GSM Student Association Sacramento

GSMSA Sac works to ensure that Part-Time MBA student voices are represented.

Mission, Purpose & Objectives

Mission

The Graduate School of Management Student Association Sacramento (GSMSA Sacramento) aims to improve the experience of students in the UC Davis Sacramento MBA program in order to prepare exemplary business leaders who make an impact in the global marketplace.

Purpose

The purpose of the GSMSA Sacramento is to serve as a liaison between the Sacramento MBA students and the administration of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Specifically, members of the GSMSA Sacramento are student advocates, communicating the viewpoints and suggestions of their classmates to the Dean and GSM Administration.

Objectives

The objective of the GSMSA Sacramento is to act as a strategic advisory board with the intentions of (a) improving the quality, value, and community of the Sacramento MBA Program, and (b) providing a platform for the discussion and action around student concerns.

Additionally, GSMSA Sacramento seeks to grow the value 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. The GSMSA Sacramento hosts a variety of networking events, career workshops and social gatherings for students to connect with both alumni and other MBA students at the San Ramon & Davis campuses.

Current Board Members

Margaret Lee MBA 2022
Margaret (Meg) Lee
President

Meg is a 2022 MBA Candidate focused on Strategy. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees from Arizona State University in Supply Chain Management and Finance. After graduation, Meg began her career with E&J Gallo in Southern California focusing on sales analytics and partnering with major retailers in Southern California to build the wine category. She later moved to Modesto to build knowledge in the operations side of the wine industry. Meg managed the production and inventory for Gallo’s Premium business unit in the North Coast for two years. Currently, she oversees a $40M annual budget and manages the financial forecasting, budgeting and cost savings initiatives for Napa winery operations and Coastal Winemaking. Meg is also the Director of Membership for Women in Leadership in Sacramento.

Outside of work and the GSM, Meg spends time and travels with loved ones. She enjoys caring for her dogs and houseplants. She is currently working on learning more about living a zero waste lifestyle and sustainable eating practices.

Marie Putnam MBA 2022
Marie Putnam
Vice President of Student Affairs and Alumni Relations

Marie is a 2022 MBA Candidate, focusing her studies in Business Analytics. For her undergraduate education she received a BA at a college located in the greater Philadelphia area, where she majored in Russian and International Relations. After moving back to CA, she started working for the California Department of Water Resources in the Division of Engineering as a Program Control Analyst. In this capacity, she works closely with stakeholders in, and outside the department to plan and manage multi-million dollar budgets essential to the State Water Project’s continued success in providing water to Southern California.

Outside of work, Marie is also the Director of Programming for Women in Leadership, Sacramento. In her free time, Marie is an avid hiker with a passion for travel; this combination resulted in her goal of visiting all US-based National Parks, of which she has hiked 26 of the 63. Additionally, she enjoys reading daily, and staying active.

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Diane Lim MBA 2023
Diane Lim
Director of Student Engagement

Diane is a 2023 MBA Candidate, focusing her studies in Business Administration and Operations Management. For her undergraduate education, she received a B.A. at UC Davis, where she majored in International Relations. After graduation, she began working for DMG MORI as a Trade Compliance and Operations Specialist. In this field, she works closely with international associates in order to monitor the supply chain from country of origin to destination. She leads US Customs documentation/audits for imports and exports, while also managing departmental and government compliance. 

In her free time, Diane loves to travel and has been to over 30+ countries; her goal is to one day visit all the continents. She also enjoys relaxing at home with Netflix, searching for new food spots around Sacramento, and watching local sports games (Kings, Rivercats/Giants, Sac Republic).

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Teghpreet Ahluwalia
Teghpreet Ahluwalia
Director of Finance

Teghpreet (Preet) is a 2022 MBA Candidate focused on Finance.  Born in Canada and raised in Fresno, Ca; Preet moved to Sacramento in 2009 to attend UC Davis for undergrad. After graduating with a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies, she went on to co-found GNP Capital Partners, a boutique investment firm focused on providing bridge loans for real estate.  She is currently the Chief Investment Officer at GNP Capital Partners.  She is also a Board of Directors for the National Association of Women Business Owners-Sacramento Valley Chapter.   In her free time, Teghpreet enjoys hiking, reading books, and playing tennis.

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Matt Nisenboym MBA 2023
Matthew Nisenboym
Director of Cross Campus Engagement

Matt is a 2023 MBA Candidate. He received his undergraduate degree in Microbial Biology at the University of California , Berkeley. After graduating, he began his career in sales within the Bay Area and is now an Analyst at Intel, the leading semi-conductor company. He continues to work in their NPSG Business unit as the Product owner of the SATA business. Matt enjoys traveling, wine tasting, reading and exercising.

Olga Koteoglou MBA 2022
Olga Koteoglou
Executive Secretary
Co-Director of Capital Connections

Olga is a 2022 MBA candidate focused on Business Strategy and General Management. Olga was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and completed her bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Aristotle University. She moved to the U.S. in 2010 to pursue her master’s degree in Computer Science at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Olga joined Intel as an intern in the summer of 2013 and as a full time Graphics software engineer in March of 2014. She is currently working as a technical program manager at Intel focusing on Graphics and Virtualization. In her free time, she enjoys power lifting and hiking.

Baldeep Rai MBA 2022
Baldeep Rai
Co-Director of Capital Connections

Baldeep is a 2022 MBA Candidate focused on Marketing in the Food and Agriculture Sector. Baldeep was borned and raised in Yuba City where she grew up working alongside her family on their diversified agriculture operation. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from University of California Davis in Managerial Economics with an emphasis in Agricultural Economics. Since graduating she has primarily been in banking, and the last few years more specifically focused on agricultural lending. Baldeep is also the Cross Campus Liaison for the UC Davis Sacramento Campus Women in Leadership. In her free time, Baldeep enjoys cooking, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family.

Events and Activities

Capital Connections

Every Spring Quarter GSMSA Sac hosts a networking event to connect students with alumni, faculty, and business leaders. This event offers students the opportunity to expand their professional network, gain insightful perspectives from seasoned alumni, and co-mingle with the Davis and San Ramon students.     

Monthly Career Development Presentations

GSMSA Sac, along with Jennifer Tucker (Sacramento Career Counselor), hosts monthly presentations to help students establish their “brand”. Presentation topics range from interview preparation, maximizing networking opportunities, and self-promotion.     

Career Change Workshops

Ever feel like you are in the wrong industry? GSMSA Sac has developed a new workshop series to help students pivot into their dream job. Please contact Jason Choi for more information.    

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please email the GSMSA Sacramento President, Margaret (Meg) Lee.