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Presidential Ambassadors

Founded in 2013, the Northeastern University Presidential Ambassador Corps represents the Office of the President at designated events and related University advancement activities. Members of this group are highly-skilled and experienced student leaders. Through planned interactions with University consitutents, Presidential Ambassadors advance public understanding of the University and our students' role in its growth and success.

By sharing the story of their unique Northeastern University experiences, Presidential Ambassadors validate the philanthropic contributions of donors, alumni, friends, faculty, staff and the student body. A distinguished and one-of-a-kind leadership development opportunity for NU students, the Presidential Ambassadors Corps offers its members a chance to network with important University constituents and enhance their public relations, event planning and professional etiquette skills while engaging in service to the NU community.

If you are interested in applying to become a Presidential Ambassador, please email us at

Jude Albukhari 
Amman, Jordan
Jude is a 3rd year student pursuing a degree in Psychology. Born and raised in Amman, Jordan, Jude chose Northeastern because of the university’s beliefs in experiential learning through co-op and the importance of a global education – two components especially valued by international students. She has completed a co-op at the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Mass. General Hospital, plans to go on an international co-op next semester, and has participated in the Dialogue of Civilizations program to Rome. Jude is a member of the orientation team at Northeastern’s International Student and Scholar Institute (ISSI) and is involved in planning Carnevale, a two month long celebration of cultural diversity. She is also active in the Honors Program and PsyClub. 

Nate Bessa 
Arlington, Massachusetts
Nate is a senior pursuing a dual major in Computer Science and Business. He is the executive director and co-founder of a non-profit organization supporting health care systems in Timor-Leste called Project Plus One and he works at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a software developer in the Metabolite Profiling Platform. He also occupies different positions at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the Northeastern University Social Enterprise Institute, IDEA: Northeastern’s Venture Accelerator and Phi Delta Theta Massachusetts Epsilon. Nate is interested in healthcare technology, data visualization and analytics, and the work of social enterprises. He enjoys playing soccer and skiing. 

Maddie Brodeur 
Scarborough, Maine
Maddie is a senior pursuing a degree in Political Science and Economics. She has been involved on campus as a Resident Assistant and in leadership development programs through the LEAD360 office. Currently on co-op in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, she has a passion for student development and women's leadership and hopes to extend those passions to a career in higher education upon her graduation.

Courtney Cowell
Schenectady, New York
Courtney is a 4th year student pursuing a degree in Biochemistry, with a minor in American Sign Language. After college she plans to pursue a career in the medical field. She has completed one co-op at the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development, and Engineering Center and has also completed undergraduate research in the Beuning laboratory. She is Vice President of Events for the Student Alumni Association. Outside of Northeastern, Courtney volunteers at Brigham and Women's Hospital as part of their Medical Career Exploration Program, and is a work-study tutor at the Balfour Academy. In her free time, Courtney enjoys running, reading and is currently learning how to snowboard!

Rose DeMaio 
Westford, Massachusetts
Rose is a 4th year student pursuing a dual degree in Computer Science and Communications. As a Fellow in the College of Computer and Information Science and a Husky Ambassador, Rose enjoys mentoring and sharing her own unique NU experience with both new and perspective students. In her first three years, Rose worked with an interdisciplinary group of students and professors to publish Realm of Racket, a book that teaches new and experienced computer scientists to program in Racket through a series of games and comics. Rose has completed an internship at IBM and co-ops at Viridian Spark, a tech startup founded by NU alumni, and the successful Boston startup HubSpot. She is spending the Fall 2013 semester abroad at Goldsmiths University of London, but still remains active and engaged in the Northeastern community.

Shaun Hamilton
Boston, Massachusetts 
Shaun is a senior pursuing a degree in Finance and Marketing and a recipient of Northeastern’s Torch Scholarship. He has worked as a student coordinator for Linking Education and Diversity (LEAD), part of Northeastern’s Civic Engagement Program, for over 4 years. He has also participated actively in a faculty/staff mentoring program and multiple extracurricular activities on campus. Shaun works for The Boston Red Sox as a food/beverage vendor during the season and in Northeastern’s Department of Housing and Residential Life. He has completed co-ops at Eze Software Group and John Hancock, and studied abroad in London at Queen Mary University of London. He hopes to pursue an MBA or law degree in his postgraduate career.

John Hubbard 
Austin, Texas

John is a senior pursuing a degree in International Affairs and Political Science. During his time as an undergraduate, he had a chance to experience Northeastern’s international programs, participating in a study abroad in Spain, a co-op in Greece, and a summer dialogue in the Balkans. He currently serves as the President of Beta Theta Pi and has been also been involved in NU’s Relay for Life, Club Sailing, and Varsity Rowing. 

Daniel Ivanov
Providence, Rhode Island
Dan is a senior pursuing a degree in Biochemistry. He came to America at age three from St. Petersburg Russia and lived in Providence, Rhode Island before coming to Northeastern. Throughout his studies, Dan has developed a keen interest in working in labs and studying all aspects of biology and chemistry. He has worked as a co-op in physical therapy and is currently interested in pharmaceutical research positions. Ultimately he hopes to attend medical school to become a cosmetic surgeon.  In his spare time Dan enjoys playing and producing music, going to the beach, playing volleyball, trying new food and discovering new places in Boston.

Connie Lu 
Rowland Heights, California
Connie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Studies from Northeastern in 2013 and is currently on track to earn her PharmD degree in 2014. She has completed co-ops at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the intravenous room and the radiopharmacy, CVS Pharmacy, and New England Research Institutes, Inc. She is currently completing her clinical rotations at various sites around the country. Throughout her time at Northeastern, she has been actively involved and held executive positions in many student organizations, including the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, Student National Pharmaceutical Association, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, Asian Student Union, and many others. In her spare time, she loves to try new foods and go on exciting adventures!

Terry MacCormack
Cohasset, Massachusetts
Terry is a 4th year student pursuing a degree in Political Science with minors in Law and Public Policy and History. He has completed co-ops in both legal and policy environment and is interested in pursuing a career in public policy, research, and communications. At Northeastern, he has been involved with the Student Government Association (as a Vice President and Chief of Staff), Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, a Community Ambassador with the Office of Off Campus Student Services, and the Homecoming committee. As a Student Government Vice President, he worked with administrators and students to implement the first student body referenda questions in the areas of housing policy and sustainability. 

Erica Moser 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Erica is a 3rd year student pursuing a degree in Journalism with minors in Political Communication and Psychology. She completed her first co-op in the press office of Governor Deval Patrick and hopes to do one co-op internationally and one with the Boston Globe. In her time at Northeastern, she has served as a staff writer for Tastemakers Magazine and a contributing writer to the Huntington News, as well as a member of the NU Choral Society and a volunteer tutor at 826 Boston through Northeastern’s Civic Engagement Program. She enjoys traveling, finding fun things to do around Boston with friends, and generally trying new things.

Clayton Wiggins 
Sammamish, Washington
Clayton is a 4th year student pursuing a degree in Industrial Engineering. Born in California and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Clayton chose to move to Boston and attend Northeastern because of the emphasis placed on real world work experience paired with strong academics. He has completed co-ops working for Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products as a business analyst and Massachusetts General Hospital in a project management role. Clayton has taken advantage of the international experiences offered at Northeastern by participating in the Dialogue of Civilizations programs to Madrid and Valencia in Spain. He has also been involved with a number of student groups and offices on campus including the NU Wind Ensemble, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Office of Off-Campus Student Services, and has been an active member of the Honors program.

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