Advisory Board

Advisory Board 2017-2018

The College of Letters & Science seeks the insight and counsel of leaders in industry, government, and academia. The College Advisory Board is a volunteer group of such leaders who are deeply committed to the mission of the College to provide a world-class liberal arts undergraduate education at UC Berkeley and to be a global leader in basic research and training within each of its represented disciplines.

For more information, please contact Susan Parish.

Co-Chairs

Mark Robinson, ’88 History & Political Science

Kentfield, California

Partner
Centerview Partners
Mr. Robinson is a partner at Centerview Partners, an independent investment banking firm. He advises a range of global companies across the healthcare industry, primarily those focused on pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices. He is a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation, where he currently serves as chair of the Nominating Committee. His other campus affiliations include the Men’s Basketball Builders, the San Francisco Grid Club, and the Order of the Golden Bear.
Judy Chandler Webb, ’60 History

Greenbrae, California

President
Lothrop Ventures Incorporated
Ms. Webb is the president of Lothrop Ventures Incorporated. She is a member of the University Library Board, trustee emeritus of the UC Berkeley Foundation and served on the previous Executive Board of the College of Letters & Science from 2003 to 2006.

Members

Gregg Alton
Gregg H. Alton, ’89 Legal Studies

Atherton, California

Executive Vice President
Gilead Sciences

Mr. Alton joined Gilead Sciences in 1999. From 2000 to 2009 he served as General Counsel. In his current role, Mr. Alton is responsible for commercial and access operations in Asia, Latin America and Africa, government affairs and policy, public affairs and medical affairs. Prior to joining Gilead, Mr. Alton was an attorney at the law firm of Cooley Godward, LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate partnerships and corporate finance transactions for healthcare and information technology companies.

Mr. Alton is a member of the boards of the AIDS Institute and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland. He is also a member of the U.S. Government's Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights, the advisory boards of UCSF Global Health Group, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, Pharmozyme, Inc. and the Dean’s Advisory Council at Stanford Law School. In addition, he serves on Partners In Health’s Board of Trustees.

The Honorable Frank E. Baxter, ’61 Economics

Los Angeles, California

Chairman Emeritus
Jefferies LLC

Ambassador Baxter is chairman emeritus of Jefferies & Company, LLC, a global investment bank, where he was chief executive officer from 1987 until his retirement in 2001. He is an honorary Uruguayan consul to Sacramento and served as ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay from 2006 to 2009. He served on the board of NASDAQ and is a former director of the Securities Industry Association.

Ambassador Baxter is involved in many philanthropic activities, including serving as co-chair of Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, a charter school organization with 28 schools serving 12,000 low-income students in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the Bet-Tzedek House of Justice award and the City of Angels award. He is a trustee emeritus of the UC Berkeley Foundation. He and his wife, Kathrine, are Builders of Berkeley.

Laura Baxter-Simons
Laura Baxter-Simons, ’89 Economics and German, M.A. '94 German Literature

Berkeley, California

General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer
Meritage Group LP

Ms. Baxter-Simons is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Meritage Group LP, a U.S.-based investment management firm. Prior to Meritage, Ms. Baxter-Simons worked at Renaissance Technologies as Legal Counsel from 1996 to 2011. She, along with her husband, Nat Simons, serve as Co- Directors of Sea Change Foundation, a private family foundation formed in 2007 and currently dedicated to addressing global climate change. Laura and Nat are also the co-founders of Prelude Ventures, a family-held cleantech investment fund. Ms. Baxter-Simons served on the Board of Trustees of Head-Royce School in Oakland for ten years. She and her husband Nat are Builders of Berkeley.

Maria Boone Cranor, ’68 Anthropology

Salt Lake City, Utah

Co-Founder
Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd.

Ms. Cranor was a co-founder of Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., a leading designer and manufacturer of rock climbing, mountaineering, and back country skiing equipment. Now retired from her position as Creative Director and Marketing VP of Black Diamond, she teaches in the physics department at the University of Utah.

Ms. Cranor has served on the boards of Patagonia, Inc., The Access Fund, The American Alpine Club, and Black Diamond Equipment. She is a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation. Other campus affiliations include the Charter Hill Society and lifetime membership in the CAA. Ms. Cranor supports the UC Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) and the Human Evolution Research Center (HERC). She is a Builder of Berkeley.

Ellen Dale
Ellen Dale, ’66 Psychology

Orinda, California

Former General Manager
Khadra International Folk Ballet
Ellen Dale earned her B.A. in psychology in 1966 from UC Berkeley. Prior to retirement, Ms. Dale was general manager of the Khadra International Folk Ballet in San Francisco and acted as a consultant to several arts organizations. She currently serves as chair of the Advancement Committee and board secretary of the California Shakespeare Theater.
Dr. David L. desJardins, Ph.D. ’02 Mathematics

Burlingame, California

Former Software Engineer, Google
Dr. desJardins has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in the field of information theory. He worked as a research staff member at the Center for Communications Research in Princeton, N.J., a think tank for the U.S. government, then as a software engineer at Google, where he was among the first 20 employees. Since leaving Google he has been engaged in angel investing, consulting, research, and philanthropy. He is a member of the Democracy Alliance, a progressive political group, and has supported research at MIT and UC Berkeley. He is a top-ranking player of the fantasy board game “Titan.” He is currently a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation.
Dr. Douglas E. Goldman, ’74 Psychology

San Francisco, California

President
Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund

Dr. Goldman is the chairman and founder of Certain, Inc., a supplier of technology solutions for the meetings and events management industry. Previously, he was an emergency physician at Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco, following his completion of a residency in emergency medicine at Valley Medical Center in Fresno. He is the president of the Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund, chairman of the Stern Grove Festival Association, and vice president of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. He serves on the Goldman Prize Jury and the boards of the Hartog School of Government and Policy at Tel-Aviv University and the San Francisco Emergency Physicians’ Association.

Dr. Goldman is a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation and serves on the board of the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Jewish Student Life and Campus Climate, the Board of Visitors, and the Foundation’s Athletics Committee. He and his wife, Lisa, are Builders of Berkeley.

Professor Catherine Koshland

Berkeley, California

Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Education
University of California, Berkeley
Catherine P. Koshland is the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education at UC Berkeley, and the Wood-Calvert Professor in Engineering. She is a professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and a professor in the Energy and Resources Group. Professor Koshland graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Haverford College; studied painting at the New York School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture; and received her M.S. in 1978 and her Ph.D. in 1985 in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. She is a former member of the Haverford College Board of Managers (1994 to 2014; Board Co-Chair 2005 to 2009, Chair 2009 to 2014).
Georgia Lee, ’76 Business

Palo Alto, California

Former Chief Financial Officer
Hellman Friedman LLC
Ms. Lee is a former senior advisor, managing director, and CFO of Hellman & Friedman, LLC, where she worked for 20 years prior to her recent retirement. Before joining Hellman & Friedman, she was a partner in the New York office of Deloitte, LLP, specializing in accounting for mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and financial instruments. Ms. Lee is a trustee emeritus of the UC Berkeley Foundation and serves as chair of the Foundation’s Audit Committee. She was awarded a Trustees’ Citation in 2009. Ms. Lee is a Builder of Berkeley.
Maureen Orth, ’64 Political Science

Washington D.C.

Special Correspondent
Vanity Fair Magazine
Ms Orth is an award-winning journalist, a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair and author of two books. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer and the founder of the Marina Orth Foundation, which provides technology, English and leadership training in 21 public and charter schools in Colombia. In 2015 she was awarded the Cruz de San Carlos, Colombia’s highest civilian award for service to the country. She served on the Executive Board of the College of Letters & Science from 2000 to 2006. In 2016 she was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Cal Alumni Club of Washington D.C. In 2017, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of San Francisco.
Arnold Silverman, ’60 B.S., ’61 M.S. Engineering

Menlo Park, California

Principal
Discovery Ventures, LLC
Mr. Silverman is a principal of Discovery Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage investment in software companies with market leadership potential in emerging technologies. Previously, he was president of ICOT Corporation. He has served on the boards of, and was an early-stage investor in, leading software companies including Oracle, Informatica, iOwn, Luna Information Systems, Times Ten, and Business Objects. He was also the chair of the American Electronics Association and is on the advisory board for the new Stanford Distinguished Career Institute. His current campus affiliations include the selection committee for the Bakar Fellows and the advisory board of the Social Science Matrix. He is a recipient of the Wheeler Oak Meritorious Award and the Chancellor’s Award. He and his wife, Barbara, are Builders of Berkeley. He was chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation from 2011 to 2013.
Nadine Tang, M.S.W. ’75

Berkeley, California

Associate Clinical Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Ms. Tang is a social worker in private practice, an instructor at the Ann Martin Center, and an associate clinical professor of clinical psychology at UC Berkeley. She recently served on the task forces on Intercollegiate Athletics and Alumni Engagement, and is a current member of the Large Fundraising Projects Committee. She is a trustee emeritus of the UC Berkeley Foundation and served as a co-chair of the Campaign for the New Century. Her other campus affiliations include the Order of the Golden Bear, Berkeley Fellows, and Builders of Berkeley.
Judy Wade
Judy L. Wade, ’85 Economics

San Francisco, California

Venture Leader
McKinsey & Company

Ms. Wade leads McKinsey & Company’s global Fast Growth Tech work, which helps pre-IPO companies, venture-capital firms, growth private-equity firms, and corporate venture funds accelerate growth. Prior to rejoining the firm in 2016, Judy was a McKinsey partner known for her work transforming companies through unique strategies and creative approaches to implementation, as well as working in the technology, media, telecommunications, and education sectors.

Ms. Wade has worked with several leading venture-capital firms, including Kapor Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Venrock Partners, and DFJ, to start, grow, or turn around companies in their portfolios. She was the senior vice president of corporate development for Retail Solutions, a retail data platform, where she helped build an analytics business measuring the impact of digital advertising on in-store sales. Prior to that, she was the president and CEO of AliveCor, the creator of the smartphone EKG.

Ms. Wade served on the UC Berkeley Operational Excellence Steering Committee and the Executive Board of the College of Letters & Science from 2003 to 2006.

H. Michael Williams, ’82 Economics

Berkeley, California

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
University of California, Berkeley

Mr. Williams has served as Director of Athletics at UC Berkeley since 2015, where he has overseen the implementation of more than a dozen recommendations from a report from the Chancellor’s Task Force on Academics and Athletics, issued in September 2014, that are intended to maximize the academic performance of student-athletes and the overall quality of their campus experience.

Mr. Williams began his professional career at Data Resources, Inc., before becoming a debt trader and corporate finance officer for Bank of America. He joined Barclays Global Investors in 1993 and retired from the company in 2009 as vice chair of Capital Markets.

He has served as an elected trustee to the UC Berkeley Foundation, where he served as vice chair of the executive committee from 2013 to 2015. He is on the advisory boards of the UC Berkeley Division of Equity and Inclusion, the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, the Social Science Matrix, Bronze Investments, and several nonprofit boards, including the California Heritage Trust. He served on the previous Executive Board of the College of Letters & Science from 2004 to 2007.


Ex-Officio Members

Carla Hesse
Executive Dean, Dean of Social Sciences, College of Letters & Science
Peder Sather Professor of History
Michael Botchan (non-voting member)
Dean of Biological Sciences
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology
Anthony J. Cascardi (non-voting member)
Dean of Arts & Humanities
Professor of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, and Spanish 
Frances Hellman (non-voting member)
Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Professor of Physics
Bob Jacobsen (non-voting member)
Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Professor of Physics