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GOLD: Graduates of the Last Decade

GOLD stands for “Graduates of the Last Decade,” those crucial first 10 years after graduation when Clarkies are getting established in life and careers. The GOLD Council consists of 20 to 30 young alumni spanning class years from the previous decade. Council members host events, serve on committees, participate in University initiatives, and otherwise engage with the Clark community.

GOLD Council objectives include:

  • Maximizing the impact of the University’s most recent graduates
  • Increasing young alumni engagement in Clark events and initiatives
  • Encouraging  classmates to volunteer
  • Helping to grow annual philanthropic support among recent graduates

GOLD Council Subcommittees

  • Student and Young Alumni Engagement
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Philanthropy

View the 2022-2023 Impact Report

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Alex Turgeon ’16, MBA ’17 (he/him)

Washington, D.C.

Alex graduated from Clark University in 2016 with a B.A. in Business Administration, minoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, followed by his MBA in 2017, concentrating in Marketing, Information Management, and Business Analytics.

Residing in Washington, DC, Alex is currently the CEO of Valere Digital & Head of Growth at Valere Labs, building, launching, and scaling over 100+ successful web and mobile applications. Prior, Alex co-founded the technology startup WooConnect, empowered the rise of the digital citizen as a strategic management consultant for the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, and founded Valere Digital (formerly First Pulse), a digital experience, marketing, and creative services agency whose work has yielded millions in revenue, downloads, and increased funding.

In honor of Alex’s contributions to improving students’ collegiate experience while at Clark, he received the Russ Granger Award and the Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award in 2016. Alex has continued to support Clark initiatives as an advisor on the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Advisory Board, guest lecturer and Alumni mentor for the School of Management, co-chair of the GOLD Council, the young alumni representative of The Clark Fund Advisory Board and Alumni Council, and planning member of the 2016 Reunion Committee.

Emilee Cocuzzo

Emilee Cocuzzo ’18, MBA ’19 (she/her)
Boston, MA

Emilee Cocuzzo is currently a Senior Management Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she leverages data analytics and visualizations, strategy, and change management to drive impactful change for the government and empower our citizens. She is also an adjunct professor at Clark University, where she teaches about building businesses and crafting investor pitch decks in the startup space. Outside of work, Emilee serves on several nonprofit young professional boards and volunteers frequently in the community. An avid sports fan, she is also a community owner of the Minnesota Aurora FC.

During her time at Clark, she led organizations, such as the Worcester Student Government Association (WSGA), Speaker’s Forum, and the Clark Entrepreneurship Club (CEC). She also founded and led the Clark University Consulting Group (CUCG). In addition, she was also involved in the Student Alumni Relations Committee (SARC), Peer Advising, and Student Council while also working on-campus jobs and interning at local companies.

Emilee received a B.A. in Management and Entrepreneurship and an MBA with a concentration in Information Management and Business Analytics from Clark University. Emilee is honored to serve on the GOLD Council, and she looks forward to giving back to the Clark community!

Maya Fox '16

Maya Fox ’16 (she/her)
Baltimore, MD

Maya Fox (she/her) is currently a Human Capital Consultant with Federal Management Partners (FMP) Consulting. She has extensive experience in change management, strategic human capital planning, and developing practical, customized strategies based in inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility that transform organizations.

During her time at Clark, Maya was a founding member of Active Minds and National Residence Hall Honorary. She served in the inaugural cohort of Peer Educators with the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth and was a member of the Senior Class Gift Committee. The remainder of her time was spent working as a Housing Complex Manager, Resident Advisor, and Office Assistant with Residence Life and Housing. Maya obtained her B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Education in 2016. In honor of her individual contributions to improve students’ overall wellbeing, Maya received the Outstanding Contribution to Wellness Award in 2016. That year, she also received the Rose M. Sachs Award, which is granted annually to someone who best exemplifies “the spirit of Clark University,” for her contributions and investments at Clark, both inside and outside the classroom.

After Clark, Maya earned a M.S. in Human Resource Development, which further broadened her expertise in the field. In addition to higher education, Maya has also worked in the finance and healthcare sectors, where she helped organizations initiate a culture of innovation, build recognition and reward programs, and utilize technology for greater process automation to drive positive business results.

Outside of work, Maya enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and traveling. In addition to being a co-chair for the GOLD Council, Maya is also a member of the Clark Black Alumni Association, the chair of the GOLD philanthropy subcommittee, and a member of the 2016 Reunion Committee. Maya looks forward to continuing to ignite excitement and belonging in the alumni community and supporting current and future Clarkies for years to come!


  • Justine Berard ’19, San Diego, CA
  • Drashhti Bilimoria ’21, MBA ’22, Hapeville, GA
  • Sarah C. Clay ’15, Saint Augustine, FL
  • Emilee Cocuzzo ’18, MBA ’19, Boston, MA
  • David M. Corn ’16, Londonderry, NH
  • Manning DelColgliano ’23, M.S. ’24, Worcester, MA
  • Ben DiFilippi ’21, MBA ’22, Brooklyn, NY
  • Parker Freedman ’21, Killingly, CT
  • Maya Fox ’16, Baltimore, MD
  • Andrés Gvirtz ’18, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Asniya Iqbal ’14, Brooklyn, NY
  • Taylor Laflamme ’23, M.S. ’24, Worcester, MA
  • Faaiz Masood ’20, Sommerville, MA
  • Abdur Rahman Muhammad ’20, New York, NY
  • Julianne X. Murphy ’17, M.S. ’18, Chicago, IL
  • Anabel Riggio ’22, MPA ’23, Oakland, NJ
  • Ana Mercado Roque ’19, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Utkristaa Shrestha ’20, Fairfield, CT
  • Gabrielle Totten ’19, MBA ’20, New York, NY
  • Alex Turgeon ’16, MBA ’17, Washington, DC
  • Michelle Y. Yun ’18, MBA ’19, Elgin, IL

GOLD: Graduates of the Last Decade

GOLD Nuggets

GOLD Nuggets began in 2019 to help young alumni stay connected. This e-newsletter features GOLD Council updates, profiles and articles on young alumni, and upcoming events.

View our recent editions:

December 2023
October 2023
August 2023
June 2023

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Recent Meetings

The GOLD Council meets on a quarterly basis to discuss current initiatives, how to support Clark and its current students, get updates on committee work, and determine the most effective ways to connect with fellow GOLD alumni.

May 2023, Agenda
February 2023, Agenda
November 2022, Agenda
September 2022, Agenda

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