Meet Our Board
Our board is made up of six devoted students who are looking to make a difference in their time here at the GSM. Our positions are President, Vice President and Club Liaison, Director of Finance and Operations, Director of Alumni Relations and Orientation, Director of Marketing and Communications, and International Liaison.
Karen is a 2016 candidate at the GSM interested in Technology and Brand Management. In addition to her role on the ASM she serves as the Internal Recruitment Lead for the GSM Ambassadors. Karen is a native of the Central Valley, hailing from Fresno, CA. She attended California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo where she double majored in Philosophy and Political Science. While at Cal Poly Karen was heavily involved in Associated Students Inc. She chaired the University Union Advisory Board where she acted as the liaison between the student body and the University President on all matters regarding student fee-funded facilities (University Union, Recreation Center, and Sports Complex). She led a 7-person board to organize and execute the opening of a newly constructed $72 million Recreation Center. After graduating she returned to her agricultural roots and launched a boutique olive oil company, Artemis Olive Oil. She continues to be involved in her family’s gourmet raisin business. Today, when she is not doing homework in a coffee shop she can be found training for half marathons and beer tasting.
Jose Luis Macedo
Vice President and Club Liaison
Jose is a 2016 MBA candidate focusing on business development and analytics. In addition to his duties with ASM, Jose is the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association Vice President and the Challenge for Charity VP of Finance. He is interested in international business, and in disruptive technologies that improve the quality of life in underdeveloped countries. Jose holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from UC Davis and prior to attending the GSM, he worked in large-scale pharmaceutical manufacturing. He is fascinated by innovations involving biotechnology, more particularly in medical devices, and when he is not interacting with Davis startups, he is out playing tennis, reading Game of Thrones, or visiting old friends.
Director of Finance and Operations
Zalak is a first year MBA candidate with a focus in finance and data analytics. Prior to attending U.C. Davis, Zalak worked as a Senior Consultant at Oracle Financial Services Software Limited. He looks to combine his technical expertise and management experience of the GSM to shape his career. As Director of Operations and Finance for the ASM, Zalak is responsible for creating and managing yearly budgets, handling fund disbursements, and continuing to guide the ASM on its way to becoming a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. He is also closely involved with organizing the ASM’s largest event, Casino Royale. Besides sitting on the ASM Board, Zalak is also the Social Media Lead for the Ambassadors Program at Graduate School of Management. He absolutely loves travelling and outdoor activities.
Director of Alumni Relations and Orientation
Jeff is a 2016 MBA Candidate focusing on Finance and Agribusiness. In addition to his role with ASM, he is the VP of the Food&Wine Leadership Association, Prospective Student Coordinator for the GSM Ambassadors, and member of the Finance Association. A native of the Bay Area, Jeff attended Gonzaga University for his undergraduate degree and most recently moved back to California from Seattle, WA. For the past 3 years he has worked in sales and marketing in the Wine and Spirits industry and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW). This summer he will be working as a credit intern with CoBank in Sacramento. Jeff has a passion for the food and beverage industry and came to Davis to continue to build a career in the agriculture sector. Outside of his studies, you can find him playing intramural sports, cooking/BBQing, hiking, hunting, and attempting to practice yoga.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Jessie is a 2016 MBA candidate focusing on Business Analytics and Technology Management. Jessie is originally from Taiwan, grew up in Taipei, and attended National Chi Nan University for her undergraduate degree in International Business Studies. Jessie was the captain of her university basketball team, leading the team to second place in the national basketball championship. After graduating, Jessie worked as a Google AdWords Account Manager, gaining extensive experience with digital marketing and data analysis. Jessie possess the essential marketing and communication skills that she wants to utilize at ASM, which is for all members in the GSM to feel connected to the community. She believes that inclusion and diversity drive innovation. Enhancing inclusion and embracing diversity would create a better culture and attract more talent to the GSM. In her free time, Jessie enjoys traveling, playing violin, and watching sports games.
Rahul Churiwala is a 2016 MBA Candidate emphasizing on Marketing and Strategy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering. He is fascinated by the impact of technology on business and the management side of a business, and that led him to take a 1 year long Product Management career with Ravi Metal Works. Being a Tech savvy person and having done Computer Engineering he joined Accenture as Software Analyst. He worked with them for almost 4 years and acted as a bridge between clients based out of Finland and his team based out of India. He likes to keep up with the latest technology trends, a Psychedelic Trance music fan and a Traveler (Loves to Travel). He has participated in various sports representing his state and his university.