We’d like to recognize our hardworking volunteer staff here at AMA Los Angeles.
Position: Programming Coordinator
My name is Grace Donoso. I summoned up the courage to move to Los Angeles from South America all by myself for the greatest adventure of my life. I have a degree in Marketing and Advertising, and my first job was at the USA Consulate in Ecuador, coordinating business mission trips between the two countries. Passionate about languages, travel and cultural diversity, my move to Los Angeles was a natural fit. Here, I developed a career in Project Management leading creative projects from start to finish in corporations like Tribune Media and DIRECTV.
In my free time, I love to go hiking and binging on Netflix. I also love to write, and have started to blog of just about everything learned throughout my life, from how to decorate small spaces to stress reduction management. I’m grateful for having Los Angeles as my hometown for the last 20 years. Moving to a foreign country with a new language was intimidating and scary at first, but it has allowed me to grow as an individual and re-wire my brain, making it more resilient to change and challenges. This skill comes in handy at work, since Creative Project Management is not a linear process; projects can face a sudden shift in direction, or added deliverables with a shorter timeline, resource deprivation, etc. Project managers are sense-makers and critical thinker, and as the glue that holds the team together, a positive outlook with the ability to remain calm in all situations is essential.
I am currently freelancing for the Video Localization team at Konami Digital Entertainment, ensuring quality translations for the launch of video games across different countries. I am also a proud volunteer at the American Marketing Association – Los Angeles Chapter, helping register attendees at educational and networking events. I value every minute spent here. AMA is a great pathway to stay current with my ongoing professional development while expanding my network and forming relationships with marketing oriented leaders.
Position: Email Marketing Manager
My name is Babak ‘Bobby’ Masjedi and I volunteer with AMA Los Angeles as the Email Marketing Manager. I decided to take on this role to help grow the organization’s reach and inform our subscribers of upcoming events and initiatives.
Outside of AMA I currently work in Marketing Operations/Automation handling everything from email blasts to marketing automation to graphic/campaign creation. I’ve spent most of my career doing various jobs within marketing departments which has allowed me to learn a lot about different aspects of marketing. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball and beach volleyball, spending time with friends & family and checking out new and interesting events in the Los Angeles area.
Position: Membership Coordinator
Krishn Ghiya is a thoroughbred marketing & advertising professional. Although originally Indian, Krishn brings a wealth of global experience from working in SMEs in India – to biggest advertising agencies like Ogilvy – to challenging marketing projects for the European Union in the UK. Apart from getting his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the best university in India, he also possesses a Master’s in Marketing from The University of Nottingham, UK. Presently, he serves as the Membership Coordinator for AMA, LA and eyes for opportunities as he graduates with a certification in Social Media Marketing and Web Analytics from UCLA in a few weeks. Feel free to pick his brains at the upcoming AMA events.