Welcome to the webpage for the Department of Economics Undergraduate Counseling.

The Counseling Office works with our students to help them get the most out of their experience in Economics. We guide students in making effective decisions regarding course selection and help ensure major requirements are met in a timely way. We are here to assist all students taking Economics and Business Economics courses and those considering enrollment in our program.

The office coordinates departmental events for prospective and current students in Economics, including advising sessions for new students and our commencement ceremony.  We also administer special Departmental programs and scholarships.

We encourage you to stop by our office.  The location and hours are listed below.

If you have suggestions for how we can improve our performance, please let us know by emailing us at feedback@econ.ucla.edu. All names and email addresses will be kept confidential.

Drop-in Counseling Hours/Office Information:

Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (subject to change)

Room:  2263 Bunche Hall
Phone: 310-825-5118

Check out our Facebook page – “UCLA Economics Counselors” – for updates to our daily counseling hours.

If you can’t visit us in 2263 Bunche Hall, the MyUCLA Message Center is the next best way to communicate with us.

If you have a UCLA logon ID/you are a current UCLA student, please submit your inquiry here.

If you do not have a UCLA logon ID, please submit your inquiry here.

Undergraduate Counseling Staff Members:

Natasha Levy, Undergraduate Counselor / Student Affairs Manager

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC San Diego; Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from UCLA.

About me: I have worked full time as a Student Affairs Officer at UCLA since 1997, in multiple offices on campus, including the Linguistics Department, the School of Public Health, and the School of Theater, Film and Television.  I joined the Economics Department in 2016.  I enjoy helping current and prospective students discover their path and with understanding which office to go to for assistance at UCLA.  On a personal note, I enjoy zumba, trying different cuisines, watching film and tv, and hanging with my husband and my shih tzu Leo.

Julie Plotkin, Undergraduate Counselor

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Journalism; Master of Science in Counseling (College Student Services).

About me:  After deciding against becoming a sportswriter and then working in a variety of fields, including in purchasing for a cruise line and public relations, I pursued graduate education in counseling so that I could help students to become aware of the many options that they have, academically and career-wise, and to help them to succeed.  I have worked at both community colleges and at UCLA.  Outside of UCLA, I enjoy college football (the Bruins, in particular), the outdoors, traveling, and exploring all that Los Angeles and Southern California has to offer.

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Justin Javier, Undergraduate Counselor

Education:   Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UC San Diego; Master of Arts in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University.

About me:  I am excited to work with UCLA Economics students, who are intellectually gifted and come from diverse backgrounds. What I enjoy most about my job is helping students navigate their way through college, seeing them walk across the stage at commencement, and ultimately achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.  Outside of UCLA, I am excited to explore all that Los Angeles has to offer, in particular the many unique restaurants and food options.  Finally, I love watching sports, especially the San Francisco Giants. A goal of mine is to visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums, and I am currently 3/4 of the way there.


Nora Hunter, Part Time Undergraduate Counselor

Education:  Bachelor of Arts from UCLA; Multiple Subjects and English Teaching Credentials from National University

About me:  I am so excited to be working with the Economics Undergraduate Counselors. I enjoy helping students make informed decisions about their education, so they can maximize their time at UCLA. After working for several years in LAUSD as a teacher, I decided to return to my alma mater to pursue a master’s degree in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. When I am not working or at school, you can either find me training high school musical theater students, or sitting on the couch with my cat and husband, eating ice cream.


Jonathan Hagman, Part Time Undergraduate Counselor  

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in Public Affairs from UCLA

About Me: I am very excited to be spending my 5th year back on campus working with UCLA undergraduate students. After a year away from Westwood working in the finance start-up space, I am now pursuing a master’s degree from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs in Public Policy. In my free time you can find me studying in Young Research Library, working out at the John Wooden Center, or complaining about my commute.