Dean's Council of Young Alumni

The dean of the School of Hotel Administration works closely with young alumni—those who have graduated within the last 5–15 years. The Council of Young Alumni strives to help shape the next generation of hospitality leaders by:

  • Providing feedback on current issues in the industry
  • Offering ideas for how the school can enhance its programming
  • Working with students as career mentors
  • Fostering a strong philanthropic culture

Young alumni who lead by example

The Council of Young Alumni comprises graduates who lead by example—they are successful in their careers and dedicated to supporting current students who will soon enter the workforce. Young alumni are closely connected to emerging areas within the hospitality industry and can play a prominent role in introducing exciting and valuable programming that can directly impact Hotelies’ educational experiences.

Selection criteria and term requirement

Members of the Council of Young Alumni are appointed by the dean of the Hotel School in collaboration with current council members. They are selected based on their experience both inside and outside the hospitality industry, involvement in other nonprofit organizations, and demonstration of volunteer leadership.

Appointees serve three-year terms and are required to serve on one of three subcommittees: engagement, philanthropy, or nomination and governance.

For more information contact the Office of Alumni Affairs shaalumniaffairs@cornell.edu

Council of Young Alumni members

Jason Daniel Fair ’07

Jason Daniel Fair ’07

Senior Major Gifts Officer
The Trevor Project

Rohan Gopaldas ’02

Rohan Gopaldas ’02

Co-Founder & CEO
Gamer Sensei

Geoffrey Gray ’08

Geoffrey Gray ’08

General Manager
Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Alissa Hendel ’07

Alissa Hendel ’07

Vice President Business Development
Sabre Hospitality Solutions

Howard Ho ’05

Howard Ho ’05

CEO
in the Hood Hospitality

Michelle Ho ’05

Michelle Ho ’05

CEO/Developmental Licensee
Golden Burger Co Ltd

Allison Hope Tujios ’04

Allison Hope Tujios ’04

Council Co chair
Head of Development & Acquisitions
Virgin Hotels

David Israel ’09

David Israel ’09

Senior Vice President
hotelAVE

Brian Kaufman ’08

Brian Kaufman ’08

Vice President
Highgate Holdings

Joyce Ke ’10

Joyce Ke ’10

VP, Asset Management
AJ Capital Partners

Alykhan Merali MMH ’06

Alykhan Merali MMH ’06

Executive Vice President,Chief Investment Officer
Turnberry Associates

Kevin Mok ’14

Kevin Mok ’14

Analyst
EastBay Capital

Ruben Ortega Jr. ’13

Ruben Ortega Jr. ’13

MBA '18
Harvard Business School

Gilda Perez-Alvarado ’02

Gilda Perez-Alvarado ’02

Executive Vice President
JLL

Taylor Rijos ’13

Taylor Rijos ’13

Vice President – Seniors Housing
Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P.

Lindsay Schattenstein ’09

Lindsay Schattenstein ’09

Event and Meeting Manager
NFL Players Association

Amber Sherman ’05

Amber Sherman ’05

Director
Carpedia International Ltd.

Rohan Thakkar ’08

Rohan Thakkar ’08

Council Co chair
Senior Vice President Development & Strategy
YOTEL

Jelissa Toro ’08

Jelissa Toro ’08

Director of Revenue Management
Highgate, Doubletree by Hilton Metropolitan