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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:

  • Leadership that empowers and inspires
  • Advocacy on behalf of student's interests
  • Coordination of all student-run activities

ASA Officers

Scott Cooper

Scott grew up in Los Angeles before attending Bates College in Maine where he earned a B.S. in mathematics and economics.  While at Bates he was an All-American hammer thrower and captain of the track and field team.  After graduation, he moved back to Southern California where he worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car for a couple years before leaving to live at the beach and play poker professionally.  A year later, he found himself in Boston working on technology infrastructure projects for athenahealth, and then moving to Chennai, India where he spent over two years managing athena's offshore operations teams.

Currently, Scott is attending UCLA Anderson School of Management to pursue his MBA with an emphasis on technology and entrepreneurship.  After serving for two quarters as a Section President, he was honored to be elected Anderson Student Association President for the academic year of 2013-2014. Scott plans to focus on improving the overall student experience by encouraging increased interaction and synthesis amongst the entire student and alumni population.

In addition to his ASA duties, Scott is on the board of the Jewish Business Students Association, is involved with a Santa Monica tech startup, and is a member of too many clubs to count.  He enjoys international travel, eating sushi, playing poker, and has a love/hate relationship with the gym.   

Kate Edwards
Executive Vice President

Kate Edwards was born in Washington, D.C., and attended Brown University, graduating in 2007 with a B.A. in International Relations and a focus in Global Security Studies. After her stint in Providence, Kate moved to New York, where she pursued a career in advertising. Kate worked in Account Management for creative agencies JWT and Publicis, leading projects in consumer research, creative development, and production for accounts like Johnson & Johnson, Royal Caribbean, and Procter & Gamble. Most recently, she oversaw a large interdisciplinary agency group, and specialized in client management and cross-functional team management.

After working in digital strategy and social media advertising, Kate realized her passion for technology and came to business school to focus on high tech. At Anderson, Kate is an active member of the tech community, and works with the High Tech Business Association to strengthen Anderson's role as the preeminent MBA program for technology management. Kate has also served on the board of the Women's Business Connection, Challenge for Charity, and is a Riordan Fellow Mentor. She was a first year Social Chair and is a proud Librarian for Anderson's favorite tradition, Lit Club. Outside of school, Kate enjoys taking dance classes, trivia nights, and exploring the world through travel. Kate is thrilled to tackle new challenges as ASA EVP, and is looking forward to contributing to a strong ASA Cabinet.

Natalie Farrell
VP, Student Affairs

Natalie Farrell was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, and consequently uses the word "the" before mentioning any major highway.  She traveled up "the 101" to Stanford University for her undergraduate degree in Political Science (major) and Economics (minor).  At Stanford, she was involved with Intercollegiate Model UN, Stanford in Entertainment, and Pi Beta Phi sorority. 

After college, she spent four years working in entertainment, first at CAA and then for a writer/director on a network television series.  She then transitioned into advertising, where her interaction with brand managers cultivated her interest in pursuing a career in marketing.  This interest led her to UCLA Anderson, where in addition to ASA, she is involved with the Marketing Association, the High-Tech Business Association, and the Women's Business Connection. 

While not at school, Natalie enjoys cheering for her favorite sports teams, riding her bike in Santa Monica, and remembering to apply sunscreen. 

Jacqueline Sutro
VP, Academics

Jacqueline grew up in Orange County and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn she was an active member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and studied abroad in Madrid. She graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Art History. After graduation she moved to New York City to work for Deloitte Consulting in their Human Capital service area. She transferred to their Los Angeles office in 2008. At Deloitte she specialized in helping organizations develop and implement strategies to align their business and human capital objectives. Most of her projects were in the Life Sciences and Healthcare industries.

At Anderson she is studying consulting with a focus on healthcare and entrepreneurship. She is the Director of Marketing for the Healthcare Business Association and is involved in the Women's Business Connection. In her free time she enjoys running, yoga and spending time outdoors, especially at the beach.

Aaron Kabaker
VP, Finance

Aaron Kabaker was born and raised in Los Angeles and earned his B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University. He spent six years in Washington DC, first as an economic policy aide in Congress and later developing and managing aspects of the federal government's foreclosure prevention programs. He is now exploring a career in corporate finance. At Anderson, Aaron is also the Corporate Finance Director for the Investment Finance Association and the VP of Events for the Jewish Business Students Association. He is also active with Net Impact, the High Tech Business Association, and the Vistage mentorship program.

Aaron enjoys the movies, the Dodgers, skiing, and embarrassing his wife.

Kyle Forrest
VP, Social

Kyle grew up living in 3 states and 2 countries prior to attending Rice University, where he majored in Psychology and Sport Management. After interning in Human Resources with the Houston Astros and studying abroad in Barcelona, upon graduation Kyle worked in Deloitte Consulting's Human Capital Practice, focusing on HR Transformation.

At Anderson, Kyle is focused on Strategy and Human Resources. Along with being the ASA VP of Social, Kyle is the VP of Finance for the Public Speaking and Anderson Microbrew Clubs, and participates in a variety of other activities, such as the Riordan Fellow Mentorship program and the Anderson Running & Tri Club and Volleyball Club. In his free time, Kyle enjoys running marathons (completed 5 as of June 2014), playing volleyball, taking advantage of all that Anderson and LA has to offer, and music festivals.

Heather Schmidt
VP, Alumni Affairs

Heather grew up in the Bay Area. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2006 with a degree in Economics. In her spare time, she continued her involvement with her undergraduate university as an active member of the Cal Alumni Association and served as a Leadership Award Scholarship chair for several districts in the Bay Area from 2006 through 2012.

With experience in business development in the wine industry for the Australian Trade Commission, Heather transitioned her career into economic consulting in 2006. She joined LECG, LLC specializing in competition analysis and intellectual property for a wide range of industries. Four years later, she helped her colleagues at LECG to startup another economic consulting company, Berkeley Research Group, LLC. At Berkeley Research Group, she continued to specialize in competition analysis and intellectual property, with more of an emphasis on high technology industries.

At UCLA Anderson, Heather is focused on developing her career in strategy and business development in technology and entertainment. Along with serving on ASA as the VP of Alumni Relations, Heather is involved in the Entertainment Management Association, High Tech Business Association, and Women's Business Connection. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, yoga, rowing at the gym, and traveling.

Michael Benedosso
VP, Ethics & Professionalism

Michael Benedosso (Italian for "Homeless Sage") was born in the great city of Milford, CT. After years of reveling in the patriotic freedom crockpot that is New England, Mike enrolled at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. There, he daringly explored the deepest corridors of the human mind by majoring in Philosophy. But his fascination with the intriguing and perplexing biological computer software that is our brain wasn't enough, for he also enjoyed punching people in the face and subsequently joined the West Point Boxing Team. Upon graduation, this mighty king of frivolity spent two years serving this great country as a Military Intelligence Officer in the Army (think Jason Bourne but without the good-looks or intelligence). Then, he was gratefully accepted into the Army's World Class Athlete Program, where he spent four years training to make the US Olympic Boxing Team. In this position, he gained experience in M&A (merging his fist with other people's faces and acquiring championship belts). At Anderson, Mike is transitioning his decade-long development of leadership skills and American-flag waving abilities into leadership at the intersection of technology and entertainment. He also likes gummy bears.

Neama Dadkhahnikoo
VP, Information & Technology

Neama was born in Corvallis, Oregon but lived in Washington State, Iran, Canada, and the Bay Area during his youth. He then attended UC Berkeley where he earned a BA in Applied Mathematics, with an emphasis in Computer Science and a minor in Physics in 2004. Afterward, he got a job at Boeing in Seattle, Washington where he worked in IT.

Currently, Neama is pursuing an MBA focused on Entrepreneurship and is spending his summer founding a clean tech startup. Besides being the VP of IT for ASA, Neama is also the President of the Muslim Business Students Association, the VP of the California Clean Innovation Conference for the Energy Management Group, and the VP of IT for the Sports Business Association. He is also an active member of the Entrepreneurship Association and High Tech Business Association. In his non-existent free time, Neama rides a motorcycle, grows bonsai trees, is an avid sports fan, and schemes to rule the world.

Doug Longo
President, FEMBA Council

Doug is the President of FEMBA Council.  He began his career as an Associate for Bear Stearns & Co. at its world headquarters in New York City, where he completed a three-year Fixed Income Management Training Program. During the three-year program, Doug gained experience across all credit markets to include corporate, municipal, mortgage-backed and government debt.  His ultimate destination was as an Associate on the U.S. Treasury and Agency Security trading desk. 

In November 2006, Doug joined Bear Stearns's Century City office and later transitioned to Merrill Lynch in April 2008.  With his experience in the fixed income markets, Doug develops and manages a fixed income portfolio with approximately $400 million in assets.  Prior to working on Wall Street, Doug was one of the youngest Sergeants in the history of the United States Marine Corps, and was awarded a Navy Achievement Medal for leading his platoon on multiple operations in the Middle East.  Doug earned a B.S. in Finance on an academic and athletic scholarship at C.W. Post.

Veronica Andrade
VP, International Student Relations

Veronica is originally from Santiago, Chile, and got her Commercial Engineering degree in 2006 from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. As an undergrad she cofounded a non-profit movement called "Construyendo Sueños" (Building dreams) to contribute to the education of Chilean children at social risk. During her senior year she was recruited by her strategy professor to work in consulting services, which became her professional passion. She has experience in Human Capital, Change Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Strategic Consulting working for projects in Chile and Central America, in a variety of industries, such as banking, retail, mining, and consumer products. 

Veronica is currently an MBA Candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she focuses on perfecting her consulting and leadership skills. Post-MBA, she is looking to move forward in strategic consulting back in Chile.

In addition to being the VP of International Student Relations of the Anderson Student Association, Veronica is also the International Representative of her Section, motivated by her interest in cross-cultural awareness. She also has a special passion for social movements such as Animal Rights and Women's Leadership.

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