Where Are They Now?

Ahmed V. Ortiz

A look at previous ASI presidents.


Maria (Mia) Kagianas
ASI president: 2017-18

Board priority: Student basic needs/lobbying.
Currently: Sac State student serving as president of the California State Student Association, the primary lobbying organization for the state’s college students.


Patrick Dorsey
ASI president: 2016-17

Board priority: Student basic needs; student success.
Currently: Working full time as account executive with Ogilvy PR firm, while completing final semester in Sac State’s Master’s in Public Policy and Administration program.


Melissa Bardo
ASI president: 2015-16

Board priority: Establishment of sustainability efforts.
Currently: Working in the office of state Sen. Richard Pan; recently completed a year as an Executive Fellow with the Capital Fellows Programs.


Lauren Lombardo
ASI president: 2014-15

Board priority: Food Pantry; ASI visibility.
Currently: Senior data scientist with the Nielsen Corporation.


Nielsen Gabriel
ASI president: 2013-14

Board priority: Establishment of ASI Week; explored mobile app.
Currently: Attending medical school.


Joshua Wood
ASI president: 2004-05

Board priority: Renegotiated contracts to ensure ASI benefit.
Founder/CEO of Sacramento Region Business Association, a not-for-profit business association that advances regional economic growth through pro-business public policy advocacy.


Eric Guerra
ASI president: 2002-03

Board priority: Advocated for 65th Street housing; student-only parking.
Currently: Chief of staff, Sacramento City Council.


Art Pimentel
ASI president: 2001-02

Board priority: Support for ASI board.
Currently: Dean of Sacramento City College’s West Sacramento Center; previously served as mayor of Woodland (2010-2012) and on Woodland City Council (2004-2012).


Ahmed V. Ortiz


Ahmed V. Ortiz is a writer/editor, working at Sac State since 2011, after a 13-year newspaper career. He is an avid cyclist, enjoys traveling and loves animals and most sports, especially baseball. Ahmed believes in doing no harm and that love is the only way.