Director, Corporate Strategy and External Affairs
Chris joined Merrimack College in the fall of 2022. In Chris’s role as Director of Corporate Strategy and External Affairs, he serves as a primary resource for employers who are interested in recruitment, brand building and strategic engagement at the College.
Chris came to Merrimack College after spending four years at the University of Washington where he led employer relations for the Career Center at The Foster School of Business. He also brings 12 years of campus recruiting and university relations experience with major corporations including Hilton, Accenture, LinkedIn, Amazon, BP and Lockheed Martin. At these organizations, Chris managed strategic relationships with partner universities to recruit for internships and graduate roles in multiple disciplines. These include various business and engineering disciplines, computer science and environmental sciences.
Chris also brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and implementation of internship programs, leadership development programs and diversity programs. He is passionate about supporting diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and would be happy to support your organization with such initiatives at Merrimack College.
Chris earned his bachelor’s in communication arts and Spanish from Framingham State University and a master’s in higher education administration from Northeastern University. Chris is a proud first-generation college student.
What does Chris wish he knew about career development when he was in college?
Networking and mentorships can be a powerful tool for career development. Reaching out to alumni can be a simple and effective way to explore career paths and opportunities while expanding your professional network. Participating in mentoring programs can be an opportunity to take ownership of your professional development while creating long-lasting relationships. LinkedIn is one of the best tools for expanding your network and for identifying mentors.
Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Engagement
Jessica joined Merrimack’s team in January 2023 as the Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Engagement. Prior to joining the team, Jessica worked in corporate recruiting and human resources where she streamlined communication between candidates and clients.
Jessica is a Double Warrior and earned her bachelor’s in management and her master’s in management from Merrimack College.
What does Jess wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
It’s never too early to think about your future. Merrimack made the career center and other resources very accessible, and I took advantage of the resources but not until later in my college career. I wish that I had known as soon as freshman year it can be useful to pave the way and explore career opportunities. There are so many ways to grow, develop and make connections.