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Global Research and Consulting Group at UCLA (GRC@UCLA) empowers students to provide impactful insights for NGOs and social impact startups across the globe. We are not a single entity, but a diverse community striving to achieve Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) goals. 


Founded in 2021 by UCLA undergraduates, GRC@UCLA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We aim to provide members access to global leadership and networking opportunities across the 20+ GRC chapters worldwide and make meaningful impacts on both international and local communities. 


GRC members will gain hands-on experience working with NGOs and social impact startups to promote social responsibility and sustainability. From hosting guest speaker events and workshops catered to international recruiting and aptitude tests, to organizing consulting portfolios geared towards sustainability, GRC@UCLA strives to develop member’s careers and nurture them into socially responsible leaders.


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  • Be a Pioneer 

    • Real-world social impact

    • New Club equals flexibility and freedom! Become a cornerstone of the club

    • Spearhead projects and communicate directly with clients 

    • Vast leadership opportunities 

      • Chance to become a board member of the GRC Global Management Team

  • Real-World International Social Impact 

    • “Insights for Impact”

    • GRC Global has completed over 60 projects in 15 different countries

    • Hands-on experience working with ESG-friendly NGOs and startups, both local and global

    • Providing sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to real-world problems 

    • Broaden awareness regarding social issues

    • Sustainability is a: 

      • Major component in many corporate strategies and governmental policies, including but not limited to restructuring, risk, and compliance. 

      • Good interview topic, every company has information about it! 

  • Extensive Education Program

    • Opportunity to learn and practice consulting tasks (e.g. M&E, macro-trend analysis, industry studies, etc.)

    • Exposure to myriad industries and companies

    • Incorporates international recruitment strategies 

    • Workshops and lessons: aptitude tests, casing, interviews, insights, financial analysis, and more!

    • Explore other career opportunities

  • Exposure to International Connections 

    • Powerful Global Alumni network 

      • GRC alumnus have interned at companies like McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley

      • GRC chapters include Harvard, Wharton, Cambridge, Oxford, NUS, NTU, and UofT

  • Bright future leaders ready to actively contribute and promote into early leadership positions

  • Open to all majors, diverse backgrounds are encouraged 

  • Strong interest in working with global nonprofits

  • Students who are passionate about social issues and sustainability

  • Open to receiving constructive feedback with a continuous improvement mindset

  • Analytical, Careful, Collaborative, Organized and Responsible


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Justin Lai
Chapter Founder

"Welcome to the UCLA GRC Chapter that my friends and I worked extraordinarily hard to build.

To all future members, we really appreciate your interest in GRC and will do everything in our power to put you in the best position to pursue your careers. 
However, we believe in merit, in the sense that you get what you deserve.

Hence I urge you to work hard, respect each other, and be willing to go beyond what is necessary! 
It will be tiring, but trust me, it is worth it. 
Lastly, have fun and enjoy your time at GRC! 
Best Wishes, 

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James Liu
Executive Director of Operations

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Ashley Oshiba
Executive Director of Project Development


Yutong Li
Executive Director of Insights

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Joyce Xu
Director of

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Grace Yang
Director of
External Affairs

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Sukie Yeung
Director of


2021-2022 Analysts

  • Bella Bertaud

  • Crystal Zhu

  • Emily Chen

  • Jiteshwar Attri

  • Joy Fang

  • Pavel Savgira

  • Ray Wang

Founding Members

  • Justin Lai

  • Rhea Varkhedi 

  • Kyle Pendleton

  • Kristen Fung

  • Christopher Koh

  • Carol Cao

  • Kobe Chen

  • Pei Chen Luo

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