Barnard Ambassador Program

 Launched in Fall 2022, the Barnard Ambassador Program connects alums at select companies and graduate/professional schools to one another and to the student community through the leadership and facilitation of an alum ambassador at the institution. Barnard has a strong presence at a wide variety of organizations. Now, when recent graduates are hired at select firms, or gain matriculation to graduate programs where Barnard is well-represented, they have an in-built network of individuals with whom to connect. Company Ambassadors also serve as organization representatives at panels and events throughout the year to share their experiences with current students. Graduate/Professional School Ambassadors match with small cohorts of students pursuing pre-law and pre-health academic pathways to engage in mentoring conversations over the course of one academic year.

Read more about the program below! Questions can be directed to beyondbarnard@charmaineivorymua.com.

 

Meet the 2023-2024 Alum Ambassadors

Company Ambassadors

  • Nilam Patel ‘16, Accenture, Strategy & Consulting Manager
  • Alexandra Gluckman ‘20, Goldman Sachs, Private Equity Analyst
  • Jaclyn Loo ‘05, Google, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Global Devices and Services
  • Kelsey Price '08, Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Hawa Tunkara ‘21, J.P Morgan, CIB Analyst
  • Ciana Montero ‘20, LinkedIn, Account Executive

Graduate/Professional School Ambassadors

Prehealth Ambassadors

  • Azeezat Siyanbola '19, Neuroscience, Animal Behavior | M.D., Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University '26
  • Clarety Kaseke '19, Biochemistry | M.D., Cleveland Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University '27
  • Grace Shadid '16, Economics | M.D. SUNY Downstate College of Medicine '25
  • Natalie Fruchter '20, Psychology | Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) Ph.D., Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology '25
  • Sofia Escalante '22, MPH, Sociomedial Sciences | MPH, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health '24

Prelaw Ambassadors

  • Rachael Rutstein '21, Art History | J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University '24
  • CJ Josephson '18, Political Science and Government, Human Rights | J.D., Georgetown University Law Center '25
  • Grace Ko '16, History | J.D., Harvard University Law School '25
  • Brooke Levy '20, Economics and Psychology | J.D., Columbia University Law School '25
  • Isadora Nogueira '20, Environment and Sustainability | J.D., New York University School of Law '25

Read more about the 2023-2024 Alum Ambassadors

Nilam Patel ‘16, Chemistry

Accenture, Strategy & Consulting Manager

Nilam is a life science-focused consultant with a focus on disruptive technologies and innovation in R&D, healthcare, and Medtech.

Alexandra Gluckman ‘20, English Major, Philosophy and Economics Minors

Goldman Sachs, Goldman Sachs, Associate, Private Equity Investing

Alexandra Gluckman graduated from Barnard with a B.A. in English and minors in Economics and Philosophy, cum laude. At Barnard, Alex was a Senior Interviewer, Athena Leadership Scholar, and Peer Tutor. Inspired by her Renaissance literature studies at Barnard, Alex went on to attend the University of Oxford, where she completed an MSt in English (1550-1700). Currently, Alex is a Private Equity Associate at Goldman Sachs in the External Investing Group (“XIG”), where she has worked since graduating from Oxford. Within XIG, Alex is on the investment team for Petershill Strategies, Goldman Sachs' dedicated General Partner (“GP”) stakes strategy that seeks to partner with leading alternatives firms through GP stakes in established platforms or cornerstone investments in early-stage managers. In addition to her work at Goldman, Alex is a board member for the Hackley Alumni Association, a committee member for the UJA-Federation of New York’s Young Wall Street and Third Generation Holocaust Survivor communities, and a company ambassador and young alumnae committee member for Barnard. Alex lives in New York City and in her free time enjoys exploring museums and bookstores.

Jaclyn Loo ‘05, Political Economy

Google, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Global Devices and Services

Jaclyn Loo is an experienced digital marketer known for connecting untapped consumer insights to new business opportunities. Jackie is currently a senior global product marketer at Google, where she helps guide Pixel portfolio product initiatives from initial positioning through launch, lifecycle management/growth and long-term strategy. Known for her endless positivity and inclusive leadership style, Jackie also has extensive experience in ads marketing and industry thought leadership on behalf of the Google Travel team. Before joining Google in 2011, Jackie held roles in product management, business development and sales.

Kelsey Price ‘08, Spanish and Latin American Studies

Google, Senior Head of Business Strategy & Intelligence - YouTube Brand Connect

Kelsey Price has spent over 15 years working at the intersection of tech, media, and strategy. She joined Google in 2011 to help build out the first multicultural sales and marketing practice, where she and her team supported Fortune 500 advertisers in delivering more inclusive digital advertising. She later joined YouTube BrandConnect, Google’s influencer marketing platform, to start and run their Business Strategy and Intelligence practice. Before joining Google, Kelsey worked at McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst and served as a Fulbright Scholar to Spain. She holds a BA from Barnard College of Columbia University in Latin American Cultures with a Biology Minor, and also holds an MBA from Wharton. She currently resides in New York City, and she is actively involved in the Alumni Association of Barnard College (AABC), where she serves as the Chair of the Professional Leadership and Development Council. 

Hawa Tunkara ‘21, Economics

J.P Morgan Chase, Financial Products Content Associate

Hawa is an ambitious and determined professional with an interest in economics and finance. Currently serving as an Associate within the digital financial tools division at JP Morgan Chase, Hawa plays a pivotal role in driving financial product solutions and digital content for students.

Ciana Montero ‘20, Economics and Social History

LinkedIn, Account Executive

Ciana is a digital media and tech professional based in New York City. Nowadays, she strategizes with advertisers on LinkedIn to reach their audience and drive ROI. When not working, Ciana is exploring the city's restaurant and museum scene, and working towards a more inclusive workplace through LinkedIn's Allyship Academy!

Azeezat Siyanbola, Barnard ‘19, Neuroscience, Concentration in Animal Behavior

M.D., Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, ‘26

Azeezat’s area of interest/expertise is pediatric medicine. She is a first generation student and is Nigerian

 

Clarety Kaseke, Barnard ‘19, Biochemistry

M.D., Cleveland Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University ‘27

Clarety Kaseke has experience as a researcher at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard, where she conducted research on HIV and COVID-19. Additionally, she was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. She is also an international student from Zimbabwe.

 

Grace Shadid, Barnard ‘16, Economics

M.D., SUNY Downstate College of Medicine ‘25

Grace Shadid graduated from Barnard in 2016 after majoring in Economics. While at Barnard, I also competed as a pole vaulter for the Columbia Track and Field Team. I have incredible memories from my time at Barnard/Columbia and I appreciate the support I received. I am excited to be able to give back to Barnard through this program. 

 

Natalie Fruchter, Barnard ‘20, Psychology

Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) PhD, Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology ‘25

Natalie Fruchter is a fourth year Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) PhD candidate. At Barnard, Natalie majored in Psychology, founded "Pink Freud," and pursued research internships at The Depression and Anxiety Center for Discovery and Treatment at Mount Sinai and at The Columbia Center for Eating Disorders. During her time in graduate school so far, Natalie has provided therapy and assessment services at Hunter College's Counseling and Wellness Services, Cornell's Behavioral Health Center in Westchester, and at the Jewish Child Care Association in Brooklyn. Natalie is currently analyzing the results of her dissertation analyses exploring how self-efficacy mediates the relationship between obesity and asthma outcomes. She is also the chair of the executive board of the New York State Psychological Association, Graduate Students Division.

 

Sofia Escalante, Barnard ‘22

MPH, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health ‘24

Sofia's passionate about childhood mental health prevention. Her interest within public health lies in the intersection of research and practice. Currently, she works at New York Presbyterian doing data analysis and program evaluation for a school-based mental health program that serves schools in Washington Heights.

 

Rachel Rutstein, Barnard ‘21, Art History

J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University ‘24

Rachel Rutstein is currently a third-year law student at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a 2021 graduate of Barnard College, where she majored in Art History and was awarded the Barnard College Alpha Zeta Club Graduate Scholarship upon graduation. Throughout law school, Rachel has worked for Cohen Stine Kapoor LLP, a boutique family and matrimonial law firm led by founding partner, Harriet Newman Cohen (Barnard College Class of 1952), where she will return as an Associate in the Fall of 2024. Since graduating from Barnard, she has served as a Barnard Alumnae Graduate School Ambassador and a Barnard Alumnae Admissions Representative. Rachel is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the Barnard community, and to support and mentor current students just as alumnae did for her when she was a Barnard student.

 

CJ Josephson, Barnard ‘18, Political Science and Government, Human Rights

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center ‘25

CJ Josephson’s areas of interest/expertise include family law, assisted reproductive policy, biotech issues in the law, mental health law/suicide prevention policy, employment law / lgbtq work discrimination, and medical insurance law. CJ worked for 4 years at The Trevor Project before starting law school.

 

Grace Ko, Barnard ‘16, History

J.D., Harvard University Law School ‘25

My name is Grace and I was born and raised in New Jersey. I enjoy reading translated literature, running, and writing to my pen-pals! Currently, I am a 2L student at Harvard Law School who also serves as the Co-President of First Class (first-gen student org) and a Student Attorney for the Prison Legal Assistance Project. Last summer, I was a 1L Scholar at Skadden completing assignments in the Tax practice area group and White Collar Crime & Government Investigations group. At Skadden, I have engaged in pro-bono work including filing Notices of Claim on behalf of a client who has been harmed by the police. Prior to law school, I served as the Assistant Director of The Miller Center for Special Mitigation at Youth Justice Network. Through this role, I had the privilege of supporting NYC youth charged with violent felonies in the courtroom through compassionate storytelling and defender-based advocacy.

Brooke Levy, Barnard ‘20, Economics and Psychology

J.D., Columbia University Law School ‘25

Brooke is a second-year J.D. candidate at Columbia Law School pursuing a career at the intersection of intellectual property, technology, and health law. Brooke interned with the Honorable Diane Gujarati (a Barnard alumna!) in the Eastern District of New York last summer, and Brooke will be interning at a big law firm following her 2L year. As a law student, Brooke is a staff editor of the Journal of Law & the Arts, serves on the board of Columbia Law School's chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, and conducts research on the regulation of AI-generated voice cloning.

Isadora Nogueira, Barnard ‘20, Environment and Sustainability

J.D., New York University School of Law ‘25

Isadora Nogueira is passionate about climate and economic justice. Isadora interned with City of Berkeley City Council, worked as a Research Associate for the Public Health Institute and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and served as a Farmworker Unit Legal Intern for Northwest Justice Project.

Seeing Possibilities Begins With Representation, And Finding Belonging Begins with Community

The Barnard Alumnae Ambassador Program capitalizes on the strong desire of our alum community to contribute to a lifelong network of resources, support, talent, collaborators, and mentorship for each other and current students. At Beyond Barnard, we believe that if you can actively see and project yourself into a role and gain insight into best practices for getting there, your confidence in navigating that journey blossoms. Additionally, research and experience has shown us that school and workplace retention and success begins with finding community in new spaces, and this program seeks to create those connections as our graduates traverse the next stage of their academic and professional lives.  There are a variety of ways that our ambassadors build community which have included:

Graduate/Professional School Alumnae Ambassador Cohorts

Small groups of five students are paired with an alum currently studying law, medicine, clinical psychology or public health at the graduate level to have three group mentoring meetings over the academic year to discuss their experience applying to and navigating their graduate program from the viewpoint of someone currently living the experience.

Fireside Chats

Fireside chats with Barnard alumnae typically include a panel, open Q&A, and networking. They provide a chance to learn about the wide range of opportunities their industries have to offer. Alumnae share their unique career pathways to their current roles and lessons learned along the way, the value of both quantitative and qualitative skill in industry and room for both STEM and humanities majors to thrive, and the importance of hiring candidates with a variety of academic and personal backgrounds. Alums have also discussed recruiting insights and best practices to help candidates navigate the process confidently. 

Skills-based Workshops

These education sessions led by alums focus on helping the student and alumnae community build skills relevant to their job searches and professional and financial wellness. Examples of past sessions including using LinkedIn to navigate an uncertain job market and financial literacy sessions.

Alumnae Chats

Larger groups of alumnae come together to have small group information meetings and Q& A with students to discuss their professional paths, current roles, and provide tips and advice as only an industry insider can. Students can meet with one alum or engage in a round robin style afternoon of meetings depending on interest. 

Welcome Emails to Graduates

Ambassadors send email welcomes to members of the most recent class of Barnard graduates who are joining their company or school with encouragement to reach out with questions, to get together for coffee, or for help connecting with other Barnard alums at the institution.