Part-Time MBA - Bay Area - MBA Ambassadors
“UC Davis GSM is an excellent place to grow your management skills, leadership ability, and practice collaboration with fellow business professionals. The diverse backgrounds of the MBA students and faculty provide an opportunity for everyone to learn from one another.”
Manik Chandrasekhar relocated to the US in 2014 from Intel Corporation’s India site to its headquarters in Santa Clara, CA. Chandrasekhar currently works in Sales and Marketing Group as Sales Account Manager for Google Chrome products. He has more than15 years experience in various engineering-focused project and program management roles managing 3G/4G modems for cellular smartphones. He has also managed product marketing for LTE/5G for Intel’s PC business.
“I came to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management with an intention to build a new toolbox and excavate what I didn’t know that I didn’t know about myself and the person that I could be. UC Davis provided me with opportunities to actualize my intentions in the presence of a strong community of fellow classmates and GSM staff who were my biggest cheerleaders of my journey in becoming the next version of myself. And for that, I am grateful.”
Pejmahn Choupani has a background in pricing strategy, analytics, and finance in the software industry. He joined the Bay Area Ambassador Program to help prospective candidates make informed decisions about pursuing their MBA and to mentor first-year students.
Pejmahn moved from LA to the Bay Area in 2009 to study finance at Sonoma State University. He currently works on the business models and pricing team at Autodesk where he is focused on global pricing strategy and customer segmentation.
Carmen Das-Grande is a Senior Financial Analyst at Zendesk supporting the Finance & Strategy team. She graduated from Wheaton College (MA) with a degree in Economics in 2015.
One of her favorite parts of the UC Davis Part Time MBA so far has been getting to know her diverse cohort of classmates.
Her main reason for becoming an ambassador was the hope of being able to pass along the community energy to prospective students.
Yasaman (Yasi) Dehnavi (Vice President) is a 2021 MBA candidate at GSM, interested in General Management and Marketing. She grew up in Iran and completed her undergraduate studies in Industrial Engineering and operational research at Amirkabir University of Technology.
She has experience in oil and gas industry and is currently working in a telecommunication company as a Project Manager.
In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, cooking traditional Persian food and traveling to new places.
Leo Ma is Business Development and Sales for Blume Global. Coming from many years of non-business roles in global manufacturing industry, the UC Davis MBA prepared him for a successful transition into an Enterprise Sales Career. In appreciation of such career transformation, Leo joined the Ambassador Program to extend that impact to new students.
Alexandro Perez-Tovar has a background in production manufacturing working for Diamond Foods, TESLA, and ultimately at Blue Diamond Growers. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering B.S. at the University of California, Merced in 2014. In his spare time, he’s an active member of the Central Valley community helping advise undergraduates at CSU Stanislaus and UC Merced.
Meagan Travlos joined the Bay Area Ambassador program in her first quarter to give back to the GSM community and help incoming students transition smoothly.
A Bay Area native, Travlos completed her undergraduate degree in sociology at Mills College in Oakland, California. She most recently worked at the Oakland Zoo as an education program manager, bringing together her love of kids and her passion for wildlife conservation. She hopes to bring business acumen to the non-profit world and create lasting change for our environment.
Sheena Tsang has a background in education management. She joined the Bay Area Ambassador Program in order to meet a diverse pool of prospective candidates and was inspired by her own interaction with one of the ambassadors when she shadowed a class.
Jessica Xing works as a Business Analysis consultant at high tech industry. She focuses on process improvements and optimization supported by data insights.
Jessica received her degree in Accounting and Business Analytics from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys swimming, working out at gyms and skiing.