GSM Alumni Association

GSM Alumni Association

2019-20 Graduate School of Management Alumni Association Board Members
The Alumni Board members attend the October 2019 meeting at Vx Capital in San Francisco

The Graduate School of Management Alumni Association (GSMAA) is a vibrant, dynamic and powerful networking community that is passionate about ensuring GSM’s continued success as a globally ranked MBA program.

The GSMAA board members are a select consortium of alumni leaders who have the important role of serving as liaisons between the alumni population and leadership at the School. The Board’s mission is to facilitate strong affiliations among alumni, students, faculty, staff and the communities that are united within the GSM network.

Purpose and Values

GSMAA Purpose:

  • Fosters and contributes to a close-knit alumni community
  • Promotes the value of well-rounded graduates
  • Introduces and integrates members into the business community

GSMAA Values:

  • Passionate and energetic leadership
  • Engaging the GSM Alumni community 
  • Continued commitment and service to GSM


Because of the importance of their role, members of the board are expected to uphold the following responsibilities:

  • Attend three (3) board meetings per year during weekends in Oct, Feb and May. (Meeting locations rotate between Sacramento, Davis and Bay Area locations.)
  • Attend at least three (3) GSM events per year to represent the alumni population.
  • Fulfill a three-year term with consistent participation.

Benefits and Opportunities:

  • Great networking with fellow board members and alumni volunteers from other classes and programs.
  • Find your next job or find a lead for a new job for your spouse/best friend/sibling.
  • Find a co-entrepreneur for your next endeavor.
  • Deeper connections than simply attending events.
  • Meet fun and like-minded individuals who have a shared GSM connection.
  • Access & exposure to the Dean’s Advisory Council, faculty, current student leaders and invitations to special events.
  • Add board service to your resume.

Interested? Email our Development and Alumni Relations at

Current Board Members

Board Member Company Job Title Board Position
Kristy Bird MaKieve MBA 15 Butte-Glenn Medical Society Executive Director President
Jamie Butler MBA 10 Amazon Web Services Director of Solutions Architecture VP and Nominating Co-Chair
Janette Cruz MBA 15 SMUD Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator Nominating Co-Chair
Abigayle Curtis MBA 14 U.S. CAD Sr. Business Develop. Exec. Alumni Engagement Chair
Christa Dyck MBA 05 IBM Sales Specialist Alumni Awards Chair
Robin Greenspan MBA 17 Intel Finance Manager Student Fellowship Awards Chair
Mackenzie Guinon MBA 14 Work Day User Experience Researcher Analytics Strategy  
Bryan Johnson MBA 03 Capital Engineering Consultants President, Health Care Market Leader  
T.J. Johnson MBA 12 PIC - Nashville North America Finance Lead Fundraising Chair
Al Lavassani MBA 15 Information Privacy Program Mgr SoFi  
Dylan Lee MPAc 16 Old Navy Senior Analyst, Company Planning MPAc Alumni Chair
Anna Shen MSBA 18 Data Science Team Lead Square  
Bryan Shepherd MBA 11 Agilent  Technologies Division Controller Past President
Jim Terheyden MBA 16 Bessemer Trust Associate Wealth Advisor Secretary
Jane You MBA 14 Dropbox Group Product Manager, Go-to-Market Apps  
Ex-Officio Members
Rao Unnava GSM Dean
Mike Palazzolo Faculty Representative
Kalina Springer Full-Time MBA Student Representative
Kristin Bonham Sacramento MBA Student Representative
Gatha Sehgal Bay Area MBA Student Representative
TBD MPAc Student Representative
Nandini Basu MSBA Student Representative