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 chairs its audit committee. He also serves on the Cal Golf Committee, which has funded the Cal Men’s Golf Team...

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...

William C. “Bill” Dudley, M.A. ’80 Economics, Ph.D. ’82 Economics

Former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

William C. Dudley was the 10th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 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. 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. Mr. Dudley was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board from 1981 to 1983. Mr. Dudley received his doctorate in...

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...

Catherine P. Koshland

Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Education, University of California, Berkeley

Catherine P. Koshland is the vice chancellor for undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley, the Wood-Calvert Professor in Engineering, professor of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health, and a professor in the Energy and Resources Group. In addition to completing her undergraduate degree in fine arts and her graduate degrees in mechanical engineering, she studied painting at the New York School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. She is a former chair and member of the Haverford College Board of Managers. She is a past Cal Parent...

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

President, Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation

Ms. Kwan is a local philanthropist who directs charitable giving for the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation. Since the foundation’s establishment in 2005, Ms. Kwan 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, Ms. Kwan 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 retired from...