Alumni-in-Residence

You have questions. They have answers.

Spend time with alumni this semester. The Loeb Center’s series of candid career conversations will help you explore possibilities, build relationships, and get real-world advice.

There are a variety of ways students can participate:

  • Workshops: Learn skills or explore topics within the alum’s chosen career field
  • Office hours appointments: Sign up in advance to ask questions and get tailored advice in a one-on-one setting
  • Informal group conversation about career paths post-Amherst
  • And more!

Contact the Loeb Center at careers@amherst.edu or (413) 542-2265 with any questions or accessibility needs.

Fall 2023/Spring 2024 Lineup

Pam Allyn

Pam Allyn ’84 is an esteemed author, educator, and founder celebrated for her profound contributions to the world of education. Most recently, Pam created Dewey, a startup devoted to providing exceptional products for family learning. Learn more about Pam.

Phil Edmundson

Phil Edmundson ’80 is a serial entrepreneur who founded Corvus Insurance Holdings in 2017, a company that leverages new data and artificial technology to better manage cyber risk and reduce cybercrime. Learn more about Phil.

Jennifer Estrada

Jennifer Estrada ’08 is a career nonprofit leader, educator, and advocate for social justice and human rights. Currently, Jennifer focuses on creating scalable and sustainable programs, training, and resources to support advocacy and activism for global human rights at Amnesty International. Learn more about Jennifer.

Chelsea Agyiri

Chelsea Agyiri ’18 is an Analyst in the Equity Research group at Putnam Investments (Putnam), specializing in the U.S. consumer staples sector. She is responsible for conducting fundamental analysis, developing insights on material sustainability issues, assessing valuations, and making buy/sell recommendations for packaged food, health and wellness companies. Learn more about Chelsea.

Register for one of her events:

How to be Wrong and Resilient: The Iterative Process of Pitching a Stock and Yourself | Wednesday, February 14, from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Black/Female/Mother/Investor: Carving My Path: Lunch with Chelsea Agyiri ’18 | Thursday, February 15, from Noon to 1:00pm

Or meet with her one-on-one  | Thursday, February 14, from 9am to Noon

Cuthbert “Tuffy” Simpkins

Dr. Cuthbert “Tuffy” Simpkins ’69 is the Sosland-Missouri Endowed Chair in Trauma Services in the Department of Surgery at the UMKC School of Medicine, and the founder, President and Chief Innovation Officer of Vivacelle Bio, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the inventor of the phospholipid nanoparticle technology for treating shock due to sepsis or hemorrhage. Learn more about Cuthbert. 

From Segregation to Science | Monday, April 1, from 7 to 8pm

Lunch with Tuffy: Healing the Body and the Soul through the Musical Explorations of John Coltrane | Tuesday, April 2, from Noon to 1pm

Or meet with him one-on-one | Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2, from 9am to Noon

Tess Banta

Tess Banta ’16 is a graphic novel editor living in Brooklyn, NY. Her career for the last eight years has centered around visual storytelling—since 2021, she’s worked as an integrated freelancer for First Second, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, helping to develop comic books for kids, teenagers, and adults by providing editorial feedback and art direction. Learn more about Tess.

Meet with her one-on-one | Tuesday, April 23, from 9am to Noon

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2022: Fall Update from Amherst College

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Tips for Breaking Into Science Journalism

By Aleszu Bajak ’06 

Alumni-in-Residence 2019

Scratch the itch: After a few years working mostly in the animal facility in the gene therapy department at Weill Cornell, I was itching to start a writing career. I started a blog called …

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Loeb Center Hosts Head of Adobe Policy Development Julie Babayan ’03

By Pho Vu ’23 from The Amherst Student

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Julie Babayan ’03 — the head of policy development for Adobe’s policy, government, and ethical innovation team in Washington, D.C. — shared her vision on worldwide technology policy. The event, …

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Alumni

Chelsea Agyiri

Alumni-in-Residence
  • Equity Analyst Putnam Investments
Meet Chelsea >

Pam Allyn

Alumni-in-Residence
  • Chief Executive Officer Dewey
Meet Pam >

Rich André

Alumni-in-Residence
  • Senior Policy Advisor for State and Local Initiatives American Immigration Council
Meet Rich >

Julie Babayan

Alumni-in-Residence
  • Head of Policy Development Adobe Inc.
Meet Julie >

Aleszu Bajak

Alumni-in-Residence
  • Editor Storybench.org and LatinAmericanScience.org
Meet Aleszu >

Tess Banta

Alumni-in-Residence
  • Graphic Novel Editor First Second
Meet Tess >

Anne Bauer

Alumni-in-Residence
  • Director of Data Science The New York Times
Meet Anne >

Lisa Biggs

Alumni-in-Residence
  • Assistant Professor Brown University
Meet Lisa >

Beselot Birhanu

Alumni-in-Residence
  • Fourth-year Medical Student Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Meet Beselot >
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Phil Edmundson

Alumni-in-Residence
  • Executive Chair Corvus Insurance Holdings, Inc.
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John Erickson

Alumni-in-Residence
  • Acting Chief Technology Officer National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals
Meet John >

Contact & Location

Phone
413-542-2265
Address

First Floor College Hall
155 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002