The Haas Business School Association (HBSA) is the official undergraduate student government of the Haas School of Business. Under the support and guidance of the faculty and the Haas Undergraduate Program Office, HBSA works to enhance the undergraduate experience and meet the needs of the student body. It serves as an advisory body and represents all students enrolled in the Haas Undergraduate Program. HBSA’s goal is to promote activities that benefit the Haas community, students, faculty and staff.
We lead by championing bold ideas, taking intelligent risks and accepting sensible failures. This means speaking our minds even when it challenges convention. We thrive at the world’s epicenter of innovation.
We make decisions based on evidence and analysis, giving us the confidence to act without arrogance. We lead through trust and collaboration.
We are a community designed for curiosity and lifelong pursuit of personal and intellectual growth. This is not a place for those who feel they have learned all they need to learn.
We shape our world by leading ethically and responsibly. As stewards of our enterprises, we take the longer view in our decisions and actions. This often means putting larger interests above our own.
2016 Cohort Leaders: Sebastian Werz, Megan Yen, Erica Fossum, Alex Park, Jesse Bowens, Julie Xiao, Jacqueline (Jackie) Young, Andrea Haro, Kevin Yin, Daniel Phan, Cassarie Soungpanya
2017 Cohort Leaders: Grace Lee, Edgar Chimdi Okorie, Michael Dunn, Danjana Sathyanarayana, Kenneth Suh, Rowena Zhang
Cohort Liaisons: Mansha Seth, Maya Litvak
To boost community spirit and create a more supportive, cohesive environment, students enter the Haas Undergraduate Program divided in cohorts. The cohorts allow students to navigate their major experience with a smaller group of their classmates. Activities are centered on social, community involvement and a host of other engagement opportunities. Each of the six cohorts has around 60 students.
Led by: Grace Lee
Associates: Mimmi Lindquist, Diana Ly, Sharleen Lee
The HBSA Technology & Communications Committee is responsible for all technological aspects related to HBSA, as well as the HBSA website and UGBA Weekly newsletter. Through these functions, we are able to communicate professional, academic, and social functions to the Haas student body, whether through announcing business related events or providing resources on the website.
Led by: Elsie Cheang
Associates: Derrick Chow and Ethan Lin
The Student Affairs Committee plans and provides resources, programs, and workshops for underclassmen interested in applying to Haas. In addition, our committee hosts student enrichment activities and events that would enhance the diversity and wellbeing within the Haas undergraduate community.
Achievements: Our committee is currently piloting the very first Haas Mentorship Program with the ASUC and the Haas Undergraduate Office. It will be a program in which Haas students are paired with business-interested underclassmen to create a space to share personal, academic, professional experiences and advice.
Led by: Raymond Dang
Associates: Rahim Noorani, Melody Lin, Ryan Fang
The Professional Development Committee is primarily responsible for finding and providing resources for students. In the past, we have hosted interview etiquette/resume workshops, case competition workshops, case competitions, and various career-oriented workshops. In addition, we source opportunities with companies that are interested in hosting events with the Haas School of Business and our goal to be a valuable resource for both students within the ABC’s (Accounting, Banking, Consulting) as well as outside of the ABC’s. If you are interested in hosting an event on campus, please shoot me and email and we’ll be in touch!
Achievements: Consulting Case Workshop, Case Competition Workshop
Led by: Daniel Phan
Associates: Sharon Khoo, Bryannie Bach, Mitchell Quon
The MBA & Alumni Relations committee serves undergrads at Haas through our commitment to forming a collaborative community and creating opportunities for engagement with alumni and MBAs. Its role in HBSA is to give undergrads the ability to leverage other degree programs and our successful alumni base for career advice, mentorship, and networking opportunities to further their careers and personal development. We’re constantly working to develop new programs and events to serve the Haas Undergraduate community. Our most recent event this semester was the first ever, Executive MBA Networking Panel and Happy Hour that allowed undergrads the opportunity to engage with Executive MBAs and to learn from their years of experience. If you have any ideas for events and programs that you would like to see us put on, please email our committee at vp.alumnirelations@
Led by: Jenna Hardenbrook
Associates: Kyle Nguyen and Angel Hsu
The HBSA Marketing committee is responsible for generating awareness and promoting events put on by the Cohort Program and HBSA. We manage the social media accounts, photograph events, and design flyers. With the help of the Tech & Communication committee we reach the entire undergraduate population and inform students about amazing opportunities and ways to get involved!
Led by: Andrew Cai-Li
Associates: Grace Ma, Tricia Sun
The HBSA Finance committee manages HBSA’s budget for numerous campus-wide Haas-sponsored student events like workshops and career fairs. It also corresponds with businesses who are interested in sponsorships and partnerships with Haas. Part of our job is also hosting regular fundraisers for social events like Haas happy hours!
Led by: Andrew Davis and Andrea Shen (not pictured)
Associates: Sungwon (Sung) Kang & Elizabeth (Liz) Cho
The Director’s Advisory Council (DAC) serves as a partnership between student organizations and the Haas undergraduate program office. It aims to facilitate better interaction between these groups, and provides oversight to ensure the entire Haas community benefits from provided events and activities. DAC meets once a month with the presidents of haas sponsored organizations to foster collaborations that benefit the haas community.
Led by: President Jess Mersten and Executive Vice President Amy He
Associates: Ashley Yu, Edgar Okorie, Rushil Surapaneni (not pictured), Cecilia Zhao (not pictured)
The HBSA Presidential committee works on projects that relate to the general business community. We are in charge of planning events for the school and developing ideas to build a stronger HBSA. It is a unique committee in which works with both the President and EVP as the jack of all trades of the organization.
Andrew Davis—one of HBSA’s DAC Co-Chairs—is pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration. Born and raise in Los Angeles, California, Andrew was more than excited to branch his roots out and attend Cal over UCLA back in the fall of 2012. You can often find Andrew working out at either the stadium or RSF gymnasiums. This past summer, Andrew worked as an Accounts Receivable Insurance Summer Analyst for American International Group (AIG). He hopes to either continue his interest in Insurance or find another corporate finance-related position after graduation. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing flag football with his fraternity’s team and attending Cal football games on game days. Andrew is very excited for the possibility of Cal football making it to a bowl game for the first time in quite a long time. He will also be making the trip down to Stanford to support his fellow Bears and their pursuit of beating Stanford for the first time in a while. Go Bears!
Andrea is a senior majoring in business admin. She’s an international student from Vancouver, Canada. She loves trying out new foods, traveling, and all snow sports. Andrea is looking forward to collaborating with all the DAC organizations this year! Please feel free to reach out to her should you have any questions regarding DAC sponsorship & the room request process.
Additional majors/minors: Peace and Conflict Studies Minor
Mansha Seth is from Chico, CA and is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. On campus, she is involved in the Berkeley Project, the Haas Undergraduate Cohort Program, and the Haas Student Gift Campaign. This past summer, Mansha studied abroad at the University of Cambridge taking classes in business innovation, world politics, and art. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in consulting and/or product management. In her free time, she enjoys visiting different cafes around the Bay, taking hipster photos, and playing basketball.
Maya Litvak is from Fremont, CA and is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Environmental Economics & Policy. On campus, she is involved in HBSA and the Cohort Program. This past summer, Maya was an engineering intern at IBM in Foster City and will be interning this summer for KPMG in their IT Advisory group in SF. She loves learning new things, watching horror movies, petting dogs, and swimming.
Additional majors/minors: Public Policy minor
Grace Lee is from Fremont, CA and is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Public Policy. On campus, she is involved in the ASUC Student Legal Clinic, Livingwater Church, and intramural basketball. This past summer, Grace was a summer analyst in the Corporate & Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan in New York and will be returning next summer. She hopes to continue pursuing a career in investment banking and eventually find a way in which she can combine her passion for finance, law, and government to make a lasting impact. In her free time, she enjoys taking scenic photos, and playing basketball, piano, and strategic board games.
Raymond Dang is originally from Cerritos, CA, and is pursuing a degree in Business Administration. On campus, he is involved in Delta Sigma Pi and Delta Chi. This past summer, Raymond was a summer analyst at Stifel and will be working at RBC full-time. In his free time, he enjoys reading books, lifting weights, and traveling the world.
Additional majors/minors: Minor in History
Elsie Cheang loves long walks to Chipotle, the sound of laughter, and yellow Gatorade. With her business degree, she hopes to attend law school to combine her passion in these two fields. Through the years, she had amazing opportunities to work in the startup world, the nonprofit world, and the legal world and she loved every one of those experiences! At Berkeley, she loves her community at Livingwater Church, ZTA, and HBSA. In addition, she enjoys working as a Research Assistant at the law school (it’s the best!). In her free time, Elsie loves watching Criminal Minds (go Netflix), hiking, and pretending like she knows what she’s doing at the gym.
Daniel Phan is a Senior from San Jose, CA pursuing a degree in Business Administration. In addition to HBSA, Daniel is involved in the Haas Undergraduate Cohort Program, the Haas Student Gift Campaign, and Greek Life. Last summer, he interned in San Francisco at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Asset Management Tax Practice. Daniel hopes to pursue a career in accounting and work towards getting his CPA after he graduates. In his free time, he likes to go hiking, watch/play sports, catch up on his favorite TV shows, and listen to music. He also loves to travel and explore new places, and has studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland. He’s a huge supporter of everything Cal-related and loves going to football and basketball games. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! Go Bears!
Andrew is a senior majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Creative Writing. He was born in San Francisco, but moved to Cupertino at a young age and grew up there. His interests include reading, playing tetris battle, and spending time on Reddit. Most recently, Andrew interned in New York City at Deutsche Bank as an investment banking summer analyst in the Natural Resources group and prior to that, he interned in the Industrials Group his sophomore summer. He’s ultimately passionate about a multitude of things and is busy finding the time to explore them all!
Additional majors/minors: City and Regional Planning
Amy He is from Alhambra, CA, right in the heart of San Gabriel Valley/LA County. As a graduating senior, Amy is looking to pursue a career in tech, whether it be in product management or product marketing. On campus, she is also highly involved with Berkeley Women in Business and volunteers at the YWCA’s Student Leadership Board. Amy has interned at both ginormous companies like Oracle and small start ups like Readyforce. In her free time, she enjoys playing traveling across the world to every continent possible, intramural basketball and volleyball, and eating a lot of food!
Additional majors/minors: French minor
Jess Mersten is from San Diego, CA, and is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a minor in French. Because of her love for the University, Jess has served as the Director of Special Events for the UC Rally Committee and Cal Student Orientation (Cal SO) Leader, and currently represents Cal as a Campus Ambassador & Tour Guide. Jess is passionate about travel and strives to become a global citizen in our increasingly interconnected world. Jess personally mentored nine international students through the Berkeley International Peer Mentorship Program and interned in Paris, France, last summer at a cosmetic industry start-up. After finishing her internship, Jess backpacked through five European countries three weeks, working towards her goal of visiting 20 countries by the age of 25. When she’s not walking backwards or planning her next adventure, Jess enjoys cooking elaborate meals, sampling craft beers and jamming with her house band, The Theoretical Futons.