Advisory Board

Gregg H. Alton, ’89 Legal Studies

Former Chief Patient Officer, Gilead Sciences

Gregg Alton is former chief patient officer at Gilead Sciences, where he led patient outreach and engagement initiatives and efforts to facilitate access to medicines around the world. Mr. Alton joined Gilead in 1999 and held positions including general counsel, chief compliance officer, and secretary. He oversaw the company’s corporate and medical affairs functions, developing world access programs and commercial operations in emerging markets. Mr. Alton also served as interim chief executive officer. Prior to joining Gilead, Mr. Alton was an attorney at the law firm of Cooley...

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

General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer, Meritage Group LP

Laura 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 and 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. They 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...

Marc J. Bensadoun, Ph.D. ’91 Physics

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

Marc Bensadoun graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Physics in ‘83 and from UC Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Physics in 1991. A physicist by training, Marc Bensadoun splits his time between seed-stage investing with his wife Cristina Hawes-Bensadoun, board and advisory roles, and developing technology ideas. During his PhD and post-doctoral study at Berkeley he worked in experimental astrophysics for eight years at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with Nobel Laureate George Smoot. Mr. Bensadoun then founded Newfield Wireless, initially to help mobile network...

Ellen Dale, ’66 Psychology

Former General Manager, Khadra International Folk Ballet

Ellen Dale serves as vice president on the board of the California Shakespeare Theater, where she focuses on development. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Dale was general manager of Khadra, a San Francisco dance company, and an arts management consultant. She met her husband and fellow Berkeley alumnus, Joffa Dale, as an undergraduate. Mrs. Dale served on the 50th reunion committee for the class of ’66, and Mr. Dale is an emeritus member of the UC Berkeley Foundation and formerly chaired its audit committee. He also serves on the Cal Golf Committee, which has funded the Cal Men’s...

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

Former Software Engineer, Google

David desJardins has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in mathematics. His doctoral research was in the field of information theory. Dr. desJardins worked as a researcher at the Center for Communications Research in Princeton, N.J., a think tank for the U.S. government, and as a software engineer at Google, where he was among the first 30 employees. Since leaving Google, he has been engaged in angel investing, consulting, research, and philanthropy. He is a member of the MIT Corporation and has supported research at MIT and UC Berkeley. He is a top-ranking player of the fantasy...

Charles Huang, ’93 Asian Studies & Economics

Co-founder, 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 venture...

Matt D. Jacobson, ’79 Geography

Managing Member, Jacobs & Co., LLC

Matt Jacobson is a managing member of Jacobs & Co., LLC, a San Francisco registered investment advisor, where he has worked since graduating from Berkeley 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., Mr. Jacobson worked from 1971 to 1979 for the Berkeley Gazette and Richmond Independent newspapers as a copy boy and sportswriter. While working at...

Roger Kang, ’88 Economics

Vice President, Business Development, Princeton BioMeditech Corporation

Roger Kang is vice president of business development at Princeton BioMeditech Corporation (PBM), which specializes in point-of-care tests related to fertility, infectious disease, tumors, cardiology, and veterinary and environmental diagnostics. The company’s rapid COVID-19 test — which Mr. Kang provided to UC Berkeley and the companies of UCBF fellow trustees at a significant discount — was the first of its kind to provide a combination rapid COVID-19 and influenza A&B test. Mr. Kang has served on the East Coast Chancellor’s Council since 2014, including three years as...

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

President, Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation

Kathy Kwan is a local philanthropist who directs charitable giving for the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation. Since the foundation's establishment in 2005, Kathy has funded a broad range of educational, safety net and leadership/career development programs in the SF Bay Area. Here at UC Berkeley, Kathy supports programs in the School of Public Health, Student Affairs, the Data Sciences Division, and the College of Letters and Science. In the past, she funded projects at the Jacobs Institute, as well as in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She also provided the $1 Million match for...

Doug McBeth, '87 Applied Math

Managing Director, Nomura Securities Inc.

Doug McBeth is a Managing Director at Nomura Securities Inc, a Japanese investment bank, based in New York. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1987 with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and received an M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1991) in Operations Research form Cornell University. His banking career began at Lehman Brothers in 1996 starting in quantitative modeling and then trading interest rate derivatives. He soon moved to Lehman’s Tokyo office (1997-98) successfully managing his book through the volatility of the Asian Financial Crisis. After returning to New York, he focused...