Staff Profiles

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

 

UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING TEAM

 
Judith Lopez
Undergraduate Advisor
 
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Law & Society and Spanish from the University of California, Riverside; Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Redlands
Started at Cal: I started at Berkeley in March 2020. Prior to joining the Economics department, I was an undergraduate student academic advisor at UC Riverside. In that role, I had the privilege of assisting a diverse group of students during their academic journey. My goal as an advisor is to help students achieve their academic and career goals. Student wellness is very important to me and I hope to help students get connected to resources that will help them live their best life on and off campus.
 
 
 
 
Alicia Mandac
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Student Services
 
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 2020 - Spring 2021 Peer Advisors

ANTHONY CASASOS

  • Major(s): Economics and Data Science
  • 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
  • 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. 

 

 

 

JAEUN "JAE" PARK

  • Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics and Public Policy
  • 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.

 

 

 

ARGENIS VALDOVINOS

  • Major(s): Economics and Business Administration
  • 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.

 

 

 

 

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