Young Alumni Board: Current Member Bios
Manager of Basketball Administration, Indiana Pacers
As the manager of basketball administration, Spencer works as an analyst supporting the Pacers coaching staff and front office. Prior to his current position, Spencer was enrolled in the JD/MBA program at Iowa where he gained key internship experiences with the University of Iowa Athletic Department, Indiana Pacers, BusinessofCollegeSports.com, and STATS, LLC. During his time at Iowa he was involved with the Hawkinson Institute, Henry Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, Dance Marathon, and the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. In his free time, Spencer enjoys cheering on the Hawkeyes, playing basketball, and biking on the many trails of Indianapolis.
Commercial Banking Analyst, BMO Harris Bank
Emily currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and is part of BMO Harris Bank’s Commercial Analyst Development Program. Emily graduated with University Honors from the University of Iowa in May 2015 with a degree in Finance and a Certificate in Leadership Studies. While at Iowa Emily was involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, Delta Zeta, Students to Assist Recruitment, the University of Iowa Student Government, and studied abroad in both Torino, Italy and London, England.
Investment Banking Associate, Barclays
Patrick is an associate in the Investment Banking Division of Barclays. Previously, he held summer internship positions with the Royal Bank of Scotland in their Fixed Income Syndicate (2010) and Barclays in their Securitized Products Origination Group (2011). While attending the University of Iowa, Patrick was involved in a number of organizations including the Hawkinson Institute, Alpha Kappa Psi, Federal Reserve Challenge and served two terms as Chief Financial Officer of University of Iowa Student Government. Outside of work Patrick enjoys travel, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and volunteering with the NYC chapter of Minds Matter.
Player Development Coordinator, PGA of America
BBA09 Finance and Management
Michael currently works in sports management with the PGA of America to grow participation in the game of golf. He previously worked with the South Florida PGA and began his career with Northern Trust as part of the bank's 2009 GOLD rotational program in Chicago with stints in Abu Dhabi, UAE and a focus on commercial banking. As a student, Michael served as a past president of Delta Sigma Pi, Epsilon Chapter and was a four-year member of the Hawkeye Marching Band. He maintains a strong entrepreneurial passion and has applied both his educational and professional experiences to multiple entrepreneurial endeavors and small business consulting projects in recent years.
Financial Analyst - FP&A, Centro Inc.
Garret currently works as an FP&A Analyst at Centro, a Chicago-based provider of digital media software and services. Prior to joining Centro, he was an investment banking analyst at Barclays in Chicago, working on a variety of M&A, financing, and advisory transactions primarily with clients in the paper and packaging industries. While at Iowa, Garret was a four-year letterwinner on the men's tennis team, Chair of the Iowa Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and a member of the Hawkinson Institute. Outside of work he enjoys watching movies, reading, exercising, traveling, and supporting Hawkeye athletics.
Graduate Student, Northwestern University
BBA11 Economics and MIS
Alan is currently working towards a master's degree in analytics at Northwestern's College of Engineering. Before school, he spent a year as an Education Pioneers Fellow at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, where he supported efforts for education policy reform using data analytics. He also spent two years traveling the country advising clients across a variety of industries as an IT strategy consultant with Accenture. As a Tippie student, Alan participated in several student organizations, including Arts Enterprise, Hawkinson Institute, and student government.
Lisa Gillette Huff
Corporate Associate, Lewis, Rice, & Fingersh
Lisa recently completed her JD at the University of Illinois and moved to St. Louis, where she is a corporate associate at the law firm Lewis, Rice, & Fingersh. While at Iowa, Lisa was involved in Delta Sigma Pi, the Hawkinson Institute, the college's Judicial Board, Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and worked as a resident assistant.
Associate – CAS, General Electric
Adam is an Associate in General Electric’s Corporate Audit Staff where he’s currently based between Paris and Zurich working on GE’s acquisition of Alstom, a French multinational energy company. Previously, Adam spent four months working on GE’s disposition of Synchrony Financial in Stamford, Connecticut and two years in GE Healthcare’s Financial Management Program between Milwaukee and Chicago. During his time at Iowa, he was involved in the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and worked as a Finance Intern at the University of Iowa Foundation. Adam is originally from Le Mars, IA.
Associate, Madison Dearborn Partners
Lan is an associate at Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago. Prior to his current position, he was an analyst with Credit Suisse in its Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Before working in finance, Lan was a part of the Teach For America program, where he was an Algebra teacher at a low-income school in Los Angeles. As an undergraduate at Iowa, Lan was involved with the Financial Management Association, the Hawkinson Institute, and was a member of the rowing team.
Senior Account Manager - Digital Transformation & Operations, Acquity Group
Ryan's career in the Digital Business Services arena began in consulting at Acquity Group, with a focus in eCommerce solutions. He continued his digital education with Arc Worldwide, the digital arm of Leo Burnett Ad Agency. For the past six months, Ryan has been working as a project manager for Acquia, an open-source software product and services startup. In his free time, Ryan and his wife (also a Hawkeye) hop the Chicago restaurant scene and enjoy outdoor adventures in and around the city. Ryan is excited and honored to be part of the Young Alumni Board so he can give back to the college that gave him so much.
Internal Organization Development Manager, Deloitte
Christina is currently employed as an internal organization development manager for Deloitte. Prior to this position, she was a senior consultant with Federal Management Partners, Inc., a human capital and management consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. She received her master's degree in organization development and knowledge management from George Mason University. While attending the University of Iowa, she was a faculty research assistant in finance, a Hawkinson Scholar, an intern for the Iowa Sports Marketing Department, and a campus tour guide for the Office of Admissions. Christina credits the Tippie College of Business and its alumni with the opportunities she has had to pursue a consulting career in the D.C. area and looks forward to helping current students in their endeavors.
Senior Associate, Integration/Separation Advisory, KPMG
Sukriti is currently on the mergers and acquisitions advisory team at KPMG in Chicago. She was born in India, raised in South Africa, and finished her schooling in Iowa. While attending the University of Iowa, she was involved in a number of organizations, including the Hawkinson Institute, head tutor at the Judith R. Frank Business Communication Center, Tippie Senate, and World Health Initiative. When she's not working, she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.
Executive Compensation Analyst, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
BBA13 Management and Organizations
Kaitlyn is currently an executive compensation analyst at Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis. She began her career at Ameriprise in the Human Resources Leadership Development Program, a rotational program that provided the opportunity to experience three different areas within human resources: the project management office, executive compensation, and employee relations. While at Iowa, Kaitlyn was involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, Business Student Ambassadors, and the President's Leadership Society. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Minneapolis, going to the theatre, watching sports, and being involved in Ameriprise’s Young Professionals Network (YPN).
Finance Associate, PlanGrid
Sam is currently a finance associate for PlanGrid, a construction software company. Previously, he was a strategic finance associate for Uber in San Francisco, and an associate at Paine & Partners, LLC, a middle market private equity firm that invests in food and agribusiness companies in Chicago. He was also employed in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, where he worked on consumer and retail financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions in New York. While in school, he was actively involved with Tippie Senate, the Hawkinson Institute, and Delta Sigma Pi. Outside of work, Sam enjoys traveling, cooking, exploring restaurants, and golfing.
CER10 International Business
Anja most recently worked in the healthcare industry within the patient financial services office at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Previously, she worked for Vast.com, a start-up and online marketplace company based out of San Francisco. Anja was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, and came to Iowa as a foreign exchange student in high school. She was very involved with Women in Business during her time at Tippie and often connected with the community through fundraising activities like the Tippie Build. Outside of work, Anja enjoys community gardening, cycling with her husband Adam, and looks forward to engaging with the Young Alumni Board to positively shape the future of Tippie undergraduates.
Business Development Manager, Professional Solutions Insurance Services
CER10 Risk Management
Jon is a Business Development Manager at Professional Solutions Insurance Services in Des Moines, Iowa. Jon has worked at Professional Solutions since 2012. Professional Solutions is a member company of the NCMIC Group, Inc. family of companies. Prior to joining Professional Solutions, Jon was an Account Executive at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (Gallagher) from 2010-2012 and interned at Gallagher in 2008 and 2009. As an undergraduate student at Tippie, Jon was fortunate to have a great experience while being involved with the Vaughan Institute of Risk Management & Insurance and Gamma Iota Sigma, a business fraternity with a focus on insurance. Jon enjoys spending time with his family and friends, running, golfing, reading, and following college athletics.
Risk Assurance Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Tim is a risk assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) after having interned there during the summer of 2011. He has also worked at ConAgra Foods Inc., CUNA Mutual Group, and Wells' Dairy Inc. While attending the Tippie College of Business, he was the Hawkinson Institute of Finance scholar, a member of the Beta Alpha Psi Honorary Accounting Society, and a part of the University of Iowa rowing team. He volunteered with the Tippie Build and would like to continue helping other Tippie students through the YAB.
Strategist, Operations, YouTube Space
Jostten works on business operations at YouTube Space in Los Angeles, a production facility designed especially for creators to produce video content, learn new skills, and collaborate with the YouTube creative community. Prior to joining YouTube, he worked with Google's business risk management team at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California. He managed the company's international insurance program, integrated acquired companies, and worked closely with teams such as Google Fiber, Street View, Shopping Express, and the Self-Driving Car Project to mitigate risk. At Iowa, Jostten was a peer leader for Iowa Edge (a program he participated in as an incoming freshman), an economics tutor through various offices on campus, and a Hawkinson scholar.
Data Analyst Fellow, Education Pioneers
BA13 Ethics and Public Policy
Caitlin is a Data Analyst Fellow through Education Pioneers, where she uses data analytics to tackle education reform issues in Memphis, TN. She is concurrently pursuing her Master of Education at Christian Brothers University. Previously, she served as a Teach For America Corps Member and taught high school mathematics in Memphis. During her time at Tippie, Caitlin had summer internships at Target Corporation and John Deere Financial. She was President of Delta Sigma Pi, served on the Family Relations and Sponsorship committees for Dance Marathon, and was a member of the Hawkinson Institute and Business Student Ambassadors Organization.
Investment Analyst, Jackson National Asset Management
Andrew is an Investment Analyst at Jackson National Asset Management specializing in alternative and equity investments. Beyond his education at Tippie, Andrew graduated, with distinction, from DePaul's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business with an MBA in Finance and Investment Management. He previously worked as a Senior Analyst for HFR Asset Management where he was responsible for research and due diligence of hedge fund investments spread across equity hedge, event driven, macro and relative value strategies. He started his career in derivatives trading for Cygnus Atratus where he specialized in S&P 500 Futures and Options. Andrew currently serves as a board member for the Chicago Iowa Club. While at the University of Iowa, he was on the executive board of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and was Vice President of Operations for the Interfraternity Council. Additionally, he enjoyed being a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County program.
MBA Candidate, Harvard Business School
BBA11 Finance and Accounting
Neha is currently a student at the Harvard Business School achieving her MBA. Previously, Neha held the position of audit senior associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago. As a student, Neha was involved with Beta Alpha Psi, Multicultural Business Students Association, and the Judicial Board, and thoroughly valued the time she spent at Tippie. She looks forward to representing the board on campus and contributing to the college in her new capacity as a board member over the next several years.
Director, CIMBA and Hong Kong MBA, Tippie College of Business
BBA06 Marketing and Management
Brandelle is employed in the Tippie College of Business and directs the CIMBA programs and Hong Kong MBA program. Prior to joining the Tipple team, she was a human resources manager for Target Stores. As an undergraduate student at Iowa, she majored in management and marketing and was very involved in Delta Sigma Pi and Habitat for Humanity. She also earned her MBA from Tippie. She enjoys working at her alma mater with future Tippie alums.
HR Business Analyst, Edelman
Lucy has recently returned to the Midwest after starting her career at Intel in Portland, Oregon. She now works in HRIS at Edelman in downtown Chicago as a business analyst. Lucy graduated with a Human Resources Management degree from The Tippie College of Business in May 2012. While Lucy was at Iowa, she served as President of Tippie Senate, was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, and worked as a Resident Assistant.
Kevin is a consultant at Accenture, a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. Based out of their Chicago office, Kevin works as a project manager for his client in the retail industry. Previously, he held summer internship positions with the Indianapolis Colts (2010) and Accenture (2011). While at Iowa, Kevin was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and served two terms as president of the Hawks Nest student organization. In his free time, Kevin enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, exercising, reading, and attending Iowa Hawkeye athletic events.
Media Strategy Associate, Spark SMG
CER14 International Business
After graduating from the Tippie College of Business in 2014, Stephanie joined the advertising industry as a Media Strategy Associate at Spark SMG in Chicago. During her time at The University of Iowa, Stephanie interned at Starcom MediaVest Group in Chicago, and worked in the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. She also studied abroad in Spain and England, and was actively involved in Tippie Senate, Alpha Chi Omega, Students to Assist Recruitment, and served as President of Alpha Kappa Psi.
Leadership Development Program Associate, Principal Financial Group
BA11 Chinese Language and Literature
Hanna is an associate in the Principal Financial Group's Leadership Development Program. In this role, Hanna is part of a three-year rotational program focused on leadership development with various roles within the company's four business units. While an undergraduate, she served as president of Tippie Senate, volunteered with Tippie Build, and was the commencement speaker of her graduating class.
Assurance Staff, Ernst & Young
Wenran is an assurance staff at Ernst & Young’s Chicago Financial Services Office. Her main client focuses are Private Equity and Hedge Fund firms. Wenran graduated from Tippie with a double major in Accounting and Finance in 2013, and then she received her Master of Accounting degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. While at Iowa, she served as an undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Financial Accounting and Reporting, a Career Peer Advisor at Pomerantz Career Center, and Honor Peer Advisor at the Honor’s Program. She was also a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and Beta Gama Sigma. Wenran looks forward to the opportunities to help Tippie students through Young Alumni Board.