Volunteer Spotlight: Young Alumni Advisory Board
We asked Shaun Hamilton, a new member of the Young Alumni Advisory Board, why he volunteers and stays engaged with the Northeastern community.
How did the Torch Scholar program impact your Northeastern student and alumni experience? What inspired you to join the YAAB?
The Torch Scholarship is a privately funded program that recognizes first generation college students who have exhibited extraordinary levels of resiliency in the face of personal adversity. The bonds that I formed with my fellow scholars and the Torch staff were the foundation upon which my student experience was built. Through Torch I focused on building lasting relationships with my peers, mentors, Northeastern faculty and staff, and business leaders in Boston. These relationships have become a defining aspect of my experience as a Northeastern alumnus, and a major reason why I decided to join YAAB. Joining the YAAB allows me to continue to develop my network of Husky contacts, while allowing me a modest opportunity to help shape the future of Northeastern and its impact on Boston and the global community.
What do you do in Boston? What do you like to do in your free time?
I work in the Investment Advisory Group at Andersen Tax LLC. Our group manages investments and consults for high net worth individuals, families, and foundations. I spend my free time with my family, including my fiancé and our two dogs, Junior and Roxy. I divide my summers between relaxing on Cape Cod and moonlighting as a beverage and hot dog vendor at Fenway Park.
As a new board member, what do you think is the best way to engage alumni? How can the YAAB act as a resource to alumni?
Engaging alumni is crucial to ensuring the long term global impact of Northeastern. The best way to engage alumni is through well designed and interesting networking events, and by offering alumni the chance to connect with fellow huskies to share their academic and professional experiences. Given the global presence of Northeastern, and the love for travel that I have noticed among my peers, I think that events that incorporate global experiences would be a unique and beneficial way to promote engagement. I intend to aid the YAAB with general outreach efforts through my existing network and be a general resource to my fellow alumni.
Fun Fact: If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
London—I studied in London and have a deep connection to the city.