Staff Profiles

Meet the members of the Economics Undergraduate Student Services advising team!

 

UNDERGRADUATE ADVISORS

Michelle Fong
Undergraduate Advisor 
EducationBachelor of Science in Managerial Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - Organizational Studies from the University of California, Davis.
Started at Cal: I started my employment at UC Berkeley in 2017. Prior to Berkeley, I worked nine years at UC San Francisco's School of Medicine as an operations manager with curriculum planning.  As part of the School of Medicine's administrative team, I had the privilege to guide the students in obtaining their Doctorate of Medicine degrees.
With over 11 years of experience working in higher education, my goal is to provide students with high quality service to help them achieve their professional and academic goals.
To make an appointment with Michelle:  SCHEDULE AN ECONOMICS ADVISING APPOINTMENT ON CAL CENTRAL
 
Kristian Dawson
Undergraduate Advisor 
Dawson
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Literary Journalism, with Education Minor from the University of California, Irvine.
Started at Cal: I started at Berkeley in January 2015 with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Throughout my time at Berkeley, I have championed higher education access for students from diverse and underrepresented communities, and have partnered with schools and community-based organizations to increase knowledge of Berkeley's programs. Along with my passion for higher education access, I also have a passion for positive workplace culture and have served on a number of staff engagement teams on Berkeley's campus.
My goal is to provide students with tools and resources that bring "light" to their educational paths, and to build pride, trust, and community among staff to better serve our campus.
 
Alicia Mandac
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Student Services and Undergraduate Advisor
Alicia Mandac
Education: Bachelor of Art in Communication, with Education and Applied Psychology Minor from the University of California, Santa Barbara; Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan
Started at Cal: I began at Berkeley in July 2016 as an Academic Advisor in the College of Letters and Science and I joined the Department of Economics in November 2018. Prior to Cal, I was a Senior Academic Counselor in the College of Arts and Science at American University in Washington, DC. During my time there, I founded a peer advising program and discovered my passion for innovative student programming. My goal is to help students thrive in their undergraduate education and beyond.
 
Patrick G. Allen
Director of Student Services 
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Iowa; Master of Arts in Applied Psychology and Master of Science in Human Resources from Golden Gate University.
Started at Cal: I started my employment at UC Berkeley and the Department of Economics in 2006. Originally working as the Graduate Advisor for Economics Ph.D. students, I am familiar with general practices in terms of graduate admissions.
With over 20 years of experience working in higher education as an advisor and administrator, I enjoy working with students as they pursue their academic and career goals.
 

PEER ADVISORS

Spring 2019 Peer Advisors

SHAYAN CHETTY

  • Majors: Economics, Psychology
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 138 (Financial and Behavioral Economics) and ECON 140
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 1, ECON 101A/B, ECON 131 (Public Economics), ECON 119 (Psychology and Economics).
  • Areas of interest in economics: Behavioral Economics
  • Interests outside of school: Live music, travel, volleyball
  • Post graduate plans: I want to possibly work as a research assistant before pursuing a PhD!
  • Advice for new and/or continuing students: Remember that your GSIs can be a huge resource and talk to them about their own projects and research. They'll often be super willing to help and introduce you to people and new opportunities.

 

ANDY GARCIA

  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics and Urban Studies
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 140
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 2, ECON 100A/100B, ECON 133 (Global Inequality and Growth), ECON 155 (Urban Economics)
  • Areas of interest in economics: Urban Economics, Development Economics
  • Interests outside of school: queer art, electronic music and hip hop/rap, traveling, food culture, hiking
  • Post graduate plans: City/Transportation Planning or Real Estate Development, Grad School
  • Advice for new and/or continuing students: Take charge of your education, get involved, ask lots of questions. Care for your self and others, and do good things!

 

ABRAR HAQUE

  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 115 (World Economy in the 20th Century), ECON 121 (Industrial Organization)
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 1, ECON 100A/100B, ECON 140, ECON 136 (Financial Economics), ECON 174 (Global Poverty & Impact Evaluation), ECON 119 (Psychology & Economics)
  • Areas of interest in economics: Development Economics, Behavioral Economics 
  • Interests outside of school: theater, basketball, music
  • Post graduate plans: Work!
  • Advice for new and/or continuing students: Creating the best short and long-term plans for yourself academically is really important, but remember that you are a person outside of the classroom, too. Don't forget to invest time into things that you enjoy. There are a ton of cool things to do here aside from study! 

 

ALAN PHAN

  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Economy
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 133 (Global Inequality and Growth), PUBPOL C103 (Wealth & Poverty)
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 100B
  • Areas of interest in economics: Socioeconomics, Political Economy 
  • Interests outside of school: Watching hockey games, listening to music, playing video games, watching movies, traveling
  • Post graduate plans: Work
  • Advice for new and/or continuing students: Don’t procrastinate, get lots of sleep, try not to skip lectures or discussions, don’t skip meals  

 

EMAAN SIDDIQUE

  • Majors: Economics
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 172 (Case Studies in Economic Development), ECON 141, ECON 191 (Topics in Economics Research)
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 2, ECON 100A, ECON 101B, ECON C171 (Economic Development), ECON 174 (Global Poverty and Impact Evaluation)
  • Areas of interest in economics: Development Economics, Applied Economics
  • Interests outside of school: Listening to and discovering new music, watching movies, reading
  • Post graduate plans: Working as a Research Assistant or Analyst before going to graduate school
  • Advice for new and/or continuing students: Make sure to ask lots of questions while at Cal (and in life)

 

WEN-HSUAN (MAGGIE) WU

  • Major: Economics
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 121 (Industrial Organization and Public Policy), ENGIN 120 (Principles of Engineering Economics), ENVECON C181 (International Trade)
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 101A, ECON 100B, ECON 140, ECON C125 (Environmental Economics), ECON 157 (Health Economics)
  • Areas of Interest in Economics: Microeconomics
  • Interests Outside of School: badminton, Korean dramas, drawing
  • Post Graduate Plans: CPA or teaching
  • Advice for new and/or continuing Students: don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions; plan your schedule ahead…don’t start your assignments right before the deadline; have fun in your classes:)

 

YUQIAN (ALLISON) YU

  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 138 (Financial and Behavioral Economics), ECON 139 (Intermediate Financial Economics)
  • Completed Economics courses:  ECON 100A, ECON 100B, ECON 141, ECON 136 (Financial Economics), ECON 162 (The Chinese Economy), ECON 182 (International Monetary Economics)
  • Areas of interest in economics: Finance, Monetary Policy.
  • Interests outside of school: Cooking, Karaoke, Travel
  • Post graduate plans: Work or go to grad school
  • Advice for new and/or continuing students: Check the economics news often and explore your interest

 

For information on becoming a peer advisor, e-mail ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu.