Executive Board

Alison Scharman, President

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Alison is a second-year MBA at Smith and is focusing in General Management and Consulting. She recently spent her summer as an MBA Summer Associate in Cognizant Business Consulting’s retail and digital transformation practice. Alison has experience in sales, social marketing, and e-Commerce for Ski Center, a small specialty retailer of ski equipment and apparel, as well as digital strategy, client management, and technical support at Revolution Messaging, an award-winning technology and political strategy consulting firm.

In addition to her involvement with SAWMBA, Alison is a Forté Fellow. While originally hailing from Maryland, Alison spent her undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a die-hard Badger fan and is involved in UW’s D.C. alumni network. She balances her love of the cheese state with weekend trips to the Chesapeake Bay.

To contact Alison, please email sawmba@rhsmith.umd.edu.

Ariel Nathan, Executive Vice-President


Prior to coming to Smith, Ariel worked for two years in a Baltimore City non-profit, working in education justice and engaging millennials in meaningful, ongoing service. Ariel’s passions lie at the intersection of women’s rights and education, and she worked in several women focused non-profits before moving to Baltimore City. Ariel came to Maryland to pursue a dual MBA and Masters in Public Policy degree program and hopes that she will learn the skills that will enable her to enact positive change in the world. This summer she interned with Constellation Energy Group in Baltimore City as a Corporate Relations Intern.

Ariel is a graduate of Binghamton University, with a bachelors in Philosophy Politics and Law. She lives in College Park and enjoys yoga and the sport of rowing.

Riddhi Kumar, VP of Marketing


Riddhi is a second year MBA student, focusing on Marketing, Strategy and Analytics to pursue a career in Product Management. This summer she interned with Cvent, a McLean based Saas Event Management Solutions company, as a Product Management intern. She is passionate about working at the intersection of creativity and technology, to create products that strive to simplify lives. Over her first year at Smith, Riddhi worked as an Assistant Product Manager, for an in-house health-fair management app.

Riddhi is also VP of International Student Affairs in the Smith MBA Association, the VP of External Affairs for the Data Analytics Club, and an OCS Leadership Fellow. Prior to Smith, she spent three years working with Cvent as a Senior Quality Engineer. Riddhi enjoys reading fiction, writing abstract stories, cooking and exploring new places to eat!

Amelia Dougherty, VP of Finance

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Prior to Smith, Amelia spent 7 years consulting for Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Strategy and Operations Practice. During her time at Deloitte, she specialized in project management, facilitating executive visioning sessions, and solving complex problems related to large transformations efforts.Amelia is known for being collaborative, energetic, and meticulous when it comes to details.

Amelia spent her summer as a Brand Management Intern for the Reese’s account at The Hershey Company. She is also the VP of External Relations of MBAA. In addition to her professional experience, Amelia enjoys photography, exploring new places, and eating her husband’s cooking.

Ebony Harley, VP of External Affairs

Ebony is currently in her third and final year of the dual MBA-MSW program at the University of Maryland. In addition to her role as VP of Alumni & External Relations for SAWMBA, Ebony serves as Co-President of the Robert H. Smith Black MBA Association.

Ebony is a proud Baltimorean who completed her undergraduate degree at Davidson College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Most recently, Ebony completed her summer MBA internship at Johnson & Johnson as a member of its Human Resources Leadership Development Program.

Prior to graduate school, Ebony worked as a Project Manager where she managed quarterly Commercial Real Estate and Corporate Loan reporting cycles to external federal regulators. Immediately before graduate school, Ebony served as the Community Engagement Manager at Advocates for Children and Youth, working within its education policy portfolio.

Prachi Savant, VP of Programming

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Prachi is a 2nd year MBA candidate with a focus in marketing and product management. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Mumbai. She has worked in sales in the technology and telecommunication industry for five years in leadership positions. Prachi spent her summer interning at DHL as a Sales Intern which she will continue through the year.

In addition to SAWMBA, Prachi serves as the Executive VP for the Professional Communications Club and as VP of Marketing for the International MBA Club. In her spare time, Prachi enjoys hiking and scuba diving.

Nora Cobo, OMBA Liaison  


Nora is currently Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for University of Maryland, University College (UMUC). Her background is in nonprofits and fundraising; previous work experience includes being Grant Writer and Development Manager at the Latin American Youth Center and being Manager of Development and Outreach at Center for Inspired Teaching, both located in Washington, DC. Nora’s academic interests include: strategy, analytics, and governance. She has a Master of Arts in International Relations from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Southwestern University. In her spare time, Nora sings with The City Choir of Washington and volunteers with the Central American Resource Center.

Jainaba Ceesay, EMBA Liaison

Jainaba is a Vice President and Senior Branch Manager at M&T Bank, in Greenbelt , Maryland. Jainaba graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting at The University of Maryland University College. Jainaba started her career in Banking as Teller in February 2001 and worked her way up to a Financial Center Leader at BB&T Bank until October 2011 , when she joined M&T Bank. Jainaba is a very active member in her community and serves as the Executive Vice President of The Gambian American Association of Greater Washington. Jainaba also serves as a mentor to various women that are looking for financial and career empowerment.She is married with three Children and lives in Mitchellville, Maryland.