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Student Ambassadors

Want to connect with a current Graziadio student? Our dedicated Graziadio Student Ambassadors are excited to share their experiences and help you explore our collaborative community and values-based culture first-hand. Whether you want to know more about life on campus or simply have unanswered questions, we have an ambassador to represent nearly every degree program. So feel free to contact us, we look forward to hearing from you!

Tyler Kleinert (GSA President) portrait

Tyler Kleinert (GSA President)

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship
  • Graduation date: April 2020
  • Hometown: Dallas, TX

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Anastasia Barnett portrait

Anastasia Barnett

  • Degree: Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2020
  • Hometown: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia & for the last 7 years, I live in Santa Barbara, California
  • Graziadio experience: "I think Pepperdine University is a great place to study. It has a very supportive and creative atmosphere for learning. The University has comfortable campuses, responsive staff, professors who really care, academic traditions, trustworthy and deep believers, and a community that makes you feel like you belong. I am very grateful to be here."

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Rich Barsumian portrait

Rich Barsumian

  • Degree: Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA; concentration in Dispute Resolution
  • Graduation date: April 2020
  • Hometown: Los Angeles

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Amanda Callahan portrait

Amanda Callahan

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with a concentration in Finance as well as Media and Entertainment
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Mckinney, TX
  • Graziadio experience: "I considered many attributes when choosing where to pursue my MBA: job placement stats, location, graduate network, faculty credentials, and industry specializations. The most impressive attribute of Graziadio is not one of the standard comparison attributes or statistics but the exceptional degree of individualized treatment and guidance you receive as a student from both the faculty and administration. While academic excellence and professional advancement are stressed, furthering your development as an individual is at the core of all Graziadio has to offer."

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Patrick Fuhrman portrait

Patrick Fuhrman

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with concentrations in Digital Innovation and Information Systems and Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA
  • Graziadio experience: "Graziadio is a place where professional goals and personal values coalesce into an intricate blend of opportunity and inspiration. From the faculty, the staff, to the highly talented and ambitious body of students, the possibilities for personal growth and professional development are endless. To add to the list of boons, the environment is incredibly supportive and collaborative. Please feel free to reach out to me if you'd like to know more about the incredibly enriching place that is the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School!”

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Arrio Granum portrait

Arrio Granum

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with a concentration in Finance
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Hillsboro, OR
  • Graziadio experience: "Looking back on my decision to come to Pepperdine, it is now clear to me this was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The program, the people you network with, the limitless possibilities, and the way this program springboards you into your next phase of you life is absolutely amazing!"

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Jennifer Johnson portrait

Jennifer Johnson

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Dispute Resolution and a SEER Certificate
  • Graduation date: April 2020
  • Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Graziadio experience: “I appreciate the values and the dedication of professors, staff, and fellow classmates here at Pepperdine Graziadio.”

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Alexandra Kleshchukova portrait

Alexandra Kleshchukova

  • Degree: Master of Science in Global Business
  • Graduation date: April 2020
  • Hometown: Russia

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Ye Nash (Tiger) portrait

Ye Nash (Tiger)

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2020
  • Hometown: Nanjing, China
  • Graziadio experience: "I came across the Pacific to this beautiful place where I am getting closer to my dreams every day. I've been inspired and supported by incredible peers, professors, faculty, and staff from day one. I can't think of a better word than 'family' to describe Graziadio—a place where everyone keeps sharing and loving."

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Erick Ortiz portrait

Erick Ortiz

  • Degree: Master of Science in Real Estate
  • Graduation date: August 2020
  • Hometown: Mexico
  • Graziadio experience: "During this short time, I have been able to learn new things and focus on my professional growth. Every day is different and challenging. I enjoy coming to school and engaging with my cohort and professors as they care about my learning environment."

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Matthew Pryatel portrait

Matthew Pryatel

  • Degree: Master of Science in Business Analytics with SEER Certification
  • Graduation date: April 2020
  • Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area
  • Graziadio experience: "I came to Pepperdine to improve my own lot in life and I'll leave hoping to improve the life of humankind. My desire for money has been replaced with love for my fellows, and I can't imagine my own lot in life being better."

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Daniel Soto portrait

Daniel Soto

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas

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Arthur Steingart portrait

Arthur Steingart

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with a concentration in Finance
  • Graduation date: April 2020
  • Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Graziadio experience: "The Graziadio Business School has extenuated and developed my skills, characteristics and opportunities. In addition to creating lifelong relationships along the way, this program has helped define my career and the independence associated with success, not only on campus, but also, for years to come. It’s a collaborative, supportive and established community and it’s an honor to be involved today and in the future."

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Philippe Thibault  portrait

Philippe Thibault

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Provo, Utah

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Cameron Ward portrait

Cameron Ward

  • Degree: Full-Time International MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Graziadio experience: "My experience at Graziadio Business School has been nothing short of exceptional. From the moment when I received my acceptance letter, to meeting my cohort and fellow peers during new student orientation and now as we complete our first trimester, Pepperdine has provided me with the opportunities and resources to thrive. I can say with all honesty that what stands out the most is the community of academic advisors, faculty members and professors who genuinely care about your success and will go above and beyond to help you find a career that aligns with your interests."

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