GSM Student Association Bay Area (GSMSA BA)

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

Mission, Purpose & Objectives

Mission

GSMSA Bay Area aims to create an environment that will enhance the GSMSA Bay Area student experience on their journey to becoming outstanding business leaders whose decisions and actions impact the global marketplace.

Purpose

The GSMSA Bay Area serves as a liaison between the Bay Area MBA students and the administration of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

Objectives

The GSMSA Bay Area acts as a strategic advisory board to the deans. We aim to continuously improve students' experience in the Bay Area MBA Program. We provide a platform for discussion and action around issues that concern students.

Additionally, we seek to increase the influence of the Graduate School of Management (GSM) in the U.S. and internationally by finding ways to increase the value proposition of the program for prospective students and employers.

Current Members

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Daniel Skipp
Daniel Skipp
President

Daniel Skipp is a 2024 MBA candidate with a focus on business analytics and technology. Since graduating at UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, he has explored job functions in research, process development, project management, and technical sales. He is currently the key account manager at Sartorius, a leading global biopharmaceutical manufacturer. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, hiking, playing his cello, and traveling. He is also a blood donor ambassador for the Red Cross and encourages everyone to donate as well.

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Jessica Cheng

Jessica Cheng
Vice President, External Affairs

Jessica Cheng is a 2024 MBA candidate who is currently the senior industry marketing manager at Rakuten, a global e-commerce company. She is a former graphic designer turned marketer with experience in a myriad of industries including tech, real estate, and beauty. Her passion for women empowerment, small business growth, and leadership development has been the driving force throughout her career. Jessica is also the President of Women in Leadership Bay Area. Outside of school and work, she enjoys planning memorable events, video editing, traveling and salsa dancing.

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Chung Nguyen

Chung Nguyen
Vice President, Internal Affairs

Chung Nguyen is a 2023 MBA candidate focused on business strategy and general management. Nguyen has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering with five years in the utility industry. He is currently working as a senior engineer at Pacific Gas and Electric. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering in the community, running races and working on DIY projects

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David Lu

David Lu
Director of Academic Affairs

David Lu is a 2023 MBA candidate focused on finance and business strategy. He currently works as a business data analyst in a commercial bank with extensive background in process improvements and optimization supported by data insights. He is a certified NAUI diver. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, hiking and chess.

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Brittany Sagaro

Brittany Sagaro
Director of Student Affairs

Brittany Sagaro is a 2024 MBA candidate focused on marketing. After completing her undergraduate degree in hospitality management at Florida State University, she started her career in hotel operations. Currently, Sagaro works for Marriott International as an operations manager. In her spare time, you can find her traveling, crafting and chasing after her dogs.

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Chandana Kommalapati

Chandana Kommalapati
Director of Professional and Career Development

Chandana Kommalapati is a 2024 MBA candidate focused on strategy and general management. She has a master's degree in electrical engineering and is currently working as a senior development engineer/lead at an IT service-based management company. Kommalapati believes in helping others; she volunteers at different organizations in her spare time. Currently, she is volunteering at a consulting firm. When not working, she explores different hiking trails near her place or goes to indoor gyms. She also enjoys reading various books and listening to music.

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Genevieve Ngambia

Gene Ngambia
GSMSA BA General Member

 

Genevieve Ngambia is a 2024 MBA candidate with a focus on technology management and strategy. She was born and raised in Cameroon and pursued her undergraduate and graduate studies in Germany where she obtained her master's degree in computer science. She currently works as Senior Software Manager at Kaiser Permanente. In her spare time, She runs a non-profit organization called Striving For All whose mission is to provide a foundation of core needs to support the end goal of quality education and health for children in underserved communities.

 

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