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Ms. Quality Nonprofits

About Me:

I am a talented and technical marketer leader at one of the world’s largest, most beloved nonprofits. My work/leadership/volunteer experience display a strong passion and demonstrated impact in public service. My undergrad quant grades are deeply lacking (hence the 2.7), but I have been able to turn that around in my career. I lead a team of 6.


Undergrad School: UC Berkeley

Undergrad Major: Political Science

GPA: 2.77


Age: 28,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: I have super extensive public-service based extracurriculars (~7-10) where I have made a significant contribution over many years, AmeriCorps Bonner Leader (500 hrs/year), Founder & Executive Director of Nonprofit in High School/College

Work History:

Title: Director of Marketing and Communications

Industry: Nonprofit / B-Corp

Company: Major NGO/NPO

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Title: Marketing Manager

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 9 mos

Big Life Wins:

After 1.6 years, promoted to Senior Leadership Team to lead marketing and communications strategy for $14.9M of revenue. Manage 6 direct reports, external resources, and $800K budget to steer brand alignment across all revenue-generating business units. Own all technical operations, legal compliance, and quality assurance for all marketing channels

Post MBA Goal:

I want to stay in the non-profit field – my ultimate goal is to help transform nonprofits to better serve the communities and issues I care about, using top-quality marketing strategies. I consider myself a social entrepreneur and would love to start a for-profit company working at the intersection of doing good and doing business.


Target School: Berkeley Haas

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 8%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi Ms. Quality Nonprofits,
    Thanks for posting your profile. This is Debbie Choy, Senior Consultant at mbaMission. I like your career story of growing as a leader at work. I am also impressed by your commitment to public service through AmeriCorps. In my 8 years working with candidates, I know professionals from the non-profit sector are under-represented in MBA programs. That said, I think your GPA is a concern. First, if there were any circumstances that affected your grades, you could of course explain to the Admissions Committee (AdCom). Secondly and more importantly, as you study for the GMAT or GRE, aim to get as close as you can to the Haas average (which is around 726 for the GMAT). Thirdly, you could also consider taking …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Ms. Quality Nonprofits, Lisa Cummings here of Stratus Admissions. While your goals of helping transform non-profits are noble, I am worried that your stats just don’t measure up to Berkeley’s averages. As a former adcomm member at MIT Sloan, I would be concerned about your ability to have success in the core classes and beyond given your non quantitative undergrad major and GPA. Did you take any quant courses (ie stats and or calculus) and if so what were our grades in them? Additionally, without a super solid GMAt to try to partially offset that GPA, I am afraid that it will be hard for your file to get a serious look. Is there a reason you don’t have …

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