About Us

Game Design and Art Collaboration (GDA) was founded in January, 2015, by a small group of UC Santa Cruz students. Our mission statement is to promote the collaborative work of artists, musicians, programmers, and game designers, with an emphasis on networking and skill-sharing. GDA currently runs as a mock game studio, producing at least one game each academic year. The members of GDA work together completely out of personal interest to learn what it takes to bring a game from concept to production.

Operated the first annual Global Game Jam at UC Santa Cruz in 2017

Organized trips to GDC 2017 and the first ever SGDA Summit

Organized the 2017-2018 Recruitment Fairs for UC Santa Cruz's 170-series

Organized the 2018-2019 Recruitment Fairs for UC Santa Cruz's 170-series

Organized trips to the 2019 SGDA Summit

Organized the 2020-2021 Recruitment Fairs for UC Santa Cruz's 170-series

Jeven Zarate-McCoy PresidentWriting Officer
Andrew Dunne Vice PresidentArt Officer
Justin Hammer TreasurerInterim Archiver
Holly Cheng Art Officer
Ricky Chavez Design Officer
Nikolas Sanchez Design Officer
Eric Long Production OfficerOutreach CoordinatorEvent Coordinator
Dallas Truong Production OfficerOutreach CoordinatorEvent Coordinator
Thomas Applewhite Programming Officer
Madeleine Glenn Sound Officer
Enrico Widodo Sound Officer
Stevie Rodriguez Writing Officer
Rohan Venkatapuram Webmaster
Ryoma Marta-Sugawara Webmaster
Herman Wu Shadow Art Officer
Molly Thompson Shadow Writing Officer