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Marissa Chacko

Marissa Chacko
MBA 12

Product Manager
Zynga
San Francisco, California

Internship:
Product Management
Zynga
San Francisco, California

Previous degrees:
B.S.B.A., Marketing & International Business
B.A., Spanish
Washington University, St. Louis

Job prior to Haas:
Senior Consultant
Business Analytics & Optimization
IBM
New York, New York

Although technology has dominated her career, Marissa Chacko wanted to refocus her role in that sector more toward consumer technology, in a position where she would work more directly with products. Her strategy in enrolling at Berkeley Haas was to attend a school with established recruiting relationships with a wide range of high-tech firms in Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

"I used the Haas Alumni Network to set up meetings within the tech sector in the New York area. I was pleased that people were so incredibly responsive and helpful. I really felt welcomed."

"You don't see the ‘typical' MBA profile here at Berkeley Haas. Early in my first year, people were sending out e-mails trying to connect with people who shared their interests. Those interests ranged from skydiving and surfing to drinking fine teas and wine."

"I was overwhelmed with the opportunities to learn and network in my first year: classes, speakers, clubs, and conferences. Every day seemed to be a trade-off between too many great options."

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