Alejandra Arce Gomez, MBA '16
Progressing Sustainable Business from Here
"I see countless possibilities for us to achieve truly sustainable business practices. There’s something about being here in the Bay Area and at USF that fosters creativity. Truly innovative ideas are brought up in class every day."
Alejandra Arce Gomez, MBA ‘16, grew up in Santiago de Queretaro, a small city in Mexico, but came to the University of San Francisco (USF) to combine her passion for the environment and business.
She is pursuing a dual degree: a Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Ultimately, Arce Gomez wants to bring her sustainable business skills back to Mexico to change the way local business is done.
In Mexico, she worked for an environmental consulting company where she learned about environmental damage, which led to her decision to pursue a degree in Environmental Management. Studying in the MSEM program allowed her to develop a vision of who she wanted to be and what kind of work she wanted to do in the world, but she soon realized she also needed an extensive business skill set in order to put her environmental vision into practice and decided to also pursue an MBA.
“We live in a world that’s changing very rapidly.” Arce Gomez said. “We’ve finally reached a point where the environment is being considered in business. The MBA program will help me to embed sustainability into the workplace.”
To Arce Gomez, San Francisco represents one of the most diverse and culturally important cities in the world that has a focus on the environment.
I love that at USF I interact with people from all over the world every day. There is a culture here of, not just respect, but admiration for different cultures and traditions,” she said. “It makes us better students and it lets us grow as compassionate humans, because everyone is comfortable in the group and open about their backgrounds and that way everyone brings something different to the table. I think that’s part of what makes USF unique.
Arce Gomez feels that San Francisco and the MBA program changed her life and worldview.
"It has opened my eyes,” she said. “I see countless possibilities for us to achieve truly sustainable business practices. There’s something about being here in the Bay Area and at USF that fosters creativity. Truly innovative ideas are brought up in class every day."