WHO WE ARE

Northeastern volunteers are an accomplished group of alumni, parents, and friends. They are leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs representing all sectors of our economy, including business, finance, education, government, law, science, engineering, and the arts and humanities. Together and individually, they share their time and expertise to make Northeastern the best it can be.

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Steven J. Cody, LA'77


Co-founder & Managing Partner

Peppercomm Inc.
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"I support Northeastern because I want to help others who, like me, were uncertain of their future career paths."
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Christine Cournoyer, MA'75


Chief Executive Officer

N-of-One Therapeutics
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"I was delighted to speak at the Women who Inspire panel for Northeastern University. My education and the experience at Northeastern has very much framed the way I've approached business. Northeastern has been a critical element of my success, helping me understand the importance of thinking globally and the importance of using a multidisciplinary approach to business strategies. I also learned the importance of building outstanding organizational capability supported by teamwork across the organization. The Women who Inspire events are a great forum for networking with industry professionals, students, and faculty."
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Manuel Henriquez, BA'87


President, CEO, Chairman & Founder

Hercules Technology Growth Capital
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"I support Northeastern because I want to expand the University's reach in encouraging and motivating students to an enriching academic and cooperative educational life changing experience. Northeastern changed my life."
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David J. Mondragon, MBA'85


General Manager of US Marketing

Ford Motor Comany
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"I support Northeastern because I want to 'pay forward' the friendship and leadership opportunities made possible through a Northeastern education."
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Susan A. Morelli, Pnt'13


President and CEO

Au Bon Pain Corporation
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"I support Northeastern because I believe the experiential learning model is the best out there."
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Mark L. Vachon, BA’82, Pnt’13

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"I support Northeastern because I want to say thank you and to see others benefit from the NU experience like I did!"
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Donald L. Williams, ME'84


President and CEO

Princeton Healthcare Inc.
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Service Opportunities:

RISE Expo Judge

"I volunteered to serve as a Research Innovation and Scholarship Expo judge to see student innovation first-hand. Northeastern students have a profound ability to address applications to world issues and it was exciting to be a part of this expo."
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Chris Wolfel, DMSB'13

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"IDEA is able to shape everyone's future at Northeastern, whether they are students, faculty, or alumni participating as a venture, coach, mentor, or running IDEA. There truly is no other program like it anywhere in the world."

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Mohammed Al Wazzan, CSH'12

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"When I first stepped foot on Northeastern University's campus, I was offered a menu of promising opportunities, co-ops, experiential learning experiences, and global dialogues that developed me both personally and professionally. Right now, I realize how much nurturing this institution has offered. I am truly in debt to Northeastern University. And, now is my time to serve."

Volunteer Leadership Cohorts

Northeastern is well positioned in academia, research, and innovation because of its strong volunteer leadership, and increasing presence around the globe.  Read more about the volunteer leadership cohorts below.

Alumni Delegates

Our goal is to have a volunteer in every country an alum calls home, and the International Alumni Delegates program is the perfect starting off point. This program plays an essential role in ensuring that our many alumni, students, prospective students, parents, and friends living and working abroad remain connected to Northeastern University.

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Ambassadors

The Northeastern University Ambassadors Program is designed to keep university insiders informed of the latest endeavors and accomplishments of our talented alumni, students, and faculty. Periodically, this network receives Northeastern news and information from President Aoun through multimedia channels with the intent to stimulate dialogues among friends, family, and colleagues about ways we can collectively advance the university.

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Athletics Fundraising Committee

The Huskies Club is the fundraising arm of Northeastern Athletics. The Huskies Club is responsible for raising critical financial support for the athletic general fund, team operating budgets, special projects and capital projects.

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Barnett Institute Advisory Board

The Barnett Institute is guided by its Advisory Board, which is drawn from prominent members of the academic and industrial science community, with emphasis on front-line bioanalytical chemistry, instrumentation, and applications.

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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is a group of dynamic and motivated individuals who provide leadership, guidance and resources to the University. The Board’s responsibility is to ensure the viability and competitiveness of Northeastern for generations to come. As the ultimate steward of the University, Trustees invest their time, talent and treasure to assist the President and the University Community in meeting strategic goals and continuing to build the momentum that has served Northeastern well.

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Bouvé Volunteer Leadership

Volunteer engagement in the Bouve College of Health Sciences is an integral part of our work in support of the classroom experiences for our students, faculty research, co-op placements and mentoring. Alumni, parents and friends from across the country and the globe bring a unique and deeply valued perspective to our programs and ensure that the goals set forth for Bouve’s future growth are grounded in the experiences of our Bouve leaders in the world. Volunteers serve as special guest lecturers in the classroom, they provide guidance and counsel to our Deans and Department Chairs, and serve as coaches and mentors. For example, volunteers have recently reviewed signature endowment case statements, providing a unique perspective on the messaging for this important fundraising initiative. Formal opportunities to engage as volunteer leaders are currently offered through two programs.

Corporators

The Corporation provides advice and counsel on a variety of important strategic issues as requested by the Board of Trustees (the Board) or the President of the University. Members of the Corporation (Corporators) are expected to be actively involved in the life of the University and serve as a resource by volunteering their leadership, expertise and financial support. Corporators assist with community outreach and also act as ambassadors to promote the interests of the University on a worldwide scale.

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D'Amore-McKim School of Business Dean's Executive Council

The Dean’s Executive Council assists the College of Business in its efforts to achieve its vision and continually improve the quality of education it provides to students. It will provide a vital service to the faculty and students of the College, as well as other stakeholders, through consultation with the Dean on issues related to strategic planning, resource acquisition, new program development, branding, and positioning of the College both internally and externally.

 

Health Sciences Entrepreneur Mentors

The Health Sciences Entrepreneurs is a group of alumni dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in the rapidly evolving world of healthcare. The group, hosting events for alumni and students since 2005, has recently launched a mentoring program.

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IDEA Steering Committee

IDEA Mentors are professionals who volunteer their time to help student venture teams develop their companies. While IDEA Mentors bring specific domain and technical expertise to these relationships, their role is to guide venture teams through the myriad of challenges all start-ups face.

Industrial Advisory Board - Chemical Engineering

The purpose of the Industry Advisory Boards is to support the mission of Northeastern’s Chemical Engineering Department with its educational and research programs by sharing its expertise and strategic thinking, through participating in meetings with the Department Chair and faculty, and through external fundraising and personal philanthropy. The Boards are composed of leaders from both industry and academia who have a commitment to the mission and goals of the Chemical Engineering Department and the University as a whole.

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Industrial Advisory Board - Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is fortunate to have a dedicated Industrial Advisory Board of distinguished civil and environmental engineers to advise the Department on matters related to research, development, curriculum, cooperative education, student organizations, and other important functions related to the University’s mission. The IAB meets regularly with administrators, faculty and students to stay connected to the Department’s activities. The IAB also provides important feedback on the current and future needs of industry, government and academia to ensure the best possible preparation for our graduates.

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Industrial Advisory Board - Electrical and Computer Engineering

The ECE Industrial Advisory board supports the department by providing expertise and input on technical directions, emerging topics, and untapped opportunities pertaining to both research and academic programs. IAB members are corporate leaders in the diverse technology sections spanned by electrical and computer engineering and are committed to maintaining and advancing Northeastern ECE’s position as a national leader in both research and education.

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Industrial Advisory Board - Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

The purpose of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Industrial Advisory Board is to support the Department’s educational and research programs by sharing its expertise and strategic thinking, by participating in meetings with the Department Chair and faculty, and through external fundraising and personal philanthropy. The Board will be composed of leaders from both industry and academia who have a commitment to the mission and goals of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the University as a whole.

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Parents Leadership Council

The mission of the Parents Leadership Council is to serve as a liaison between the student and parent communities and administrative and academic offices of the University. This partnership will allow the PLC to play a significant role in shaping the priorities of the University, such as student programs, financial aid, research, and experiential learning, by increasing parent engagement and visibility.

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Regional Alumni Chapter Volunteers

Husky Nation is a proud and loyal family, with more than 210,000 alumni spread across the country and around the world. Our thriving alumni chapter program provides you with a vital connection to Northeastern University and your fellow Huskies.

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Student Alumni Association

Their mission is to create a set of diverse opportunities for students and alumni to connect in meaningful ways.  They pride themselves on offering leadership opportunities, networking skills, and alumni connections to each member.  They are committed to participating in a variety of community service projects to strengthen the bond between students and the Boston and Northeastern Communities.  Most of all this is a group of students that love Northeastern and have a lot of Husky Pride! The SAA is a closed group, meaning membership is only open once per academic year in the fall. The group is also capped at 75 members (can be adjusted by making amendments to the constitution). The SAA has a constitution that they follow and refer to if any challenges arise. The group works on a point system, and points are given to members for various commitments, from attending weekly meetings, to attending a 5 Under 25 program, to dressing as Paws. To stay a member in good standing they need to maintain a certain point level.

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Student Giving Council

The Northeastern University’s Student Giving Council gives undergraduate students an opportunity to serve as hosts and ambassadors for the university, to learn about the importance of philanthropy to the Northeastern community and beyond, and to be an advocate for philanthropy and The Northeastern Fund.  Students will represent the university with the highest level of integrity, professionalism and university spirit.

Trustees Emeriti

The Trustees Emeriti are former members of the Board who have provided distinguished service and extraordinary contributions to the University over a period of several years.

West Coast Council

The West Coast Council (WCC) is composed of leading business executives who are graduates of Northeastern University’s College of Engineering, College of Computer and Information Science, College of Professional Studies, and D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Members of this national council advise senior leadership on strategic initiatives, industry trends, education, and related topics to advance the mission of the university. These highly accomplished engineers, innovators, and entrepreneurs also play a vital role as chief ambassadors for university, building strong ties and partnerships with executives and organizations across a wide range of industries along the West Coast.

Women Who Inspire
Northeastern University has made a special commitment to support the advancement and scholarship of women in technology, engineering, science, and sustainability. The mission of the Women Who Inspire Speaker Series is to empower the next generation of women leaders, to provide direct access to industry professionals, to promote individual networking, to support corporate partnerships, and to develop women leadership cohort groups. 

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Young Alumni Board

The Northeastern Young Alumni Board will strengthen relationships with recent graduates and encourage their continued involvement with and support of Northeastern University. In conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations and the Northeastern Fund, the Young alumni Board will serve as ambassadors of the University through their leadership and participation at alumni events, business meetings and through fundraising efforts for the Northeastern Fund.

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Young Global Leaders

NU YGL is one of the University’s voluntary, closed-group alumni organizations (it is neither a board nor a council). NU YGL members are active participants in the continuing priority to establish Northeastern as an increasingly globally-renowned university that makes significant contributions to Boston, the United States, and the world through its teaching, research and service programs. President Aoun has identified the continued globalization of the university as one of his highest strategic priorities, and the Northeastern University Young Global Leaders (NU YGL) is a key component of this strategy.  

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