lead to help incorporate digital health (wearables, medical devices, and mobile technology) into clinical trials and beyond,” he reports.



Garrett Goldberg (Principal), Michael Berolzheimer, MBA 07 (Managing Partner), Cynthia Maxey (Business Development)

Michael Berolzheimer, San Francisco, reports, “After many months, we’re delighted to announce the closing of our latest fund, Bee Partners II, which was oversubscribed at $30M+ after an initial target of $25M. Like our founders, we also have to raise funds from investors and, like them, we’re elated about the journey ahead now that our fundraising period is behind us. Bee II includes 17 companies, nearly half of which have strong UC Berkeley ties. Check sizes start at around $400K per company and go to approximately eight new startups annually. These 17 investments showcase broad diversification, and over half have already benefited from follow-on capital within 12 months, including Neighborly, Embroker, StatMuse, and BuildingConnected.” A June article in TechCrunch cited Berolzheimer and his partners’ alumni- and founders-only community called CalFounders, which boosts visibility of entrepreneurship and tech efforts around UC campuses, an ecosystem often overlooked by traditional investors.


Kevin Hill, MBA 07

Kevin Hill, Oakland, Calif., in 2016 grew his business intelligence business, Heights Consulting. He’s currently helping Intuit build a customer loyalty program. He’s also continuing his Haas teaching career, with a presentation design course that helps make quantitative information more consumable for making strategic business decisions. This summer, Kevin visited Sequoia National Park, climbing a 10,000-foot peak.


Tom Huang, MBA 07, Casey, and Sunny

Shin (Tom) Huang, of Fremont, Calif., announces, “Sunny and I are happy to welcome the newest addition to our family! Introducing baby boy Casey Yoshawn Huang, born August 13, 2016, weighing 5 pounds 6 ounces and measuring 19 inches. He’s little but brings a ‘ginormous’ amount of joy, excitement, and many, many (willingly) sleepless nights to us. Please join us and welcome Casey to the world!”


Adrian Durbin, Orinda, Calif., reports, “After more than seven years at McKesson, in June I started a new position leading Lyft’s policy communications team. I am responsible for the company’s media relations strategy on all public policy and regulatory issues around the country (of which there are many!) and also serve on the corporate communications leadership team.”


Urvi Parekh Dunnington, Oakland, Calif., writes, “After seven years at SunPower in various roles, most recently as director of origination and business development of Western Region Power Plants, I am excited to be joining Facebook, contracting renewable energy for its data centers.” Urvi and husband Luke’s, MBA 08, boys, Kiren and Nithin (4 and 2) are very excited to be spending more time at Haas now that Luke’s sister Claire is part of the FTMBA Class of 2018.


Deepak Goel, Fremont, Calif., reports, “We just launched the KarmaCircles app on iPhone as well as Android. KarmaCircles makes it easy for professionals to request free time from each other. When you get time, you get free advice from an expert, and when you give time to someone, you build your reputation. Everyone on the platform wins! Join the Haas group on KarmaCircles to connect with hundreds of other Haas alums!”


Joshua Ziel moved from the Bay Area to Austin, Texas, in November 2015 and recently left Oracle to run the NA corporate sales team at Cloudera, a big data company with numerous connections back to Berkeley.



Ariel Dekovic, MBA 13, with her husband, Christoph Scheper, backpacking in Desolation Wilderness

Ariel Dekovic, Berkeley, Calif., reports, “As interim executive director of City Slicker Farms, I shepherded the community planning, design, and construction of a new 1.4-acre public park and urban farm for Oakland. The West Oakland Farm Park opened in June 2016, and I stepped down from my role. This August, my husband and I will set off on a month-long national parks road trip, fulfilling a longtime dream that we’ve had. Then we’ll be moving to Germany to be closer to his family and so that I can learn German! After almost 10 years in Berkeley, this is a big step. But the Bay Area will always be home!”

Amelia Forrest Kaye, San Francisco, recently joined Reflektive, a software startup reinventing employee engagement and performance reviews, to build and lead its customer success team. Prior, Amelia worked in SaaS product development and strategy at Deloitte Consulting LLP.


Haapanen family vacation: Calvin (Cal), Destiny, and Brent, MBA 13

Brent Haapanen, Granite Bay, Calif., writes, “Am excited to be kicking off the official B-HAN Sacramento chapter this year with my fellow Sacramento-based Haas alumni! Our son (and future Cal Bear) Calvin was born in January and is a happy and busy boy!”



Santiago Andrigo, MBA 14

Santiago Andrigo, New York, recently joined Jigsaw, “a think-do tank and product incubator within Google that tackles the toughest geopolitical challenges, from countering violent extremism to thwarting online censorship to mitigating the threats associated with digital attacks. I specifically work as a product manager and on the areas of cybersecurity and countering online censorship. In my spare time, I continue to practice and learn the tango and have recently undertaken the study of ethics.”


Michael Nurick, MBA 14, and his wife, Sapna

Michael Nurick, Oakland, Calif., whose company BandPage, dedicated to helping musicians make a successful living from digital music, was acquired by Google; it is now a part of YouTube Music. At YouTube, he continues to serve the musician community as a product manager on the artist team.


Matt Thelen, MBA 14, and his wife, Alyssa, with twins Aynslie and Keller

Matt Thelen, of Denver, announces, “My wife, Alyssa, and I just had the most amazing and surprising thing happen to us—we had twins in May. We both work at companies that provide excellent parental leave benefits, which afforded us some time to learn twin-parenting or (to use a Golden Bears football analogy) move from a man-to-man defense into a zone coverage scheme.”


Zaky Prabowo, San Francisco, and Johannes Koeppel with Garib Mehdiyev officially launched their travel startup WeTravel after powering $5 million independent group trips using the website during beta stage. WeTravel is a free platform for amateur and semi-professional trip organizers to create, manage, and promote group trips in minutes. They started the platform during their MBA studies when classmates used it to manage Haas domestic and international treks. Appearing in Financial Times and Lonely Planet, WeTravel’s main users now are university students and yoga teachers; expansion is underway. “If you know anyone who is planning to organize group trips (your class reunion maybe?), please check the platform. It’s completely free for the organizers and travelers.” Learn more at

Alastair Trueger, San Francisco, writes, “This January, Champ Suthipongchai and I spun up a venture capital fund to invest at the intersection of hardware, software, and data. We connect startups with capital, manufacturing, pilot, and distribution opportunities in Asia. We’ve already made five investments, with a few more on the way.”


Amy Chou, Oakland, Calif., writes, “I’m excited to be an account manager at Clever Inc., helping enable digital learning tools in classrooms all over the U.S.!”



James (Jamie) Pirrello, San Jose, Calif., recently became chief financial officer with UCP, a homebuilder based in San Jose with operations in California, Washington, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


Ezra Roizen, BCEMBA 04

Ezra Roizen has published the book Magic Box Paradigm: A Framework for Startup Acquisitions. An entrepreneur and advisor to startups, Ezra offers practical advice to help entrepreneurs navigate the counterintuitive nature of startup acquisitions—enabling them to avoid the common mistakes which can hurt, or even kill, the deal.



Roland Deal, BCEMBA 06

Roland Deal, San Francisco, is president for the Americas of DWA media, one of the fastest growing marketing/media agencies globally. Roland brings his experience partnering with technology brands from OgilvyOne, where as managing director he oversaw its operations on the west coast. He has over 20 years’ experience developing strategic solutions and integrated campaigns for global technology brands that have included VMware, Google, SanDisk, and HP, among others.


Sudhir Nakhwa, San Francisco, announces, “I joined Macy’s earlier this year in a director role. I lead, direct, and manage a team of 12 in Silicon Valley, New York, and remote to support enhancement of eCommerce systems at and The eCommerce systems include product catalog, content management, imaging systems, retail planning, and forecasting. I am responsible for establishing and maintaining key relationships with the buying, planning, merchandising, creative, and marketing stakeholders and for monitoring emerging technologies. I welcome opportunities to network with alumni both inside and outside of the retail world.

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Rajesh Shrestha, Piscataway, N.J., helped launch CareAllies, a population health company focused to deliver the systems, capabilities, and management services that providers need to be successful under a variety of value-based and risk-sharing models across the value-based reimbursement spectrum. CareAllies will offer services to help ease providers’ administrative burden across payers and can even help providers launch and manage their own health plans. CareAllies will focus on advisory and management services, technology, and analytics, which are all fundamental to transforming physician practices and delivery systems as they move from volume to value. Rajesh now serves as the senior vice president and general manager, clinical operations and population health.



Bart Tkaczyk, Exec. Ed. 12, accepting his UN Affiliate Global HRD Award

Bart Tkaczyk won the Global HR Development Research Excellence Award for his research on positive organizational change. Dr. Tkaczyk was honored at the 45th International Federation of Training and Development Organisations in Bahrain.


Jenise Steverding, Los Angeles, joined Pledgeling, the world’s first charitable giving and social impact platform for brands, as vice president of strategic partnerships. Steverding will be responsible for forging sustainable partnerships between brands and causes that bring to life a company’s core values and create lasting impact on the world. An early member of the TOMS Giving team, Steverding played a key role in scaling the company’s famous shoe-giving program to tens of millions of pairs of shoes. She later joined the Special Olympics World Games, working closely with corporate sponsors such as Toyota, Google, and Westfield, on the largest sporting and humanitarian event in the world in 2015.

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