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.

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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.

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James Daudon

Jamie comes to Haas after spending the past four years working in social impact consulting focused on climate change and clean energy. He studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) for his undergraduate degree, which has informed an interdisciplinary and systems-oriented approach to making change on the most critical issues facing our society. He is intent on using his time at Haas to develop skills for catalyzing entrepreneurial solutions at the intersection of the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Within the CSSL, Jamie is leading a working group of students pursuing development and implementation of a joint degree between the MBA and MPP programs at Berkeley.

Lizi Feng

Lizi comes to Berkeley Haas with 6+ years of experience in consulting, ranging from HR, healthcare, product development, energy to change management. She is currently helping Fortune 500 companies manage their transformational changes. She is also the founder of a healthcare startup that provides digital solutions to senior care facilities, often in under-served communities. Lizi is passionate about social impact and entrepreneurship, especially in sectors that are slow to change.

Contact Lizi via LinkedIn.

Chelsea Goddard

Chelsea Goddard comes to Haas after spending the last four years working in the technology sector. In school she studied environmental science and policy, informing her passion for sustainable design and innovation. Today, she is excited to partner with companies using business as a tool to drive environmental change. Prior to technology, she spent two years working in healthcare as a client advocate at a private rehabilitation center. Post Haas she hopes to serve on the board of a non-profit and work at the intersection of impact and investing.

Contact Chelsea 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.

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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.

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Alavi Rumi

Alavi is passionate about implementing and accelerating education-related initiatives. Before enrolling at Berkeley Haas, Alavi was part of Teach For America Hawaii as a math and science teacher. He also spent time as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member working at a workforce development program for former foster youth. As a Student Advisory Board Member of CSSL, Alavi is focused on partnering with other nonprofits and social service providers who work with disenfranchised youth to help bridge the education achievement gap.

Contact Alavi via LinkedIn.

Sandeep Shah

Sandeep is originally from Houston, TX, where he started his career at the age of 16, founding a non profit focused on providing educational support to inner-city youth. His work was recognized by Points of Light, The Department of Education and more, and ultimately kickstarted a collegiate career at UT-Austin, where he focused on creating impactful change in Government and Public Service. After working with US Senator Hillary Clinton, Rick Perry and the Livestrong Foundation, he decided to pursue a career in Technology- being one of the pre-IPO employees at Facebook (focused on user privacy and fraud), followed by time spent at Citi, and being a social entrepreneur in Houston- launching one of the most successful crowd-source men’s retail companies which focused on revitalizing inner-city houston and supporting immigrants. He also has been serves as a two time president of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Program, Advisory Board for the McCombs School of Business (UT-Austin), Venture Guide at The Resolution Project, and helped lead the expansion in Texas for Digital Health Connectivity Project – focused on supporting COVID-19 relief efforts. Sandeep comes to Haas focused on infusing Capital and Public leadership to help driving innovation within policy and technology.

Contact Sandeep 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 Skillful.ly, 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!!

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Dennis Yee

Dennis is a first year MBA student with a background in research, community organizing, and nonprofit management. With an academic background in Statistics and Asian American Studies, Dennis has the foundation of both qualitative and quantitative skills for research. Dennis started his career in a community based organization named Asian Immigrant Women Advocates that built the leadership of low income immigrant women workers and youth in Oakland Chinatown. Afterwards he fundraised for PolicyLink, a nation wide action and research institute that focused on racial and economic equity. Today, he is an MBA candidate at UC Berkeley Haas with the focus on corporate social responsibility in hopes of finding creative ways to create partnerships between companies and communities.

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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.

Prospective Students

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