Angela Arunarsirakul, ’13, MBA ’20
Angela Arunarsirakul is a dynamic strategist whose experiences span consulting, policymaking, teaching, and marketing in various industries including e-commerce, education, real estate, furniture, local government, and food & beverage. She graduated with an MBA degree from UCLA Anderson where she served as President of her Class Section, Executive Vice President of the Anderson Student Association, and Co-President of the Southeast Asia Business Association. She also served as the Graduate Representative on the UCLA Committee on International Education. While at Anderson, she interned at the UN Technology Innovation Lab in Malaysia.
Angela graduated with college and departmental honors from UCLA in 2013 with a B.A. in Southeast Asian Studies, History, Asian American Studies, and Political Science and a minor in Public Affairs. Subsequently, she studied Thai and Indonesian at Chiang Mai University and Universitas Negeri Semarang, respectively. In 2014, she taught English at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for 2 years and was recognized as “VIA Fellow of the Year” for both years. In 2016, she moved to Isahaya, Japan and taught at Isahaya Higashi Special Needs School and Seiryo High School. She received the JET Kizuna Ambassador Award from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for her outstanding efforts in internationalization initiatives.
While at UCLA, Angela was involved in many campus and system-wide activities including the Undergraduate Students Association Council, UCLA Academic Senate (Council on Planning and Budget, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with School) and UC Academic Senate (Board of Admissions and Relations with School, University Committee on International Education). This native Angeleno also served as a mentor for City Year’s Young Heroes Program, President of the Los Angeles Youth Council and intern at the District Office of current Mayor, then-Councilmember Eric Garcetti.
She received the Ehrlich Alumni Scholarship in 2009 and was also a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship, Chancellor’s Service Award, Monaghan Award, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, and Darmasiswa Scholarship. In business school, she was the recipient of the William Cockrum Fellowship, Heiko Haskamp Fellowship, Hilton Global Summer Fellowship, FLAS Fellowship, and Outstanding Student in Global Management and Leadership Award.
Most recently, she was a consultant at Bain & Company. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA and is working on a new start-up idea.