Graduate Affiliates

Graduate Affiliates are graduate and professional students who receive certain privileges in Berkeley in exchange for coordinating programs for, interacting with, and counseling undergraduates.  They have been active throughout the college in many ways: helping with freshman move-in, hosting Junior Semester Abroad and pre-med info talks, and sponsoring yummy study breaks.

If you would like more information on the Graduate Affiliate program, please follow the following link: https://yalegradaffiliates.blogspot.com

Graduate Affiliates for 2021-2022 (Additional GA’s to be announced in September)


Head Grad Affiliate

 

Andrew Brod (Law)

Andrew (BK ‘17) is a current student at Yale Law School. He majored in economics and mathematics as an undergraduate; he also took Directed Studies and a large number of classes in the Russian and history departments. While at Yale, he was a clarinetist in the Yale Concert Band and Berkeley College Orchestra, an editor of Accent (a foreign language magazine), and research assistant to a Nobel Prize-winning economist. He’s worked in management consulting and interned at a large macroeconomic hedge fund, and he came to the law school with an interest in exploring the intersection of law, business, and economics. He’d be more than happy to discuss academic interests, extracurriculars, law/career paths, travel (50+ countries), or just about anything else—and he’d be happy to help you practice your Spanish, French, or Russian at the same time!

 

Grad Affiliates

Vicki Beizer (BK ‘18) is an MBA student at the Yale School of Management. As an undergraduate, Vicki majored in Astronomy and conducted research both at Yale and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. After graduation, Vicki worked as a consultant at Quadrant Strategies in Washington, DC, where she conducted focus groups and polls to inform companies’ key strategic decisions; her favorite projects were those focusing on product development. She is always happy to talk about STEM, anything space related, applying to business school, baking endeavors or reality TV. 

Alex Brod (BK ’19) is a student at Yale Law School. Originally from New Jersey, Alex graduated from Yale with a degree in Political Science. While at Yale, Alex was a member of the Berkeley College Orchestra, the Yale Concert Band, the Berkeley College Big Sib Program, and Berkeley’s “North Court Grilling Squad.” After graduating, he worked for two years in the legal and compliance department at a quantitative investment firm in New York. Outside of school, Alex enjoys cooking, playing the clarinet and piano, watching baseball (go Yankees!), and golfing. He is thrilled to rejoin the Berkeley Community and looks forward to chatting about academic, extracurricular, and social life at Yale, especially over a cookout in North Court!

Zander De Jesus (BK ’20) is a current student at the Yale School of the Environment, completing the 5th year accelerated Master’s in Environmental Management Degree (MEM-5). He is completing the People, Equity, and the Environment Specialization, and is interested in further researching theories of Environmental Justice, and how community organizing strategies translate into effective and participatory policy frameworks. While a Yale Undergraduate, Zander double majored in Environmental Studies (B.S. program) and American Studies, combining his understanding of Environmental Health, Political Ecology, and the History of Decolonization Movements through an Environmental Justice lens. He was involved in the Yale Student Environmental Coalition (YSEC), serving as a Co-President from 2019-2020, as well as the Teaching Peace Initiative. Zander is also a proud alumni and returning summer instructor for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program.

Outside of school, Zander enjoys reading speculative fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy novels, and thinking about how we can infuse art and creative writing into our conversations for meaningful political change. He is always happy to talk about green spaces to explore around New Haven, combining interdisciplinary degree programs, and thinking about how to keep a spiritual, inspired, and joyful attitude while moving through the pressures of academic life.

Ken Gunasekera (BK ‘15 – Thundercoqs Fly High) is from Long Island, NY, and is currently an MD-PhD student and will be pursuing his PhD training at the School of Public Health in Epidemiology of Microbial Disease.  Ken is really interested in medicine, social determinants of health, figuring out how to measure things, traveling, food, running, swimming, long walks, and spending time with people. He is happy to keep being a part of the Berkeley Community and would love to talk about academic/career stuff and other interesting things in life. If you see Ken the dining hall or on campus, say hi – he promises to be friendly!

Josh Hochman is a first-year student at Yale Law School. He majored in history at Yale College (BK ’18). As an undergrad, he was the President of the Yale College Democrats, a Class Day Co-Chair, a participant in the Directed Studies and Grand Strategy programs, and a research assistant at Yale Law School’s China Center. He spent his summers working on the Phil Murphy for Governor campaign in New Jersey, at the Atlantic Council, and at the New York State Attorney General’s Office. After graduation, he worked in DC for three years at WestExec Advisors, a strategic advisory firm. He’s excited to get to know the Berkeley community and he’s always happy to talk about law school, life as a Yale undergrad, politics and policy, podcasts, or anything else on your mind!

DanielleMiyagishima is a  MD-PhD student. She is originally from New Mexico and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Biology from New Mexico State University. Her PhD will be in genetics studying genetics of brain tumors and aneurysms. Her other academic interests include teaching/tutoring, anatomy, bioethics, and neuroscience. She hopes to pursue a career in neurosurgery and is Co-President of a medical student organization (Yale Cushing Society) that hosts events with YMPO for Yale College students interested in the field (so if you are interested, or curious, talk to me!). Outside of school, Danielle enjoys anything outdoors (hiking/backpacking/camping, running, cycling, swimming, soccer, rock climbing), and cooking New Mexican food. She has three very cute (unbiased, of course) dogs that live with her in West Haven. Talk to her about: anything, philosophy, surgical (or any medical/biomedical research) career interests, life in general, or life as a dog mom. 

Anthony Ratinov (BK ‘20) is a M.M. (Master of Music) student at the Yale School of Music, studying piano with Professor Boris Berman and Professor Wei-Yi Yang. His family is originally from Moscow, Russia and he grew up in Maryland. At Yale, he majored in Chemical Engineering (ABET-accredited). He was a FOOT leader, serving as one of the equipment coordinators, and was on the leadership board for the Undergraduate Piano Collective. He also was a member of the Pfefferle Lab Group, where he researched the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials and superconductors. During the summers, in addition to research, he participated in international music festivals and competitions, recently winning the Pianists’ Award, sponsored by Bösendorfer, at the International Summer Academy in Austria (2019), and the 3rd prize at the Virtuoso & Belcanto piano competition in Italy (2017). 

He enjoys exploring new food, going on hikes and backpacking, and loves watching and analyzing films. He is always happy to discuss his academic, social, and extracurricular experience at Yale, and would be happy to meet new people! 

Amy Zhao (BK ’18) is an MD/PhD student at the Yale School of Medicine. She was born in California and grew up in Connecticut and Massachusetts. As an undergrad, she majored in Statistics and Data Science as well as Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She was also a member of the varsity swimming and diving team, a student researcher in the Koleske and King labs, and a co-leader/member of several student organizations. In addition to her Genetics PhD thesis research on lung diseases, she is passionate about advocating for women in STEM and medicine, advising students, and teaching/tutoring. She also enjoys board gaming, playing piano, and trying new restaurants. Please feel free to reach out - she is happy to talk about things to do in New Haven, STEM, medicine, and life in BK and at Yale!