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2023 Bren Commencement Celebration

Celebrating the Class of 2023

Jun 16 2023 | 9:00 am PDT Bren Hall Michael J. Connell Memorial Courtyard / Online

Graduates seated at commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2023! The Bren School invites you to join us for a celebration of our graduates on Friday, June 16, 2023 at 9:00am Pacific Time. The celebration will be held in the Bren Hall Michael J. Connell Memorial Courtyard, followed by a reception on the lawn. The program will also be streamed live online. 


  • Presiding – Steve Gaines, Dean, Bren School
  • Keynote Address – Heather Hochrein, Founder and CEO, EVmatch
  • Presentation of Awards
  • Student Address – Abigail Sanford, MESM 2023
  • Recognition of Graduates

Livestream of 2023 Bren Graduation Celebration

Join us live at 9:00am PT on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Keynote Speaker: Heather Hochrein (MESM 2016), Founder and CEO, EVmatch


Headshot of Heather Hochrein

Heather Hochrein is the founder and CEO of EVmatch, an app-based shared network of EV chargers hosted by homeowners, apartment complexes, and commercial spaces. Heather founded EVmatch out of her Bren School Eco-E Master's project in 2016 with the goal of accelerating EV adoption by making charging easy, reliable, and accessible to all. Heather is deeply committed to creating an inclusive clean energy economy. She brings technical and business development expertise from years in management roles in the energy efficiency and electric utility sector. Prior to founding EVmatch, Heather held senior management roles at Rising Sun Energy Center, a leading green training, employment, and residential energy efficiency retrofit organization based in Berkeley, California. She is well versed in climate policy and brings extensive utility and energy management experience from years of working and contracting with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She holds a Master of Environmental Science & Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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