The Berkeley mathematics DRP program was started in the Fall of 2014 by Jeff Hicks, Nick Ramsey, and Alex Youcis, who were math Ph.D. students at Berkeley. They were motivated to start the program based on their previous experiences in undergraduate reading programs.
For the first three years of its existence, the Berkeley DRP was organized by 5 Berkeley graduate students: Alex Youcis, Jeff Hicks, Chris Miller, Alexander Bertoloni Meli, and Nick Ramsey. In fall 2017, the program was turned over to Kat Christianson and Joe Stahl, then second-years in the Berkeley math Ph.D. program. For more information about the DRP organizers, see this page.