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Get to Know Us: Marcella Pensamiento

Updated: May 19, 2019

Get to know the Director of Client Relations of 180 Degrees Consulting UCLA

Marcella is a third-year Economics and Political Science double major. She joined 180 Degrees Consulting in her second year, and was involved in helping a nonprofit client with revamping their branding and a web development project before becoming the Director of Client Relations of 180DC. Over the past quarter, she has been working hard in developing relationships and partnerships with clients, faculty, and firms all around L.A. Get to know her a little bit more in this short interview!

Q: How did you hear about 180DC and what made you want to join the club?


I heard of 180DC through my roommate who was a Business Economics major. I joined because I came from a very nonprofit-heavy background and I love to problem solve. I consider myself to be very creative and have a lot of critical thinking skills. So, despite knowing nothing about consulting, the tasks posed by 180DC sounded to be up my ally.


Q: Why are you interested in consulting?


I remember at the 180DC speaker panel where we brought in professionals from many different industries, one consultant who had started his own startup revealed that he had started consulting because he didn’t know what he wanted to do. He knew he was hardworking, he knew he could solve problems, and he knew that he wanted to help others — and that’s why he started with consulting. That resonated so much with me, I think that puts it really perfectly.


Q: What’s your favorite thing about L.A.?


It has to be the drives. Driving with music on, to and from places. Obviously, all the places in L.A. are interesting and have different things to offer, but if I’m going to be honest, it’s just driving with the scenery that I really love.


Q: What did you do last summer?


I’m still working at this job over this quarter, but over the summer I was a financial analyst intern for an anti-recidivism coalition. Basically, they keep people who have gone to jail from going back to prison. They have housing, job training, social training and a lot of other services to help former prisoners get a second chance at life. I was in the finance division for that company.


Q: What are you passionate about?


Besides giving back through nonprofit and social work, I’m pretty big on music and film-making. I’ve made a few short films, and I have a Spotify up and running for my music. I perform a lot as well!


Q: You find yourself coming home from campus earlier than expected, and you still have your whole day ahead of you. What is the most likely thing you’d find yourself doing?


If I get home early, I would definitely do something music-related. Maybe I’ll request someone to take me out on a date to downtown LA and watch some jazz, and then I’d go dancing somewhere in like, Hollywood. I would maybe sleep a lot, or cook at home, or read books for pleasure — oh my God, there are so many things to do.

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