Working Across Sectors with Berkeley Board Fellows – David Reimer

David Reimer is an Executive in Residence with the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is a Board Mentor in our Berkeley Board Fellows program, where he has exemplified cross-sector leadership. He also leads sessions on storytelling and strategic marketing for nonprofits as part of the program.

Here, he talks about the benefits of working across sectors with Berkeley Board Fellows.

Berkeley Board Fellows is a program with the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership (CNPL) at Berkeley – Haas. To learn more visit


Applications open for 2 Fellowships with the Packard Foundation

Pilar Mendoza

Pilar Mendoza, Packard Fellow 2012-2013

Applications are now open for 2 post-graduate fellowships with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The fellowships are 15 month, paid contract positions with full benefits.

These opportunities provide the fellows with rare access to the work of philanthropy at one of the nation’s most influential foundations. The fellows will work on strategic initiatives with the Packard Foundation’s Local Grantmaking Program and the Children, Families, and Communities Program.

This partnership began in 2009 and has been very fruitful for both the Packard Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership.

Packard Program Local Grantmaking
Job ID 14742
Children, Families, and Communities
Job ID 15297
Skill Focus Strategic Marketing Policy Analysis
Information Session Thursday, 2/28
1:00-2:00 pm
Haas room F320
Wednesday, 2/27
5:00-6:00 pm
Haas room C132
Application Deadline March 11th, 12:00 noon March 8th, 5:00pm
First Round Interviews March 14th March 13th

For more information, please visit

Berkeley-Haas MBAs lead as Net Impact Vice Presidents

Welcome Alma Rico, MBA 14, Net Impact Co-VP Nonprofit and Public Leadership

“There is a wonderful social-impact vibe at Berkeley-Haas. It was important for me to get an MBA instead of a graduate degree in a field like education. I believe that business skills are essential to the future of education, especially when it comes to some of the more innovative education organizations that are being developed.” Alma Rico was a consultant in the aerospace and defense sectors, but after serving for several years as a volunteer tutor, decided to merge her business expertise with her passion for lifting academic achievement among low-income children and minorities. This realization led her to Berkeley-Haas, where she is pursuing MBA studies with a focus on non-profit and entrepreneurship opportunities in the education sector. Alma knew she wanted to be deeply involved with the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership and saw the Net Impact Co-VP position as an opportunity to help the Center better connect the MBA community to the social sector. At Haas, Alma serves as a Board Fellow for Leadership High School and is a team lead for a Social Sector Solutions consulting project with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. She is a co-founder of Young Education Professionals-Bay Area and served as a volunteer teacher with Citizen Schools.

Welcome Christine Chu, MBA 14, Net Impact Co-VP Nonprofit and Public Leadership

“I came to Haas because I wanted to make a difference in the world and I knew that I could gain the experience and leadership skills at Haas to do so. I plan to work at a for-profit company upon graduation, but I wanted an avenue to explore and to have an impact in the social sector during my time at Haas. As VP of Non Profit and Public Leadership, I have the opportunity to help connect current, prospective, and past students to new and on-going opportunities as well as to help develop and grow the program.” Christine Chu is a first-year MBA-MPH student focusing on healthcare technology innovation. Having volunteered throughout her life with various organizations, Christine was previously involved as an Event Manager and Fundraising Lead with the San Francisco One Brick chapter, which provides support to local non-profit and community organizations. At Haas, Christine is co-President of the Haas Wine Industry Club and Haas Culinary Club and serves as a team lead for a Social Sector Solutions consulting project with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. Christine also holds leadership positions in the Haas Healthcare Association and Challenge For Charity (C4C).

Experiential Programs drive learning and impact at Berkeley-Haas

Jessica Felts is a second year MBA student at Berkeley-Haas. She participated in last spring’s Social Sector Solutions course and in this year’s Berkeley Board Fellows program. She shares her thoughts on the impact that these projects have had on her:

“Social Sector Solutions was my favorite class at Haas. I was fortunate to work with an amazing team and a wonderful non-profit serving an incredibly diverse array of clients. The class provided the frameworks we needed to solve our client’s issue and gave us the freedom to try different approaches over the course of the semester. I’m now serving on the Board of my non-profit with my former teammate through the Board Fellows program, and plan to continue my relationship with them after I leave Haas. I know now that I will always be involved with the social sector, either professionally or in a volunteer capacity.”

Berkeley Board Fellows: Workshop for Board Mentors

February 8, 2013 4:00-6:00pm

UC Berkeley – Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room

Professional Development Workshop for Your Nonprofit Board

As a thank you for hosting Berkeley Board Fellows at your organization we would like to offer you this complementary workshop on building a dynamic board and strengthening your skills as a dynamic board member. Our goal is to help you develop your board and we have designed this workshop specifically for you. Faculty from the Haas School of Business, including experienced board leaders and consulting firm directors, will work directly with you on issues of concern to you.

An exclusive event for Berkeley Board Fellows organizations to:

• Gauge the strengths and challenges of your board and learn best practices from others

• Dig deeper into key challenges you are facing in small, facilitated groups of your peers

• Access individual coaching from experienced board leaders, consultants and professors

• Leave with a few good solid next steps for your own and your board’s professional development

Our development coaches include:

Jamie Allison-Hope – Senior Program Officer, S.H. Cowell Foundation

Colin Boyle – Deputy Director, UCSF Global Health Sciences

Jay Espovich – Partner, Ernst & Young (Ret.)

Lynne LaMarca Heinrich – Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy

Bob Miller – Board Chair, Center for Nonprofit & Public Leadership

David Riemer – Executive-in-residence, Haas School of Business

Nora Silver – Adjunct Professor, Haas and Director, Center for Nonprofit & Public Leadership

Powerpoint Presentation

Board member training 2 8-13 from Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership

Event Photos