Carnegie Mellon University

Strategic Initiatives

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Rachel Amos

Director of Career Services & Employer Relations

INI Building
412-268-1289

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Rachel leads the INI's career services and employer relations program. She assists students with creating customized career plans by providing 1:1 career coaching, offering professional development training, and coordinating networking events. She collaborates with employers to create intentional engagement strategies that are specific to their recruiting needs. This is achieved by connecting employers in meaningful ways with faculty, alumni, and, of course, our talented students. Her role requires thoughtful collection and analysis of employment trends and outcomes, resulting in making more informed decisions for INI.
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Christa Jones

Director of Marketing and Communications

INI Building
412-268-5312

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Christa is responsible for strategic leadership, planning, development and implementation of all aspects of marketing and communications across the INI. She spreads key messages and promotes the INI brand, positioning consistent and compelling messages to achieve the INI's strategic goals.
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Caitlin McCabe

Business Communications Associate

INI Building
412-268-3882

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Cait supports the INI Director’s Office with official and business communications. She develops curriculum-related content, including the student handbooks, conducts background research for presentations, writes departmental reports and submits grant proposals and reports. Cait also implements edits for the INI website.
Anita Persaud

Anita Persaud

Manager of Diversity and Outreach

412-268-7195

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Anita creates initiatives to strengthen the INI's culture, including topics such as academic integrity, intercultural communications and unconscious bias. She also identifies funding opportunities, writes proposals and develops programming for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities, women and international students.
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Jayshree Ranka

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives

INI Building
412-268-1598

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Jayshree serves as a strategic advisor to the INI director and provides high-level executive oversight of the INI's teams. She is responsible for advancing the INI's strategic priority of diversity; identifying new funding opportunities and new markets for INI programs and initiatives; maximizing the INI's presence at sponsored conferences; and leading the INI's Pittsburgh strategy.
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Jessica Shirley

Director of Strategic Communications 

INI Building
412-268-4829

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Jess is a content strategist, writer and editor. She leads the INI's communications, branding, public relations and executive positioning activities, and drives multimedia content creation across social media, web stories, videos, blogs, "The Network" alumni magazine and press releases. Most importantly, she's a storyteller who loves to share what's great about the INI.
Sari Smith

Sari Smith

Senior Director of Strategic Engagement 

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Sari leads and supports strategic engagement initiatives to broaden the INI’s impact. She serves as the staff lead for the Alumni Leadership Council and spearheads alumni engagement initiatives. Sari's efforts enhance the student experience in Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley, establish and build upon relationships with industry to support research and practicum, and strengthen the INI's recruitment efforts, among other strategic engagement projects.