Helen Yuan for Executive Vice President
I am Helen Yuan, running to be your next ASUC Executive Vice President. As someone who oversees the network of student organizations on campus, I hope to maximize the amount of resources available for student groups to operate in the most productive way. My initial goal is to form partnerships with local nonprofits and businesses around and within campus as a way of capitalizing on existing resources and bringing them to the students on this campus. For example, as a board member of the Telegraph Business Improvement District (TBID), a nonprofit that oversees the commercial development on the southside of campus, I intend to continue reflecting student interests and voices in decisions that impact this area.
Additionally, I hope to expand the scope of student spaces on and around campus so that student groups that currently lack a dedicated study or relaxation space can have one. I will start off by working extensively with Student Union Operations to scout and locate spaces within MLK and Eshleman that are underutilized and create schedules for student groups that need access to spaces to sign up for designated block hours. I will also locate any unoccupied spaces within the Woo Hon Fai Hall (previously BAM/PFA) and work to turn it into a student-friendly space.
And last but not at all least, I will implement a leadership seminar for existing and new student organizations to opt-in to in case they need additional training with managing and sustaining their own human capital. People shape the way organizations and businesses are run, which is why I believe it is extremely important to invest in the right people to successfully build, sustain, and grow an organization. The seminar will bring in speakers and draw upon the learnt knowledge of the successes and failures of established organizations on campus.
The EVP position has, over the years, progressively been stretched into a more diluted position, as the appointed officials started to build their credibility and own realms of jurisdiction within the ASUC. (In the past, all of the functions of the ASUC appointed officials (CFO, CTO, CLO, CCO) belonged to the EVP) In other words, ASUC departments and committees have been increasingly subject to the silo effect, where the lack of communication and increased overlapping of projects have contributed to decreased productivity and isolated operating units. I hope to draw upon my knowledge with business operations, particularly my approach to operations as a framework of thinking, to strengthen the weakened structure of the ASUC and solidify points of communication between all elected and appointed officials. My overall vision is to eliminate gaps of inefficiency and spread knowledge equally across the entire ASUC.
Senator* (August 2016- Present) Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) | UC Berkeley
Chief-of-Staff* (August 2015-May 2016) Office of Senator Alicia Lau | ASUC | UC Berkeley
Board Member* (January 2017-Present) Telegraph Business Improvement District (Non-Profit Organization) | Berkeley, CA
Voting Member* (August 2016-Present) University and External Affairs Committee | ASUC | UC Berkeley
Voting Member* (September 2016-Present) Enterprises and Strategic Planning Committee | ASUC | UC Berkeley
Intellectual Community Fund and Decal Fund Distributor* (September 2016-Present) Office of the Academic Affairs Vice President (Frances McGinley) | ASUC | UC Berkeley
Marketing & Partnership Consultant* (April 2016-Present) CampusCribz | Berkeley, CA
Business Development/Finance Intern* (September 2014-May 2015) Office of Executive Vice President (Justin Kong) | ASUC | UC Berkeley
Co-founder* (January 2016-May 2016) Undergraduate Haas Mentorship Program | UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Treasurer & Officer* (January 2015-December 2015) Cal Running Club | UC Berkeley
Academic Consultant* (September 2014-Present) SOAR for Youth | Bay Area
Junior Risk Management Representative* (January 2017- Present) Alpha Chi Omega Sorority | UC Berkeley
Member* (August 2015 - Present) Alpha Chi Omega Sorority | UC Berkeley
Campaign Manager* (January 2015-May 2015) For Former Senate Candidate (Elect) Alicia Lau | Student Action
Research Analyst* (June 2016-September 2016) Confi HQ | Harvard Innovation Lab | Boston, MA
HQ Liasion* (October 2016) Confi@Cal | UC Berkeley
*Titles for identification purposes only