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Graduate Ambassadors

Connect with Current Kogod Graduate Students

The Graduate Student Ambassador program connects applicants for our on campus programs with current students to learn why they chose Kogod. Click on a profile below to read graduate student testimonials in your program of interest.

Interested in connecting with one of our graduate ambassadors? Email Be sure to include which program you're interested in, which ambassador you'd like to connect with and any questions you have for an ambassador.

First year mba program ambassadors

  1. Kogod first year MBA Ambassador Carlos Aguirre

    Carlos Aguirre

    Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

    Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
    Undergraduate Institution: Louisiana State University (LSU) Baton Rouge, LA
    Degree Held: B.A International Studies & Political Science
    Experience: 3 years in Correspondent Banking and Trade Finance
    What I value about Kogod: I don't feel like a number. I've gotten to meet the faculty and staff while sharing my career goals and the ways to get me there. 

  1. Nigel Buoga

    Nigel Buoga

    Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

    Undergraduate Institution: Drake University (Des Moines, IA)
    Employment Experience: 3 yrs in the Army & 3 yrs in IT
    Kogod Decision Criteria: Prior relationship with Kogod faculty and appreciated the ease of access to professors
    What I Value About Kogod: The above and beyond effort put forth by staff and faculty to support the students

  1. Kogod Student Ambassador Mayra Medrano

    Mayra Medrano

    Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

    Undergraduate Institution: Herzing College
    Degree held: B.S. Business Administration, Concentration in Business Management
    What I value about Kogod: Approachable professors, access to professional resources, and supportive career advisors. 

  1. Kogod Student Ambassador Sarah Tebi

    Sarah Tebi


    Undergraduate Institution: Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
    Degree held: Communication Arts: Worship Arts
    What I value about Kogod: The small cohort, and the faculty and staff’s sincere willingness to connect with students and prepare them for success.

SEcond year MBA Program AMbassadors

  1. Zach Errickson

    Zach Errickson

    Dual Degree MA/MBA in International Affairs

    Undergraduate Institution: University of South Carolina
    Degree held: B.A. in Political Science and French
    What I value about Kogod: The size of the cohort, relationship with professors and dedicated career coaches

  1. Harpreet Gill

    Harpreet Gill


    Undergraduate Institution: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
    Degree held: B.A. Accounting
    What I value about Kogod: Diversity and inclusion

  1. Dan Gorman

    Dan Gorman


    Undergraduate Institution: Syracuse University
    Degree held: B.S. Sport Management
    What I value about Kogod: Its emphasis on helping students develop a global business perspective, the focus on team/group projects, and the ability to network with industry leaders in the D.C. area

  1. Nosa Iyare

    Nosa Iyare


    Undergraduate Institution: University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria

    Degree Held: B.S. in Accounting

    Kogod Decision Criteria: Spoke with a Student Ambassador  

  1. Hang Ngo

    Hang Ngo


    Undergraduate Institution: Foreign Trade University, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Degree held: B.A. in International Trade
    What I value about Kogod: Excellent cohort, close bond with classmates, location in the heart of DC.

  1. Ahmad Abdel Rahim

    Ahmad Abdel Rahim


    Undergraduate Institution: American University of Beirut
    Campus Involvement: Kogod Case Competition, Business Analytics Case Competition
    What I value about Kogod: Diversity, collaborative and friendly environment.
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  1. Parth Tanna

    Parth Tanna


    Undergraduate Institution: Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), India
    Degree held: Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Technology
    What I value about Kogod: I made my decision to join Kogod on the basis of its curriculum and professors. So, I value professors here. They are all ready and eager to guide us for our better future.

  1. Valerie Turner

    Valerie Turner

    Dual Degree MA/MBA in International Peace & Conflict Resolution

    Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University Maryland
    Degree held: BA in Global Studies

    What I value about Kogod: As I was applying to different graduate programs in the Washington DC area, I realized that American University was the only institution that treated me like a person rather than an anonymous applicant or a number. That kind of personal touch made a lasting impression on me, and I haven't looked back since.

  1. Gisel Zurita

    Gisel Zurita


    Undergraduate Institution: George Mason University
    Degree held: B.S. in Economics
    What I value about Kogod: The small cohort and the AU alumni.

MS in Accounting

  1. Cody Ferguson

    Cody Ferguson

    MS in Accounting, Certificate in Forensic Accounting

    Undergraduate Institution: High Point University
    Campus Involvement: Accounting Club
    What I value about Kogod: The many opportunities offered to learn. Speaker events, and job and internship opportunities.
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  1. Qing (Doreen) Gao

    Qing (Doreen) Gao

    MS in Accounting

    Undergraduate Institution: Fudan University, Shanghai, China
    Campus Involvement: Accounting Club
    What I value about Kogod: Super friendly, knowledgeable and approachable faculty and staff
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  1. Yilin (Stephen) Li

    Yilin (Stephen) Li

    MS in Accounting

    Undergraduate Institution: University of Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Campus Involvement:Research Assistant with Dr. Shuai Ma and Accounting Club member
    What I value about Kogod: All of my professors are really knowledgeable and conscientious
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MS in Analytics

  1. KSB Student Ambassador Joline Faye Badua

    Joline Faye Badua

    MS in Analytics

    Undergraduate Institution: American University
    Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Business Administration with a focus in IT & Analytics
    What I value about Kogod: Attending Kogod as an undergraduate student, I saw how the business school truly cares for their students. I was amazed at how the faculty and staff within the business school were supportive and accommodating. The professors and staff have guided me towards my career and so choosing to attend Kogod to continue my higher education has been a rewarding experience for me.

  1. Kogod MS in Analytics Student Ambassador

    Lauren Gilligan

    MS in Analytics

    Undergraduate Institution: University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
    Undergraduate Degree: BS in Business Administration, double-major in Accounting and Business Information Systems
    Employment Experience: 1.5 years with EY in External Audit, 1.5 years with Alvarez and Marsal in Disputes & Investigations
    Professional Certifications: CPA, CFE
    What I Value About Kogod: The graduate program is designed for and accommodating to students who are working while also trying to further their education.

 MS in Finance

  1. Alaa Alaeddin

    Alaa Alaeddin

    MS in Finance

    Undergraduate Institution: Iowa State University
    Previous Employer: PricewaterhouseCoopers 
    Why did you choose to attend Kogod? Interested in the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) and the level of care shown by professors.

MS in Marketing

  1. Kogod Student Ambassador Justin Simms

    Justin Simms

    MS in Marketing

    Undergraduate Institution: American University
    Campus Involvement: Men of Empowerment & Excellence
    Employment or Internship Experience: Currently working in the Graduate office at AU. Have previously done digital production internships at both TV One and Office Depot.
    Kogod Decision Criteria: Doing undergrad at Kogod, something just clicked for me. The professors are open and helpful both in the classroom and in career pursuits. Everyone here cares about each other and they have their own individuals aspirations that create a friendly, but empowering environment. 

    What I Value About Kogod: The people, between the professors and staff everyone is extremely open, friendly and willing to take time out of their day to work with you if you need it. 

  1. Anisha Vinayak

    Anisha Vinayak

    MS in Marketing

    Undergraduate institution: King’s College London
    Degree held: BSc Business Management
    Bio: Since graduating from my undergraduate studies a few years ago, I’ve worked in both agency and client-side roles in London, focusing on digital marketing and events management. After I’ve completed my Master’s, I’d like to develop my career by working in strategic brand management at an international organization. 
    What I value about Kogod: The practical aspects of the MS program and its small class size appealed to me, as well the opportunity to learn and be taught by experienced academic and industry professionals. The community is very diverse and inclusive, and as an international student I have felt very welcome by the faculty and student body. 

MS in Real Estate

  1. Kogod Graduate ambassador Ivy Gaitan

    Ivy Gaitan

    MS in Real Estate

    Undergrad Institution: Radford University 
    Current Employer: Capital Markets Group, Cushman & Wakefield 
    What I value most about Kogod: The professors! The wealth of knowledge and real estate experience they bring to the classroom is so valuable. In addition, they find time to work with students before/after class to ensure they comprehend the coursework. In addition to succeeding in the classroom, the professors at Kogod make it their priority to prepare students for real-world real estate challenges. 

MS in Sustainability Management

  1. Kogod Student Ambassador Heather Worsley

    Heather Worsley

    MS in Sustainability Management

    Undergraduate Institution: Towson University
    Degree held: B.S. Environmental Science
    Campus Involvement: Food Recovery Network
    What I value about Kogod: Kogod's interdisciplinary and international approach is absolutely essential for the study of sustainability.

  1. Kogod Student Ambassador Jessica Chapman

    Jessica Chapman

    MS in Sustainability Management

    Undergraduate Institution: American University
    Degree Held: International Relations/Environmental Studies 
    Employment Experience: I am currently the General Manager of the Davenport Coffee Lounge in the School of International Service, where I am always working to incorporate new sustainable business practices. 
    What I value about Kogod: I value the professors and their commitment to our development, as well as the networking opportunities and curriculum. 

  1. KSB Grad Student ambassador Kira Austin-Dumaine

    Kira Austin-Dumaine

    MS in Sustainability Management

    Undergraduate Institution: University of Delaware
    Undergraduate Degree: MS in Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management
    Employment Experience: 11 years with Hyatt Hotels, 2 years self-employed, 3 years with World Resources Institute
    Kogod Decision Criteria: I have a drive to combine sustainability and business management. Kogod is the perfect intersection of these fields, with the important addition of in-person classes and real connections. 
    What I value about Kogod: Access to knowledgeable and passionate professors, and introductions to industry leaders working with corporate / social responsibility. 

  1. Juanita Mahehca

    Juanita Mahecha

    MS in Sustainability Management

    Undergraduate Institution: Rosario University, Bogotá, Colombia
    Degree Held: B.S. in Economics
    Employment Experience: 7 years of professional experience in business consulting and sustainability
    Campus Involvement: TA Director of MSc Sustainability Management
    Kogod Desition Criteria: It is the only school that has included Sustainability Management studies in the business school.
    What I value about Kogod: How easy it is to approach and ask for support from professors and staff. 

 MS in Taxaton

  1. Cristina Gonzales

    Cristina Gonzales

    MS in Taxation

    Undergraduate Institution: Universidad de Lima Lima, Peru and Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC.
    Current Employer: Kroll
    What aspects of your KSB experience do you like best? The continuous exposure to potential employers and the level of qualifications of every professor.

  1. Michael Mays

    Michael Mays

    MS in Taxation

    Undergraduate and degrees Earned: B.A. in Business Administration from University of Maryland College Park. MBA from Kogod School of Business, American University.
    Current Employer: Rockledge Financial Group
    What aspects of your KSB experience do you like best? The professors are accomplished professionals in their respective positions and convey the course material with a perspective gained through actual experience.