Alumni Notes

Sofia (Berto) Villas-Boas
Berkeley, CA
Graduate
2002

I am Professor at the UC Berkeley Agricultural and Resource Economics Department. In 1997 I married Miguel Villas-Boas, and we have had three masters from Berkeley. Master Vasco (1998), Master Diogo (1999) and Master Josemaria (2001)

Gary Slavit
Sacramento, CA
Undergraduate
1978
Jack Rasmus
San Ramon, CA
Undergraduate
1968

Just published books, 'Central Bankers at the End of Their Ropes', Clarity Press and 'Alexander Hamilton and the Origins of the Fed', Lexington Books. Forthcoming 2019, 'The Scourge of Neoliberalism'.

Carmen Lucia Gutierrez
Miami, FL
Undergraduate
2017

Started my dream job as a business analyst for a venture capital firm.

Steve Lawton
Stephen Lawton
Hercules, CA
Undergraduate
1976

Easing into retirement, but still actively brokering land for development. Also completely rebuilt our home backyard, adding living area and garden. 

Todd Wilson
San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate
2008
Michael Steinberger
Claremont, CA
Undergraduate
1999

Now serving as chair of the Economics Department at Pomona College.

David Eiteman
David Eiteman
Pacific Palisades, CA
Graduate
1956
After becoming Professor Emeritus of Finance at UCLA Anderson School of Management,  I taught for two more years at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, as well as three summers at the Dalian (China) Institute of Science & Technology.  In retirement, I also taught at Showa Academy of Music in Japan, since I had previously been the director of the UCLA Management in the Arts Program. Additionally, the14th edition of "Multinational Business Finance", a book I co-authored with Arthur I. Stonehill, and Michael H. Moffett, will be coming out soon.
 
I am still an active musician (trombone), currently playing in the Santa Monica College Emeritus Concert Band.  Beyond taking care of my 17 and 14-year-old high school age teenagers, my 17-year old son seems to prefer UCLA over Cal next year. I can't seem to sway him in a northerly direction!  
Julius Chen
Julius Chen
New York, NY
Undergraduate
2010

I'm very excited to have started as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University. It's great to have finally started my academic career. I'm proud to represent Berkeley Econ here!

Alek Klimek
Sacramento, CA
Undergraduate
2017

I’ve started a new job at the CA Department of Finance working on the budgets for Medi-Cal and Covered California. We serve as the Governor’s fiscal policy advisor and promote CA’s economic stability.

Delbert (Del) Fitchett
Bethesda, Maryland
Graduate
1963

I formally retired from the World Bank in 1998. Worked as an independent short-term consultant until about 2012, primarily in Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and Arab States. I would love to get back in touch with fellow alumni!

Rebecca Ludford
San Diego, CA
Undergraduate
2015

Recently I’ve been taking math classes at the local community college to brush up on my math skills. I hope to use these courses toward a graduate school program that is economics related. In my spare time, I help run a local Toastmasters group to practice public speaking.

Jeffrey Weinstein
Brambleton, VA
Graduate
2004

I recently co-founded Vemo Education, which helps postsecondary institutions address their education finance challenges through financial literacy, ISA, and alumni development programs. On a more personal note...At the age of 39, I was unmarried and had no children. Less than 10 years later, I'm married and have 5 children. I'm still recovering from whiplash...

Carrie ("Cai Su") Collins
San Francisco, CA
2011

This year I started a new role as a strategy consultant and also started the EWMBA program at Haas.

Jia Guo
New York, NY
Undergraduate
2015

I am currently pursuing a MIA degree at Columbia SIPA.

Hengyu Kuang
San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate
2017

I am working in HBS as a research associate. And....still single!

Mark Nelson
Folsom, CA
Undergraduate
1991

Both kids are off to college. Oldest son is a Junior at Cal, youngest son is Freshman at Boston University.

Esther (Na) Ma
Hong Kong
Undergraduate
1987

In addition to running my 23-yr ole PR and events management company Prestique Limited, I also founded a sports education and management company two years ago called Harvest Sky. My two pre-teen daughters just started junior boarding school in Connecticut and are loving it. As empty nesters, my husband and I are playing more golf and running more races. 

Damon Jones
Chicago, IL
Graduate
2009

I was recently married in June of 2018 to my wife, Eve Ewing. I am currently working on a long term research project on workplace wellness: nber.org/workplacewellness

Javier Quintero
Concord, CA
Undergraduate
2014

I transferred from Facebook's Community Integrity team to Instagram where I support IGTV as a Data Engineer. Additionally, I finally ran my first marathon where I beat my goal of 4 hours by 5 minutes!

Michael Friedland
Irvine, CA
Undergraduate
1988

I'm a partner and intellectual property litigator at Knobbe Martens in Irvine, just beginning my 28th year practicing law. For 15 years, I've been a reserve deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. I was just promoted to Lieutenant.

Jai Gohel
Truckee, CA
Undergraduate
1988

I am a practicing criminal defense attorney and have been for 25 years. I mainly do serious trials, predominantly homicide cases. I miss my days at Cal!

Gillian Brunet
Middletown, CT
Graduate
2017

I started as an assistant professor at Wesleyan University after a postdoc at NBER.

Alison Sanders
New York, NY
Undergraduate
2008

I started a new job as a senior associate at Seaport Capital, a private equity firm. In my spare time, I started fostering kittens with the ASPCA and Flatbush Cats - amazing experience!

Tom Schmitt
Kentfield, CA
Undergraduate
1985

I married Laura Starrett, (Psycholoy '86). Raised three children, all Pac 12 Athletes. My daughter Meagan is the Head Beach Volleyball Coach at Cal.

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