Written by Annie Wang.

I wanted to extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2020. The best way to stay involved with your cohort is through…the cohort program! This year Haas has decided to go from 6 cohorts to 4 to make sure you have the resources to meet as many people as possible.

The 4 cohorts: Axe, Bear, California, Oski. The cohort leaders have been putting in time and effort to host future events, so let’s meet them.

Introduction to the Cohort Team

VP of Cohort Affairs: Rani Mavram

Rani is currently a Senior at UC Berkeley double majoring in Computer Science & Business Administration. This is her third year in HBSA, and she is going to be an amazing Cohort Affairs leader. Rani is active in the tech community including past work experience at Lyft, Salesforce, Square, and more. Other organizations she’s involved with include the Berkeley Business Society and the Violet Society. Outside of school, Rani can be found running the streets of Berkeley or catching some sunlight by the glade. Please do not hesitate to shoot her an email at [email protected].

Director of Cohort Affairs: Shun Lei Sin

Shun Lei is a Junior pursuing a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Chinese Language. Coming from a low-income immigrant background, Shun has a passion to help others as best as she can and is actively involved as an executive team member at a nonprofit organization called Destined for X. She is also an active member of Berkeley Finance Club and has been a part of HBSA since her freshman year. In her free time, she loves reading people’s responses on Quora, learning about personal finance and investing, and scrolling through the Berkeley meme page on Facebook. Please don’t hesitate to send her an email at [email protected].

Cohort Leader: Evan Twigg-Smith

Evan Twigg-Smith is a transfer from Honolulu HI, pursuing a degree in Business Administration. He is interested in entrepreneurship and financial technology. On campus he is involved with the HBSA, and Undergraduate Real Estate Club. In his spare time, he like to snowboard at Lake Tahoe, and enjoy the outdoors. He is looking forward to creating a tight-knit undergraduate community here at Haas.

Cohort Leader: Rebecca Tang

Rebecca Tang is a transfer student from San Francisco, CA, pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, she worked as an accountant for four years at a local non-profit, Tenderloin Housing Clinic and most recently for half a year at a real estate development and co-living startup, Starcity as a accounting and operations analyst. In her spare time, she loves to go on food adventures, bake sweets, and hike with friends. As a cohort leader, she hopes that she’ll be a good utilized resource to her peers both personally and professionally with development opportunities.

Cohort Leader: Steven Pham

Steven Pham is a transfer student from Los Angeles pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Interested in technology and sustainability, he wishes to use his knowledge in business to create a more feasible future for local companies and corporations. He loves to draw, dance, and spend time with his friends. As a cohort leader, he wishes to create experiences and professional opportunities for his peers.

Cohort Leader: Nikhil Kuppuswamy

Nikhil Kuppuswamy is a sophomore from Hayward, CA. Nikhil is in the Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Program, where he studies Industrial Engineering & Operations Research + Business Administration. He has been part of the Sports Tech Collider Sprint Course, where his group constructed and developed a prototype for a wearable that contained blue light, which would regulate and optimize athletes’ sleep cycles. He is also a Data Journalist for the Sports Analytics Group at Berkeley and is involved with the Institute of Industrial Engineers. As a cohort leader, he hopes to organize meaningful opportunities for his peers so that they can develop professionally and be part of an engaging Haas experience.


What a lovely team! Make sure you take advantage of the the fun events this team is currently planning. There will most likely be free food and good company! What’s better than that?


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