Executive Officers 2022-2023

Erika-Cortez-Red Erika Cortez-Red

Erika Cortez-Red is a 2023 full-time MBA candidate with a focus on marketing and strategy. Born in the Philippines, she has a diverse profile having grown up in Singapore and living in London for four years prior to joining the UCI Merage MBA program. Erika received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Buffalo, State University of New York and has 11 years of sales and marketing experience across multiple industries. She joined the UCI Merage MBA program for its location and intimate class size that fosters a tightly knit community of peers. Post-MBA, Erika intends to become a product marketer in the technology industry and will be gaining additional experience through her summer internship at Adobe.

In addition to her role as MSA President, Erika also serves as VP of Marketing for Challenge for Charity (C4C), a member of Women in Business and Merage Marketing Association, and is a teaching assistant for various graduate and undergraduate classes. During her free time, Erika enjoys spending time on the beach, playing tennis, travelling, and attending social gatherings.


Alec Stewart Alec Stewart
Vice President of Operations
Alec Stewart is a 2023 Full-Time MBA candidate with a focus on technology. Alec grew up in Washington state and received his undergraduate degree in New York. He also served in the US Army as a field-artillery officer for five years at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Alec enjoys going to the beach, skiing and spending time with friends and family.


Mike Steigerwald Mike Steigerwald
Vice President of Finance
Mike is a 2023 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on Strategy and Analytics. He was born and raised in Escondido, California and received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from California State University, San Marcos. After graduation, Mike worked in retail management and later outside sales for a Fortune 200 construction supply firm in Eugene, Oregon. He played a key role in opening a new retail location and built a sales territory to support this store. Post-MBA Mike hopes to work in management consulting. In his free time Mike enjoys hiking with his dog, playing soccer, and spending time outdoors.


Tam Panleartkitsakul Tam Panleartkitsakul
Vice President of Marketing
Tam is a 2023 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on marketing and strategy. She was born and raised in Thailand and earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing at Thammasat University. Prior to joining Merage, she was a marketer and business developer at Tencent where she focused on brand marketing and product marketing for music streaming and news platform. With her passion for tech entertainment, she hopes to stay in tech entertainment industry while exploring eCommerce and CPG industry. In her free time, she loves to play every sport and enjoy all outdoor activities in the sun, especially diving as the ocean holds a special place in her heart.


PranavaRitwik Pranava Ritwik
Vice President of Technology
Pranava Ritwik is a 2023 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on Product Management and Strategy. He has an undergrad degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, India. He also has 4 years of work experience in engineering with Huawei and Oneplus/Oppo where he worked on enabling integrated chipsets with 4G and 5G capabilities. He has worked in both India and China before joining the Merage to further his aspirations to be a Product Leader.

As a hobby, Pranava likes to write short science fictions and play Table, an Indian music instrument.


Xiaofan Shu Xiaofan Shu
Vice President of Communications
Xiaofan is a 2023 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on corporate finance in the tech industry. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in accounting. After graduation, he obtained his CPA license and worked in the financial services industry. He enjoys cooking, working out, hiking, and volunteering.


Megan DiTucci Megan DiTucci
Vice President of Social
Megan DiTucci is a 2023 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on Human Resources and Organizational Behavior. Prior to joining the Merage family, she graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Hospitality Management and used it to work in multiple sales roles for Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, and a small technology start-up in Costa Mesa, CA called SmartFinancial. These roles led her to discover that her true passion lies in Human Resources, and she plans to pursue a role in that function post MBA that allows her to reside in Southern California.

Megan chose the Merage School because of their location and reach to companies based in the local area as well as the intimate class size and welcoming community. Along with serving on the MSA board she is also a Student Ambassador that connects with prospective students and new applicants.

In her free time, you can find Megan paddle boarding in the Newport Beach Harbor, exploring a new city, or dining at local Mexican restaurants searching for Orange County’s best tacos!


Brahmarshi Kar Brahmarshi Kar
Vice President of Social
Brahmarshi Kar (he/him) originally from Kolkata, India is a 2023 MBA candidate at the University of California, Irvine - The Paul Merage School of Business. He has 3+ years of experience in the commercial banking industry, working as a Tech-ops project manager, where he managed implementation roadmaps for various digital transformation programs such as new product platforms, customer-facing applications, and process intelligence solutions. Building on his diverse experience and skillsets in IT and product strategy, he's interested in working towards sustainable growth using innovative and disruptive products and technologies that can automate business processes and create a more real-time operations environment. Outside of work and academics, he is constantly inspired to explore opportunities for social impact. He co-founded Out for Business, the graduate-level LGBTQIA+ group at UCI Merage that aims to build community and provide opportunities for professional development and social networking. He is also a passionate musician and loves to sing and write music.


Ridhima Raina Ridhima Raina
Vice President of International Student Relations
Ridhima Raina is a 2023 Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on Product Management & Strategy in the Tech Industry. Ridhima grew up in Bahrain before she moved to India to do her under graduation in Bachelor of Engineering from Punjab Engineering College (PEC). She worked as Product Manager at an Cvent, a world-wide leader in event management software, where she led engineering teams across India and US to create a virtual platform for event registrations. Ridhima chose MBA at UCI for the digitally focused curriculum and the personalized experience the program offers due to its small class size.

In addition to her role as the VP of International Student Relations, Ridhima also serves as the co-president of the Product Club at Merage and VP of Women in Business. In her free time, you will find Ridhima volunteering her time for a social cause, socializing with friends over dinner or drinks, or enjoying swimming in sunny California!


James Raffin James Raffin
Vice President of Part-Time Programs
James is a FEMBA 2024 candidate at UCI Merage. His goal in representing the FEMBA and EMBA student bodies is to organize meaningful experiences that foster an atmosphere of inclusivity and are conducive to postgraduate success. Prior to embarking on his MBA journey at Merage, James obtained a B.A. in General Biology from California State University of Northridge. He currently works full-time as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist at UCLA Health. James is interested in biotechnology, healthcare policy & management, business analytics, and entrepreneurship.


Anomitro Bhowmick Anomitro Bhowmick
Vice President of Specialty Masters Programs
Anomitro Bhowmick is a 2023 Part-Time MPAc candidate focusing on Data Analytics track. Anomitro was born and raised in India and has been in Los Angles for over 10 years. He has completed his Bachelor’s in Instrumentation Engineering from Mumbai University and has worked for Power and Paper & Pulp industries. He came to United States to pursue Master’s in Electrical Engineering at CSU Long Beach emphasizing in Control Systems and Robotics. Anomitro is passionate about STEM education. As a graduate student at Long Beach, he initiated MESA School Program’s Robotics curriculum for Middle and High School students at LBUSD. He played a pivotal role in Upward Bound Math-Science Program which aided 100 low-income, first-generation, underrepresented minority students in pursuing their college dreams. Upon graduation he started working for technology licensing for petrochemical and refining domain. Currently, he is involved in design of Energy Transition, Carbon Capture and Hydrogen projects. His interest lies at the intersection of accounting, finance, and economics with application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning tools to analyze large datasets. Anomitro’s primary reason to join Merage was because of reputed faculty, industry-based curriculum, and diverse & inclusive Merage ecosystem. In addition to his role at MSP, he is Class Representative for part-time MPAc 23 cohort and Merage Student Ambassador. During his free time, Anomitro indulges in outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, photography and reading.



AGS Representatives

The Associated Graduate Students is the recognized graduate student association at the University of California, Irvine. We represent nearly 3,100 graduate and professional students to the campus and system wide administration on a number of issues. The AGS is governed by a President, four Vice Presidents elected by the Council, and a Council of representatives elected by each academic unit. The Council meets every two weeks.

Carrie Wang

Carrie Wang

Samuel Atkins

Samuel Atkins

Angela Hue

Mariella Zavala

Class Representatives

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