Meet Our Team

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Charlie McMurry

President

Charlie is a junior from Sacramento, CA studying economics and business administration. As President, he is responsible for leading the organization towards its short-term and long-term goals and ensuring it offers the very best to its members and the Berkeley community. Outside the Forum, he plays the saxophone in a jazz combo and works on economic research. He can be found talking about the Fed, listening to everything from John Coltrane to J. Cole, writing about himself in third person, and telling awful jokes.

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Michael Che & Colin Jost

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Cindy Tang

VP of Events

Cindy Tang is a second-year student intending majors in Business Administration and Sociology with a minor in Human Rights Interdisciplinary. Originally from Columbus, OH, Cindy has passions for diversity & inclusion, people, and education. In Cindy’s free time, she enjoys hiking, vintage shopping, and trying new restaurants. Cindy is currently an RA in Blackwell Hall and is a huge fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Virgil Abloh

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Ankita Inamdar

VP of Finance

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Aparna Iyer

VP of Programming

Aparna is a sophomore studying Political Science and Human Rights. She joined the Forum in her freshman year and has loved the process of inviting speakers, moderating talks with fascinating people, and learning more about how to host events. Her favorite events thus far have been with SNL Director Don Roy King and writer Gene Luen Yang. As VP of Programming, she facilitates speaker invitations that will determine the lineup for Fall 2020. She enjoys politics, dance, and stand-up comedy.

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Brandon Stanton of HONY

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Ian Wong

VP of Communications

Ian is a sophomore intending to major in Economics and Sociology. Outside of the Forum, he enjoys playing late-night rounds of ping pong and introducing people to the objectively best baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.

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Joshua Wong

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Abhay Aggarwal

VP of Moderating

Abhay Aggarwal is a sophomore pursuing a BA in Computer Science and a City Planning minor. As the VP of Moderating, he helps guide members through the research and public speaking skills required for moderating. In addition, he is also a researcher with the Division of Data Science. Abhay is passionate about politics and sustainable design and hopes to engage with both through the Forum.

In his free time Abhay enjoys obtaining political stickers for his laptop and listening to EDM and anime instrumentals. He can generally be found in Kresge or scrolling through Twitter takes (usually both at once).

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Kim Namjoon

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Omotara Oloye

VP of Technology

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LEADERSHIP

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Anh- Tu Lu

Director of Membership

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Nayan Chavan

Director of Internal Affairs

Nayan is a second-year from Nashville studying Data Science with Linguistics and Computer Science. She loves the British Royal Family, WordPress, Google Sheets, and creating Slack reacts for the Forum. Her biggest fears include unemployment, ghosts, and regret.

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Brittany Kaiser

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Aditya Goyal

Director of Development

Aditya is a junior studying Political Economy with a concentration in International Trade. He joined the Forum in the Spring of 2019 and has served on the programming, events, and finance committee. He values the mission of the Forum in promoting discourse and bringing about meaningful conversations throughout campus.

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Hamdi Ulukaya

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Samy Cherfaoui

Technology Software Manager

Samy is a 3rd-year Computer Science major, and his favorite city is Cupertino, CA.

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Hannibal Buress

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Kaho Otake

Communications Project Manager

Kaho Otake, a second year studying Economics and Media Studies, has a passion for visual communication and strategic communication. She hopes to use her experience in graphic deisgn, photography, publication, and branding marketing in order to increase campus awareness and engagement with Forum events. Outside of the Berkeley Forum, she is involved in Innovative Design and Business Review at Berkeley. You will most likely find Kaho reading The Atlantic, at the gym, looking up at the sky, or binge-watching Bon Appetit Videos.

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Wendy’s Twitter Social Media Team

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David Lee

Multimedia Manager

David is a 3rd year student majoring in economics and minoring in data science. He is currently in the tech and events committees. In his free time, he loves to shoot photos of his friends, read about the consumer electronics industry, and watch soccer and hockey. Unfortunately, he supports Manchester United and the San Jose Sharks, the two most infuriating sports teams on the planet.

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Sir Alex Ferguson

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CJ Hines

Tech Systems and Data Analytics Manager

CJ is a first-year at UC Berkeley studying Business and Data Science with a personal interest in sports analytics. This semester she is serving as the Systems and Data Analytics Manager. In her free time, CJ ice skates and promotes tourism to her archipelagic homeland, the gorgeous and superior Republic of the Philippines.

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Meghan Markle

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Ethan Qi

Internal Finance Manager

Ethan Qi is a second-year from Cupertino, California studying Economics, Philosophy, and Statistics. He is responsible for the Forum’s internal financial initiatives and processes. Ethan has a passion for lively debate and witty banter; in his free time, he enjoys indulging his peculiar music tastes, online shopping, and stuffing his face with food.

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Noam Chomsky

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Brian Chen

External Finance Manager

Brian Chen serves as the External Finance Manager of the Forum. In that capacity, he represents the Forum in all external on- and off-campus partnerships, ensuring that the club stays both financially solvent and accessible to members of the Berkeley community. Brian was drawn to the Forum to engage with critical issues and to challenge his beliefs–in bringing distinguished speakers to campus, he hopes others can do the same. A native of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Brian studies Economics and can be found playing the violin, singing, and discovering new music to binge.

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Bowen Yang

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Jasmine Chen

Events Logistics Manager

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Da Eun Jung

Communications Committee Member

Da Eun is a second-year student studying sociology. In the Berkeley Forum, she is a Communications Project Manager. Previously, she was a Programming Talks Manager and a member of the Events Committee.

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Amy Tan

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Orianna Jia

Events Venue Manager

Orianna Jia is a part of the Events and Moderating Committees. As the Events Venue Manager, she helps support event managers in finding suitable venues for their events. Additionally, as a member of the moderating committee, she works to ask a diverse array of speakers thought-provoking questions. Having joined the Forum to help shape and be shaped by the discourse on campus, Orianna hopes to make the Forum as accessible as possible.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Phuong Bao

Programming Talks Manager

Phuong is a 2nd year MCB and Public Health major. On her free time, she likes to catch up on her sleep, curate new Spotify playlists, listen to podcasts and try out new restaurants.

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Rihanna

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Vanitha Vemula

Programming Debates & Panels Manager

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Noah Oppenheimer

Moderating Training Manager

Noah is a freshman from Folsom, California (#916Proud) and intends to major in business administration and data science. He is an avid sports fan and a member of the Debate Society of Berkeley.

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Billy Beane

GENERAL MEMBERS

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Aila Teja

Communications Committee Member

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Avi Garg

Technology Committee Member

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Bianca Luansing

Programming, Events Committee Member

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Vyoma Raman

Events, Technology Committee Member

Vyoma is a first-year computer science and interdisciplinary studies major on the events and technology committees. When she’s not frantically booking speaker flights or slaving away over problem sets, you can find her browsing Google Earth, bookmarking articles from The Upshot, or bingeing on Patriot Act and The Daily Show. One of Vyoma’s biggest passions in life is murder mysteries. By fervently supporting Acorn TV, spreading pro-Agatha Christie dogma, and planning murder mystery socials, she hopes to rescue this dying art.

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Hans Rosling

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Eric Michaud

Technology Committee Member

Eric is a third-year math major with research interests in theoretical computer science and the search for life beyond Earth. Formerly a member of the programming committee, he organized talks by Jill Tarter and Jaron Lanier, as well as the Big Tech Debate.

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Eric Weinstein

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Jonathan Min

Moderating Committee Member

Jonathan is a 1st-year undergraduate majoring in Economics and Political Science with a minor in History. He is passionate about Constitutional law, American/Classical history, and political philosophy. In his free time, he likes to play Spikeball, get some food, read, and play League of Legends. In the long run, he aspires to delve into academia and research after earning his Law Degree.

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Chief Justice John Roberts

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Liz Eddy

Finance Committee Member

Liz is a second year at Cal studying Economics and Political Economy. In addition to being involved in The Forum, she is part of Cal Mock Trial, serves as the Director of Scholarship for Delta Gamma, and enjoys exercising.

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Fareed Zakaria

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Mads Mayfield

Finance Committee Member

Mads is a 4th year majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Sustainability. They try to be a moderately exciting person to be around despite having the most old person interests in the world, such as accounting, sewing, and golf.

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Meghana Kumar

Finance Committee Member

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Shaheer Sandhu

Finance Committee Member

Shaheer is a first-year student at UC Berkeley pursuing a double major in Economics and Data Science.

Academically, he explores the intersection between urban development and city finance, especially their significance in city planning. Personally, Shaheer enjoys listening to 90’s Hip Hop and playing pickup games of basketball.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabar

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Shivali Baveja

Moderating Committee Member

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Sydney Yoon

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Yannan Tuo

Finance Committee Member

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Francesca Song

Finance Committee Member

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Anika Singhania

Finance Committee Member

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Lucy Cheng

Finance Committee Member

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Michael Cabrera

Finance Committee Member

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