Bay Area MBA Dean's Student Advisory Council (DSAC)

Bay Area MBA Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC)
The council provides a framework for incorporating student ideas into the MBA program, networking with alumni, engaging in philanthropic activities and coordinating extracurricular activities

Mission, Purpose & Objectives


The UC Davis Bay Area MBA Program Dean’s Student Advisory Council (Bay Area DSAC) aims to improve the experience of students in the UC Davis Bay Area MBA Program in order to prepare exemplary business leaders who make an impact in the global marketplace.


The purpose of the Bay Area DSAC is to serve as a liaison between the Bay Area MBA students and the administration of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.


The objective of the Bay Area DSAC is to act as a strategic advisory board to the deans with the intentions of (a) improving the quality, value, and community of the Bay Area MBA Program, and (b) providing a platform for the discussion and action around issues of student concern.

Additionally, DSAC seeks to grow the value of the Graduate School of Management (GSM) in the US and abroad by finding ways to increase the value proposition of the program, and in turn its candidates, for prospective students and potential employers.

Read Bay Area DSAC By-Laws, V1, 3.14.18

By-Laws & Council Descriptions

Read Bay Area DSAC By-Laws, V1, 3.14.18

Please see the BA DSAC Council Roles & Responsbilities, Commitees, 2017-2018 for the responsibilities of each council member.

Current Members

Matt Low 

Matt is a 2019 MBA candidate focused on strategy and business analytics.  In addition to serving on the Bay Area DSAC, Matt is a Bay Area MBA Ambassador and TEDxUCDavisSF organizer.  Matt completed his bachelor’s degree in decision sciences and corporate finance from San Francisco State University and received his start in public service as a fellow from the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics and Public Service.  He currently works at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission as a Risk and Business Data Analyst and holds an Associate in Risk Management designation. With over a decade of experience in various roles such as risk management, finance, accounting, audit, and change/project management, Matt is passionate about protecting organizations from liability or loss, improving their business processes, and seizing new business opportunities.  In his spare time, Matt enjoys traveling, eating, and spending time with family and friends.

Ananta Sen 
Vice President

Ananta is a 2019 MBA candidate focused on marketing and finance. Ananta refers to herself as a “global citizen” having been brought up in the UK, India, Singapore and Oman. After earning her Bachelors and Post-graduate degree in Finance in India and the UK, she worked within the strategy consulting team at a multinational insurance firm. Ananta moved to the US in 2015. Ananta has gained experience working within established firms like Deloitte in addition to stealth and growing startups and non-profit firms in India and the Bay Area. Ananta currently works as an investor relations consultant at an AI-based startup. In her spare time, she loves exploring Bay Area’s restaurants and swimming.

Connie Xu
Director of Marketing and Communications

Connie is a 2020 MBA Candidate at the GSM who is interested in general management and business strategy. In addition to her role on the DSAC, she serves as a Bay Area MBA Ambassador. Connie received her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Connie began her career as a chemist in multiple global pharmaceutical companies. While in business school, Connie made the transition to management consulting. She currently works as a project management consultant for life science clients. In her spare time, Connie enjoys adventuring and spending time with her friends.

Tanuj Mahmood 
Director of Academic Affairs

Tanuj is a 2019 MBA candidate focused on business strategy and finance. Tanuj was born in India and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe, and New Zealand. He moved to California in 2007 and completed his Bachelors at UC Davis, majoring in Neurobiology with a minor in Technology Management. Tanuj currently works as a operations business analyst (Foreign Exchange) at Wells Fargo bank and is looking to transition into product management. In his spare time, Tanuj enjoys kitesurfing, traveling, and discovering new hole in the wall restaurants.

Stefan Bergmann
Director of Student Activities & Club Liaison
Co-Director of Signature Event (MBA All-Stars 2018)


Stefan is a 2019 MBA candidate and sustainability professional with 15 years of non-profit association work experience, including seven years as a senior staff association executive. After earning an M.S. in Forest Resources at Oregon State University, Stefan worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where he helped to shape forestry and natural resources policy on state and private lands throughout the country. After that, he spent a decade in Madison, Wisconsin working on a variety of environmental issues with NGOs. Most recently, Stefan has become involved in forest certification and presently works for SCS Global Services, a company in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides third-party certification and consulting services in environmental, sustainability, and food safety and quality performance claims. At the GSM, Stefan is advancing his interests in business strategy and entrepreneurism and remains passionate about the role of investors, corporations, and consumers in contributing positively to social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Emily Setoudeh
Co-Director of Signature Event (MBA All-Stars 2018)
Director of Signature Event (MBA All-Stars 2019) 

Emily Setoudeh is a 2020 MBA candidate focusing on marketing and entrepreneurship. She initially became involved with DSAC as an incoming student when she helped to plan the Bay Area’s Signature Event in 2017. In addition to serving on DSAC, she is also the President of the Bay Area Ambassador Program. Emily was born and raised in the East Bay, and completed her undergraduate degree in structural engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Emily currently works as a structural design engineer for Buehler Engineering in San Francisco, and recently helped to do target market research and rebranding for the company’s new launch. In her spare time, Emily enjoys going to the gym, adventuring outdoors, and working on her new business as a health and wellness coach through Arbonne International.

Aliona Chistol
General DSAC Member

Aliona is a 2020 MBA candidate with a focus in finance and entrepreneurship. After earning her Master of Finance from the Academy of Economic Sciences in Moldova, she made a career in one of the leading banks as a corporate finance professional. After moving to the USA, Aliona co-founded a family retail business and helped build it from zero. Realizing new ideas, working on a problem and finally achieving high results, made Aliona passionate about entrepreneurship. Over the last few quarters at the GSM, Aliona has worked as a TA and enjoys helping students. Together with her family, Aliona enjoys the outdoors and singing.

Melissa Lau
General DSAC Member

Melissa is a 2019 MBA candidate focused on strategy and management. In addition to the Bay Area DSAC, she has served on the UC Davis GSM Student Admissions Committee and the TEDxUCDavisSF Event Management Team. Melissa completed her undergraduate degree in finance and accounting at California State University, East Bay and studied international business at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. Melissa has held a variety of strategic and analytical roles at Fortune 200 companies in Australia, Texas, and California, and she currently works as a Senior Business Analyst at Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Melissa is also a licensed CPA, a UC Davis Energy and Sustainability Fellowship recipient, a certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and a former Personal Trainer. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys traveling, running half marathons, and insisting that a balanced diet is chocolate in both hands.

Vidya Puthiyaveetil
General DSAC Member

Vidya is a 2019 MBA candidate focused on business analytics and strategy. Vidya grew up in India and received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Vidya has over twelve years of industry experience primarily in biotech focused on both technical and functional domain areas. Vidya currently works at Genentech, where she manages the federal Sunshine reporting. In her spare time, Vidya enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Meeting Minutes

BA DSAC Fall 2018 Administration Meeting Minute, Oct 26, 2018

BA DSAC Fall 2018 Committee Meeting Minute, Oct 15, 2018

BA DSAC Summer 2018 Administration Meeting Minutes,  Jul 27, 2018

BA DSAC Summer 2018 Committee Meeting Minutes,  Jul 18, 2018

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