The Anderson Student Association (ASA) governs the UCLA Anderson student body to ensure a high quality of student life and to build relationships between students, faculty, alumni, and the business community. By virtue of enrollment, every Anderson student is a member of ASA and is eligible to participate in all sponsored events.
The key to what ASA can and does accomplish is, of course, the students. Through its executive branch and committee system, in conjunction with the Anderson student body, ASA provides an essential infrastructure which organizes, coordinates, and funds an ever increasing number of events and services designed to enrich the educational and extracurricular experiences at UCLA Anderson.
The mission statement of the ASA is to enrich the student MBA experience by providing:
A Southern California native, Brian was born and raised in north Orange County in the city of Seal Beach. He is a proud Double Bruin having earned his BA in International Development Studies from UCLA in 2008. Upon graduation, he enrolled in a Management Development Program with the E&J Gallo Winery where he was able to live out the dream of many, talking about wine for a living. He served in a variety of sales and sales management positions with the Winery before returning to Anderson to earn his MBA.
Currently, Brian is working towards a finance degree with a specialization in healthcare. For his summer internship, Brian will be working at Amgen’s Thousand Oaks office in a finance and strategy rotational program. As ASA President, Brian plans to focus on interaction between current Anderson students and Anderson alumni in addition to non-Anderson business leaders. He will also concentrate on engagement programming to strengthen the internal Anderson community. In his free time, he can be found on the golf course working hard to break 90.
Originally from the east coast, Dan was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. In 2009, he graduated from New York University (NYU), earning a B.F.A. in drama. As an actor at NYU, Dan performed in countless off-broadway plays, regional theatre and independent films, but utimately he decided he to go against the wishes of both of his fans to pursue his other dream of cubicle life. After graduation, he began working in a variety of marketing roles at Van Eck Global, a $40B investment management firm located in NYC.
Currently, Dan is working towards a strategy specialization for his MBA and will serve as Managing Partner for Anderson Strategy Group (ASG), Anderson's in-house, student-run consultancy. For his summer internship, Dan will be working in management consulting with ZS Associates in the Los Angeles office. ASA EVP, Dan plans to focus on continuing to improve common spaces, developing better metrics to measure engagement and coordinating brand management efforts at Anderson. In his free time, he can be found on the golf course working hard to break 130.
Devon has dedicated his personal and professional pursuits to trying to play a small role in making the world a better place. After graduating magna cum laude from UCLA in 2007 with a B.A. in American Literature and Culture, Devon worked for an AIDS NGO in Sub-Saharan Africa and domestically in higher education. Afterward, Devon earned his M.Ed. from Harvard University, focusing on leveraging innovative media and technology to promote social change. Prior to Anderson, Devon worked as a social impact consultant, crafting social action campaigns for nonprofit, media and corporate clients. His projects included the Tobey Maguire Innovation Fund, the award-winning film BULLY, the global phenomenon Caine's Arcade, and work for Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft. This summer, he will be joining global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney in San Francisco.
At Anderson, Devon is focusing on strategy and social innovation. He is a board member of the Management Consulting Association and Net Impact, and co-president of Out@Anderson – and, as an Anderson Fellow, is perhaps overly committed to giving back to the Anderson community in countless other ways. In his “free” time, Devon is an avid hiker, a creative writing teacher for HIV positive youth, a loyal UCLA sports fan, and is the immediate past chair of the UCLA Pediatric AIDS Coalition’s alumni board of directors, the current chair of the UCLA Young Alumni Development Council, and on the board of UCLA Lambda Alumni. Originally from San Diego, Devon currently lives in Hollywood with his partner.
Shashwat is originally from India but has spent the last 12 years in the United States. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagn and moved to New York to pursue a career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Following his time there, he joined Harman International in a corporate development role. Tired of the New York ladies chasing him around, he moved to Southern California to join an Aerospace-focused investment bank called Janes Capital Partners in 2011.
At Anderson, Shashwat is focused on a combination of corporate finance and entertainment. He is a member of the 2015 Student Investment Fund (SIF) fellows, where he helps invest Anderson's endowment. As ASA VP of Academics, he is actively seeking ways to improve the academic experience at Anderson. He will be spending the summer at Houlihan Lokey in their Los Angeles office. In his free time, you can find him practicing his dance moves for his next night at the club.
Born in Portland Oregon, John’s earliest hobbies included wrestling with his siblings and struggling to find a sport he wasn’t terrible at. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia with his family at eleven. After attending Georgia Tech and majoring in economics he began working as a Senior Financial Analyst at MarketSource where he managed a team of three analysts and was responsible for forecasting, budgeting, and pricing strategies. During this time, John pursued a deep passion for competition and rowed for twelve years - culminating in racing at the World Championship Trials in 2011. After years of national and international rowing, and becoming a national champion, the pull of beaches and a vibrant West Coast business community moved him to Los Angeles.
At Anderson, he is focusing on strategy consulting and entrepreneurship. He has leadership positions in many clubs in addition to his ASA responsibilities and is a huge proponent of soaking up as much of Southern California as possible. John is looking forward to spending his summer at Deloitte’s Strategy Consulting practice here in Los Angeles. In his free time he enjoys cooking, avoiding cardiovascular exercise, and going to concerts with friends.
Originally from Florida, Neil attended Emory University in Atlanta where he earned a B.A. in Economics in 2008. Upon graduation, he joined Deloitte in a consulting role where he advised multinational corporations on economic strategies. He then spent two years at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in investment banking, executing debt and equity capital raises as well as strategic M&A advisory for private equity firms and their portfolio companies. After a brief summer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania working with a microfinance startup, Neil returned to the U.S. and helped a payments technology startup grow via his business development and strategic partnership efforts. Neil is spending his summer working with Google in Mountain View.
The son of Dinesh & Chhaya, and brother to Zoheb & Pongo “The Pup”, Zubin Davar was born & raised in Mission Viejo, CA. A proud Double Bruin, Zubin earned a B.A. in Global Studies, during which he developed an interest in technological innovation within developing economies. and also generated the impetus to co-found the non-profit, The $100 Solution™. He has since circumnavigated the globe on Semester at Sea and travelled to over thirty-five countries looking to refine his cross-cultural understanding.
Zubin dived into the start up scene post-graduation working as a market entry strategist for UCLA Professor, Raul Hinojosa; at his mobile technology remittance transfer start up in Venice Beach. Soon after he took a position at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain conducting political research and drafting speeches for the Ambassador to the United States in the Embassy’s Political Section.
Zubin went on to the private sector as a marketing professional for Red Bull North America, working both domestically in Santa Monica & New York City, and internationally in Canada. It wasn’t long before the call of home brought him back to UCLA and to the Anderson School of Management. Currently, Zubin focuses on strategy and technology, spending his summer internship at Google. Along with his classmates, he helped revive the school’s student publication, The Anderson Exchange, serving as its Managing Director. He is an MBA Fellow and active alum of Anderson’s Riordan Programs. Outside of school, Zubin is an avid music fan and travel enthusiast. He enjoys snow sports, dancing like nobody is watching, and loves the taste of sweet victory on the Ping-Pong table.
Jessica grew up in San Diego, attending La Jolla High School before earning a degree in Economics from UC Berkeley. She moved to Washington, DC, and after interning in the House of Representatives for a Congresswoman from California, she worked for the Senate staff of the Joint Economic Committee. At the Senate, she played second base for Senator Casey’s softball team and analyzed economic data to develop reports and policy recommendations related to labor and education issues. Jessica is excited to be spending the summer as a brand management intern at Henkel. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog Caddy and taking ballet classes.
Quaseer grew up in Mumbai, India learning how to bypass his father's computer password to play games. Being passionate about technology, he moved to Cornell University to earn a Masters in Computer Science.
After graduation he worked for Deloitte Consulting in their Public Sector practice. As a previous fast track Manager, Quaseer was among the top 1% of the firm, having received the highest possible '1' year-end performance rating, seven years in a row. He has led and implemented several technology solutions, that have won ComputerWorld Honors and NASCIO awards among others.
At Anderson he is practising and studying entrepreneurship with a focus on technology management and marketing. In his free time he enjoys running barefoot on the beach, muscle cars, movies and hiking.
Originally from Fullerton, California, Kari ventured north to complete her undergraduate studies at UC Davis, where she earned a BS in Biology in 2005. Beginning her career as an employee of the California State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento, Kari worked for two years on environmental regulatory complianceand watershed management for the State. Then, with a job opportunity at the County of Orange, she returned to her native southern California in late 2007 to work on watershed management at the local government level. Kari served first as a Grant Administrator and then as a Watershed Manager before transitioning to working on energy and utility related projects for the County, where she now serves as the Utility Initiatives Coordinator for the OC Public Works Department. Always open to new opportunities, Kari also served on a temprary six month assignment during 2012 as a Policy Advisor to then Third District Supervisor of the County of Orange, Bill Campbell.
At Anderson, Kari is seeking to enhance her career through the additional knowledge and managerial skills she obtains while earning her MBA. Additionally, she is pursuing the Leaders in Sustainability Certificate to emphasize and solidify her commitment to sustainability. During her time as President, she hopes to continue the success of her recent predecessors and to continue working towards achieving the FEMBA Council Mission of helping all FEMBA students to take advantage of all possible opportunities to meet and exceed his/her educational and career objectives while at Anderson. In her spare time, Kari enjoys horseback riding, skiing, and backpacking.
Kunal grew up in Delhi and wanted to become a pilot. Always curious about how things worked, he moved to Manipal Institute of Technology to earn his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. After graduation, he joined Accenture and worked as a technology consultant for banking clients. Two years later, he moved to J.P. Morgan Chase and was managing the operations of Chase’s biggest offshore quality team.
At Anderson, Kunal is focusing on consulting with a specialization in global management and would be interning at Deloitte in Los Angeles over summer. He is also the VP of Professional Affairs for the Management Consulting Association board.
As VP of International Student Relations, Kunal is actively seeking ways to improve the overall experience of the international student community and make them an integral part of the broader community. He wants to use this opportunity to learn more about other cultures. Kunal is an active member of the Anderson dance community and in his free time, is learning golf and loves to travel. He plans to learn flying someday and earn his private license.
Jessica is a proud Los Angeles native, and a proud graduate of Yale University. At Yale, Jessica played Varsity Basketball, actively participated in student government, and earned a B.A. in Psychology. Jessica also served as an undergraduate admissions interviewer at Yale, and after graduating, she came back to Los Angeles to start her own college admissions consulting company. Jessica started this company not only because she was drawn to entrepreneurship but because she ultimately wanted to help students shape their stories in unique and memorable ways.
At Anderson, Jessica has enthusiastically taken on leadership positions in numerous organizations. She spent the summer at Anderson working as a program coordinator for UC SIEML, a UC-wide management program for undergraduate students of underrepresented backgrounds in business. She is also the Co-President of AASM (African American Students inManagement). Jessica's passion for furthering diversity efforts led her to create Anderson's first-ever VP of Diversity and Inclusion. She is extremely excited to serve in this position and has huge plans for the year to come!