A Global Perspective on Social Impact

A Global Perspective on Social Impact

Anderson MBA Lizzeth Rosales (’20) envisions a more equitable world
Lizzeth Rosales celebrating graduation

“I am interested in creating opportunities that empower underserved communities, tackle entrenched social problems and create a more equitable world for all. After almost three decades as an undocumented immigrant, I am leveraging my newly gained legal status to dismantle the structures that dehumanize us and keep us from developing our full potential.”

UCLA Anderson alumna Lizzeth Rosales (’20) is seeking full-time employment in the philanthropic or government sector and was most recently a consultant with Strategic Actions for a Just Economy in Los Angeles. As an MBA student, she concentrated on social impact and global management, and she benefited from the international study opportunities and curriculum in Anderson’s Center for Global Mangement. Rosales was featured in CGM’s 2020 summer bulletin.

Lizzeth Rosales is a graduate of the full-time MBA Class of 2020 and a Hispanic Scholarship Fund recipient. Prior to joining UCLA Anderson, Rosales worked in the nonprofit sector, in the areas of education, housing, urban planning and environmental justice. She served as chief operations officer for an organization that provides after-school and family support as well as gang prevention services to low-income communities in Los Angeles, and she led climate justice policy work as assistant director of equitable development, directing state funds to disadvantaged communities in the city. Prior to this, Rosales spent four years at an environmental nonprofit assisting with various air quality initiatives in Southern California, and before that, she served as a paralegal for a nonprofit that provides legal resources to low-income tenants facing eviction. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in government. Rosales is fluent in Spanish.

To expand her global perspective, during her two years at Anderson, Rosales enrolled in a variety of global management courses, including those focused on global macroeconomics, global trends, international business strategy and global marketing management. For her Applied Management Research field study project, Rosales worked with Conservation International’s impact investing team on a new market entry strategy for non-timber forest products to advance conservation efforts in the Amazonia region. She served on the Anderson Student Association as vice president of ethics and professionalism and was instrumental in organizing the 2020 Anderson Ethics Case Competition, which featured a global perspective. She also held leadership positions with Net Impact, the Women’s Business Connection and the Anderson Latino Management Association.

Rosales attended a traditional Indonesian wedding when she participated in the 2019 Padi Internship Program in Jakarta

During the summer of her first year, Rosales interned at the Jakarta headquarters of Duithape, a fintech social enterprise that provides mobile payments to unbanked populations. She focused on social impact analysis and development of a social impact measurement framework in alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on gender and economic impact. During the winter of her final year, Rosales worked for the XPRIZE Foundation on an academic internship. She contributed to the design of a framework to operationalize impact analysis and developed potential impact measurements for its grant-making teams. She also served as a mentor in Anderson’s Riordan Scholars program and as a circle leader for Lean In Los Angeles, a global community that empowers and supports women.

Post-graduation, Rosales is seeking to use her business school skills and knowledge, combined with her extensive social justice experience and passion for making an impact, to help empower communities both locally and globally and to advance equity.