Alumni Voices – Spring 2009

Alfredo Urquidi ‘02

After finishing my undergraduate degree in economics at New York University, I went to work as an Analyst in the Global Structuring / Transfer Pricing practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in NYC. Eventually, I ended up in the Transfer Pricing practice of Ernst & Young as a Senior Analyst, where I was a core member of their Financial Services Transfer Pricing offering. Currently, I work as the in-house Manager of Global Transfer Pricing for Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services firm. Along the way, I decided that an MBA is definitely the degree to have in the 21st century, but it wasn’t the degree for me. I took some graduate courses at night at NYU and found that the public policy ones appealed to me the most, so I enrolled in and completed my Masters in Government Administration at the University of Pennsylvania via their weekend executive program. SVMP was definitely a catalyst for me – it helped me see the value of an education from a premier institution, and to appreciate that there are others in the workplace who face the same issues that I do. It also helped instill in me a desire for continued learning, and currently I am taking some evening refresher courses in accounting at NYU. I reside in Brooklyn, NY.


Athena Mak ‘06

Since SVMP 2006, I’ve received my M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, spent a year in management consulting at the Monitor Group, and recently moved to Lucknow, India, to join Digital StudyHall, an educationally focused social entrepreneurship.* Without a doubt, transitioning from the structure inherent in management consulting to the chaos associated with start-up life (in India, nonetheless!) has been an incredible experience thus far. In the nascent stages of my one to two year stay in Lucknow, I’m currently getting involved in many different aspects of the organization, with the goal of identifying a project I can run and manage in the longer term. As one of the few members of the team with a background in business, I’ve frequently noted opportunities for DSH to benefit from common business practices, and am doing my best to help push the organization forward. DSH is fighting a tough battle. The educational system in Lucknow leaves much to be desired, and the lack of attention given to schools is frequently frustrating. Take, for instance, the school that was shut down for a day because the principal’s daughter was getting married. Or the teachers who could not teach their classes because the government pulled them out for election duty. However, in spite of the numerous challenges we face in this field, I am constantly inspired by the phenomenal people around me, knowing that we’re all working together toward a common vision of quality education for all. I’d love to hear about you and your experiences, especially if you have thoughts around India and / or the education space.


Christofer Garner ‘07

I am currently in the Management Services Program at JPMorgan, a two-year program that allows me to cross different lines of business. The length of the rotations vary. My first one was in Treasury and Security Services Sales Strategy and my current one is Investment Bank Training. In April, I move to Credit Markets Risk Management, also in the investment banks. It’s been great so far—I get to build a wide network and a broad skill set. I live in New York City.


Maritza R. Alarcon ‘07

Maritza R. Alarcon was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and is of Bolivian/Salvadoran decent. She is a recent alum of Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business– City University of New York (BBA ’08) with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Owing to her internships at The New York Times, NASCAR, the Brooklyn Cyclones (Single “A” Class Affiliate of the NY Mets) and at the Office of the Commissioner for Major League Baseball, she well aligned her postcollege career to fit closely with her passion and experience. She recently completed the 2008 Boston Red Sox Fellowship Program at Fenway Park and is currently a participant of the Trainee Program within the Marketing Department of the Atlanta Braves. As a result of her extensive experience working with youth and participation in INROADS and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Prep program (’07), she brings a critical eye and a strong professional network to make recommendations for a non-profit she co-founded with her peers – M.O.V.E.- a college prep mentoring program in New York City.


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