Provide Career Mentorship

CIR values alumni mentoring.  Throughout the year there will be opportunities to give career talks, connect with students through informational interviews, and participate in career events such as GRAD Fair, GRADUCon, and the CIR Alumni-Student Career Conference. 

  • Career Mentors-in-Residence | This program brings alumni to campus for a career talk followed by mentor office hours (when possible) where CIR students can receive customized career advice and learn about possible trajectories.

  • Informational Interviews | As a member of the UChicago Alumni Directory and our CIR LinkedIn Group you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with our up-and-coming graduates and recent alumni. All that is required is that you speak with current students about your work and career path. Informational interviews take 15-30 minutes and may be in person or on the phone. To share your story with students, please contact Shelly L. Robinson, our in-house director of career services.

  • Annual Student Alumni Career Conference | Every Spring CIR hosts a full-day alumni career event that brings CIR alumni back to campus to speak with current students about career paths, job searching and other tips on how to market their degree and translate their CIR experience into challenging and rewarding careers. Below is a list of past alumni panelists: 


  • Nina DeLorenzo (2001), Abbvie

  • Heriberto León (1981), US Environmental Protection Agency

  • Lindsay Markle (2014), Foreign Policy Initiative

  • Andy Morimoto (2014), Paulson Institute

  • Laura Yergesheva (1999), Compass Lexecon 


  • Max Primorac (1987), Between Two Rivers, LLC

  • Andy Morimoto (2014), Chicago Council on Global Affairs

  • Jacob Grosshandler (2011), Splash 4 Partners

  • Nicholas Brand (2005), BDT & Company

  • Dayna Dion (2015), UChicago Urban Labs 

  • Danielle Fumagalli (2011), US Department of Commerce


  • Marina Best (2014), U.S. Treasury Dept.

  • Bob Murphy (2007), Michigan State Budget Office

  • Roy Germano (2003), Vice News

  • Aimee de la Houssaye (2011), Clinton Global Initiative

  • Gretchen Nussbaum (2006), Nielsen

  • Kate Carter (2011), USAID

  • Nicholas Brand (2005), Chicago Council on Global Affairs


  • Doug Kuzniar (2008), UK Consulate, Trade & Investment

  • Sara Walsh (2012), NORC

  • Julia Lane (2013), ARETE, UChicago

  • Magdalena Lasota-Morales (2012), GfK Knowledge Networks

  • Nicholas Brand (2005), Chicago Council on Global Affairs


  • David McCormick (2010), International Trade Specialist, Dept. of Commerce

  • Rita Grossman-Vermaas (2002), Sr. International Policy Advisor, Logos Technologies

  • Max Primorac (1987), BTR Partners

  • Marie McLetchie (2009), PMF, Program Analyst, U.S. Air Force

  • Eric Cooperman (2008) Strategist and Project Leader, Sears Holdings

  • Peter Austin (2012) Philanthropic Engineer, Palantir

  • Stephanie Denzer (2012), Spark Ventures

  • Alya Adamany (2003) Director of Innovation and Special Initiatives, IL. Science and Technology Coalition

  • Aphrodite Bouikidis (2007) Consultant, Ashoka