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.

If you have any questions, the HSAs host info sessions and Ask Me Anything sessions every couple of weeks. Check out our events page to sign up for a virtual event led by the HSAs or check out our pre-recorded HSA Info Session. If you have an admissions related question, please reach out to the admissions team at mbaadm@haas.berkeley.edu.

There may be significant delays to connect one-on-one with an HSA or current student given the winter break. However, if there is an urgent need, please reach out to hsa@haas.berkeley.edu and we will do our best to match you with someone who is able to address your specific question.

VP of Admissions

Tanvi Lal | MBA 22

New York, NY

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Prior Industry: Consulting

Future Industry:Venture Capital, Fintech, & Social Impact

Haas Clubs: MBAA, Consortium, Women in Leadership (WIL), Net Impact

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Catch the San Francisco skyline view from different hikes.

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: The people and culture really stood out to me at Haas. The defining principles are a concise and accurate representation of the culture and they really resonated with me throughout the application process!

Ask Me About: Berkeley Board Fellows, Student Government / MBAA, DEI in venture capital and financial inclusion, coming from a liberal arts background and moving from the East Coast

Student Ambassadors

Elle Wisnicki | MBA 22

Los Angeles; have lived in: NYC, Madrid, San Diego, and now Berkeley

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Prior Industry: Healthcare Consulting, Mental Health Coaching, & Entrepreneurship

Future Industry: Mental Health & Health Tech

Haas Clubs: Entrepreneurship, Consortium, Racial Inclusion Initiative, & Black Business Student Association

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Park Picnics, Lake Merritt, Scrambling at Creeks, Climbing Trees, and Bike Rides

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: Haas had the most robust healthcare curriculum and network and a great connection to the public health school. Additionally, Haas was known for having a large entrepreneurship network which was critical for me. Finally, the people and culture really stood out to me. The students and alums I spoke with were very available, empathetic, transparent, and giving. The culture felt really friendly and familial. I also appreciated that Haas was a smaller program than most of its peer institutions. Finally, I love the Bay Area; the people here are relaxed, kind, and giving, yet ambitious and intelligent and you can’t beat the weather and nature.

Ask Me About: Healthcare, Bay Area, Consortium, Entrepreneurship, & Berkeley neighborhoods

Ryan Gibo | MBA 22

Honolulu, Hawaii

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Prior Industry: Military, Consulting, Tech

Future Industry: Tech

Haas Clubs: Consortium, Q@Haas, Vets@Haas, Net Impact, EGAL SAB

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Pre-Covid- travel, wine, brunching...during Covid-still wine, gardening, board games

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: Having a lasting impact on others and the world is an essential part of who I am and who I aspire to be. Through my conversation with alumni, current students, admissions, and faculty it was clear that Haas was a place to go ‘Beyond Yourself’ as well as to learn and build with others that have a passion for making a difference.

Ask Me About: Serving in the military and traveling the world, growing up in Hawaii, the time I almost made it onto the game show reboot of Supermarket Sweep

Sachi Holla | MBA 22

Bay Area, California

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Prior Industry: Biotech

Future Industry: Marketing/Consulting

Haas Clubs: Haas Tech Club (VP Marketing), Boost@Haas (Student Mentor), Marketing Club, Women in Leadership

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Hanging with friends at Dolores Park, grabbing a beer at Free House, and trying all the pizza places the Bay has to offer instead of ordering Dominos every night...

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: Having worked with several Haas alumni in my previous role, I witnessed our Defining Leadership Principles in action and knew that those were the types of people I wanted to surround myself with. Haas students are brilliant yet humble, down to earth, and incredibly supportive. Additionally, Haas’ unique resources and proximity to Silicon Valley and San Francisco made me feel at ease with making a career pivot.

Ask Me About: Anything Bay Area-related, career switching (too many times), making friends in B-school during a pandemic, being a double bear, and A Cappella/music!

Austin Lavin | MBA 22

Wilmette, Illinois

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Prior Industry: Consulting/U.S. Intelligence Community

Future Industry: Tech/Innovation & Design Consulting

Haas Clubs: Haas Innovation & Design Club (VP Careers), Haas Consulting Club, Haas Tech Club, Asian Business Club, and Jewish Business Club

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Well, my favorite thing to do in the Bay Area has changed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic (RIP brunching). Now I really enjoy getting outside and taking advantage of the hiking trails around Berkeley; it really enables me to clear my head and enjoy some sorely needed cardio.

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: Easy, every Haas alum and student that I reached out to not only responded to my emails/LinkedIn messages but genuinely took the time to answer my inquiries and allay my concerns. Coming to Haas was a big move for me, and everyone I spoke with really demonstrated to me that Haas’ culture is real and that Haasies genuinely care.

Ask Me About: Moving from the East Coast, changing careers/industries, working overseas in Asia, best brunch in the Bay, interior design...really anything

Lena Horvath | MBA 22

Hanover, New Hampshire

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Prior Industry: Private Wealth Management

Future Industry: Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing

Haas Clubs: Sustainable and Impact Finance (SAIF) Initiative (Student Advisory Board), Investment Club, Net Impact (Co-VP Careers), Haas Innovation & Design Club, Women in Leadership

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Pre-pandemic - eating at local restaurants and cheering on the Cal Bears at football games; post-pandemic - getting takeout from local restaurants and climbing the Berkeley hills on my bike

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: I got my undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley (although not at Haas) so I was already familiar with the amazing culture of the school and the many wonderful things about the Bay Area. For my MBA I looked for a program that placed a strong emphasis on values, had an innovative culture, and would encourage me to pursue my passions. Haas’ commitment to its Defining Leadership Principles and the amount of support and encouragement I received when I shared my interest in impact investing and sustainable finance helped me know it was the right place for me. 

Ask Me About: Being a double bear and anything related to the history and traditions of UC Berkeley, sustainable finance and impact investing, Bay Area cycling, where to find the best chicken sandwich in the Bay

Anthony Lafontant | MBA 22

New Orleans, LA and Aurora, CO

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Prior Industry: Consulting

Future Industry: Tech / Entrepreneurship

Haas Clubs: Haas Tech Club, Education Club, Media & Entertainment, Black Business Student Association, Consortium

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Getting outside with friends to bike all of Berkeley’s bike paths, hike unfamiliar trails and eat at new restaurants.

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: I had two striking conversations during Days at Haas. The first was during a panel on careers in venture capital and entrepreneurship. One of the students told a story about only securing an internship with a VC in the last week of the spring semester. When she was asked about that risk, she said, “I spent a lot of years in consulting thinking that I was risk-averse, but when I came to Haas I realized that I had a lot more courage than I thought.” The second was a current student who was asked about choosing to work at a smaller company. And what he said has stuck with me ever since, “We can’t wait for Gen Z or whatever generation comes next to make the workplace more equitable. When we show up, we need to be that change.”

Ask Me About: Evaluating between careers in big tech vs. entrepreneurship, the best restaurants in Berkeley, choosing between schools, being in a long distance relationship while engaged, the best tv shows and movies you should binge

Andrée Heller | MBA 22

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Prior Industry: Arts & Culture

Future Industry: Design/Innovation

Haas Clubs: Haas Innovation and Design Club (Co-President), Women in Leadership, Beer Club

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Taking in the views of SF on walks in Hills, drinking beers on the patios of local breweries (when that was still a thing), getting out on the trails on my mountain bike

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: It sounds cheesy, but when I first read the Defining Leadership Principles, I knew that Haas was where I would be most at-home. Speaking with Haasies who exude each and every one of those principles only solidified my conviction that this was a special place - a place of curiosity, deep empathy, and one that strives to do better every day. Those students (now alumni) who I spoke to during my own application and decision-making process are still people I count on for support and advice. That is the type of community that I only felt at Haas!

Ask Me About: Being a “non-traditional” business school applicant/student, moving coast to coast (and a cross-country road trip!), having a partner at Haas, imposter syndrome, design and innovation at Haas and beyond, craft cocktails

Julie Kang | MBA 22

Seoul, New York, Budapest

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Prior Industry: Law, Public Sector Consulting

Future Industry: Consulting 

Haas Clubs: Haas Consulting Club (Co-President), Haas Small Business Partnership Program, Women in Leadership

Favorite thing to do in the Bay Area: Seeing SF city/Berkeley views with friends, surprising Haasies on their birthdays, ordering the best food in Berkeley and SF from Doordash, “catch-up” Zoom sessions with my study team (it has been so much more fun than working from home during the pandemic!)

How did you know Haas was the right place for you: After working for a few years, I realized that being part of a culture that values humility, authenticity, and value-based leadership was important for my growth and success. I also wanted to build genuine friendships during business school. Haas’ Defining Leadership Principles and it's incredibly accomplished yet down to earth students/alumni drew me to Haas. 

Ask Me About: Growing up in three countries, Korean food/cooking, playing the piano, penguins, my last-minute international move to Haas before the first week of classes (and the decision-making process), making memories in business school during a pandemic