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Established in 2014, the mission of the MIT Sloan Alumni Board is to create a strong, supportive, and visible global community that benefits alumni, students, and the School. Comprised of 31 MIT Sloan alumni from around the world, the MIT Sloan Alumni Board is currently focused on five key working areas (sub-committees):
- Action Learning- Personalized Connectivity- Recent Graduate Philanthropy- Regional/Affinity Initiatives- Volunteer Program Development
Through the combined work of the leadership group and the five teams, the MIT Sloan Alumni Board seeks to create a strong and supportive global community where every one of us values and benefits from the MIT Sloan network.
The board meets in person once per year on campus and quarterly via phone. In addition, the teams meet on an ad hoc basis to address their charges.
Craig Edelstein, SF ’06: Craig is an active venture investor and turnaround executive for The Frost Group, where he has worked since September 2008, utilizing his skills in finance, technology evaluation and business strategy. His current work for The Frost Group and his parallel activity as an angel investor have resulted in a growing portfolio of investments and exits spanning internet/cybersecurity, cleantech, biosciences, and advanced materials. Craig received his MBA from MIT Sloan, his MPA from The Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jean Elliott, MBA ’97: Jean is recovering from big-company life by working part-time at a fun startup, doing philanthropy, and enjoying time with her family. From 2010 - 2014, she was Senior Director of Marketing at Microsoft, based in Silicon Valley. She managed the BizSpark program which has served more than 100,000 startups in 165 countries since its inception in 2008, and led events with the startup and venture capital communities. Prior to Microsoft, Jean was at Sun Microsystems for almost 14 years where she held a variety of leadership roles in product marketing, business planning and strategic analysis. Jean holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA in Philosophy and French from Trinity College.
John Ghirardelli, MBA ’14: John is the Director of Strategic Real Estate for American Tower Corporation, responsible for ensuring the long-term viability and optimization of +40,000 tower assets located throughout North America. Prior to joining American Tower, John worked at Koch Equity Development, a division of Koch Industries and Peterson Partners LP. John received his B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Georgetown University and his MBA from MIT Sloan.
Sean Padgett, MBA ’98: In addition to building businesses in the real estate and energy sectors, Sean spent seven years at Bain & Company primarily focused on private equity, as well as seven years at Advent International where he led the development of their portfolio support group. Sean earned a BA in Economics from Colby College in 1985 and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Pam Pudar, SM ’90: Whether as an executive or a consultant, Pam’s passion has always been building and leading high-performance teams. She loves helping groups figure out how to solve big, messy problems and move toward operational excellence. Immediately prior to her recent retirement, she helped implement a bespoke enterprise resource planning system for Information Services Group (ISG). Pam joined ISG in 2004 as a Principal Consultant providing financial advice on IT-related engagements. Pam holds a Master of Science in Management degree from MIT’s Sloan School, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Administration from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University).
Karthik Bala, EMBA ’13: Karthik, along with his brother Guha, founded Vicarious Visions in1994 while both were in high school. Over the past two decades Vicarious Visions has grown from a few friends working in their parent's basement to a leading developer of video game software helping to shape popular culture around the world. Karthik holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Computer Science and Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Josh Brown, MBA ’06: Josh is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Visium Asset Management, a multistrategy alternative investment firm with over $5.5 billion in assets. Prior to Visium, Josh worked as an investment banker for UBS and Chase H&Q (now J.P. Morgan). He has over 15 years of industry experience and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and B.S. degree in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University.
Rachel Carter, MBA ’11: Rachel is the Global Brand Lead for a late stage spinal cord injury product on Vertex's Global Pipeline Marketing team. Prior to this role she was the commercial lead for Biogen's Immunology pipeline where she provided strategic commercial leadership for Lupus pipeline assets and collaborated with Corporate Development and Corporate Strategy for due diligence and disease assessments. Rachel holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA in Economics from Emory University.
Tanguy Catlin, MBA ’04:
Tanguy has been a Partner at McKinsey for 12 years. He is the leader of McKinsey’s Digital Quotient™ (DQ) initiative and helps companies build out their digital capabilities to deliver rapid results and sustained growth. DQ is an assessment that allows organizations to clearly identify their digital strengths and weaknesses across different parts of the organization, and compare them against hundreds of organizations around the world. Tanguy holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Master’s in Sc. Eng. from the Ecole Polythechnique of the Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).
Ulli Domany-Funtan, SF ’14:
Ulli was born and grew up in Salzburg, Austria, and holds a Master degree in political science and law from the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg and a MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management. She started her career in management consulting and worked for many years in Austrian and European politics, focusing primarily on economic and industrial affairs as well as health policies. After Sloan, Ulli returned to Austria, being appointed as a member of the management team of Funk International, the largest family-owned insurance broker and risk consultant in Europe.
Carter Dunn, MBA ’10:
Carter is currently COO of Mint Solutions, a venture backed startup that builds tools to help nurses and doctors provide exceptional care for patients. Prior to joining Mint, Carter led organic venture development for Outerwall, worked with technology and healthcare companies as a consultant for BCG, and was a senior engineer for Boston Scientific. Carter holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA the MIT Sloan.
Sam Epee-Bounya, MBA ’13:
As a member of the Emerging Markets Debt Team at Wellington Management, Sam identifies attractive investment opportunities within the EM corporate debt markets on behalf of Wellington’s clients with a focus on Latin America and African corporate issuers. Sam has earned an MBA from MIT Sloan, a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from American University.
Justin Guichard, MBA ’05:
Justin is a managing director in Oaktree’s Real Estate group, which he joined as an investment professional in 2007. He focuses on real estate debt and opportunistic equity investments across all property types, and co-leads the Structured Finance team. Mr. Guichard has extensive experience in real estate-related fixed income investments, equity joint ventures, new loan originations, and workouts. Justin received a B.A. degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Kerry James, SB ’95, MBA ’01:
Kerry is the Head of Institutional Distribution, which includes institutional sales, consultant relations, relationship management and marketing services. Prior to holding this position, Kerry was the Head of International Business Development and a product specialist for Boston Partners, based in Europe. She joined the firm from the Monitor Group where she was a case team leader in strategic marketing development. Kerry holds a B.S. degree in management science from MIT and an M.B.A. degree in finance from MIT Sloan.
Sree Koka, EMBA ’13:
Sree is the owner/CEO of three companies: Koka Dental Clinic, Premium Dental Editing LLC and Career Design in Dentistry. He is currently co-President of the recently formed San Diego Sloanies, an affinity group of the MIT Club of San Diego. Prior to moving to San Diego, Sree received DDS and MS degrees from the University of Michigan and a PhD degree in Cell Biology/Oral Biology from the University of Nebraska as well as postdoctoral research fellowship training at the Eppley Cancer Center.
Jane Levy, MBA ’97:
Since 1997, when she started her career at JP Morgan Investment Management, Jane has been researching and investing in companies. She started covering public technology companies with market caps of $1bn. Currently, Jane owns equity in a handful of startups, ranging from software to fintech to retail. She is a member of the corporate advisory board of one of her investments, ArtLifting. Since 2009, Jane has been writing and filming footage for a documentary short on kids and cellphones. Jane graduated from WITS University, in Johannesburg, South Africa with a degree in Economics, and from MIT Sloan, with an MBA.
Min Lin, MBA ’04:
Min is a Founding Partner of NewQuest and co-heads NQ’s Greater China business. Min also oversees investments in retail, clean energy, and industrials. Min received her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an undergraduate degree from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.
Bob Meese, MBA ’08:
Bob has worked at Google since 2008, as the Head of Games Business Development for Google Play since 2012, and previously as a Principal in the New Business Development group. Prior to Google, he co-founded a startup at Sloan, worked as a venture capitalist at Millennia Partners, and as a consultant at inCode and The McKenna Group. He graduated from Sloan in 2008, and has degrees in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
David Menachery, MBA ’09:
Dave advises high-net worth individuals, family groups, private companies, and foundations on asset allocation, investment management, and wealth planning. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Dave worked for Lutron Electronics and Morgan Stanley. Dave earned his M.B.A. from MIT Sloan and received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Zee Mirza, MBA ’99:
Zee is a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory firm. Mr. Mirza is part of the Corporate Credit fund where he focuses on investing in and turning around companies in financial distress. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Zee was SVP of Transformation at Symphony Technology Group, a private equity firm, where he was responsible for driving operational and financial transformations of underperforming portfolio companies. Zee received a BA from Rice University where he double majored in Economics and Religious Studies, and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Anita Moorthy, MBA ’02:
Anita leads marketing for Hearsay Social in EMEA. In this role, Anita is responsible for go-to-market strategy, demand generation, and brand building for Hearsay in Europe. She has over 20 years of experience in senior product management and marketing roles at major corporations including Siebel (Oracle), Novell, and July Systems. She received her B.Sc in Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo and her MBA from MIT Sloan.
Rachel Patterson, MBA ’15:
Rachel is currently a Business Operations Manager at Apple Inc., with responsibility for OEM procurement and operations for the Portables product line. Prior to joining Apple, Rachel worked in strategy and management consulting in the Oil and Gas and Defense industries. Rachel holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kristen Robinson, EMBA ’13:
Kristen is SVP of Women and Young Investors at Fidelity Investments, responsible for leading a team dedicated to empowering women and millennial investors to become more engaged with their finances, by providing education, tools and resources designed to meet their unique needs. During her seven-year tenure at Fidelity, she has also led innovation initiatives related to emerging educational trends and technology, as well as development of digital tools to help Fidelity associates deliver an industry-leading customer experience. Kristen received a B.S. degree in Marketing from Bentley University and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Jorge Rodriguez, MBA ’96:
At Inverstone Advisors, Jorge leverages his investment experience and market view in order to provide wealth management and project execution to clients and friends that honor him with their trust. In his previous experience he was directly responsible for designing and running business processes from distribution channels with high levels of sophistication to operations and technology support activities. In asset management, he acted as CIO for pension fund management firms, insurance firms, and mutual fund management firms in Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
Maxi Rohm, MBA ’06:
Head of Corporate Development for Latin America, Maximiliano joined Neuberger Berman in 2006. In his role, Maxi focuses on developing relationships, with institutional clients in the region, including central banks, sovereign wealth fund administrators, financial institutions, and corporations. Prior to this, Maximiliano was responsible for business development and strategic acquisitions at the firm. He earned an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA in Business and Economics from Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Lisa Schirf, MBA ’02:
Lisa is the Founder and President of HNL Ventures LLC, an early stage investment advisory firm, and an Investment Committee Member of TechU Angels LLC, a seed investment firm founded by entrepreneurs with roots at MIT. Ms. Schirf was previously the Chief Operating Officer and a management committee member of Fischer Francis Trees & Watts (FFTW), a fixed income asset management subsidiary of BNP Paribas Investment Partners with over $56 billion assets under management. Ms. Schirf holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS in Management from Villanova University.
Yiting Shen, MBA ’07:
Yiting is the Global Head of External Network Management for Treasury & Trade Solutions (TTS) at Citigroup based in New York, responsible for Citi’s relationships with other banks in 120+ markets across 270+ banks. Previously she was the Global Head of Developing Currency Clearing and the Head of Strategic Initiatives responsible for TTS strategic planning and execution in 95+ countries with ~15,000 FTEs and $8 Billion revenue. She also champions business model innovation and digitization. Yiting holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from MIT Sloan, and an MS in Financial Engineering and a BS in Engineering & Management Systems from Columbia University.
Din Shih, SM ’93:
Din manages companies in the United States, Brazil, and Taiwan in the areas of manufacturing, sales, and international trade of telecommunications equipment, textile, and real estate investment and development. Din also has experience in founding and selling companies both domestic and international in diverse areas. Din graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas de Sao Paulo in Brazil and a Master’s Degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Ed Walsh, EMBA ’13:
Ed is the CEO of Catalogic Software. Ed comes to Catalogic Software with over 25 years of storage industry experience. An industry leader known for his strong track record establishing emerging companies as market leaders, creating new market segments, driving effective go to market strategies, and developing strong partner ecosystems, who has led 100% of his endeavors to exponential growth. Mr. Walsh has held multiple CEO and executive positions in the storage industry.
Isa Watson, MBA ’13:
Isa is the Founder and CEO of Envested, a social network giving platform targeted to the millennials. Envested’s patent pending technology integrates data analytics to customize the local giving experience – making it more effective and engaging. Prior to founding Envested, Isa was a Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at JPMorgan Chase & Co, where she worked closely with senior management to build and execute various strategic initiatives across Asset Management, Business Banking, Consumer Banking, and Risk. Isa earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS in Pharmacology from Cornell University and a BS in Chemistry from Hampton University.
ACTION LEARNING: In partnership with the MIT Sloan Action Learning department, the Action Learning team is helping determine the long-term effectiveness of the program, by assessing the impact on former students and organizations, conducting qualitative interviews with alumni who participated in Action Learning and can reflect on the value of the pedagogical approach, and using quantitative analysis of the impact on associated organizations.
Team Lead: Sean Padgett, MBA '98
Sam Epee-Bounya MBA '03
Min Lin, MBA '04
Jorge Rodriguez, MBA '96
PERSONALIZED CONNECTIVITY: The Personalized Connectivity team is delivering curated communications & content to the alumni population, building on the FY16 roadmap of the current experience and what is needed to meet individual needs of various constituent groups or individuals, and working with other key parties across MIT to make available good quality data and the tools necessary to facilitate appropriate delivery.
Team Lead: Craig Edelstein, SF '06
Karthik Bala, EMBA '13
David Menachery, MBA ’09
Anita Moorthy, MBA '02
Lisa Schirf, MBA ’02
Edward Walsh, EMBA ’13
RECENT GRADUATE PHILANTHROPY: Building off of the success of the OER's class gift campaign for graduating students, the Recent Graduate Philanthropy team is developing a specific, targeted philanthropy strategy for 'recent graduate' years, with the objective of fostering a stronger culture of philanthropy over time among students and the alumni community.
Team Lead: Johnny Ghirardelli, MBA '14
Josh Brown, MBA '06
Bob Meese, MBA '08
Rachel Patterson, MBA '15
Isa Watson, MBA '13
REGIONAL/AFFINITY INITIATIVES: The Regional/Affinity Initiatives team is enhancing alumni engagement in two key ways. First, identifying, prioritizing and developing plans for select affinity groups in high-density alumni locations and/or as virtual networks independent of geography. Second, designing outreach and engagement opportunities for alumni in 'no-club' geographies, perhaps leveraging identifiable 'catalyst' alumni who could spearhead or support efforts in traditional or non-traditional ways.
Team Lead: Pam Pudar, SM '90
Ulli Domany, SF '14
Justin Guichard, MBA '05
Sree Koka, EMBA '13
Jane Levy, MBA '97
Kristen Robinson, EMBA '13
Din Shih, SM '93
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT: The Volunteer Program Development team is designing a comprehensive volunteer recruitment & retention program (including recruiting, training/skill-building, targets, communications, rewards/recognition) and including improved structure and support for Class Agents, Corporate Champions, Reunion, Club and Sloan 5 volunteers. As well as, reviewing the current programs to recommend enhancements, new plans and coordinated implementation.
Team Lead: Jean Elliot, MBA '97
Rachel Carter, MBA '11
Tanguy Catlin, MBA '04
Carter Dunn, MBA ’10
Kerry James, MBA '01
Zee Mirza, MBA '99
Maxi Rohm, MBA '06
Yiting Shen, MBA '07
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