UC Davis Managerial Economics

Alumni Bios

Abigail Carroll

Abigail Carroll is Associate Director of Admissions for the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program at UC Davis. In this role, she recruits incoming students, reviews applications and sits on the Admissions Committee. Originally from Minnesota, she moved to California ten years ago to escape the cold winters and has been with the Graduate School of Management since 2011. Abigail has her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Art History and has been working in Graduate Admissions for almost a decade.

Amber Ofiesh

Amber began working for State Street Bank, a world-wide custodian bank, in January 2011 as a Fund Accounting Associate and has worked on various accounting teams servicing Pension Plans, Hedge Funds and other investment products. She is now working as a Client Service Officer and switched over to a consulting role, overseeing and redesigning the accounting controls and processes utilized by various teams under the EMEA (Europe Middle East and Asia) department. Amber works daily to ensure accuracy and compliance throughout accounting operations at State Street Bank Sacramento working with support teams and clients around the world.

Ashkun Zaker

Ashkun Zaker became an Aggie in the fall of 2000 as a declared bio-chemistry major, but soon traded Chem 2A for Econ 1A and made his way over to SS&H to talk with Elizabeth about changing his major. Wanting to spend every moment he could around SS&H before and after class, Ashkun joined as a Peer Advisor for two years during which he met his future wife Neelam when she came in to make a study plan. After graduating, he worked in investment banking but in time realized that his real passion was to serve the underserved and to use business models to drive positive social impact, so he decided that it was time to make a complete career switch into social good. An MBA from the right school was in order, one that embraced the growing demand to educate a new wave of business leaders to tackle society’s biggest challenges. Along the way, he made a stop in San Francisco to help develop two non-profits and get a taste of the good life (social good that is).

Ashkun chose to study at USC's Marshall School of Business as a fellow of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. Through a close relationship with a professor, Ashkun met the founder of EcoMedia, a division of CBS that turns traditional advertising dollars into funding for non-profits addressing critical needs in education, the environment, health/wellness, and Veterans’ affairs, all while generating goodwill and creating a lasting legacy for the advertiser. A summer internship turned into a dream job, and he now serves as the Director of Finance, Strategy, and Operations, doing a little bit of everything and helping EcoMedia introduce new and innovative products that are further transforming the advertising industry by turning it into an engine for social good. He and Neelam reside in sunny Hermosa Beach and are glad and grateful to be invited back each year to speak at Man Econ Career-Alumni Day.

Christina Siracusa

Christina Siracusa is a program coordinator and adviser for UC Davis Study Abroad programs since 2012.  She holds degrees in Government from the University of Texas at Austin where she also received a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies. Christina earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. Her graduate research involved extensive fieldwork in Peru and the Ecuadorian Amazon.  Travel throughout Latin America and Europe and study abroad experiences have been at the core of her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Before working in Study Abroad, Christina taught in the Texas A&M University system and at UC Davis as well as advised for Latin American and East Asian Studies at UC Davis.

Denise Wong

Denise Wong graduated from the Managerial Economics major in Fall 2015 and was a prior Managerial Economics Peer Adviser for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. She currently work as a Commercial Underwriting Professional Associate for the American Insurance Group (AIG). In this role, she does a mix of risk and data analysis as well as marketing and sales in order to negotiate with brokers and commercial business clients on the terms of their insurance policy (i.e- the premium, the rate against their values, the limits, and deductibles).

Don Stevens

Don Stevens is a Packaging Superintendent for C & H Sugar, a subsidiary of American Sugar Refining. After working over 20 years as a supervisor/manager in the Wine Industry, Don returned to school to further his education. He received an A.S. in Business & then graduated with a B.S. in Managerial Economics from UC Davis in 2011. His career spans over 30 years in the Food & Wine Industry. He currently resides in Suisun with his wife and their four cats.

Emre Titizer

Emre Titizer currently works as a Senior Business Analyst for Walmart eCommerce, supporting the Home & Home Improvement vertical. Prior to joining Walmart, Emre worked for Williams-Sonoma (Brand Finance) and FTI Consulting (Forensic & Litigation Consulting). While at UC Davis he interned with a number of companies including Triage Consulting Group and Roku. During his time in college, Emre was involved with the Finance & Investment Club and Club Finance Council. Emre graduated from UC Davis in 2013.

Eva Lee

Eva is a solution-focused student affairs professional with a devotion to career services. She graduated from UC Davis in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a minor in Asian American Studies and received her Master of Science in Counseling at Sacramento State in 2015. Prior to joining the ICC, she served as a Career Service Specialist at UC Merced, working with transfer and returning students. She has served in various student affairs departments at Sacramento State, such as the Multicultural Center, Women's Resource Center, College Assistance Migrant Program, Career Center, and Academic Advising Center. She joined the ICC Liberal Arts and Business program area in summer 2016. Eva is passionate about helping students explore their career options, objectives, and experiential education. She is excited to support student strengths and is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.

Jimmy McCutcheon

Jimmy McCutcheon graduated from UC Davis in 2014 with a degree in Managerial Economics. He currently works as a Senior Consultant for FTI Consulting, where he consults and supports major law firms and companies in the firm’s Dispute Advisory Services group. While a student at UC Davis, Jimmy was an intern for Nebraska Heavy Industries, a private equity firm. Jimmy was also a member of the Finance and Investment Club, Club Finance Council, and he worked as a Building Supervisor at the Memorial Union.

Lynda Ward Pierce

Lynda Ward Pierce has been an active member of the San Francisco business community for 30 years. She is currently an SVP at Robert Half, a global S&P 500 Company of 15,000 employees and 250,000 temporary professionals.  Lynda’s current project is the global implementation of Workday, an HCM and Payroll SaaS.  She is also the Founder & CEO of CompSavvy, Inc., an enterprise software company. Lynda previously served as an officer of several public and private companies including BrightSource Energy, Inc., MobiTV, Inc., SVB Financial Group, Organic, Inc., and Navigant Consulting. During her career, she provided human resource and operational solutions to small, mid-size, and large organizations ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 100 industry leaders such as Target. Lynda's responsibilities spanned the Human Resources, Administration, Facilities, and Security functions. She has implemented and developed human resources programs, policies, and processes for high growth companies with offices in thirty-two countries. She has taken multiple companies public (NYSE & NASDAQ), and done M&A and divestitures globally. She graduated with a BS in Managerial Economics from UC Davis, where she also attended the Graduate School of Management. She later completed the coursework for her Masters in HR and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. She currently serves on the faculty of San Francisco State University in the Human Resources Management Program.

Neelam Babbar

Neelam Babbar has been in the “exciting” world of accounting for the past 12 years. She became an Aggie in the fall of 2000 as a Managerial Economics major, knowing full well the limitations it posed for accounting students but was determined to rise above them and secure a job at a Big 4 accounting firm. As a student at Davis, she was a founding member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional fraternity and served as a student member of the grade change committee (no wonder she finished with a 4.00 gpa). It was also here that she met her future husband, Man. Econ. Peer advisor, Ashkun Zaker (who may or may not have had a hand in that 4.00).

After graduating in 2004, she accepted an offer with PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) in San Jose, where she served as associate, senior, and finally manager within the semiconductor group before moving to Los Angeles to take on a consulting role with The Siegfried Group. As Associate Director, she enjoyed a new breadth of work, expanding her professional ability as well as her client base which ultimately led to her current role as Assistant Controller within Wells Fargo’s capital finance division. Throughout her career, she has worked on IPO's, financial restatements, spin-offs, high tech, and much more. She now lives in Hermosa Beach, California with her wonderful husband.

Patrick McCartney

Patrick McCartney is currently a technology investment banking associate at a bulge bracket firm in San Francisco. Prior to his current role, he was at Intel for six years in various corporate finance roles spanning M&A, strategy, marketing, and FP&A. He has also worked as an equity research associate covering the semiconductor industry. Patrick is graduating from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in December with an MBA focused on finance and graduated summa cum laude from UC Davis in 2010 with degrees in Managerial Economics and History.

Phil Chu

Phil Chu currently leads Mentor Operations for Springboard, an online school on a mission to make high quality education accessible to everyone in the world. Prior to this he worked in mobile advertising for game developers like Supercell and Konami, while at Chartboost, and in product innovation consulting for Fortune 500 CPG brands like PepsiCo and Clorox while at GameChanger. During his time at Davis, Phil was involved with TEDxUCDavis and also co-founded the ASUCD Entrepreneurship Fund (a startup accelerator for social entrepreneurs). Phil graduated from UC Davis in 2012.

Tiffany Lin

Tiffany Lin recently graduated from UC Davis in June 2016 and currently works at Accenture as a Management Consulting Analyst. Prior to graduation, Tiffany completed several internships in various firms and industries. Some of her notable internships include Finance Summer Analyst at Barclays Investment Bank, Project Controller Intern at Deloitte Consulting, and Financial Advi-sor Intern at Merrill Lynch. On the UC Davis campus, Tiffany worked as a Resident Advisor for the freshman dorms and a Peer Advisor at the Internship and Career Center. Tiffany was also in-volved in Delta Sigma Pi and TEDxUCDavis on campus. In her free time, Tiffany loves playing the violin, eating out, and playing board games.

Yulia Ayzenberg (Yevsukova)

Yulia Ayzenberg (Yevsukova) graduated with Highest Honors from UC Davis as a Managerial Economics major in 2009.  After graduation, Yulia started her professional career with River City Bank as a commercial credit associate.  She stayed in the world of commercial banking for almost seven years, advancing her career to become credit analyst, then portfolio manager and finally relationship manager. At the bank, Yulia was responsible for managing and growing $100+ million commercial loan portfolio. In 2013, Yulia helped create Banking Academy Internship at River City Bank which still exists today and is focused on teaching current students about banking industry and career opportunities. While advancing her career at the bank, Yulia completed the three-year part-time graduate program receiving her MBA Degree from UC Davis Graduate School of Management in June of 2015.  In April of 2016, Yulia left the bank and completely switched industries by joining Oracle Corporation as a Senior License Consultant. She is now part of the Unlimited License Agreements team within Licenses Management Services group.  License Management Services is a global team of experts chartered to work closely with Oracle's Customers and Partners to assist in understanding and adhering to Oracle's IT asset policies, licensing policies and business practices. In her current role, Yulia provides accurate licensing guidance, performs value assessment of existing deployment rights, and assists customers with contract certifications.

Yvette Harper

Yvette Harper is a 2016 Alumni who during her time at UC Davis was selected as the Western Agricultural Association Outstanding Senior, served as the VP of Marketing for the Alpha Phi Sorority, and was an avid farmer’s market attendee. After graduation, Yvette was lucky enough to pursue her love of travel by backpacking around Southeast Asia before moving down to Southern California to begin her new position as a Sourcing Analyst at Mission Produce, the largest avocado shipper in the world.


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