Leadership Team 2024

BERC Co-Presidents

copresidents-berc@berkeley.edu

Carson Peacock

BERC Co-President

Haas School of Business (MBA), 2025

Sarah Greenberg

BERC Co-President

Berkeley School of Law (JD), 2026

Academics Team

The Academics team is primarily responsible for planning and running MBA 294, the Clean Energy Speaker Series (CESS) course at Haas, which takes place each fall semester. Besides CESS, the team also manages BERC's database for energy- and resource-related course offerings and works to build connections across the Berkeley Energy community, including faculty, labs, and climate change centers. 

Frederick Polak

VP of Academics

Haas School of Business (MBA), 2025

David Bravo

Director of Speaker Series (1)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Rodolfo Rodrigues da Costa

Director of Speaker Series (2)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Lara Schechter Vera

Director of Speaker Series (3)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Anjana Shekhar

Director of Faculty Engagement

Development Engineering (MDevEng), 2024

Events & Programs Team

The Events team manages all events and programs associated with BERC. This includes BERCshops, case competitions, and most notably, the Climate Change 101 kickoff at the beginning of the semester. This role is expansive and often supports the other teams, particularly Summit, Symposium, and Membership.

Varsha Ramachandra

VP of Events & Programs

Berkeley School of Law (JD), 2026

Nikki Matz

Director of Climate Change 101 (1)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Laura Sievert

Director of Climate Change 101 (2)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Justine Lippens

Director of Climate Change 101 (3)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Vivaan Patel

Director of BERCshops (1)

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (PhD), 2025

Puneet Grover 

Director of BERCshops (2)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Ricardo Kumelys 

Director of Case Competition

Haas (MBA), 2025

Riley Noel

Director of New Initiatives

Haas (GETT), 2024

Finance Team

The Finance team oversees BERC's financial resources, including budgeting and cashflow management. They also are responsible for managing the BERC debit card and club expenses. Lastly, finance works to secure grants to supplement our sponsorships, such as GRSO funding and TGIF grants from Berkeley.

Allison Schaaff

VP Finance

Haas School of Business (MBA), 2025

Marketing & Analytics Team

The Marketing & Analytics team manages all of BERC’s external communications. This includes the monthly blog, the BERC website, social media channels, and general branding. The team also uses analytics to grow engagement with alumni and current students. Finally, the team helps promote the events and ongoing activities that BERC is engaged in.

Frances Brittingham

VP of Marketing & Analytics

School of Information (MD), 2025

Remy Freire

Director of Website & Blog

Haas / Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (MBA / MEng), 2025

Constance Perez

Director of Social Media

Haas (GETT), 2024

Hannah Tadros

Director of Branding & Design

Berkeley Law (JD), 2026

Prachi Mehta

Director of Event Marketing

Haas (EWMBA), 2025

Matt Witkin

Director of Podcast

Haas (MBA), 2024

Membership Team

The Membership team is responsible for recruiting and engaging BERC members. This includes distributing the BERC Dispatch to our members each week, organizing Happy Hours and bonding events, and collaborating with student liaisons at different graduate programs to increase overall participation at UC Berkeley. The VP also manages BERC's mentorship program.

Emily Abdo

VP of Membership

Chemical Engineering (PhD), 2026

Zadie Adams

Director of Social Bonding (1)

Berkeley Law (JD), 2025

Peter Jorgensen

Director of Social Bonding (2)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Anna Lu

Director of Mentorship & Advising

Berkeley Law (JD), 2025

Gary Chang

Director of Buddy Program

Goldman (MDP), 2025

Christian Brumme

Director of Climate Dinners (1)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Constance Perez

Director of Climate Dinners (2)

Haas (GETT), 2024

Sponsorship & Careers Team

The Sponsorship team manages the range of sponsors that support BERC financially. VPs work to strengthen BERC’s portfolio of sponsors, manage sponsor/alumni relations, and encourage donation count/size. They also are working with BERC alumni to expand industry representation. Sponsorship also works to secure other grants, such as GRSO funding and TGIF grants.

The Careers team serves as a proactive link between the BERC community and climate leaders, mentors, and companies in the Bay Area. This includes monitoring and sharing job opportunities with the BERC Slack & Listservs, as well as developing a career repository, and planning career panels and networking events.

Jas Schuldt

VP of Sponsorships & Careers

Haas School of Business (MBA), 2025

Jash Padhiar

Director of Corporate Development (1)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Max Bertellotti

Director of Corporate Development (2)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Samuel Nahusuly

Director of Corporate Development (3)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Cole Woodruff

Director of Career Fairs (1)

Haas / Materials Science (MBA / MEng), 2025

Nadiyah Helal

Director of Career Fairs (2)

Civil and Environmental Engineering (MS), 2024

Matt Fergerson

Director of Company Treks & Programming (1)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Daniel Kriozere

Director of Company Treks & Programming (2)

Haas (EWMBA), 2026

Michele Obermeyer

Director of Company Treks & Programming (3)

Haas (EWMBA), 2026

Monica Cesinger

Director of Company Treks & Programming (4)

Biology (Postdoctoral Fellow), 2026

Bill Chung

Director of Alumni Relations (1)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Kyle Allen

Director of Alumni Relations (2)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Emerson Reiter

Director of Alumni Relations (3)

Haas (Executive MBA), 2025

Summit Team

The Energy Summit team coordinates and plans the largest BERC event of the year - the two day Energy Summit. The annual event includes an innovation exposition, networking events, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and more! VPs pick the theme, location, and structure of the event, and are responsible for all marketing and outreach efforts.

David Bishop

VP of Summit

Haas School of Business (MBA), 2025

Shayla Funk

Director of Summit (1)

Haas (EWMBA), 2025

Fernando Gonzalez

Director of Summit (2)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Fiona Grant

Director of Summit (3)

Berkeley Law (JD), 2026

Grant Chou

Director of Summit (4)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Luis Sante

Director of Summit (5)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Joyce Chen

Director of Summit (6)

Transportation Engineering (PhD), 2026

Symposium Team

The Resource Symposium team coordinates and plans the annual two-day Fall Resources Symposium. The two-day event includes a career panel, networking events, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and more! VPs pick the theme, location, and structure of the event, and are responsible for all marketing and outreach efforts.

Mel Moyce

VP of Symposium

Goldman School of Public Policy (MPP), 2025

Pooja Agarwal

Director of Symposium (1)

Goldman (MPP), 2025

Lynda Negron

Director of Symposium (2)

Haas (MBA), 2025

Meghan Hale

Director of Symposium (3)

Goldman (MPP), 2025

Alex Lei

Director of Symposium (4)

Goldman (MPP), 2025

Chelsea Hall

Director of Symposium (5)

Goldman (MPP), 2025