The Marketing Association strives to create an environment where Merage students can grow professionally and experience the world of marketing. We leverage our experience, network, and knowhow to educate students on the career paths within marketing, prepare for the internship and full-time job search and connect them with leaders in the industry. Our goal is to prepare students to become future marketing leaders after graduation.

About Merage MA

Mission Statement
The Marketing Association at The Paul Merage School of Business is committed to:

  • The professional development of students interested in marketing careers.
  • Increased corporate community awareness of the quality of Merage students.
  • Promotion and development of Merage as an incubator of marketing and strategy talent.
  • Strengthening relationships with alumni in various fields of marketing.

Marketing Association club events are designed to expose members to the myriad of marketing and strategy opportunities available, as well as provide a forum for strong relationship building both within Merage as well as the outside business community.


  • To educate students about the various sectors and functional areas within the marketing industry
  • To develop strong relationships with Merage students and local marketing companies
  • To maintain strong relationships with Merage alumni and current students in other programs such as FEMBA and EMBA
  • To provide networking opportunities for all who are interested in a career in the marketing function across all industries

Club Activities

  • Speaker series with thought leaders in marketing
  • Company site visits
  • Interview and resume workshops
  • Internship and full-time job guidance

Board Members

2019-2020 School Year

Ameya Joshi – President
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Ameya is a full-time MBA student, class of 2020. Prior to pursuing his MBA, he worked in Accenture on a client-specific project as a Business Analyst to optimize several retail processes using the application of technology. He worked on analyzing sales, customer, product, and vendor data to deliver meaningful insight and helped support decisions for customer service improvement, sales improvement, and tracking store performances. Ameya decided to pursue an MBA to develop and hone strategic marketing skills while leveraging his analytical skills.

Brittany Ouyang – Exec. VP
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Brittany is a second year, Full-Time MBA candidate with a focus in marketing. Originally from San Francisco, she attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY where she majored in Psychology and minored in French and Chinese. Following her graduation, Brittany moved to New York City to pursue a career in fashion marketing and PR. She worked for brands like Vera Wang and Tanya Taylor prior to founding an independent consultancy, where she helped emerging brands develop brand awareness and positioning strategies. Brittany completed her MBA internship at Mattel working on the Barbie & Dolls Global Brand Marketing Team and will be returning full-time after graduation. When she’s not in class, you can find Brittany trying new restaurants, taking ballet and Pilates classes, and exploring sunny Southern California.

Gayatri Sambandamurthy Karthy – VP, Events Management
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Gayatri is a full-time MBA student, class of 2020. She graduated with a Bachelors’s degree in Information Technology and worked in the fast-paced IT environment as a cyber tech analyst for multinational clients, prior to joining UCI. She decided to pursue an MBA to transition into business and marketing roles in IT. She lived in Saudi Arabia, the United States, and India while growing up and she enjoys reading, meeting new people and traveling whenever she gets the chance!

Eric Williams – VP, FTMBA Liaison
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Eric Williams is a full-time MBA candidate, class of 2021, and holds dual bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and exercise physiology. Prior to joining Merage, Eric worked as a pharmaceutical sales and marketing territory manager, overseeing sales initiatives for 150 accounts in the greater Los Angeles area across multiple therapeutic specialties. Post-MBA, Eric plans to leverage his deep customer knowledge to lead marketing initiatives in the biotechnology industry to help bring novel treatments to new patients. In his spare time, Eric’s hobbies include cooking, cycling, and reading.

Fiona Ciliotta- VP, FTMBA Liaison
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Fiona is a full-Time MBA candidate, Class of 2021. Prior to joining the Merage family, she worked for The Coca-Cola Company as Director of Field Execution, where she led the profitable growth and development of the Venturing & Emerging Brands portfolio in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a double major in Political Science and Journalism. After graduating from Merage, she aims to pursue a career in brand management/marketing for a major CPG company. In her free time, Fiona enjoys swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and exploring the beautiful beaches that Southern California has to offer.

Axel Eyer – VP, FTMBA Liaison
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Axel is a first-year full-time MBA candidate with a focus on marketing. Prior to Merage, he worked in software sales at Esri and most recently completed a product marketing internship for a HR Tech startup in Sweden. Axel received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from UC Santa Barbara. He now serves as a Student Ambassador, Vice President of the Merage Marketing Association, and Vice President of Marketing for the Business and Tech Association. Axel is exploring summer marketing or product management internship opportunities in the technology industry.

Crystal Brooke Fisher – VP, FEMBA Liaison
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Crystal is a Fully Employed MBA student, class of 2021. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. Crystal decided to pursue her MBA after starting her career in a business development role with the intention of expanding her network and knowledge about business. Crystal currently works at PolyOne Corporation as a Senior Account Manager. In her spare time, Crystal loves hanging out with her goldendoodle Ava, hiking, biking, skiing, and scuba diving.

Priya Shah – VP, MSBTM Liaison
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Priya Shah is a first-year MSBTM student. She has a BS degree in Biochemistry and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Business. With this course, she is trying to bridge the gap between science and management. After the completion of this course, she aspires to get into marketing for a health care company.

Shobhana Meenakshi Mathuranayagam – VP, MSBA Liaison
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Shobhana is an MSEM student, class of 2020. Prior to this, she worked with 3M in a Sales and Marketing position for 2.5 years during which she was responsible for digital marketing and marketing ops for the Advanced Materials Division. As part of her sales responsibilities, she worked on lead generation and bid management. She believes in the endless possibilities digital transformation can bring to businesses today and wishes to pursue a career in marketing with a focus on digital. She is passionate about saving the environment and has been a volunteer for Greenpeace (Environmental NGO) for the past 5 years during which she has organized numerous events and workshops. She loves reading and wishes to travel to the lesser-explored parts of the world!


Fall 2019

Marketing Panel: November 26, 2019

Curious about marketing internships? Join the Merage Marketing Association for a panel featuring 2nd year students fresh off their marketing internships. Learn about what they worked on over the summer, and ask questions!


Interested in getting involved with the Merage Marketing Association? We’d love to hear from you!

Please reach out to current President, Ameya Joshi with any inquiries: ameyaj1@uci.edu.

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