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YEAH Founding Board Member David Eckles Gives $1 Million to Expand Haas Programs for Under-Resourced Youth


Haas alumnus and longtime Berkeley booster David Eckles, MBA 73, has given $1 million to the Haas School to expand its successful mentoring program for under-resourced youth through several new initiatives to be coordinated by the Undergraduate Program.


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A's Chili Davis helps sister's cause

Susan Slusser
Updated 12:01 am, Saturday, November 10, 2012


Last year around this time, Chili Davis helped his sister, Olive, with a charity event, pitching in to find sponsors and participants for a golf tournament.

This year, Davis is even more involved, because the onetime Giants player is back working in the Bay Area as the A's hitting coach. Plus, Davis has plunged all in when it comes to his sister's program, which provides business and financial training for underserved middle-school and high-school students in the Bay Area - and which helps make a college education possible for those students.

Olive Davis is the director of the after-school business clubs for the YEAH program, the Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas, which partners students at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley with disadvantaged youths. Mentors help middle-school and high-school students learn life skills, financial literacy, business principles and community-service opportunities. There are more than 200 middle- and high-school students in YEAH each year, and all those who have stayed through the entire program have gone on to college - many becoming the first in their families to do so.


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Lester Center Professor Peter Molloy Joins Leading Food Company


Lester Center Faculty Member Peter Molloy is quite busy these days. Not only does he have to contend with his teaching duties here at Haas, but last month he became President of La Terra Fina, a leading dip and quiche manufacturer in Union City.


Peter Molloy

Offering an innovative twist on the dips and spreads category, the company has taken antioxidant rich vegetables and mixed them with high fiber lentils and beans to create the next generation of flavorful dips with better-for-the-consumer nutritional profiles.

Peter brings a wealth of industry experience and knowledge to his new role. Formerly, he was President and principal owner of the Farmhouse Foods Company, a rice and pasta foods company, based in Union City. He bought the company from Nestle in 1991 and sold it to General Mills in 1999. In 2006, as a consultant, he led the sale of another food company, Mozzarella Fresca to a large cheese company in France.

Peter’s new role is not only exciting for him, but will provide great benefit to the undergraduate students in his Entrepreneurship class. "I believe running a small entrepreneurial company will give my students a better understanding of real world tools used in today's business environment," he reflects. Having taught at Haas since 1999, Peter has been on the Lester Center faculty team since 2008. He
is also on the Advisory Board of the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program where he has served as a judge at their business plan presentations several times.

Founded in 1983, La Terra Fina, meaning “the good earth” in Italian, produces a wide range of all-natural, ready-to-eat refrigerated quiches and dips rich in flavor and high in quality. Its products are sold in supermarkets, club stores, and specialty grocery retailers nationwide. Check them out at or


Prof. Emeritus Karlene Roberts to Advise U.S. Marine Board



Beginning in 2013, Haas Professor Emeritus Karlene Roberts will serve a three-year appointment as an advisory member to the United States Marine Board. Roberts’ role will be to examine issues related to maritime transportation—ports, channels, inland water, seaways—and the environment. She will also help the Marine Board identify research needs.

The Marine Board of the National Research Council (NRC) is part of the Transportation Research Board. The Marine Board has provided expertise on maritime transportation and marine engineering and technology since1965.

"Berkeley engineering professors have been on the Marine Board before and I’m told I will be the first social scientist on the board," says Roberts. "It's important because it is the maritime industry's and the government's recognition that maritime problems are not just technological problems, but have social and environmental implications such as BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis."

In October, Roberts attended a meeting about maritime practices in the Arctic. According to Roberts, the Marine Board faces the challenge of getting a majority of U.S. legislators to understand that our nation is an Arctic one. "Because of climate change, the Arctic is dramatically changing, uncovering millions of dollars of minerals that will be mined (including oil) and providing shipping routes that have never before been available. All of this has to be managed with sensitivity because of the vast number of safety problems that will arise. My contribution will be to increase performance reliability and safety," says Roberts.

Roberts is a faculty member of Haas’ Management of Organizations (MORS) group. Throughout her career, she has applied her expertise in the design and management of organizations to serve the national interest. She studies organizational systems that have the potential to cause disaster or catastrophic results. By examining organizations’ successes and failures, Roberts advises on systematic strategies to mitigate crises in industries such as military, health care, railroads, petroleum production, commercial aviation, banking, and community emergency services.

"Some handle crisis right and some have big, disastrous outcomes. My favorite example of getting it right is pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, who successfully landed his commercial aircraft into the Hudson River in January 2009 and is now a respected speaker on airline safety," Roberts says. "The best example of an organization that did not get it so right is BP. BP was responsible for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a Texas City refinery explosion just five years earlier."

Roberts also served on the NRC’s Standing Committee on Human Factors (1997-2003), Committee on Work Environments for Nurses and Patient Safety (2002-2003), Committee on Aerospace Medicine and Medicine in Extreme Environments (2004-2005), and Committee on Core Competencies for Federal Facilities Asset Management, and most recently, contributed to the Bureau of Reclamation Security Study (2007-2008).

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