Presidential Ambassadors

Founded in 2013, the Northeastern University Presidential Ambassador Corps represents the Office of the President at designated events and related University advancement activities. Members of this group are highly-skilled and experienced student leaders. Through planned interactions with University consitutents, Presidential Ambassadors advance public understanding of the University and our students' role in its growth and success.

By sharing the story of their unique Northeastern University experiences, Presidential Ambassadors validate the philanthropic contributions of donors, alumni, friends, faculty, staff and the student body. A distinguished and one-of-a-kind leadership development opportunity for NU students, the Presidential Ambassadors Corps offers its members a chance to network with important University constituents and enhance their public relations, event planning and professional etiquette skills while engaging in service to the NU community.

If you are interested in applying to become a Presidential Ambassador, please email us at

Michelle BenzMichelle Benz
Class of 2017
D’Amore-McKim School of Business
Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Michelle is pursuing a degree in business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Psychology. She is currently on co-op at Fidelity Investments and has completed another co-op at Imprivata, both in the event planning field. Michelle hopes to one day open her own global event planning corporation. Michelle is involved with many campus activities as a Husky Ambassador, NUin Ambassador and a Resident Assistant in a freshman residence hall. She participated in the NUin program and travelled abroad her freshman year to Melbourne, Australia and has a passion for travelling and hopes to be able to travel in her career. Michelle was on a governing board and helped create 3 charter schools while in high school that were devoted to arts and academics and experiential learning. While not busy planning and organizing events, Michelle enjoys going to the ballet, reading true crime novels and volunteering for various nonprofit organizations. 

Corinne BowersCorinne Bowers
Class of 2018
College of Engineering
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Corinne is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. She completed her first co-op as an Assistant Engineer with Turner Construction and is currently on her second co-op at Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, working in structural engineering and building technology. She is actively involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers and will serve as its President starting the fall of 2016. She also competes nationally with the Women's Powerlifting Team and has conducted research on critical infrastructure resilience at the Northeastern Structural Testing of Resilient and Sustainable Systems (STReSS) Laboratory. She has participated in several international programs through Northeastern, including an Alternative Spring Break to Costa Rica and a Dialogue of Civilizations about climate change in India. Corinne is a University Scholar and is actively involved in both the Honots and the Scholars programs. In her remaining spare time, she enjoys basketball, whitewater kayaking, and cooking new foods for her roommates.

Noah BrownNoah Brown
Class of 2017
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
Noah is pursuing a dual degree in Political Science and International Affairs, with a minor in Global Social Entrepreneurship. A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, he chose to attend Northeastern because of its distinguished faculty and commitment to integrating real world experiences with classroom learning. Noah is currently on co-op in Peru with the social enterprise Awamaki, where he is evaluating the organization's social and economic impact on surrounding communities. As part of the Northeastern community, Noah is a Resident Assistant, Husky Ambassador, member of the Student Conduct Board and the National Residence Hall Honorary, and also holds a part-time job at the Office of Events. Noah completed his first co-op at the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, where he provided policy analysis and conducted research to make local government more efficient. He looks forward to traveling to South Africa this summer with a Dialogue of Civilizations focusing on social entrepreneurship.

Alesandra HlaingAlesandra Hlaing
Class of 2017
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey
Alesandra is pursuing a degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Law and Public Policy. She completed her first co-op at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the inpatient pharmacy, and is currently on co-op at Boston Children’s Hospital working in the department of anesthesiology. In the past, she has also worked as a paralegal for a law firm based in her hometown of Princeton, New Jersey. She hopes to use these experiences to pursue a career in the field of pharmaceutical or health law. Being of both Burmese and Romanian descent, Alesandra chose Northeastern due to the emphasis placed on both diversity and experiential learning. At Northeastern, Alesandra has served as Social Affairs Chairman for Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, and is involved as a Husky Ambassador, senator for the Student Government Association, and Advertising Director for IRISE Bouvé Interprofessional Committee. In her spare time, Alesandra likes to keep busy as the Editor-in-Chief of Northeastern’s chapter of the Odyssey Online, while also exploring the various music venues in Boston attending concerts. 

jamie Jamie Kotcher 
Class of 2018
College of Science
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Jamie is pursuing a degree in Psychology, with potential minors in behavioral neuroscience and interaction design. As someone who is fascinated with how the human brain works (but isn't entirely sure what she wants to do with that interest), she chose Northeastern for its flexible psych and phenomenal coop programs. At Northeastern, Jamie is actively involved with Husky Ambassadors, the Honors Program, and Club Rugby in addition to working for the Women's Basketball Team as a student manager and participating in a directed study in Professor Kim's Causal Cognition Lab. She spent her first summer on a dialogue to Perú, where she appreciated the opportunity to immerse herself in the culture and to improve her spanish fluency. Jamie's goal is to gain global experiences, something that she strongly believes Northeastern can help her accomplish.

Oliver NilsenOliver Nilsen
Class of 2018
D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Oliver is pursuing a degree in International Business with a concentration in marketing and a minor in Portuguese. Born in Norway and raised in Bogota, Colombia, he chose Northeastern because of its competitive International Business program (which allows you to study and graduate from a country of your choice) and for its reputable co-op program. In his spare time, he manages his own clothing line, which was developed as part of a thesis project in high school, and enjoys playing football (soccer) as well as watching it. In the future he hopes to travel the world while doing business in many countries.

Will RigsWill Riggs
Class of 2016
D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Hometown: Westfield, New Jersey
Will is pursuing a degree in Business with Finance and Management concentrations, with a minor in Italian. He has completed a co-op at Putnam Investments and is working his second co-op at Smartleaf in Cambridge. Will has also completed Dialogue programs in Italy and London, and service trips to Argentina and New Orleans. Currently, he serves as President of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and has previously been involved in the Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Team, Northeastern Hillel and the Resident Student Association. To date, Will's proudest accomplishment at Northeastern was raising over $7,000 for charity in one semester as his fraternity's head of philanthropy, more than ten times his chapter's previous semester record.

Rowland RobinsonRowland Robinson
Class of 2017
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Hometown: Reunion Island, France; Portland, Maine
Rowland is pursuing a degree in International Affairs and contemplating a minor in Law and Public Policy. Born Franco-American, he is passionate about learning of different cultures and peoples. His main interest resides in the role of the state and the individual in modern society. Rowland has lived in five countries and has traveled to over fifteen including his experience with NUin Greece and a cultural-language immersion program sponsored by the Department of Defense to Jordan and Egypt. After his freshman year, he took a gap year from Northeastern to work his way around the world. The journey had him working at an appellate law firm in Washington D.C. to becoming a shepherd’s assistant and farm hand in New Zealand. Back at Northeastern, Rowland is trying to put together an organization for International Affairs majors and is striving to become a Truman Scholar.  

Kayla SledgeKayla Sledge
Class of 2017
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Hometown: Yorba Linda, California
Kayla is pursuing a dual major in International Affairs and Economics with a minor in East Asian studies. As a dual citizen between the United States and Japan, she is exploring her interest in culture as a mechanism that influences business. Within the Northeastern community, she participates in NUTells, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, and the CSSH Circle in hopes of bettering herself as well as the Northeastern environment for her peers. Kayla has just completed her first co-op as a data analyst for Liberty Mutual Insurance and is currently applying for her next position for Spring 2015. She hopes to take full advantage of the flexibility granted to her by Northeastern by scattering international experiences throughout her undergraduate career.

Michael Trabold
Class of 2016
College of Arts, Media and Design
Hometown: Garden City, New York
Michael is pursuing a degree in Architecture, with a minor in Urban Studies. Currently on co-op, he is working for renowned architect/engineer Santiago Calatrava on a number of infrastructure development projects, both domestic and foreign. Prior to this placement he held positions at Silverstein Properties, a New York-based real estate development firm, and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he served as a member of 1 WTC (The Freedom Tower) development team. In his time at Northeastern he has also been involved with the University’s Sailing Team and its chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students.

Nicholas VivianoNicholas Viviano
Class of 2017
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Hometown: Garden City Park, New York
Nick is a pursuing a duel degree in Political Science and Business Administration.  After completing his first co-op at Foley Hoag LLP, Nick hopes to pursue a career in business law specializing in corporate finance and social responsibility.  At Northeastern, Nick currently serves on the executive board of the Resident Student Association, and is a member of the Husky Ambassadors, Student Alumni Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. As a resident assistant in a freshman residence hall, Nick is passionate about empowering the youth of Northeastern and opening their eyes to new opportunities and experiences. In his spare time, Nick enjoys volunteering for various non-profit organizations and trying new restaurants around Boston!