Student Advisory Board

CSSL in 2020-21 is in a rich period of re-examination, and seeks Student Advisory Board members to advise and support current initiatives in the social sector (programs, classes, events, research) in addition to considering possible future initiatives the Center should be offering to help Haas students create social impact.  We welcome your perspectives and solicit your insights. We ask that you also help us communicate with and provide outreach to other students and stakeholders.
This Fall 2020 we are looking for four MBAs to serve on the Student Advisory Board.


How to Apply

The application process is simple. Please send your resume and *very brief* (1 paragraph) answers to the following questions:

1. Why are you interested in being a member of the CSSL Student Advisory Board?
2. What would you be most interested in doing if you were to be accepted as one of our student advisors?
3. Do you have a particular career goal post graduation?
Deadline to apply is Oct 16th, 11:59pm PST


The Net Impact graduate student chapter works very closely with the Center for Social Sector Leadership to run our programs, specifically Berkeley Board Fellows. As part of this collaboration, Net Impact has a Vice President-level position that works directly with CSSL.


Prospective Students

If you’re thinking about pursuing a business degree or even if you just want to look around, the Haas Student Ambassadors Program is the place to start. As the student arm of the admissions office, it provides the student perspective to campus visitors. The Student Ambassadors Program’s mission is to ensure that all prospective students’ visits to Haas are informative, positive, well coordinated, and as interactive as possible.

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Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 Student Advisory Members

Kyle Ames

Kyle is an Air Force veteran with a background in nonprofit leadership, social work and state public policy.  Most recently, he advised the Governor of Wisconsin on fiscal and social policy pertaining to public healthcare management.  Prior to that, he served as a coordinator for a housing program in Alaska that helped homeless youth find stable housing and develop sustainable careers.  As a CSSL Advisory Board member he is most excited to provide opportunities for UCB students to learn how to create social impact in their community and develop business acumen centered around the social sector.

Contact Kyle via LinkedIn.

Kelly Cure

Kelly relocated back to the USA after the past seven years working abroad as an independent renewable energy and economic development consultant. Kelly started her career as a management consultant, before pivoting into social impact consulting and entrepreneurship. Most recently Kelly worked in Swaziland (Eswatini) where she was the Head of Strategic Initiatives for Montigny Investments, the largest sustainable forestry company in Southern Africa. She also started a community forestry business linking under-served communities with access to export markets. She recently consulted to C&A Foundation in Switzerland on net impact in strategic markets.

Contact Kelly via LinkedIn.

Ellen Kimball

Ellen is passionate about social impact and improving access to high-quality education and career opportunities. Before starting at Haas, Ellen worked for 5 years at Year Up, a workforce development nonprofit, where she most recently oversaw program quality in the Bay Area. Prior to that, she lived in Berlin, Germany, where she taught English and studied Linguistics.

Contact Ellen via LinkedIn.

Michelle Poon

Michelle is an MBA student at the Haas School of Business and brings over ten years of fundraising and product management experience in the education and technology sector.  Prior to Haas, Michelle worked at education nonprofit organizations strategizing how to leverage cloud-based CRM solutions to increase transparency and create actionable insights for its leadership teams.  Her interest in data and technology eventually led her to product roles at various software companies including Adobe Inc. where she led product strategy, development, and growth capacity initiatives for its global advertising cloud solutions.  A proud “double bear”, Michelle plans to continue to “Challenge the Status Quo” upon completing her MBA and apply her product management experience to help K-12 educators utilize software technology to drive better student outcomes.

Contact Michelle via LinkedIn.

Adolfo Quesada

Adolfo was attracted to Haas mainly because of its commitment and leadership in the social impact scene. Before Haas, Adolfo worked for 5 years in Strategy Consulting at Deloitte, with a focus on the Healthcare/Pharma and Financial Services industries, including impact projects in microfinance in Ecuador and healthcare/wellbeing access in Sweden and Colombia. Passionate about the intersection of finance and non-profit management, Adolfo is enrolled at some Haas flagship programs such as Berkeley Board Fellows, Impact Investing Practicum and IBD (with social focus). As he joins the Student Advisory Board of CSSL this year, he is mostly excited about learning from top social sector leaders about best management practices, bringing the catalog of real-life experience impact courses to students while improving curriculums through their feedback, and communicating the image of Haas as a pioneer and key influencer in social impact.

Contact Adolfo via LinkedIn

Eileen Ung

Eileen comes to Berkeley Haas with 5+ years of experience in investment banking and corporate strategy within consumer and municipal finance.  As a child of refugees, helping multicultural communities gain access to opportunity has always been Eileen’s passion.  Through her civic endeavors leading the steering committee of Project by Project, a next-gen philanthropy incubator, serving as board fellow with Asian Pacific Community Fund, and mentoring under-resourced youth with the Riordan Programs, Eileen learned firsthand the importance of access, expertise, and capital – and the combination of all three – in building innovative and sustainable solutions. At Haas, Eileen serves as principal of the Haas Sustainable Investment Fund and is a Consortium Fellow advocating for strengthened DEI efforts in the MBA admissions process.  She is also an associate partner with Social Venture Partners Los Angeles, helping shape the curriculum of its systems-change accelerator as well as providing pro-bono advisory to nonprofit participants.

Contact Eileen via Linkedin.

Brett Waikart

Before enrolling at Berkeley Haas Brett spent more than a decade in the financial sector, first as a trader and later as a co-founded and Executive Director of the charity Portfolios with Purpose (PwP). PwP maintains a community of more than 15,000 members who have collectively raised more than $4 million in support of hundreds of global charities. Most recently Brett led the launch of, a public benefit corporation that aims to shape the future of the financial workforce by offering free financial education and professional job skilling to a diverse student population from around the world. Ask me how you can help!!

Contact Brett via LinkedIn.

Joseph Zhang

Joseph comes to Haas after 6 years in the social sector as a strategist and fundraiser. Most recently, he helped manage institutional giving at iMentor, a national education nonprofit helping students achieve college success. Before that, he helped a local volunteer center in Colorado expand its services statewide. He is also the founder and president of a startup nonprofit that trains underrepresented communities in media storytelling. As a CSSL Advisory Board Member, Joseph is excited to help shape the strategic direction of CSSL’s programs for countless stakeholders to come.

Contact Joseph via LinkedIn.