Undergraduate Fellow Bios

Abby Steinmetz, Class of 2022

Abby is from Orange County, California. She is majoring in Nutritional Science and Psychology pursuing a career in medicine. Outside of the fellowship she is an active member of Berkeley Hillel, serves as health worker for her sorority, and enjoys exploring the coffee shops around Berkeley. 

Adriel Ghadoushi, Class of 2022

Adriel Ghadoushi is a 4th-year student, from Los Angeles, studying Society and Environment, and joined the Berkeley Institute in the Fall of 2021. Adriel currently works on circular economy strategy for Walmart Inc. After graduation, Adriel will join the Walmart team full-time while he pursues a law degree with a focus in environmental and natural resources law. While not in school, Adriel loves to bake bread from scratch and volunteer at the Chabad at UC Berkeley.

Amir Grunhaus, Class of 2023

My name is Amir Grunhaus. I was born and raised in Costa Rica. I am currently intending to double major in Political Science and Economics at the University of California Berkeley. 

Ana Light, Class of 2023

I am hoping to study Psychology and maybe minor in Art or Anthropology. I grew up in Seattle and moved to Irvine at the beginning of high school. When I am not in class you can find me either playing Ultimate Frisbee, camping, swing dancing or drinking a lot of coffee! I speak German and Hebrew and spent a gap year volunteering in Berlin and living on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu in Israel. A fun fact about me is: I have a pet goat!

Benjamin Mizrachi, Class of 2022

I am a senior at UC Berkeley pursuing a double major in Product Design and Political Economy (unrelated majors). I was born in Panama City, Panama but was raised in San Diego, CA. I have always been very passionate about Israel and Judaism and spent a gap year in Israel after high school learning more about Israel, Zionism, and Judaism. When not studying or planning activities for the Jewish community at Cal, I am running, cooking, and finding new spots to go hiking!

Carmel Tenenbaum, Class of 2023

Carmel is studying Media Studies and Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations. Right now she is working on the social media platform of the Berkeley Institute trying to increase student engagement. She hopes to either go into human rights law, journalism, or event management.

Charles Halstead, Class of 2022

Charlie is studying Political Science and is the Administrative Assistant at the Townsend Center For Humanities.

Haley Mendlin, Class of 2022

Haley Mendlin is from Modesto, CA, and just joined the institute as an undergraduate fellow this year. Haley is studying Business Administration and is extremely interested in healthcare and business. Once she graduates from Berkeley, she hopes to attend business school and achieve a master’s degree in business and public health. Outside of the fellowship, she serves as the Internal Vice President for the Healthcare Business Association at Berkeley and is involved with research at the Walter A. Haas School of Business. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new coffee shops and spending time with her friends and family. 

Hannah Goldsobel, Class of 2022

Hannah is from Los Angeles, California. She is majoring in Environmental Science and hopes to pursue a career in law.  Additionally, she in pursuing a minor in Technical Theater and Design. Outside of the Institute, Hannah serves as the Director of First Year Experiences for her sorority and works on theater production throughout the year.  

Hannah Wenger, Class of 2022

Hannah is from Los Angeles, CA and is studying Political Science here at UC Berkeley. She loves being around friends and family and is especially thankful for the way Judaism has shaped her. One day, Hannah hopes to become a lawyer and make tangible change in people’s lives. When she am not studying, you can find her cooking, hiking, or learning about the stock market!

Harley Rader, Class of 2022

Kalia Rodich, Class of 2022

Kalia Rodich is a student of Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. She is starting her career in taxation to explore the intersections of business and law. She loves to put herself out there and bring energy and zest to all her endeavors.


Megan Cistulli, Class of 2022

Megan Cistulli, a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in international relations and American politics while minoring in Human Rights, has been a fellow at the Berkeley Institute since September 2021. Working as an undergraduate research assistant at the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law, Megan conducts research regarding sexual harassment in education and in the workplace. After she graduates from Berkeley, Megan plans to attend law school and become an attorney building on her experiences working with educational institutions, entrepreneurial programs, and sexual harassment research. 

Rebecca Steinberg, Class of 2022

Rebecca Steinberg is studying English Literature and Human Rights. She is a member of Berkeley’s Mock Trial Team, where she competes as a lawyer and argues a variety of civil and criminal cases in front of district and federal judges across the nation. She is also on the Executive Student Board of Berkeley’s Hillel. Having gone to Catholic school for most of her life, she is especially interested in interfaith programming during her time as a BILJIS Fellow.  In the future, she hopes to practice as an in-house IP lawyer in the television and film industry

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Sam Friedman, Class of 2022

Sam is from San Jose, California and has lived in the Bay Area all his life. He is double majoring in Political Science and Legal Studies at Cal, and he hopes to go on to practice law. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, watching movies, and spending time with friends. He hopes that he can facilitate on-campus conversation and education about Israel through the Institute.

Sydney Kend, Class of 2022

Sydney Kend is a senior at UC Berkeley double majoring in Business Administration at the Haas School of Business and Political Science at the College of Letters and Science.


Talia Harris, Class of 2022

Talia Harris is from Los Angeles, CA, and has been a fellow at the Berkeley Institute since January 2020. Talia currently works for the Berkeley Law Center for Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law and is very interested in international relations. Once she graduates from Berkeley, she hopes to move to Washington DC and be involved in Middle Eastern politics with the State Department or a think tank. In her free time, Talia loves reading historical novels and practicing her skills in graphic design.

Tess Futterman, Class of 2023

Tess is from New York City, NY. She is majoring in American Studies with a concentration in the intersection of Government, Race, and Social Institutions. She is also pursuing minors in Public Policy and History. Outside of her classes is involved in Kids in Nutrition and the Berkeley Student Food Collective. Once she graduates, Tess hopes to pursue a career centered on improving either our nation’s public education system or housing policies.