Graduate Student Ambassadors
AGSM Graduate Student Ambassadors
AGSM Graduate Student Ambassadors are a select group of business student leaders dedicated to serving and representing the graduate business programs at UCR. Ambassadors assist the school as hosts for official events, work with school staff and faculty on projects and recruiting, and act as guides for prospective students.
Being a Student Ambassador gives you greater exposure to professional networks, puts you in front of leaders in the community and builds your leadership portfolio.
Get first-hand knowledge of student life and academics by contacting a graduate student ambassador.
Graduate Ambassador Leadership Team
Coming from a non-business background, Franchesca Jefferson was looking to grow and prosper within and beyond a professional network of graduate business students. Having studied both human biology and film production, she was working as a production intern and later as a social media manager, and realized that one way to intertwine two of her interests (film and marketing strategy) would be to pursue an MBA at one of the Top 100 business schools in the United States. Franchesca is a Vice Chief Ambassador. She hopes to expand the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management's online presence and recruitment outreach.
Victoria completed her bachelor's in economics at UCR, however she started her undergraduate program as a Biology major. A year later, she found her true passion for economics. This passion has guided her to pursue a graduate degree at UCR with a marketing concentration. Victoria hopes to use her BA and PMBA to help inner-city schools with their financials and attract donors. Apart from her studies, Victoria is deeply devoted to community service. She has been actively volunteering for over seven years at her community church.
Before pursuing his Professional MBA in information systems & management, Caspar was working at Google for their Global Staffing Operations team in the Bay Area. He learned from his peers that if he ever wanted to climb up the corporate ladder, he had to earn a graduate degree in business. So, as soon as the pandemic struck, he enrolled at his alma mater to continue his education. Now as he enters his third and final year as vice-chief ambassador at AGSM and as recruiting coordinator at Meta, he's made it his mission to bridge the gap between UCR and the tech industry. To achieve this, Caspar organizes speaker series events every quarter where UCR Business alumni in tech share career-related advice with our graduate student ambassadors.
While working for a leading IT services company in India, Renuka Kulkarni realized that she wanted to participate in strategy decision-making and work in a more customer-facing role, so she decided to pursue an MBA at UCR to enhance her career prospects. Being an international student, Renuka feels she can relate to the concerns new students from other countries may have, and likes to connect with them to address their queries.
Akanksha Agarwal plans to pursue a career in corporate finance. She has a double major undergraduate degree in business and law, and holds a professional license as a Company Secretary in India. As an international student, the transition of moving to another country was hard for Akanksha so being able to help other students with this process is one of the best things about being an ambassador, she says. Akanksha believes that learning in the diverse environment at UCR is helping with her networking and speaking skills.
Yukta Amin is an international student and is passionate about research and understanding the “why” and “how” of things. This intellectual curiosity has driven her to pursue a Master of Science in Business Analytics at UCR, and with her time spent in the US, better understand trends, detect outliers, and develop a skill set which can help the companies she works for thrive. In the future, she would like to work as a marketing analyst in brand management. She loves UCR for its diversity and social mobility, “It’s a competitive but supportive environment.”
After graduation from USTC with a master’s in nature science, Chang Deng worked for HUAWEI technologies for three years as a project manager. He cultivated his leadership by leading a technical delivery team and managing customer relationships. Chang aims to contribute his professionalism and talent to help others both academically and with their careers.
During her undergraduate program at UCR, Jazmin interned for the Riverside mayor's office enhancing public understanding of policy related to small businesses, multicultural issues, and human rights. Currently, Jazmin interns for Disney’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Learning & Development departments. She is passionate about helping others by providing support, care, and resources to those in need. Jazmin believes an MBA will help her further develop skills needed to make a difference. She is excited to help prospective students and provide advice. She hopes that her presence makes a positive difference in their time at AGSM.
After working with one of the Big 4 accounting firms, Gundeep decided to pursue his accounting career by joining the Master of Professional Accounting program at UCR. He is inspired to become a successful auditor at one of the Big 4 and wants to sit for the CPA exam while completing his master’s program. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration in India in 2015.
Chia Hui (Ruby) decided to pursue her graduate degree at UCR due to the diversity of its students and the caring and involved faculty who have shown they truly care about students. As an international student, she enjoys getting to know peers from different countries and cultures. By getting to know and working with them, she is now more able to think outside the box, and can’t wait to explore more of UC Riverside!
Stephanie Moya is a first-year full-time MBA student concentrating in general management. Stephanie is passionate about mentoring and guiding domestic and international students in their potential journey at AGSM.
Laura Pullen is a first year MBA student planning to concentrate in finance. Most recently, she took a year off from school to work as a product performance analyst before deciding to return to UCR to complete her master’s degree. She is excited to connect other students to opportunities, and to grow professionally, personally, and academically alongside her colleagues. Her career passions lie in developing and leading data-driven strategies that advance company goals and ultimately bring innovation to society.
Jason Roberts is a Riverside native who graduated with an undergraduate degree in economics from UC Riverside. As a member of the men's golf team, he learned all of the different skills required to lead a group and is fascinated by the different stories everyone brings to the table. While being a student means showing up, getting work done, and preparing for the future, being an ambassador adds a completely different outlook to someone's education. You have to learn how to help others before yourself, and you have to trust that it will work out in the long run.
Alex Rodriguez is planning to specialize in management consulting for some of his favorite brands. He completed his undergraduate degree at UCR in business administration, concentrating in management, and decided to pursue an MBA to further enhance his professional toolkit, gain networking opportunities, but most importantly, to contribute to a community. Creating an inclusive and engaging environment is what motivates him. As an ambassador for AGSM, Alex looks forward to being part of an organization that helps future business leaders pursue their professional endeavors.
As a business administration and management graduate, Merve Sekercigiller explored many industries during her undergraduate program until discovering that marketing was her one true passion. After five years of working in the field, she decided to pursue an MBA so as to focus on marketing even more. Thanks to the compassion of the admissions team, helpfulness of the professors, and the diversity of the school, she found her home away from home at UCR.
Vincent Tan is passionate about providing assistance to minority owned businesses, and returns to UCR to expand his business education. During his undergraduate program at UCR, he discovered the importance of diversity and inclusion in networking circles and plans to utilize this skill to advance the MBA program as an ambassador.
Chenlu (Lucy) Yan’s work experience in sales and marketing motivated her to pursue her master’s in accounting because she realized how important the role of financial management is in any business entity. As an international student, she wants to reach out to potential students to help them know more about UCR and the application process. Lucy is also a member of the AGSM Student Association.