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

Graduate School of Management Student Association Bay Area (GSMSA BA)
Formerly the Bay Area Dean’s Student Advisory Council (Bay Area DSAC)

Mission, Purpose & Objectives


The UC Davis Bay Area MBA Program GSMSA Bay Area 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 GSMSA Bay Area 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 GSMSA Bay Area 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, GSMSA Bay Area 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 2019 Bay Area DSAC Bylaws

Please see the 2019-2020 Officer Positions and Responsibilities 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 GSMSA, 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 entrepreneurship and marketing. 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 GSMSA, 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.

Gem Pacumio
Director of Student Activities & Club Liaison

Gem is a 2020 MBA candidate who is interested in business strategy and general management.  Gem completed her bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Business Administration while she acquired a variety of experiences in the finance, public relations, non-profit, and local government sectors.  She currently works for the State of California as a Staff Services Manager.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. 

Emily Setoudeh
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 GSMSA as an incoming student when she helped to plan the Bay Area’s Signature Event in 2017. In addition to serving on GSMSA, 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 GSMSA 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.

Vidya Puthiyaveetil
General GSMSA 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.

Suzanne Howard
General GSMSA Member

Suzanne is a 2020 MBA candidate focused on Project Management and Sustainability. Suzanne completed her undergraduate degree in Human Development at UC Davis, where she also competed on the track and field team.  After graduating, she taught English in Busan, South Korea, and later obtained her Certificate in Project Management from UC Berkeley Extension. She is currently a project manager at an education non-profit in Oakland, where she manages the build out of K-12 schools and implements change management. When not in class, you can find Suzanne rock climbing, running, or reading a new non-fiction book.

Lisa Francisco
General GSMSA Member

Lisa is a 2020 MBA Candidate at the GSM who is interested in general management and business strategy. Lisa received her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in Integrated Marketing Communications. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Lisa moved to New York and has held several digital marketing and communications roles across the entertainment and medical industries, consumer brands, and non-profits. Most recently, Lisa is working in high-tech doing employee and executive communications. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys living an adventurous lifestyle, whether it’s exploring a new hobby, neighborhood, or hiking trail.

Angela DiGioia
General GSMSA Member

Angela DiGioia is a 2020 MBA candidate focusing on organizational strategy and leadership. She joined the Bay Area Ambassador Program as a first year student, motivated by her love of the Bay Area and desire to help strengthen the GSM program and family here. In addition to serving as a BAAP Ambassador, she also serves on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council. Angela was born and raised in the East Bay, and completed her undergraduate degree in business at Cal State, Sacramento. She is currently an IT Business Relationship Manager at Chevron in San Ramon, helping to develop IT and digital transformation strategies for the chemical additives business. In her spare time, Angela enjoys traveling the world, brewing her own beer at home, and going on adventures with her husband Paul and her dog Penny.

Gatha Sehgal
General GSMSA Member

Gatha is a 2021 MBA Candidate focussed on General Management and Product Management. Gatha was born in Delhi, India and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science Engineering. She moved to the USA in 2014 to pursue MS in Information Technology at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. After completing her Master’s Degree, she began her career as a Technical Support Engineer at Informatica. Currently, Gatha is a Senior Software Engineer as part of the Customer Engineering team at Cisco Appdynamics. She works with large enterprise customer on a day to day basis to help them with Appdynamics EUM and Analytics product. In her spare time, she likes to travel, doing adventure sports and explore new restaurants/cuisines with friends.

Meeting Minutes

BA DSAC Spring 2019 Committee Meeting Minute, Apr 26, 2019

BA DSAC Spring 2019 Committee Meeting Minute, Apr 16, 2019

BA DSAC Winter 2019 Administration Meeting Minute, Feb 8, 2019

BA DSAC Winter 2019 Committee Meeting Minute, Jan 28, 2019

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

Contact GSMSA

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