Advisory Board

Advisory Board 2019-2020

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 Kathleen Kneisel.


Mark Robinson, ’88 History & Political Science

Kentfield, California

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 Chairman of the External Affairs Committee. His other campus affiliations include the Order of the Golden Bear and the Men's Basketball Builders.
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.


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.

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.

Marc Bensadoun
Marc J. Bensadoun, Ph.D. ’91 Physics

Berkeley, California

Seed-Stage Investor and Advisor
Founder and Former CEO of Newfield Wireless

Marc splits his time between seed-stage investing with his wife Cristina, several board and advisory roles, and developing some technology ideas. He graduated with a BA in physics from Cornell and a Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley. Between his Ph.D. and a 3-yr post-doc, he worked in experimental astrophysics for 8 years at LBNL with Nobel Laureate George Smoot. Marc then founded Newfield Wireless, initially to help mobile network operators model, plan, and optimize their radio networks. He later developed an enterprise big data platform to provide mobile network operators with mobile geoanalytics and radio access network insights. During this 10-year product phase, he grew Newfield by 40% per year with no outside capital. He sold Newfield in 2013.

Marc and Cristina homeschooled their daughter through middle school, and Marc concentrated on teaching her math and science. He continues to be interested in science, education and the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Bay Area, and he holds advisory roles at the UC Berkeley SkyDeck Accelerator and the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Maria Boone Cranor, ’68 Anthropology

Salt Lake City, Utah

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.
David L. desJardins, Ph.D. ’02 Mathematics

Burlingame, California

Former Software Engineer
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.
William Dudley
William C. Dudley, M.A. ’80 Economics, Ph.D. ’82 Economics

Cranford, New Jersey

Former President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

William C. Dudley became the 10th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on January 27, 2009. In that capacity, he served as the vice chairman and a permanent member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the group responsible for formulating the nation's monetary policy.

Previously, Mr. Dudley served as executive vice president of the Markets Group at the New York Fed, where he also managed the System Open Market Account for the FOMC. The Markets Group oversees domestic open market and foreign exchange trading operations and the provisions of account services to foreign central banks.

Prior to joining the Bank in 2007, Mr. Dudley was a partner and managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Company and was the firm's chief U.S. economist for a decade. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 1986, he was a vice president at the former Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Mr. Dudley was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board from 1981 to 1983.

Mr. Dudley received his doctorate in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982 and a bachelor's degree from New College of Florida in 1974.

In 2012, Mr. Dudley was appointed chairman of the Committee on the Global Financial System of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Previously, Mr. Dudley served as chairman of the former Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems of the BIS from 2009 to 2012. He was a member of the board of directors of the BIS.

Charles Huang
Charles Huang, ’93 Asian Studies & Economics

Los Altos, California

Indigo 7

Charles Huang is a co-founder of RedOctane and the co-creator of the Guitar Hero video game franchise. In 2005, the company published Guitar Hero, which became the best-selling video game globally for 2007-2008 and the fastest video game to reach $1 billion in sales. In 2006, Mr. Huang, along with his brother Kai, was elected as one of the top 50 producers in new media by the Producers Guild of American New Media Council, whose membership includes notable movie directors such as Jerry Bruckheimer and Brian Grazer. Mr. Huang currently acts as an advisor to several VC funds and sits on the board of several startups. His lab is Indigo 7, where he works on music, fashion, and health tech projects.

Mr. Huang is a trustee on the UC Berkeley Foundation and he and his wife, Lillian, are Builders of Berkeley.

Matt Jacobson
Matt D. Jacobson, ’79 Geography

Richmond, California

Managing Member
Jacobs & Co., LLC

Mr. Jacobson is a Managing Member of Jacobs & Co., LLC, a San Francisco Registered Investment Advisor, where he has worked since graduating Cal in 1979. Jacobs & Co., LLC provides investment management and financial planning services to high net worth individuals, company retirement plans and multi-employer pension plans. Prior to joining Jacobs & Co., he worked from 1971 to 1979 for the Berkeley Gazette and Richmond Independent newspapers as a copy boy and sports writer. While working at the newspapers, he covered a number of Cal sports, including track & field, baseball, women’s basketball, gymnastics and soccer.

Mr. Jacobson maintains a particularly close relationship with UC Berkeley through his commitment to the Prof. Norman Jacobson Memorial Teaching Award, which was established in memory of his father through the UC Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities.

He has also served two terms on the Board of the Richmond Art Center, where he continues to serve on several Board committees.

Catherine Koshland
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).
Kathy Kwan
Kathy Kwan, ’87 Microbiology & Immunology, M.B.A./M.P.H. ’93

Menlo Park, California

Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation

Ms. Kwan is a local philanthropist who directs the charitable giving for the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation. Since its establishment in 2005, Kathy has sought out and supported high impact, highly leveraged programs and organizations in the education, equity and inclusion, job training, and safety net sectors.

During her time at Berkeley, Kathy has launched or supported a broad range of student-focused programs and initiatives in the School of Public Health, Equity and Inclusion, the College of Engineering, Data Sciences, and Student Affairs. She is a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation and she and her husband, Robert Eustace, are Builders of Berkeley.

Kathy earned a B.A. in microbiology and immunology at Cal before pursuing her dual M.B.A. and M.P.H. degrees. She retired from Kaiser Permanente in 2004, where she held a variety of project management, consulting, and finance roles.

Georgia Lee
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.
Akiko Mikumo
Akiko Mikumo, '78 Asian Studies

New York, New York

Former Partner
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Akiko Mikumo received her BA, with highest honors and great distinction, from Berkeley in 1978 and her law degree from NYU in 1982. She spent 35 years with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, a leading international law firm headquartered in NY, where she was a member of the firm’s management committee for 12 years, Asia Managing Partner for 10 years, senior M&A partner in their New York, London and Hong Kong offices, and founding Partner of the Hong Kong office. She is recognized as one of the leading M&A lawyers by various publications. After retiring at the end of 2017, Akiko was a fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2018 where she focused on social impact projects. She is currently a director of Cambridge Science Corporation, a biotech startup in Cambridge, and Entertainment AI, a media technology company based in Los Angeles. She is also an advisor to Period Org., a youth-led non-profit that seeks to eliminate menstruation poverty and stigma.
Na'ilah Nasir
Na'ilah Suad Nasir, ’93 Psychology & Social Welfare

Chicago, Illinois

Spencer Foundation

Na'ilah Suad Nasir is the sixth President of the Spencer Foundation, which supports research on education. She was a faculty member at UC Berkeley from 2008 to 2017, and served as Vice Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion from 2015 to 2017. Nasir earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology at UCLA in 2000, and was a member of the faculty in the School of Education at Stanford University from 2000 to 2008. Her work focuses on issues of race, culture, learning, and identity. She is the author of Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement for African-American Youth, and has published numerous scholarly articles. Nasir is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2016 she received the AERA Division G Mentoring Award.

George Ng
George Ng, ’03 Economics

Burlingame, CA

Chief Data Officer
Guidewire Software

Dr. Ng is Chief Data Officer for Guidewire Software, where he is responsible for the product and engineering teams for advanced analytic products and solutions. Prior to its acquisition by Guidewire, George was a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Cyence, where he architected the building of a cyber risk-assessment platform that combines internet scale data collection, machine learning, and financial modeling to assess technology-driven risks. Prior to that, he was the Chief Data Scientist at YarcData, a Computational Social Scientist at the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA), and Special Staff on the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

Dr. Ng has taught classes in game theory and microeconomics at American University. He received his Ph.D. from UC Irvine and B.A. from UC Berkeley, both in economics. In his spare time, he consults for a professional sports team and advises tech start-ups.

Maureen Orth, ’64 Political Science

Washington D.C.

Special Correspondent
Vanity Fair Magazine

Maureen 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.

Chip Robertson
Chip Robertson, ’94 History

Pacific Palisades, California

Co-Managing Director
Warland Investments Ltd

Carl W. “Chip” Robertson of Los Angeles is co-managing director at Warland Investments Company. Prior to this, Robertson was an associate at Paul Hastings LLP and member of the management committee at Dax, LLC. Robertson serves as a member of the Board of Visitors for the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and the Board of Advisors for the UCLA Lab School. He sits on the Advisory Board for UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Sciences. In addition, Robertson is a member of the Board of Directors of Jewish Vocational Services Los Angeles. At Hastings, he is the current chair of the Board of Directors, has served as a Trustee of the UC Hastings Foundation, and endowed the Chip W. Robertson Faculty Research Fund. Mr. Robertson earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, a DBS from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.

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 Chandler Webb, ’60 History

Greenbrae, California

Lothrop Ventures Incorporated
Ms. Webb is the president of Lothrop Ventures Incorporated. She served as co-chair of the L&S Advisory Board from 2016-2019. 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.
H. Michael Williams, ’82 Economics

Berkeley, California

Former Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
University of California, Berkeley

Mr. Williams served as Director of Athletics at UC Berkeley from 2015-18, where he oversaw 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, 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.

Natasha Wong
Natasha Wong, ’97 Political Science

La Jolla, California

Director and Secretary
Avery-Tsui Foundation

Natasha Wong earned her B.A. in Political Science in 1997 from U.C. Berkeley. Since graduation from Berkeley, she has also earned her Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School and a Master of Law in International Law from the University of San Diego, School of Law. She holds law licenses in the state of California and District of Columbia. She also is on the Roll of Solicitors for the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

She currently serves as the Vice President of the Avery Tsui Foundation. She is a trustee of the Stephen Hawking Professorship at Cambridge University in England. She is also on the board of directors of San Diego Balboa Park’s House of China. She has also served as the executive director of the Chinese Service Center of San Diego, providing social services to immigrant Chinese families. Previously, she was the school principal of the Chinese School of San Diego, the oldest private language school in San Diego. She is also the co-founder of the San Diego’s first fully licensed Chinese bilingual preschool. Her main focus remains on philanthropy, real estate, and childhood education.

Emeritus Members

Frank Baxter
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.

Douglas Goldman
Dr. Douglas E. Goldman, ’74 Psychology

San Francisco, California

Chairman and Founder
Certain, Inc.

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, and the Board of Visitors. He and his wife, Lisa, are Builders of Berkeley.

Ex-Officio Members

Janet Broughton
Executive Dean, College of Letters & Science
Professor Emerita of Philosophy
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 of Undergraduate Studies
Professor of Physics
Kim Voss (non-voting member)
Acting Dean of Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology