The Charter Hill Society for the Social Sciences

The Charter Hill Society for the Social Sciences

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Join the Charter Hill Society for the Social Sciences

The members of our Charter Hill Society for the Social Sciences are a community of committed donors who make a three-year pledge of $1,000 or more per year to the departmental annual fund(s) of their choosing - including funds from across campus such as Cal athletics or the Library.

It is a convenient way to package your annual giving into a multi-year pledge, allowing our academic leadership to plan into the future.

Your support of the Charter Hill Society for the Social Sciences ensures that Berkeley students and faculty continue to do their best work, and supports cutting-edge research and teaching. Charter Hill Society's 200 members in 6 countries form a powerful network that continues to grow.

Our members receive custom newsletters, communications, and advance invitations to special events. They also hold member networking events in the Bay Area, around the country, and beyond.

To learn how you can join the Charter Hill Society for the Social Sciences, please contact a member of our team at or fill the form below.

I have been very fortunate to meet many generous people in my life. My professors and my colleagues helped me in so many ways. Being at Cal has been transformative for me. I would like to return the favor and keep the door open for many future generations of students. For me, being a member of the Charter Hill Society is my attempt to express my gratitude, even if it’s in a small way.
Professor Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Berkeley Economics

Conversations with Members of the Charter Hill Society for the Social Sciences

Yuriy Gorodnichenko

Professor Yuriy Gorodnichenko

Economics Professor Yuriy Gorodnichenko and talks about his research and mentorship at UC Berkeley, and why he chose to join the Charter Hill Society for Economics.

Trey Paredes

Troy Paredes '92

In the Alumni spotlight, we showcase our Cal Berkeley Alumni from near and far. We are thrilled to feature Troy Paredes, whose impressive career led to his appointment as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by President George W. Bush in 2008, and was followed by a thriving consulting career.

Melanie Dulbecco

Melanie Dulbecco '83.

Melanie has been at the helm of Torani for the past 20 years, leading the organization through extraordinary growth.

Dr. Mark Gall ‘68 and Dr. Joyce Gall ‘70

Interview with Alumni Dr. Mark Gall ‘68 and Dr. Joyce Gall ‘70

Mark and Joy Gall met while earning their doctoral degrees in the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley. Since then, they have devoted themselves to school improvement, both by teaching university courses and workshops and by co-authoring books on research methodology, teaching methods, teacher education, and study skills.

Interview with Scott McDonald '73

Scott McDonald became the CEO and President of the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) in March 2017. Prior to joining the ARF, he held senior research positions at leading global media companies, including 18 years at Time Warner and 14 years at Conde Nast, covering both the consumer and the advertising sides of the media business.

Honorary Chairs

The Honorary Chairs champion our Charter Hill Society program and inform its growth across geographies and areas of study. Our Chairs set an example for our broader alumni base, inspiring other alumni in the region. They inform our activities in their region or academic area of interest, and they provide a human connection to the Charter Hill Society for other alumni. We are incredibly thankful to our honorary chairs for their support. 

Michael HartMichael Hart ‘88, honorary chair for Los Angeles, joined Charter Hill Society in 2017. Michael is an experienced chief executive officer with a demonstrated history of working in financial services and the venture capital and private equity industries. His expertise includes asset management, strategic sourcing, mergers & acquisitions, and leadership. Michael has developed extensive relationships throughout the business and institutional investor world in North America and abroad. Michael holds a degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Laura JehlLaura Jehl ‘86, an honorary chair for Washington, D.C., joined the Charter Hill Society in 2019. Laura Jehl serves as global head of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice at McDermott, Will & Emery. Focusing on the intersection of data, law and emerging technologies, Laura advises clients on a broad range of privacy and cybersecurity issues. She has extensive experience identifying and mitigating privacy and data protection issues arising out of the collection, use and storage of data as well as the design of new business models, products and technologies. With unique experience as a former senior in-house counsel and C-suite executive, she understands the business, legal and technological challenges and opportunities her clients face and helps develop innovative approaches to maximize the value of their data-based assets. Laura holds a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Harvard Law.  

Stephen LukStephen Luk ‘01, honorary chair for Hong Kong, joined the Charter Hill Society for Economics in 2016. Stephen is the managing director at Montres Journe Hong Kong Limited and also oversees a 12-campus kindergarten chain. He divides his time between Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Stephen holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Matt LyndeMatt Lynde ‘88, honorary chair for San Francisco, became a Charter Hill Society for Economics founding member in 2016. As Senior Vice President at Cornerstone Research, Matt leads the firm’s intellectual property practice and provides expert testimony and consulting in applied economics. His work covers a range of cases, including intellectual property, antitrust and competition, securities litigation, and breach of contract. His expert testimony has been accepted in domestic and international courts, tribunals, and arbitration panels in more than 65 cases: in high-tech industries, such as computer and telecommunications hardware and software, medical and military devices, and pharmaceutical and biotech products. Matt holds bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

anthony mccuskerAnthony McCusker ‘92 serves as the honorary chair of the Charter Hill Society for Silicon Valley. He is a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP and co-chair of the firm’s technology practice. He specializes in all areas of corporate, securities, and partnership law, with a primary focus on advising emerging-growth technology companies. He is a key contributor to Goodwin's Founders Workbench, an online resource for start-ups, emerging companies, and the entrepreneurial community. 

Anjanette Pelletier

Anjanette Pelletier ‘92, honorary chair for Psychology, joined Charter Hill Society in 2018. Anjanette Pelletier serves as the associate superintendent of the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) at San Mateo County's Office of Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in Clinical Child Psychology from CSU, Hayward.

Michael QuigleyMichael Quigley ‘80, honorary chair for South Korea, joined the Charter Hill Society in 2014. Michael is a US lawyer and a tax partner at Kim & Chang in Seoul, Korea. He divides his time between Seoul and Honolulu. Michael holds a degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Edward Ring

Edward Ring ’88, honorary chair for Anthropology and for Los Angeles, joined the Charter Hill Society in 2017. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Standard Equities, a leading full-service investment platform in multifamily properties throughout the west coast. Edward has ultimate responsibility for New Standard Equities’ investment strategy, operations, risk management, and investor relationships. He has over 25 years of real estate and financial consulting experience, with 18 years of dedicated investing and operating experience in the multifamily sector. Edward holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Anthropology.

Michael SternbergMichael Sternberg ‘85, honorary chair for New York, joined the Charter Hill Society for Economics in 2016. Michael is Managing Director and Global Head of Quantitative Analytics at RBC Capital Markets. He has worked in financial services for over 30 years in New York and London. Michael holds a degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.