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

Bob Foster

Director - 19th Year of Advising GAP

Foster has directed GAP for the past 15 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 taught the High Technology Management course for 10 years.

Biography - - 310.206.0937

Jody Dunitz


2nd Year of Advising GAP

Dunitz has an extensive business and legal background in the entertainment industry. She served as the EVP of Sony/ATV for 9 years, and is an active member of the Tech Coast Angels. She also provides her support by judging entrepreneur competitions and providing published commentaries to the music business community.

Janis Forman


21st Year 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. Forman was one of the co-founders of the GAP program.

Biography - - 310.206-8086 - 310.825.2505

Sharon Garrett


1st Year of Advising GAP

Garrett has served in numerous executive positions for both large, established firms and for startup and privately-held companies. Her many accomplishments includes the role as CIO for the Walt Disney Company, a senior management position at the City of Hope Cancer Center and as the EVP of the American Medical Response.

Gary Hutchinson


5th Year 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).

Terry Kramer


7th Year 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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Jeffrey Lapin


7th Year 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.

Jonathan Lasch


14th Year 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. - 626.233.8349

Tom Oser


2nd Year of Advising GAP

Oser is the CEO and Founder of Pipeline Strategies Consulting in Los Angeles. His many years of post-merger integration consulting has supported everything from small to Fortune 500 companies. He is also a Visiting Professor at UCLA Anderson where he teaches Management of Technology & Innovation.

Paul Park


1st Year of Advising GAP

Park is a Principal of Bethel Counsel, PC, where he focuses on corporate law and general counsel to real estate, startup, nonprofit and social enterprise clients. He previously worked with the Cesar Chavez Foundation. He is an Anderson Lecturer that teaches on non-profit management, social entrepreneurship, and international business at the UCLA International Institute, in addition to serving as a faculty advisor for the Applied Managment Research Program.

Molly Schmid


5th Year of Advising GAP

Schmid has an extensive career in the biotech industry. Her niche in guiding early-stage companies and technological commercialization stems from her experience that includes raising over $200 million in fundraising, several IPO's and multinational research grants. She is a member and past-president of the Inland SoCal Tech Coast Angeles.

Eric Sussman


16th Year 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. Bloomberg Businessweek has recognized him as one of the 10 Most Popular Professors at Top Business Schools. His currently is a managing partner of a successful real estate investment company with over 3,000 residential units, in addition to  serving as the Chairman of Causeway Capital's group of funds that manages $9.0 billion in assets.

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