Meet The GAP Advisors

Meet Your GAP Advisors

Our experienced faculty advisors support our students throughout the six-month GAP project. Each team is assigned a faculty advisor who works closely with the team to monitor progress, review documents and presentations, and encourage academic and professional growth. However, the faculty advisor does not directly manage the interface with companies - that is the job of the student team.

Many of our advisors have directed, invested in and provided consulting services to leading companies all over the world in addition to their academic accomplishments, and so both our students and our partner organizations benefit from their wealth of expertise. They are chosen both for their skills as generalists and for their specialties.


Bob Foster

Director - 18 Years of Advising GAP

Foster has directed GAP for the past ten years. From 1983-1999 he was president and chief executive officer of four technology firms. During that period, he taught part time, joining the faculty full time in 1999. He created and teaches the High Technology Management course. He is also a member of the Tech Coast Angels.

Biography - - 310.206.0937



19 Years of Advising GAP

Forman is the founder and director of the Management Communication Program at UCLA Anderson. She teaches communication strategy, and practices and trains staff who teach communications across the curriculum. Along with Svenson, Forman was one of the co-founders of the GAP program.

Biography - - 310.206-8086 - 310.825.2505



17 Years of Advising GAP

Spich is a senior lecturer of management and international business at UCLA Anderson where he is a faculty member in the Global Economics and Management area as well as the director of the Center for International Business Education and Research.

Biography - - 310.206.6461



14 Years of Advising GAP

Sussman is a lecturer in accounting and real estate where he has been voted Teacher of the Year eleven times by UCLA Anderson MBA students. He is also a managing partner of a successful real estate investing company.

Biography - - 310. 825.3564



10 Years of Advising GAP

Morris, a former managing director of GKM Ventures, now serves as a chair of a CEO peer group for Vistage International, the world's leading chief executive organization. He is also co-founder, active member and chairman emeritus of the Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel organization in the country.

Biography - - 310.454.5071



11 Years of Advising GAP

Lasch is the executive director for the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California (AMI-USC). He brings more than 25 years of experience in science and technology development and evaluation in the fields of biomedical instruments and systems, biotechnology, chemistry, and materials science. In addition to advising GAP, he served for two years as the Director of the Executive MBA Field Study Program at UCLA Anderson.

Biography - - 626.233.8349



9 Years of Advising GAP

Cowen is a senior partner of GroundWork Equity, LLC. He specializes in assisting local emerging technology and scalable service companies with strong growth potential. He is a member of the Tech Coast Angels and has advised more than 200 startups and helped raise over $150 million for early stage businesses.

Biography - - 818.377.3516



9 Years of Advising GAP

Morganstern was the former managing partner of an intellectual property and business litigation and counseling law firm. He was the former chairman of an investment banking firm which focused on arranging funding, principally from foreign sources, for domestic early-stage technology companies. He is a member and former president of the Tech Coast Angels.

Biography - - 310.476.3290



6 Years of Advising GAP

Nathanson is an entrepreneur, executive, investor, consultant and educator. He teaches Small Business Management, Venture Initiation, Business Plan Development and is a faculty advisor for all three MBA field study programs. He is also a member of the Tech Coast Angels.

Biography - - 310.825.8399



5 Years of Advising GAP

Kramer has a 25-year career as an executive in telecommunications with Vodafone Group Plc/AirTouch Communications. He has served as a senior executive and chief executive officer with several small and growing companies and is a board member of Fiber Tower, 724 Solutions, Envivio and Sonim Technologies. In June 2012 Kramer was appointed by President Obama to serve as Ambassador, Head of U.S. Delegation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications in 2012.

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4 Years of Advising GAP

Pao recently retired from Raytheon Corporation where he served as corporate vice president and chief technology officer, where he led efforts to drive growth through technology investment. In addition to his position on the faculty at UCLA Anderson, Dr. Pao also teaches at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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3 Years of Advising GAP

Lapin, a consultant and angel investor since 2010, has served as CEO of six companies, including Atari S.A., Razorgator Interactive Group, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and Starwood Hotels. He has extensive experience in executive management, organizational structure, finance, corporate growth, public company management and restructuring, as well as domain experience in a variety of industries.



3 Years of Advising GAP

Senturia is a partner at Bain Consulting where he has held leadership positions in the company's Results Delivery/Change management capability area. He has also worked in the firms Performance Improvement, Organization, IT, Tech/Telecom and Industrial practices. Most recently he has taken on the role of senior director of Professional Development, where he is focused on enhancing the professional development environment for all of Bain.



3 Years of Advising GAP

Hutchinson has over 30 years of experience in business and entrepreneurship, having served on eight boards of directors and contributed as advisor and consultant to eight assignments. He served as a panel judge for GAP from 2003-2013. He is currently the President and CEO of ThelioPulse, a startup focused on the dermatology market with technology developed in conjunction with The Keck School of Medicine, Viterbi Engineering School and the Alfred E. Mann Institute at the University of Southern California (AMI).



2 Year of Advising GAP

Schmid, a former president of the Inland Empire Network, is now a counselor at TriTech SBDC and an active member of the Tech Coast Angels. She brings 15 years of experience in academia in the fields of biology, applied technology and entrepreneurship, as well as 15 years of experience in biotechnology executive fields such as pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals.