Haas Student Ambassadors

The Haas Student Ambassadors (HSAs) are the student arm of the admissions office. As current students, we're excited to share our perspectives and help you get to know our distinct culture and collaborative community.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

VP of Admissions

Joanna Lyons, MBA/MPH 19

Larchmont, New York

Prior Industry: Consulting

Future Industry: Consulting

Haas Clubs: MBA Association, Women in Leadership, Food@Haas, Net Impact, Redwoods Club

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Running the Fire Trails, loading up on goodies from Berkeley Bowl, and many potlucks with fellow Haasies.

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: On the first night of our admitted student weekend, I had welcome drinks at Memorial Stadium and watched the sunset over the Bay as I was talking with my future classmates. At that point I just knew Haas was the place!

Ask Me About: The MBA/MPH program, best places to hike, moving to California from the east coast, learning to dress in the Bay Area (hint: layers!).

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Student Ambassadors

Jose Alonso, MBA 19

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Prior Industry: Investment Banking

Future Industry: Food Industry

Haas Clubs: President of Food@Haas, President of Soccer Club, Latin American & Hispanic Business Assoc., Wine Club, Beer Club, Berkeley Entrepreneurship Assoc.

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Exploring food markets and cooking for some of my favorite Haasies.

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: I did a sort of speed-dating situation with current students while I was visiting. I’ve never felt so much genuine care and interest from strangers I had only just met. I knew I wanted to be around these people for the next 2 years of my life.

Ask Me About: Cooking, food industry, sports, entrepreneurship, switching careers, growing up internationally, soccer, volleyball, basketball

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Nanor Asadorian, MBA 19

Los Angeles, California

Prior Industry: Entertainment

Future Industry: Digital Media

Haas Clubs: Co-President of the Digital Media & Entertainment Club, VP of the Mindfulness Club, Food@Haas, Wine Club, Redwoods Club, Women in Leadership

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Checking out all of the amazing new restaurants and bars.

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: When I came to visit during the annual Haas Diversity Symposium. After many conversations with current students, I realized how integral diversity and inclusion are to Haas' culture and community.

Ask Me About: Yoga studios in Berkeley, good restaurants, living in Elmwood (it’s amazing), entertainment industry, reality TV, staying in California for business school.

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Margaret Baughman, MBA 19

New York, New York

Prior Industry: Brand strategy consulting

Future Industry: Marketing

Haas Clubs: Co-VP of Academics for the Haas Marketing Club, Net Impact, Digital Media & Entertainment Club, Food@Haas, Improv Club, Women in Leadership

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Exploring all of the different neighborhoods in Oakland and SF.

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: When I mentioned to a former colleague that I got into Haas and her response was, “You’re such a Haasie!” I didn’t know exactly what that meant at the time, but after orientation week I knew I had ended up exactly where I was meant to be. I was worried I would feel out of place at business school, but my classmates defied every stereotype I had about business school students. Everyone at Haas is warm, genuine and a little quirky.

Ask Me About: Moving from the East Coast, coming to b-school from a non-traditional background, careers in marketing.

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Michael Devlin, MBA 19

Laytonsville, Maryland

Prior Industry: Investment Banking

Future Industry: Health/Active Lifestyle

Haas Clubs: Co-President of Sports Business Club, Food@Haas, Marketing Club, Tech Club, LABHA, InSITE Fellow, Berkeley Entrepreneurship Association, Beer Club

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Trail running and exploring!

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: I was pretty sure Haas was the place for me as I was doing my research and applying to schools — but we all have our doubts at one point or another. I finally really knew this was the place for me at our admitted student weekend, Days at Haas!

Ask Me About: Switching careers, definitely anything running/endurance sports related, or anything above that I've mentioned!

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Vanessa Danziger, MBA 19

Irvine, California

Prior Industry: Nonprofits - Education

Future Industry: Marketing

Haas Clubs: VP of Marketing Club, VP of Net Impact, Race Inclusion Initiative, Socially Responsible Investment Fund, Women in Leadership, Beer Club

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: I love exploring the food and music scene in Oakland, Berkeley and SF. On an ideal evening I'll try a new restaurant before catching a show at the Fox in Oakland or American Music Hall in SF. I also got myself a membership to the SF MOMA. It’s an incredible place and there is so much to take in!

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: Everyone here truly lives the defining principles in a way that is refreshing and authentic. The community at Haas — both current students as well as the alumni network — is incredibly supportive and inspirational. I just couldn’t wait to become a part of it!

Ask Me About: Social impact at Haas, coming to business school from a non-traditional background, West African Dance in Oakland (!) and moving cross-country (I moved to the Bay from Boston).

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Colin Dunn, MBA 19

Columbus, Ohio

Prior Industry: Retail

Future Industry: Consulting

Haas Clubs: Co-President of Q@Haas, Haas Consulting Club, Haas Technology Club

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Watch the sunset over the Golden Gate bridge. Not even kidding — it's so amazing!

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: After spending the day visiting Haas for the first time last January, I went out to grab a beer a few with current students at our local campus bar, Free House. Several hours (and beers) later I almost missed my flight home — I was having such a good time talking to people! Although I visited several other great schools as well, the comfort and engagement I found in that conversation that night was completely unique to Haas.

Ask Me About: The LGBT community at Haas, consulting recruiting, or all things related to the Great British Bakeoff

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America Gonzalez, MBA 19

Monterrey, Mexico

Prior Industry: Consulting

Future Industry: Consulting

Haas Clubs: Food@Haas, Beer Club, Haas Arts Club, Redwoods Club, Wine Club, Digital Media & Entertainment Club

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Riding my scooter through the different neighborhoods in Berkeley, Oakland and SF, taking photos and trying different foods.

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: When I came to our admitted student weekend and did not want to leave! That weekend proved to me that Haas is an environment that promotes inclusiveness and authenticity. I had so many meaningful and deep conversations with my future classmates.

Ask Me About: Consulting, diversity at Haas, restaurants and craft breweries in the Bay Area, Haas life with a family or spouse.

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Matt Hines, MBA 19

Atlanta, Georgia

Prior Industry: Retail, Corporate Finance

Future Industry: Consulting

Haas Clubs: Co-president of the Black Business Student Association, Food@Haas, Consulting Club, Beer Club, Wine Club

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Exploring the incredible Bay Area food scene.

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: After attending our admitted student weekend, Days at Haas, I was absolutely convinced. It was such a fun weekend getting a chance to truly experience Haas culture!

Ask Me About: Consulting recruiting, having a partner at Haas.

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