Young Alumni Board

Aparna Chandrasekhar, NU’04, W’04

Aparna Chandrasekhar currently serves as a Quality Management RN Specialist at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Prior to joining the public sector in early 2018, she dabbled in private sector work ranging from consulting at The Advisory Board to nursing, quality improvement, and nurse management at UCSF Medical Center and The Dimock Center. She graduated from Penn’s joint-degree Nursing/Health Care Management program in 2005 and obtained a Harvard public health masters degree in 2012. Aparna firmly practices the “work hard, play hard” motto and is an active Board member of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, a violinist in the Harvard Musical Association Reading Orchestra, an avid and insatiable wanderlust (35+ countries thus far and also on a journey to visit each state in alphabetical order), and a member of multiple local book clubs run by the Boston Public Library.

 

Gaëlle Gouraige, C’08

Gaëlle Gouraige is an active member the Penn alumni community having worked with Penn Spectrum and various events in Miami, FL. After graduating from the College in 2008 she went on to earn her MBA at MIP Politecnico di Milano where she learned to maximise the use of social channels in conjunction with digital and traditional media to create all encompassing marketing strategies using the principles of “Design Thinking”. Working with companies across a variety of industries such as luxury, design, finance, beauty, travel and law has given her insight on the intricacies of client management and how to maximise their visibility. She hopes take this knowledge even further and find ways to apply this to Penn Libraries. Fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian she aspires to expand the reach of Penn Libraries and have it be the driving force of what a library can mean in the 21st century.  

 

Allison Hechtman, C’19

Allison Hechtman is a Consumer Insights analyst at Royal Caribbean International. She graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience. While at Penn, Hechtman studied consumer psychology and neuroeconomics. She was also a member of the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative. Hechtman is currently based in Miami, FL.

 

 

 

Susan Mallaney, C’09

Susan received a B.A. in Classical Studies from The University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago in 2015. After graduation from Penn, she worked at B Lab, a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B Lab’s initiatives include B Corp Certification, administration of the B Impact Management programs and software, and advocacy for governance structures like the benefit corporation. Subsequently, she has worked in investment banking and on numerous pro bono consulting projects.

At Penn, Ms. Mallaney has been involved since graduation as a member of her class gift and reunion committees and serving as an alumni interviewer since 2012. In addition, she serves on the Art Institute of Chicago's Auxiliary Board.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and their two children.

 

Graham Ober, C’12, W’19

Graham is a Vice President at Revolution Ventures where he focuses on identifying, investing in, and helping to build innovative and impactful early-stage companies across a number of industries. Prior to joining Revolution, Graham was an early employee at NerdWallet, a financial advice startup in San Francisco where he helped scale the company to over 450 people. Graham started his career in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse, advising private technology and technology-enabled companies. Graham received his M.B.A. with a double concentration in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Finance from The Wharton School and his B.A. with distinction in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a minor in Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania

 

Omid Shokoufandeh, C’09

Omid Shokoufandeh is the Vice President of Acquisitions at Abington Emerson Investments, LLC (“Abington Emerson”), a privately held real estate investment company focused on the acquisition, development and management of value-add real estate. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Mr. Shokoufandeh is responsible for sourcing and underwriting acquisition opportunities throughout the western United States, and advising the investment committee on all asset classes. Additionally, Mr. Shokoufandeh manages the commercial development portfolio in Los Angeles, with over $50m in development scheduled to begin in 2020.

Mr. Shokoufandeh graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics, Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a four-year letterman on the Varsity Men’s Soccer team and selected to Friars Senior Honor Society. Currently Mr. Shokoufandeh is the President of the Penn Club of Los Angeles and a licensed real estate broker in the state of California.