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:
Michael Malenitza received his BFA in Film Production from Chapman University with a minor in Japanese language and culture. Shortly after graduating, he co-founded an independent film production/marketing consulting company providing media exposure for emerging talent in Asia by building content for their reels and strategizing outlets for distribution.
Currently, Michael is attending UCLA Anderson School of Management to pursue his MBA with an emphasis in Entertainment Strategy. After serving for two quarters as a Section President, he was honored to be elected Anderson Student Association President for the academic year of 2013/14. Michael plans to leverage the exposure his position provides in order to strengthen recruiter relationships through emphasis on the unique diversity of culture and experience represented amongst the student body here at Anderson.
Recently, Michael was recruited by Disney’s ABC Television Group to work for their Consumer Relationship Marketing team strategizing new ways to leverage information in digital and social media platforms to influence ratings and viewership tracking in entertainment. In addition to his position on ASA, Michael served as Director of Student Relations for the Entertainment Management Association and currently serves as VP of Admissions Outreach for Out@Anderson where he works closely with the admissions team to help maintain Anderson’s commitment to diversity and excellence.
Amy is a Los Angeles native, but journeyed to Chicago for college and a big dose of winter. At the University of Chicago she studied Public Policy and worked toward educating youth with a Chicago based non-profit, Chicago Youth Programs.
After graduating, Amy joined Teach For America to teach 5th Grade to primarily first generation Americans in the Bronx, New York City. She worked to cultivate a high-performing student body by developing data driven curriculum. Afterward, Amy moved to Harlem Village Academies, a network of charter schools based in Harlem, to work on strategic initiatives that focused on brand development and national growth for the organization.
At Anderson, Amy is focusing on brand management and non-profit management. In addition to her role as EVP, Amy is co-president of the Wine Club and serves on the boards of Net Impact and the Marketing Association. Amy enjoys discovering new countries, reading novels and drinking red wine.
Patrick Smith was born in Winnipeg, Canada and earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba. He spent the last five years in political marketing, advising the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister and later moving into marketing strategy for provincial conservative parties in Western Canada. He is now looking to make the switch into entertainment marketing, particularly in areas of convergence between technology, interactive media and entertainment.
In addition to being the ASA VP of Financial Development, Patrick is the VP of Corporate Relations for Out@Anderson. He has been active on the Marketing Association Board and served as the Brand Management Chair for his first year academic section, Section B. He is an active member of the Entertainment Management Association.
Patrick loves the beach, traveling and is an avid scuba diver.
Sev Sislian was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and is of Armenian descent. He moved to the United States in 2003 to pursue his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California. He graduated in 2008 with a dual B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Math/Economics. During his senior year, he co-founded a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization called Lebanese Collegiate Network.
After USC, Sev moved to Berkeley to join GE’s Commercial Leadership Program in the electrical distribution industry. He then spent two years in Arizona in a sales and marketing role where he led GE’s distribution accounts and OEM relationships as well as GE’s ‘green’ products.
At Anderson, Sev focuses on entrepreneurship and healthcare. In addition to being Vice President of Academic Affairs for the ASA, he is the Vice President of Alumni Relations for the Energy Management Group and involved in a local medical device startup in Pasadena.
Aspan Dahmubed is from the San Francisco Bay Area, and studied both Electrical Engineering, and Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating, he spent the next two years performing neuroscience research at UC Berkeley and at Columbia University Medical Center. A change in career interest led him to pursue his Masters in Science in Physiology at Georgetown University. Following his Masters, he engaged in strategic research at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit consumer advocacy group focused on nutrition and food safety.
At UCLA Anderson, Aspan focuses on consulting and strategy, and is pursuing a career in management consulting. In addition to his position on the ASA Cabinet, he is actively involved in the Management Consulting Association, and the Healthcare Business Association. In his spare time, he can be found dancing, hiking, traveling, and trying new restaurants.
Samantha Mitchell grew up in Northern California. She eventually made her way to Southern California when she went to the University of California, Riverside. She graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in Business Administration. At Riverside, Samantha was very active with her fraternity, Delta Gamma, and volunteered with the LA Blind Children Center.
After college, Samantha joined Washington Mutual in a management training program in Los Angeles. There she managed multiple retail branch locations throughout the Los Angeles area. She successfully led the West Los Angeles branches through the transition from Washington Mutual to Chase.
At Anderson, Samantha is focusing on finance with an emphasis on investment management and global management. Along with being the Vice President of Ethics and Professionalism, Samantha is the Vice President of Operations with the Women's Business Connection and volunteers at No Limits, an organization dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing children.
Kenny Liao was born and raised in Houston, TX, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance. After graduation, Kenny worked for The Boston Consulting Group in Dallas, gaining experience on strategic projects in a number of industries, including consumer goods, non-profit, education, finance, and travel.
After his time at BCG, Kenny moved out to San Francisco in 2007 to work in the Corporate Strategy group at Yahoo!, where he worked on a variety of strategic growth and competitive analysis projects over the course of 4 years. Kenny also helped to start a new sport and social league in San Francisco called Sunday Recess, with plans to expand it to the Los Angeles area.
Currently, Kenny is pursuing an MBA focused on Entertainment Management. In addition to his position as ASA’s VP of IT, Kenny serves on a number of other Anderson club boards, including Challenge for Charity (Co-President), Texas Club (Founder & Co-President), the Entertainment Management Association (VP of Student Relations), the Sports Business Association (VP of Social), the High Tech Business Association (VP of Special Events), the Asian Management Student Association (VP of Technology), and the Entrepreneur Association (2nd Year Director). In his free time, Kenny enjoys playing competitive kickball, attending live sports & concerts, traveling, and watching TV shows and movies.
Tiffanie is a Southern California native who grew up near Long Beach. She attended undergrad at the University of California, San Diego where she majored in Joint Mathematics and Economics, as well as Psychology. She was an active member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and studied abroad at the University of Oxford. Upon graduation, Tiffanie worked as an Actuarial Analyst for United Healthcare and then as an Accounting Manager for a startup insurance company.
At Anderson, Tiffanie is transitioning into a career in Human Resources, with a specific interest in the Post-Secondary Education sector. In addition to her role as the ASA VP of Social Events, Tiffanie is Director of the Net Impact Consulting Challenge, a Riordan Fellows Mentor, and involved in the Women’s Business Connection. In her free time she loves running with her Golden Labrador-Retriever Lucy and boating on the lake at Cottonwood Cove, NV.
Angel Huang is originally from Chengdu, China, and graduated from Sichuan University with a Finance major in 2008. Upon graduating, Angel moved to Chongqing and began working for Procter& Gamble, where she managed the regional operation of all 10 core brands and collaborated closely with global retailers. Through her experience in sales management and shopper marketing, she developed an interest in consumer research. Angel also has been actively involved in the non-profit organization SIFE, where she consulted several college teams to develop their social enterprise to help underprivileged groups in China to live a better life.
Angel is currently an MBA Candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she focuses on studying entrepreneurship and Consulting to develop her strategic thinking skills from an entrepreneurial perspective. Post-MBA, she is looking to pursue a career in the strategy consulting industry and eventually become an entrepreneur.
In addition to being the Alumni Relation Vice President of the Anderson Student Association, Angel is also an active member of the UCLA Alumni Association, Entrepreneur Association, and practices hip-hop dance on the side.
Grace is a Colorado native and moved to Los Angeles to attend USC where she studied Business Economics. Prior to attending Anderson, Grace worked at Countrywide Financial in the Global Risk Management division. Subsequently, Grace spent three years as a pricing strategy specialist hedging the portfolio of The Ryland Group before transitioning into her current role as Strategy Manager for the North American Concert division of Live Nation Entertainment and Cofounder/CEO of EventSorbet, an Anderson startup specializing in online event booking for premium venues and services. Through her business and personal interests she has developed a passion for entrepreneurship and a joy for bringing design and simplicity to the complexity of our daily lives.
As the President of the Fully Employed MBA Student Council, an All-Anderson Superbowl Commercial Competition finalist, and South East Asia study-abroad student in the first half of her program, Grace's experience is a testament to the energy and capacity of Anderson students. At Anderson, Grace is pursuing her interest in international strategy and business development. In her spare time, Grace enjoys traveling, biking, and exploring LA’s culinary scene.