Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Alumni

Camila Astorga

Camila is a lawyer from Chile, specialized in public-law, highly regulated industries, and public policy design. Prior to the Goldman School, she earned a Masters in Law degree with a specialization in public interest and social justice from UC Berkeley. Before coming to the United States, Camila was a legal advisor for the Legislative Unit of the Ministry of Finance in Chile, where she performed research for policy design over various sectorial matters, drafted bills of law for their enactment, and conducted analysis on their effects. As to her US-based experience, she has been working with the UC Berkeley Labor Center on the City of Oakland Construction Workforce Demographics Project – a research effort to assess Project Labor Agreements as a tool for maximizing the employment of local residents in public works.

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Laura Mandel

Laura is a graduate with a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from the Goldman School of Public Policy with a decade of experience at the intersection of media, partnerships and social impact. Most recently, she served as Senior Director of Partnerships at News Deeply, a new media company that builds content and community platforms around critical topics. Prior to that, she worked at The New York Times, where she managed syndication and licensing partnerships with publishers around the world. Laura is passionate about human rights and philanthropy and currently serves on the International Board of the Abraham Initiatives and the New Generations Board of the New Israel Fund.

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Ruth Marcus

Ruth has eight years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and management in the Bay Area, as well as international experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Tunisia and a brief stint in Hollywood producing TV documentaries. She came to Haas to broaden her personal and professional impact, and to help nonprofits increase their business acumen.
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Kalie Sacco

Kalie Sacco (MPA ’20) has spent her career supporting education research, development, and policy. She is the Chief of Staff in the Director’s office at the Lawrence Hall of Science (UC Berkeley’s public science center) where she leads and supports projects related to research, communication, business development, and organizational management. Prior to this role, Kalie served in a variety of capacities at the national level to connect, convene, and synthesize research and practice in STEM education at organizations including the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) and Coalition for Science After School. Kalie is active in the museum community and has served in a range of volunteer capacities for numerous professional organizations. Outside of work and school, Kalie works in fashion and personal styling.

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Catherine Start

Prior to Haas, Catherine worked in sales, strategy and operations at growth-stage software companies. Most recently, she was an Innovation Manager at Commonwealth, where she focused on designing and developing products to promote financial inclusion. A Bay-Area native and Cal grad, Catherine returned to Berkeley to further explore the intersection of technology and social impact.

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Lale Tekisalp

Lale came to Berkeley Haas with a background in enterprise software and a desire to learn more about how technology can contribute to social impact. Prior to Haas, she spent five years at Microsoft, leading product marketing and marketing communications for the company’s cloud computing platform in the Middle East and Africa. Last summer, she interned at Benetech, a social enterprise that develops software for social good. She is currently working as a part-time consultant for the Partnership on AI, where she is focusing on how AI systems can be beneficial (or harmful) for different social issues.

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Claire Wilke

Claire is a MPA graduate of the Goldman School of Public Policy and came to Berkeley after working in the public sector in Flint and Detroit, Michigan. Her work mainly consisted of grant implementation focused on low-and moderate-income households, including those experiencing homelessness. Most recently, her work was on the development of permanent supportive housing. She enjoys working with organizations to maximize their potential impact to the community.

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