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 2016, 2017, and 2018 Global Game Jam at UC Santa Cruz

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

Valentino Abate PresidentCo-Programming Lead
Jeven Zarate-McCoy Vice-PresidentCo-Writing Lead
Justin Hammer Treasurer
Charles Miller ArchiverOutreach Coordinator
Holly Cheng Art Lead
Gigi Bachtel Design Lead
Seiji Emery Co-Programming Lead
Madeleine Glenn Sound Lead
Molly Thompson Co-Writing Lead
Thomas Applewite Webmaster