Join the Charter Hill Society for the Social Sciences

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 socialsciences@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) or fill the form below.

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. 

Dan BehrendtDaniel Behrendt ‘92, honorary chair for Southern California and for the Political Economy major, is a leader with 15 years of international corporate business development and partnership experience across deal sourcing, execution, and M&A post-merger integration in both venture-backed and multinational conglomerates, including Samsung, Microsoft, and Honeywell International. Dan brings his successful track record and inetwork across the US and Asia to our Charter Hill Society program in support of UC Berkeley's students and faculty.  Dan obtained his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a varsity letterman with the Mens’ Intercollegiate Soccer Team, and holds an MBA from INSEAD and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis. He is proficient in the Korean language.

Laura Jehl

Laura Jehl ‘86, an honorary chair for Washington, D.C., joined the Charter Hill Society in 2019. Laura Jehl serves as Co-Chair, Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. 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.


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 PelletierAnjanette 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 Quigley

Michael 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 RingEdward 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 StenbergMichael 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.


Waltons

Tina  Walton (‘91, East Asian Languages and Economics) and David Walton (‘86, J.D.) both graduated from UC Berkeley, though they only first met after their graduation, when they were both living in Seattle. Their marriage led them first to Hong Kong, and eventually to their permanent home in Singapore. There, David is the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for BOC Aviation and Tina is a published author
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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.

Troy Paredes '92

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 '83

Melanie Dulbecco '83

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

Joy and Mark Gall

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.

Scott McDonald '73

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.

Michael Quigley

Interview with Michael Quigley '80

Michael Quigley ’80 joined the Charter Hill Society in 2014 and is the Honorary Chair for South Korea. We asked him about his path at Cal and about how the events of 2020 have affected his work at Kim & Chang, one of the world’s top 100 law firms.

Waltons

Interview with alumni Tina and David Walton, Honorary Charter Hill Society members

Tina (‘91, East Asian Languages and Economics) and David Walton (‘86, JD in Law) both graduated from UC Berkeley, though they only first met after their graduation, when they were both living in Seattle. Their marriage led them first to Hong Kong, and eventually to their permanent home in Singapore. There, David is the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for BOC Aviation and Tina is a published author. As honorary chairs, they recently made their gift to Fiat Lux Scholarships in order to support students who may otherwise not be able to afford the cost of tuition. “We both would like to play some small part in helping others get through Berkeley free from the pressure that student debt will inevitably create.”

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
I owe an unredeemable debt to my parents and to my teachers, including the faculty that guided and taught me at Cal and subsequently at Pepperdine Law School. My participation in the Charter Hill Society is a small recognition of my reciprocal duty to allow others to stand on my shoulders.
Michael Quigley '80, Honorary Chair