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 
 
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
 
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

Fall 2019 Peer Advisors

CLAIRE BERRY

  • Major(s): Economics
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 140, ENVECON 145 (Health and Environmental Economic Policy), IAS C176 (Climate Change Economics)
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 1, ECON 100A, ECON 100B, ECON 105 (History of Economic Thought)
  • Areas of interest in economics: Behavioral Economics, Environmental Economics
  • Interests outside of school: Baking, travel 
  • Post graduate plans: Working!
  • Advice for new and/or continuing students: Utilize the tutoring that is offered through the Economics department and the SLC (Student Learning Center)! (They are super great for helping with tricky problem sets!)

 

ANTHONY CASASOS

  • Major(s): Economics and Data Science
  • Current Economics courses: ECON C110 (Game Theory in the Social Sciences), ECON 119 (Psychology and Economics), ENVECON C176 (Climate Change Economics)
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 1, ECON 100B
  • Areas of interest in economics: Behavioral Economics, Financial Economics
  • Interests outside of school: Basketball, martial arts, movies, reading comic books 
  • Post graduate plans: Work before potentially pursuing an MBA!
  • Advice for new and/or continuing students: Don't be afraid to ask your GSIs and Professors for help, and go to office hours as much as possible. Make the most of your time at Cal but don't procrastinate!

 

 

ALYSSA FUA

  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics and Urban Studies
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 162 (The Chinese Economy)
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 2, ECON 100A/100B, ECON 157 (Health Economics)
  • Areas of interest in economics: Urban Economics
  • Interests outside of school: listening to music, watching movies, dancing, exploring new places
  • Post graduate plans: Grad school, work
  • Advice for new and/or continuing students: Plan ahead. If you don't know, ask questions. Don't be afraid to talk to your peers, GSIs, and professors. Put your health first, and remember to drink water. 

 

 

ANDY GARCIA

  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics and Urban Studies
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 136 (Financial Economics), ECON H195A (Senior Honors Thesis)
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 2, ECON 100A/100B, ECON 133 (Global Inequality and Growth), ECON 155 (Urban Economics), ECON 140
  • 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 yourself and others, and do good things!

 

 

JAEUN "JAE" PARK

  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics and Public Policy
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 140, ECON 134 (Macroeconomic Policy from the Great Depression to Today)
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 2, ECON 100A/B, ECON C175 (Economic Demography)
  • Areas of interest in economics: Economic/monetary policy, behavioral economics
  • Interests outside of school: Cooking/baking, trying out restaurants, working out
  • Post graduate plans: Law school, the Army, and maybe public service?
  • Advice for new and/or continuing students: Finding a rhythm and being able to find a balance is hard and takes constant work, but I think finding the way to split your time for your studies, your social life, and your health (physical and mental) is the key to succeeding.

 

 

EMAAN SIDDIQUE

  • Major(s): Economics
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 136 (Financial Economics), ECON C142 (Applied Econometrics and Public Policy), ECON H195B (Senior Honors Thesis)
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 2, ECON 100A, ECON 101B, ECON C171 (Economic Development), ECON 174 (Global Poverty and Impact Evaluation), ECON 172 (Case Studies in Economic Development), ECON 141, ECON 191 (Topics in Economics Research)
  • 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)

 

 

ARGENIS VALDOVINOS

  • Major(s): Economics and Business Administration
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 141
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 1, ECON 101A, ECON 100B, ECON 121 (Industrial Organization and Public Policy)
  • Areas of Interest in Economics: Microeconomics
  • Interests Outside of School: Playing and watching sports (Football, Basketball, Soccer), sporting events, concerts
  • Post Graduate Plans: Work for a sports team
  • Advice for new and/or continuing Students: Reach out for help because there is always someone who is willing to help. Enjoy your time at Berkeley.

 

 

ARIEL YUE

  • Major(s): Economics and Statistics
  • Current Economics courses: ECON 100B, ECON 119 (Psychology and Economics)
  • Completed Economics courses: ECON 1, ECON 101A, ECON 115 (World Economic History), ECON 136 (Financial Economics)
  • Areas of Interest in Economics: Financial Economics
  • Interests Outside of School: Reading for fun, food blogging, traveling
  • Post Graduate Plans: Work
  • Advice for new and/or continuing Students: Take a variety of classes to discover what you're truly passionate about.

 

 

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