mario marinMilano Dean Michelle DePass would like to make the following announcement:

I am pleased to announce that Mario Marin, class of ‘95, has been appointed Milano Alumni Ambassador Chairperson.

Mario Marin is a senior executive who has worked in the government, corporate and non-profit sectors for over 20 years.  He is currently the Vice President of Development for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles where he works to mobilize thousands of donors to Create Pathways out of Poverty and improve the lives of Los Angeles County residents.  Prior to this role, he was the Sr. Director of Corporate Accounts with Grainger, North America’s leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operation products.  He also served as the Executive Director of Economic Development for Mayor James K. Hahn and the City of Los Angeles.

Mario graduated from the Milano School of International Affairs, Urban Policy and Management with a MS degree in Urban Policy and Management (’95).  He was selected to the prestigious Presidential Management Fellow program where he served in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.

As a first generation Mexican and Nicaraguan American, Mario was the first in his family to graduate from college where he received his degree in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and completed his summer program at the John Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Mario’s contributions to Milano and The New School community are countless. A few noteworthy achievements include: hiring recent graduates over the years, participating in past and present alumni working groups, and being a multi-year donor. In April, Mario introduced President David Van Zandt at “An Evening with The New School” in California, and was instrumental in hosting alumni events in Los Angeles and San Francisco. 

The Milano Alumni Ambassador Program is made up of alumni from across the Milano School’s programs, to extend Milano’s presence locally and globally. Alumni Ambassadors are entrusted with representing the school in admissions, recruitment, and alumni endeavors. Ambassadors also facilitate networking amongst alumni in their home countries and locations, and serve as mentors to current and former students.

“As a graduate and lifelong member of The New School family now more than ever do we all have to step and support the great institution that has given us so much. I am proud to be a part of this effort and I hope my fellow graduates will too!”  — Mario Marin, URB ‘95

Please join me in congratulating Mario on this appointment and in welcoming him to his new role.