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The D’Amore-McKim School of Business recently launched its NextGen Council, a dedicated group of accomplished alumni who will work to support current students in their endeavors and help the school in its upward trajectory.

As outlined by the school’s 2025 strategic plan, D’Amore-McKim is preparing learners to succeed in a world marked by digital convergence. The council strives to support the school in three key areas: undergraduate mentorship, employer partnerships, and curriculum feedback.

Collaborating with our alumni helps us fulfill our promises to students by providing another avenue of support,” said Raj Echambadi, Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. “I am energized by the passion and commitment of the NextGen Council and look forward to the insight they will provide.”

Members will serve as industry liaisons and community builders, identifying resources for students as they navigate co-op and full-time employment. The council will support the development of new relationships in key industries and focus on improving alumni connectivity through increased networking opportunities. Members will meet two or three times a year with their second meeting planned for February 2020.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the inaugural group of NextGen Council members. As students, they demonstrated excellence in all of their aspirations and have already made their marks as successful leaders in their industries. We look forward to their insights to support our continuing efforts to enhance students’ experiences at D’Amore-McKim,” said Mary Kane, Assistant Dean, Employer & External Engagement.

NextGen council members credit a diverse array of experiences at Northeastern University for their professional and personal successes. During their time as students, they balanced academics with co-op and immersed themselves in global experiences. On campus and within the real world, they invested in their student groups, budding businesses—or even both. They drove innovation and were catalysts for change.

“My experience at Northeastern prepared me to navigate my career in ways that I carry with me to this day,” says Abby Lokshin, DMSB ’12. I’m excited to pay it forward, supporting students however I can in their own career exploration.”

Some council members hold leadership positions in dynamic organizations, others have founded their own companies, and all of them recognize the importance of lifelong learning as a key to driving innovation.

“As Northeastern alumni, we make a lifelong commitment to experiential learning.The NextGen Council is a forum where we can help students progress their experiences, education, and careers as other alumni have done for us. As members, we’re still learning through our experiences, and we’re happy to give back in any way we can,” said Chuck Svirk, DMSB ’13.

Learn more about the inaugural members of the D’Amore-McKim NextGen Council:

Alexandra Avila, DMSB ‘10
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentration in Marketing
Co-founder, Spherical PR

Alexandra Avila is co-founder of New York based Spherical PR, a digital marketing agency for luxury and lifestyle brands in hospitality and travel. Prior to Spherical PR, Avila was President of JG Black Book, where she led the luxury travel consulting firm’s international offices in New York City, London, São Paulo and Buenos Aires. Avila has recently been recognized by PRNews as One of the Top Women in PR. As an undergraduate at Northeastern, she completed co-ops at TLC Marketing, Travel + Leisure Magazine, JG Black Book of Travel, and a global co-op in Italy and Spain at Peggy Guggenheim Collection + Guggenheim Museo Bilbao. Additionally, Avila won second place in Northeastern’s inaugural Coolest Co-op Contest; served as President for the Women in Business Club; and was a 2010 recipient of the Co-op Recognition Award and Northeastern’s 100 Most Influential seniors.


Rich Dallojacono, DMSB ’12, summa cum laude
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Senior Technical Product Manager, Verizon Media

In addition to his current role at Verizon Media, Rich Dallojacono is pursuing his Master of Science in Business Administration at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he is in charge of marketing and technology on the Stern Langone Student Government Executive Board. Before joining Verizon, Dallojacono served as senior sales operations analyst at AOL and manager of sales operations at DataXu, which was acquired by Roku, Inc.  While at Northeastern, he completed co-ops at Johnson & Johnson, The Boston Consulting Group and Akamai Technologies; served as hall council president of Stetson East; was as a resident assistant for three years; and as a teacher’s assistant for two semesters. Dallojacono was also a member of the entrepreneurship club and the Northeastern chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi.


Brenden Gobell, DMSB ’13
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentrations in Finance
Minor in Economics
Director, Sutton Place Strategies

Brendan Gobell has been with Sutton Place Strategies for nearly six years. He serves as director, specializing in client strategy and data insights. Prior to joining Sutton Place Strategies, Gobell worked as a credit risk analyst at Credit Suisse. While at Northeastern, he completed co-ops in military systems operations at GE Aviation, investment banking securities at Credit Suisse, and industry trend and analysis at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Additionally, he served as a co-op peer mentor; was part of the University Honors Program; and participated on the club sailing team, in model NATO, and in the Finance and Investment Club.


Max Kaye, DMSB ’14, summa cum laude
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentration in Finance
Vice President, Battery Ventures

Max Kaye serves as vice president after holding several positions at Battery Ventures, a global, technology-focused investment firm. As an undergraduate at Northeastern, he completed co-ops at MFS Investment Management, IBM. He also served as the CEO for IDEA and studied abroad twice: once in Israel, focusing on social conflict driven economics, and another time in Eastern Europe, focusing on post-communist development. Kaye is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. Prior to becoming CEO of IDEA, he was a coach, helping ventures through IDEA’s Business Planning Guide methodology. In addition to all this, he owned his own car-detailing business for four years and was as a student speaker representing D’Amore-McKim at many admission events at Northeastern.


Mary King, DMSB ‘19
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentrations in Finance, Accounting, and Management Information Systems
Investment Analyst, Backcast Partners, LLC

Mary King has been with Backcast Partners, LLC, a private credit and non-control equity investment firm, for four months. While at Northeastern, she completed co-ops PwC M&A Management Consulting, Hercules Capital, and Goldman Sachs in securities client relationship management. She studied abroad in Argentina and completed research fellowships in Spain and Sweden. Additionally, King served as a teaching assistant for the Financial Innovation Valuation and Private Equity course; co-created a new FinTech course; was a University Scholar and participated in the University Honors Program; and served as a mentor for several different organizations (Women in Finance peer mentor, co-op peer mentor, Honors Program mentor). She was a co-founder of Women in Finance and had the privilege of serving as its president. She also served as the treasurer of both the Women in Business club and the Management Information Systems club. King was one of two D’Amore-McKim seniors to be recognized by Poets & Quants as one of the “Best and Brightest” undergraduate business students.


Abigail Lokshin, DMSB ’12, magna cum laude
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentrations in Marketing and Finance
Senior Product Designer, Toast, Inc.

As senior product designer, Abigail Lokshin is responsible for designing the UX for Toast’s Android core product, Toast web back end, and customer-facing sites. She has a tremendous experience in product management, specializing in mobile app and web experiences, and previously held key positions in these areas at Rue La La and TripAdvisor.  As an undergraduate she completed co-ops at shoebuy.com and TJX. Lokshin also worked for the Boston Red Sox as a Fenway Park tour guide and made the Dean’s List at Northeastern. In addition to her three co-ops, she was the first student ever hired by TJX’s global sourcing department and played an active role in establishing and developing future permanent co-op positions. 


Rohit Malrani, DMSB ‘15
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship
Head of Growth, SourceScrub, Inc.

Rohit Malrani leads the New York office of SourceScrub, an information and technology company that provides a deal origination platform for buy-side and sell-side firms focused on direct sourcing and diligence. He worked previously as an investor at Battery Ventures. As an undergraduate at Northeastern, Malrani completed co-ops at GE Aviation, UBS, and Hercules Capital. Additionally, he was a coach for IDEA; won third place in the in the Husky Startup Challenge; was a Northeastern Bhangra senior coach; and served as the director of logistics for the Collegiate Alternative Investments Summit (NUCAIS).


Katie Mulligan, DMSB ‘18
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship
Senior Associate, Pillar VC

Katie Mulligan joined Pillar VC after graduation and was recently promoted to senior associate. While at Northeastern, she studied abroad at the London School of Economics taking general finance classes and participated on co-ops at Wellington Management in London, Hercules Capital in Palo Alto, and Pillar VC in Boston. Mulligan also had two internships during her undergraduate career, working at Eastern Bank and the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA). Additionally, she was an active member of IDEA, serving as both the community and investment lead over the course of three years. She was also a member of Women in Finance. Currently, Mulligan sits on the advisory board of WISE, the Women’s Interdisciplinary Society of Entrepreneurship. 


Kris Mobayeni, DMSB ‘13
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentration in Marketing
AVP of Marketing/Digital Brand and Content, BounceX

Kris Mobayeni has worked for BounceX for five years, working in different roles such as head of strategy, Growth, and his current role, AVP of Marketing/Digital Brand and Content. Previously, he worked for a year at Reebok specializing in brand experience with a heavy emphasis on social media. His Northeastern experience included co-ops at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP and Syrinx Consulting Corporation. He also played intramural ice and roller hockey.


Stefanie Raiola, DMSB ‘13
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentrations in Accounting and Finance
Senior Associate, Private Equity, Atairos

Stefanie Raiola is a senior associate at Atairos, an independent private company with $5 billion of equity capital from Comcast that focuses on supporting growth-oriented businesses across a wide range of industries. Raiola specializes in private equity. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Bowlero Corporation, one of Atairos’s portfolio companies. Previously, she worked at J.P. Morgan as an investment banking analyst within the technology, media and telecom group. At J.P. Morgan, she advised clients on a variety of transactions, including M&A, debt and equity financing, as well as working on other strategic actions. During her time as an undergraduate at Northeastern, she had two co-ops at Goldman Sachs in the client services group; she served as a member of the Finance and Investment Club and the financial management international honor society; and she was a member of the women’s Division I varsity soccer team.


Charles Svirk, DMSB ‘13
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship
Principal, MassMutual Ventures

Charles Svirk is a principal at MassMutual Ventures and a board observer for several organizations that specialize in analytics and artificial intelligence. Prior to MassMutual Ventures, Svirk was an investment associate for Siemens Capital. As an undergraduate at Northeastern, he completed co-ops at Wellington Management as a market data analyst and at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as an industry trends analyst. Svirk hires co-ops to support the venture capital team in research and reporting.


Jenna Tobey, DMSB ‘15
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Management
Minor in Psychology
Management Consultant, Slalom

Jenna Tobey is a management consultant for Slalom, a consulting company for business and technology. Prior to joining Slalom, Tobey worked at PatientsLikeMe where she specialized in customer strategy and value, marketing, and strategic partnerships. As an undergraduate at Northeastern, she completed three co-ops.  Her first two co-ops were with PatientsLikeMe, working first in Boston and then in the United Kingdom. During her second co-op at PatientsLikeMe, she took an active role in developing its first international presence, working abroad for eight months. Tobey’s third co-op was as a healthcare analyst for Mobiquity. In addition to her co-op experiences, she studied abroad in Rome, Italy. Tobey also was a part of the Northeastern triathlon team, the competition consulting team, and the entrepreneurs club. Additionally, she was a presidential global scholar and volunteered with Peer Health Exchange and Youth Enrichment Services (YES).


Mary Tobin, DMSB ‘17
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentration in Finance
Minor in Political Science
Senior Analyst, Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures

Mary Tobin works as a senior analyst at Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures, where she invests in early-stage mobility, home, and insurtech startups out of a $150M dedicated fund. Previously, she was a manager of strategic initiatives at New England Venture Capital Association, where she worked to improve innovation ecosystem connectivity and created partnerships for Hack.Diversity. Her Northeastern co-ops included time at PwC and Endeavour Partners. Also, during her time at Northeastern, she founded a foodtech startup supported by IDEA. She studied abroad in Switzerland, Iceland, and Ireland. Additionally, Tobin founded both TEDxNortheastern and served as the director of marketing for Scout Studio, a Mosaic organization. Tobin was active in the Dorm Room Fund and Rough Draft Ventures. She received the Huntington 100 Award and served as president of the Film Enthusiasts Club.


Greg Williamson, DMSB ’13, summa cum laude
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Concentration in Finance
Minor in Economics
Analyst, Wellington Management

Greg Williamson is an analyst at Wellington Management. Previously, he served as a vice president at Credit Suisse. At Northeastern, Williamson was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and the Finance and Investment Club. He also was a senior analyst for the NU Student Value Fund.