Alex Yan


Hi, my name is Alex! I am a current student at the University of Chicago studying Economics and Data Science. I have a strong interest in finance and business and I love supporting those around me in the best possible way. I am also an avid consumer of Pamplemousse La Croix.


The University of Chicago

2019 - Present

The Nueva School

2015 - 2019

Work Experience

Business Development Intern

Mulu - Palo Alto, CA
January 2021 - Present

Sales Marketing Consultant

Nebula Consulting - San Francisco, CA
September 2020 - Present

Head of Business Development

Open Water Accelerator - Menlo Park, CA
May 2020 - September 2020
  • Compiled weekly progress reports for presentation to Open Water partners to ensure founder deadlines were being met and to improve internal team communication
  • Established 30+ sponsorships with hackathons, pitch competitions, and newsletters, increasing talent pool yield by 110% between Summer and Fall Cohorts
  • Spearheaded recruitment outreach by managing a team of four to screen talent and increase efficiency among the founder/intern pairing process, creating 240+ internship positions as of Fall.
  • Cofounded the Open Water Venture Scout network to connect college students from 25+ universities with a shared passion for venture and research

Front-End Web Development

YS Designs - San Mateo, CA
June 2018 - May 2020
  • Designed various color palettes and site layouts for small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area using Figma and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Optimized webpages for speed, scalability, and search-engine traffic (HTML, CSS, Javascript).
  • Continue to keep site up-to-date with new images, announcements, and designs.

Web Design Instructor

Local - Hillsborough, CA
June 2016 - September 2019
  • Worked with a handful of aspiring web-designers from ages 10 to 16 on developing a proficient understanding of HTML, CSS, Javascript, and jQuery.
  • Introduced basic graphic design concepts and helped students form a strong foundation with Adobe Creative Suite and Figma
  • Trained students to effectively set up website hosting through GCP and maintain updated Github repositories.

Assistant Tennis Coach

Zalles Tennis - Foster City
June 2013 - September 2019
  • Coached young athletes from ages 6 to 14 on various aspects of tennis, from simple strength building drills to granular shot accuracy training.
  • Worked with players in both individual and group settings to develop consistency on strokes, footwork, and technique.
  • Incorporated strategy into drills to prepare players for USTA tournaments and club matches.

After-School Tutor

The Nueva School - San Mateo, CA
June 2017 - June 2019
  • Administered academic guidance to disadvantaged students in math and writing.
  • Prepared individual lesson plans in accordance to the individual needs of students.
  • Built healthy relationships with students and parents alike to ensure a clear communication of objectives.

Personal Assistant to Elle Chen

Sacramento Capitol Building - Sacramento, CA
June 2018 - July 2018
  • Aided Elle Chen, legislative consultant to Senator Skinner.
  • Worked on fact-sheet compilations, cross-office communications, and office management.
  • Learned about government structure and the role of public policy.


Phoenix Funds

The University of Chicago

Member (October 2020 - Present)

  • Participated in an undergraduate finance society focused on following financial markets and exploring various asset classes in a seminar-like setting

Trott Business Program

The University of Chicago

Member (September 2020 - Present)

  • Selective, three-year program focused on building business acumen through weekly workshops and coursework at the Chicago Booth School of Business.

Guayakí Brand Ambassador


University Ambassador (August 2020 - Present)

  • Created engagement with the Guayakí brand by spreading their regenerative mission statement in person and online
  • Promoted Guayakí Yerba Maté at on-campus and virtual events, introducing 300+ students to the product

Varsity Tennis Team

The Nueva School (TNS)

Member (2015-2017), Captain (2017-2019)

Varsity Debate Team


Member (2016-2017), Research Co-Head (2017-2019)

Music Design Club


Lead Engineer (2018-2019)


The Leatherback Trust

Animal Welfare - Costa Rica
March 2017 - May 2017
  • Rescued and helped build nests for the endangered baby leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica.
  • Patrolled the shores of Playa Grande at night and moved turtle nests to a hatchery at the research station.
  • Promoted the overall quality and availability of protected habitats for leatherbacks.

The Monteverde Institute

Environmental Preservation - Costa Rica
March 2017 - May 2017
  • Helped with reforestation in Costa Rica through calculations on CO2 intake, water quality, and biodiversity.
  • Recorded findings in the institute's database for future use.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Social Services - San Mateo
January 2017 - January 2019
  • Helped pack and sort produce for distribution in San Mateo County
  • Monthly, Tuesday mornings from 9am to 12pm.



Native Speaker


Speaking (Fluent), Reading and Writing (Intermediate)


Speaking, Reading, and Writing (Intermediate)


  • Front-end Development (HTML, CSS, Javascript)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Aftereffects)
  • Microsoft Suite (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
  • Workspace Management (Notion, Airtable)