Club Leadership

Emily Chen Emily Chen AB '11, President

Emily has been a Boston UChicago Alumni Club board member since 2016. She previously served on the San Francisco and Seattle club boards, where she launched the San Francisco Chapter of the Chicago Economics Society. She has been mentor for the graduate women athletics association (GWAA) and has conducted prospective student interviews for more than five years. At UChicago, she was a member of the Trott Business Program (formerly CCIB) and the Varsity Women’s Soccer Team. You can reach her at

Alan Langsner Alan Langsner MBA '99, Vice President

Alan is a new member of the Boston UChicago Alumni club.  He has recruited UChicago MBAs and participated as a guest speaker for the investment

club since graduating with an MBA in 1999. He was inspired to join the Alumni club after reading Dean of Students Jay Ellison's letter to the class of 2020 highlighting the University's commitment to the free exchange of ideas. Alan has been an investment professional since graduating and is currently co-chief Investment Officer for Sirois Capital Management, a Boston-based hedge fund. Alan can be reached at


Ivy Malao Ivy Malao AB'17, Programming Chair

Jason Bern Jason Bern, Programming

Jason has been a member of the Boston UChicago club since 2017.

Sarah Yu Sarah Yu AB ’12, Programming

Sarah joined the Boston UChicago Alumni Club as a Member-at-Large in 2017. She graduated from the College in 2012 with a degree in economics. Sarah helped start the Emerging Minds Project, an intergroup dialogue program for College students to engage in conversation about diversity and social justice. After graduating, Sarah stayed involved with the UChicago community as a college admissions interviewer and externship program reader through the Alumni School Committee. Sarah is pursuing her MBA at Harvard Business School after working in finance and private equity. In her spare time, she enjoys balancing her various interests in culinary experiences with nutrition and fitness. Sarah may be reached at  



 Sydney Schwartz Gross AB '03, Communications Chair
Sydney joined the Boston UChicago Alumni Club in 2017, after moving to Newton with her family. She graduated from the College in 2003 with an AB in History and later received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations for Columbia College in New York. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter in South Bend, Ind., Waterbury, Conn., and Quincy, Mass. Since graduation, she has remained involved with UChicago as a college admissions interviewer through the Alumni School Committee. She can be reached at 

Carolina Herrera  Carolina Herrera AB '97, Communications

Carolina joined the club in 2015, and previously served on boards in San Francisco and Washington. She graduated the College in 1997 with a degree in political science and received in MA international and development economics from the University of San Francisco in 2007. Most recently, she has been a director at the Health Care Cost Institute and at the Center for Health Information and Analysis. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Health Services Research at the Boston University School of Public Health. You can reach her at

Katherine Katzer Katherine Katzer, Communications

Young Alumni 

Alicia Caillier Alicia CaillierYoung Alumni Chair

Alicia joined the Board in 2017 as a Young Alumni co-chair.  Since graduating the College, she has lived 6 cities and two counties. She joined the board because she has found that strong Alumni connections have been helpful to her as a new graduate and wants to invest in our community. Her goal as young alumni chair is to facilitate fun social events for young alums in Boston who are looking to stay connected to UChicago. 

Eric Dunbar Eric Dunbar AB '15, Young Alumni Chair

Eric is a Young Alumni co-chair. He  He graduated from the College in 2015 with a double major in Biology and Public Policy. He was very involved with the admissions office all throughout undergrad and has continued that involvement as a leader of the Boston Young Alumni Club.  Eric is currently a 3L at Boston University School of Law,  pursuing intellectual property law, specifically patent litigation, and will be working at a firm in NYC following graduation. He plan on running the 2018 Boston Marathon for Brigham & Women’s Stepping Strong charity team

Colin Fowler Colin FowlerYoung Alumni and Support

Other Board Members

David Ijaz David Ijaz AB’97, MBA’03, Booth Club President & Liaison

David has been a Board member for the Boston UChicago Alumni club since 2015.  He is also President of the Boston Booth Alumni Club. He graduated from the College in 1997 in Economics and from the Booth School of Business in 2003, with emphasis upon Finance. David and his family have over 100 years of connection with the University of Chicago. A strategic executive, David is CEO of Effective Therapeutics, LLC and his personal interests are eclectic encompassing Fine Arts, Culinary Arts, Non-Western music, as well as, professional interests in IP Commercialization, Venture Development, and Biotech. David may be reached at and at 617-902-0864.

Elizabeth Preston Elizabeth Preston AB'11, Member at large

Elizabeth joined the board of the UChicago Alumni Club of Boston as a Member at Large in June 2017. After graduating from the College in 2011, Elizabeth stayed in Hyde Park and at one point worked for the University. The Boston alumni club has helped her continue to feel connected to the school despite the distance, and she hopes to help continue growing the alumni network as a way to keep others engaged and to provide resources and support for the UChicago community. Elizabeth is the Continuous Improvement Project Manager at Cognex Corporation, and in her free time she cooks, explores the city, and hangs out with her cat.

 Tanya L. Hickson, University Liason

Tanya is the Associate Director, Global Engagement for the University of Chicago Alumni Association. She joined UChicago in 2017. 

Interested in joining the board? We are actively seeking board members based throughout New England