Smith Pride Alliance

"The Smith Pride Association (SPA) is an affinity group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) MBA and Specialty Masters Students and their allies at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

We facilitate social, academic, and professional opportunities for members of our community and allies, while creating an inclusive environment on campus."

Email us at spa@marylandsmith.umd.edu or visit our Facebook pages.

Board Members

Manuel Martinez

President
manuel.martinezsalgado@marylandsmith.umd.edu

Manuel immigrated to the United States from Cuba when he was 15 years old. Prior to business school, he worked as a Bioprocess Engineer for the Pharmaceutical Industry. His dream is to continue helping to bring new therapies that can improve the lives of patients all over the world, but now from the business side of things. Manuel resides in North Bethesda with his boyfriend Kevin and their mini schnauzer Johnny. During his free time, he enjoys biking and craft beers.

Fun Fact

I have a mini schnauzer.

Aakash Srinivasan

Vice President of Finance
aakash.srinivasan@marylandsmith.umd.edu

With an Engineering degree in Information Technology, I have a demonstrated history of working in the Technology industry and I worked as a Project Lead and led teams for product deliverables in the Consumer Business Unit, before my MBA. MCA has hosted multiple events where I had an opportunity to connect with Business Leaders. SPA gave me an opportunity to grow my connections outside of Smith. By being involved in MCA and SPA, I hope to give back by coordinating with key stakeholders and providing a platform for Smith MBAs to expand their network!

Fun Fact

I am a trained animal rescue volunteer!

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