Lecturers & Visiting Faculty
Yifan Lu currently leads Customer Analytic team in SMUD, where she plans and leads customer analytic initiatives and advocates big data revolution in Utility industry. Prior to joining SMUD, she had ten years of advanced analytic experience in the health care industry, specializing in consumer insights and marketing analytics. She has led projects including customer segmentation, lifetime value and customer experience excellence. In addition, Yifan has a strong interest in education and learning.
Mark Smith is a UC Davis Graduate School of Management alum and Director of Public Policy, Western Region, for Ducks Unlimited (DU). Smith’s primary responsibilities included managing federal and state government relations in 9 Western states (HI, AK, WA, OR, CA, AZ, NV, UT, ID). As a member of DU’s government relations team, Smith’s primary duties include policy advocacy with federal, state, and local elected officials, appointees, and regulatory bodies (Department of Interior, Natural Resources Agencies, Fish and Wildlife departments, others), managing DU’s coalition engagemen
Long-time Silicon Valley tech executive and educator Sanjay Saigal is executive director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program. He is concurrently a lecturer in the UC Davis MBA and MSBA programs. He is also a professor of business at Minerva Schools at KGI.
MBA, University of California, Davis
Teaching Field: Accounting
Lecturer Charles Ansbach has worked with major corporations nationally and internationally, representing not only their interests in discussions as donors to major nonprofits/NGOs, but also in appeals for support and partnership made by community groups. In those many interactions, he learned why most corporate CSR programs fail and how to fix them. He has learned what CSR directors must do to manage their programs inside corporate structures and the practical sides of serving effectively in that role.
Lecturer Cyrus Aram brings over 20 years of private and public sector experience in the areas of customer strategy, business transformation, planning, program, change and quality management. He has domain level expertise in customer strategy, business process transformation, lean sigma, program and change management, performance management and business controls, and thought leadership. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Sacramento State College of Business Administration.
Joanne Bethlahmy has been named the 2017 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence.
A UC Davis alumna with 30 years of management consulting and marketing management experience, Bethlahmy has worked with large and small companies in consumer products goods, retail and technology on growth strategies, digital innovation and new product development.
Nicholas Briscoe is Chief Economist at Briscoe Economics Group, Inc. He provides valuation consulting and expert witness testimony in a wide variety of economic and financial matters. He teaches as the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as part of the adjunct faculty. Mr. Briscoe’s prior positions include Manager in the forensic services division of the accounting firm Crowe Horwath, LLP, as well as Senior Economist at Cohen | Volk Economic Consulting Group.
Research Expertise: Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, IMP Project Faculty Advisor
Joe DiNunzio is an assistant adjunct professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where he leads the IMPACT Consulting program for MBA students. DiNunzio is also a director at the startup business accelerator Davis Roots and a speaker and mentor at the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
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A UC Davis alumnus and investment industry leader, Lecturer Eamonn Dolan served as chief investment officer and managing director of CM Capital, where he was responsible for asset allocation, strategy formulation, portfolio management, manager selection, process design, and leading the investment team. Dolan is a chartered financial analyst and a chartered investment counselor.
Crystal Ekanayake is an audit partner with GALLINA LLP, a regional accounting firm with offices throughout Northern California, Nevada and Washington.
MBA, University of California, Davis
BS, California State University, Sacramento
Dr. Amy L. Fraher is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Organisation, Work and Employment at the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham in the UK and a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California Davis in the USA. She is a retired U.S. Navy Commander and Naval Aviator, and former United Airlines pilot, with over 6,000 mishap-free flight hours in four jet airliners, five military aircraft, and several types of civilian airplanes.
John Goldberg has over 20 years of experience as an instructor and manager of corporate universities, including in Chiquita Brands International, a Fortune 500 company, and in the higher education and public sectors. Goldberg teaches management courses at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.
Goldberg’s training curriculum has been published by Pfeiffer/Wiley. He is a member of the California Network for Learning Professionals. He has also earned certificates in Leadership, Manager and Supervisor Training and Train-the-Trainer.
Courses Taught: Managers and the Legal Environment
Lecturer Steven Green has been a deputy attorney general for the California Department of Justice since 1988. In this capacity, his practice has been entirely devoted to federal and state litigation on behalf of California’s tax, insurance and business agencies.
Lecturer John D. Hancock provides valuation consulting services in civil and business litigation through economic and financial analysis. He also teaches at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as a visiting professor.
Teaching Expertise: The development of persuasive, professional speaking and writing skills for business, and critical thinking protocols to optimize decision making
Lecturer Brian Kennedy is an attorney, focusing on criminal defense. He has his own law practice in San Diego.
Research Expertise: The development of persuasive, professional speaking and writing skills for business, and the use of critical thinking protocols that optimize decision.making
Lecturer Rodney Lacey has almost twenty years of broad experience in learning, teaching and research in the field of organization theory, management, and strategy. This is reflected in his classes (and research) that cross disciplinary, industry, and national boundaries to take a more integrative approach to thinking about management issues.