Staff Profiles

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




Carlos Garcia
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Services
Education: B.A. in Philosophy from UC Berkeley; M.A. in Philosophy from San Francisco State University
Started at Cal: I transferred to Berkeley in spring 2014 and have lived in the area ever since. I was a manager in the Berkeley Student Co-ops and have worked on campus since September 2019. I enjoy discussing philosophical topics such as ethics and moral psychology, specifically as portrayed through media like movies, video games, and TV shows. My goal as an advisor is to offer support, resources, and encouragement to our students. My hope is that students feel well-supported as they pursue their academic goals.
Favorite food spot near campus: Artichoke Basille's Pizza
Ashley Vera
Undergraduate Advisor
Michelle Fong
Director of Student Services
Education: Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - Organizational Studies from UC Davis.


Started at Cal: I started my employment at UC Berkeley in January 2017 as the Scheduling Coordinator in History, and I joined Department of Economics in 2018 as the Undergraduate Advisor/Scheduler. From 2019 to 2021, I moved to a new role (still with Econ) as the assitant director of course management and graduate advisor, and oversaw the course logistics and ASE hiring/training. Prior to Berkeley, I worked nine years at the School of Medicine UCSF as the curriculum analyst. Now as the director of student services (still with Econ), I'm excited to work with the student services community even closer. With over 15 years of experience working in higher education, my goal is to provide high quality service to students to help them achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.


Favorite food spot near campus: Aki's Japanese Restaurant (and I always order the same item, Taiwanese pork chop noodle!)
Mildred Flores
Undergraduate Advisor
Education: B.A. in History and Practice of Art from UC Berkeley


Started at Cal:My history at UC Berkeley is a long one. I first began my journey as an undergraduate student, starting in 2005. I returned to the university in 2012 as a program coordinator at the Academic Talent Developement Program (ATDP), a K-12 summer program offered through UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Educaiton. After 10 years at ATDP I transitioned to my current role as an Economics major advisor. I'm very excited to work with students directly and be a resource for them during their time at Cal.


Favorite food spot near campus: Sliver Pizza