Hosting parties, planning panels, and coordinating networking events takes a lot of work. These kind souls make it all happen.
Want to chat with one of us? Reach out to QatHaas@berkeley.edu!
Ariana Simone, MBA/MPH '24
I am the co-president of Q@Haas this year along with Patrick Drown. Together we aim to build an inclusive community for our Q students, particularly centering women, non-binary, and trans identities, and thinking about what queerness means cross-culturally to our international students, outside of the American context.
I am a first year dual degree MBA/MPH student at Haas. I grew up just outside NYC and worked in government healthcare consulting at Deloitte in Washington, DC and spent a year working on Growth Strategy at a Mental Health startup before moving to the Bay Area for Haas. I am hoping to pivot into strategy & operations for innovative care delivery startups focused in women’s & queer health. I chose Haas because I loved the people I met and their energy to create positive social change through their careers. I’ve loved being part of the larger queer community in the Bay Area, as well as Q@Haas, which fosters a tight-knit community that has allowed me to develop profoundly deep connections in my first year here.
At Haas, I am a Haas Student Ambassador, VP Admissions for the Haas Healthcare Association, planning the Healthcare Conference, participated in the Google Mental Health Case Competition, and a member of the Haas VC Club and Arts Club. Ask me about: the healthcare industry, mental health/wellness careers, coming from a public sector background, queer life in the Bay Area, moving from the East Coast, or managing a dual degree.
Patrick Drown, MBA '24
I'm originally from the Boston suburbs but have called a few different places home - Washington D.C., San Diego, Kathmandu, and now Berkeley! I studied international relations and Arabic at Georgetown University and after graduating from undergrad spent many years managing USAID development projects mostly in agriculture and economic development. Before Haas I worked at the sustainability team at Gap Inc. managing a water access and cotton productivity project jointly funded by USAID and Gap Inc. After Haas I'm planning on transitioning to management consulting to gain a skillset to convince corporate leaders to take up more sustainable practices especially in agriculture. Q@Haas has been one of the most supportive and meaningful communities to me at Haas and I hope to continue to build this community for current and future students! Talk to me about outdoors things (I love backpacking), cooking pasta dishes, sustainability challenges, the White Lotus, and transitioning from a non-traditional/ non-business background to MBA.
Manas Singh, MBA '24
VP of Admissions
I was born and raised in New Delhi, India. I did my undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at IIT Bombay, India. I am passionate about empowering others both by creating more equitable technology and a diverse workplace. Therefore, I am a part of Q@Haas where I am the VP of Admissions, and I am also the student board member of EGAL (Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership) where I am leading their inclusive and responsible language initiative. Additionally, I am also the co-president of Haas AI and Data Science Club with the goal of creating a responsible tech community at Haas. Talk to me about transitioning to a new country, applying to product management/business roles as a software engineer, exploring DEI at Haas, or just about life as an MBA in general.
Jack Moore, MBA '24
VP of Careers and Alumni
I’m a New Englander that escaped the cold and moved west as soon as I could. At USC, I studied philosophy and worked in the music industry (techno, anyone?) before realizing I’d never be Ari Gold. Since then, I’ve lived in the Bay Area working in software sales and implementation. Likes: Music, Tennis, NFL, Apex Legends, Spy Novels. Dislikes: tourists walking 4-abreast on Market Street.
Rafael Sucar Marcondes Koraicho, MBA '24
VP of Finance
My name is Rafael, and I am from Brazil. I studied Economics in the University of São Paulo and have always worked with data and technology. I did econometrics consulting, Amazon and a fintech that was net impact focused. I moved to the US to change geography, I still want to work with Technology and impact. I’m a VP in Haas Tech Club and Finance VP at Q@Haas. I love Q@Haas because it is where I met some of my best friends and built a family in a new country. I moved here with my husband so if you want to talk about moving with a partner or just going abroad and adapting, please reach out to me.
Tom Vosburgh, MBA'24
VP of Communications
Born in raised in Durham, NC, I studied economics and global health at Duke University and worked in management consulting in Washington, DC, and healthcare strategy & policy in Los Angeles before starting at Haas. I chose Haas for its collaborative, close-knit community and its proximity to Bay Area healthtech and medical device companies. On campus, I also serve as a Haas Student Ambassador for the admissions office and President of the Technology Club and am interning for a startup through Berkeley Skydeck. Away from school, I ski as much as possible and am training for the summer 2023 AIDS LifeCycle. Ask me about recruiting for the technology and medical device industries, NorCal vs. SoCal living and the Business Analytics certificate program.
James Hake, MBA'24
VP of Social
I am from San Diego and have lived in the Bay for the past 11 years. I studied chemical and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley and Stanford, and then worked in water resources at a consulting firm and a utility. When you flush the toilet on campus, your waste would come to me for treatment and discharge to the Bay. I'm now pivoting into management consulting with a sustainability lens. At Haas, I am an academic cohort representative (liaison between professors and 65 students) and VP of Social for Q@Haas. My favorite Q@Haas events so far were the ROMBA conference in Washington DC and Wigmas (a spin on white elephant with only wigs). Come and talk to me if you want the real tea about life in the Bay, Haas, engineering, public sector work, sustainability, recruiting for consulting, managing anxiety, and TV shows!
Nicky Zarchen, MBA/MPH '24
VP of Community
I'm originally from Santa Monica, California, went to college in upstate New York, where I studied Political Science and Queer Studies, and moved to Miami to take care of amazing grandparents (shoutout to Nini and Papa!). Prior to Haas, I did direct service social work at a community health center, research and program design at a women's homeless shelter, non-profit capacity building at an accelerator, and social impact portfolio management at a community foundation. I'm a MBA/MPH dual degree student who is passionate about addressing and improving social determinants of health and also a proud trans woman who cares deeply about the well-being of the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to Q@Haas, I'm also a Co-Liaison of the Consortium, an Academic Cohort Representative for Axe, and a project lead for the Race Inclusion Initiative. I love worshipping the sun, exploring new bars and restaurants, and seeing art/live theatre/live music. I am an open book and happy to chat anytime about coming to school from a non-traditional background, DEI efforts and belonging at Haas, fashion trends, TV shows to binge, and anything else on your mind!
James Chang, EWMBA '25
Co-VP of EWMBA
James Chang is a Legislative Aide at the City of Berkeley. Currently an MBA Candidate at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, James also serves as Vice-President of the Queer @ Haas and was formerly the President of the Evening Weekend MBA Association. Recently, James Chang was termed out as an elected Commissioner on the City of Berkeley’s Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board. In his community, James is a Board Member of East Bay Young Democrats. James first entered public service in 2010 as the former Student Trustee for Ventura County Community Colleges. During his tenure as Trustee, James successfully advocated for the administration to mandate anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies.
Jeric Huang, EWMBA'25
Co-VP of EWMBA
I was born in Taiwan and raised in Taipei and Los Angeles. I studied history at UCLA and public policy at UC Berkeley. At Haas, I am part of the first EWMBA Flex/Lux Cohort where I'm focused on health management and health tech. I currently reside in Los Angeles and work as a management consultant specializing in human capital and organization transformation. My favorite Q@Haas event this past year was the ROMBA 2022 conference in Washington DC. I am also excited to be on the ROMBA 2023 organizing committee for this year's conference. Come talk to me about life, work, and making the most of your Haas experience as an EWMBA student.
VP of Coming Out Week
Want to chat to the VP of Coming Out week? Reach out to QatHaas@berkeley.edu!