Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Council

The GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Council strives to promote Emerson’s mission, vision, and values to recent graduates, working to facilitate the transition of "active students" to "active alumni" through communication and special events.

The council works closely with Emerson’s Development and Alumni Relations office and the Alumni Association to create and engage in relevant and meaningful programs and services for young alumni, and to foster lifelong participation and philanthropic support.


Role of the GOLD Council

  1. Build community and engage GOLD alumni through:
    • Professional development opportunities
    • Networking and social events
    • Ongoing electronic communications and marketing efforts 
  2. Cultivate the next generation Emerson alumni volunteers and philanthropists
  3. Exemplify the mission and vision of Emerson College

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GOLD Council Regional Chairs

  • Kristen Berke

    Kristen Berke '09,
    New York City, GOLD Council Regional Chair

    Kristen Berke is an advertising professional with three and a half years of digital media experience. She currently works as a Senior Account Executive for digital marketing firm and web video production company, Magnet Media, Inc. Kristen manages a dedicated team of Account Representatives and oversees the firm's Tier 1 clientele. Some of her clients include J.P. Morgan, Google, Comcast and The Associated Press.

    Before Magnet, Kristen worked for a few online publications such as PageDaily, writing feature articles covering epicurean and arts related topics around the city. She has also worked directly under Craig Zaden and Neil Meron, producers of movie musicals Hairspray and Chicago and upcoming producers of the 85th Academy Awards. She graduated with a double major in Theatre Studies and WLP and, like any good Emerson student, does her best to stay on top of the latest and greatest in the vast performing arts world in and around NYC. She is also an avid golfer.

  • Thom Dunn

    Thom Dunn '08,
    Boston, GOLD Council Regional Chair

    Thom Dunn is a Boston-based writer, musician, homebrewer, and new media artist. He enjoys Oxford commas, metaphysics, and romantic clichés (epecially when they involve robots). A graduate of Emerson College, his plays have been performed in Boston and Hollywood, and his comic books have been have been published by GrayHaven Comics. His newest full-length play, True Believers, received in its world premiere in July 2012 with Vagabond Theatre Group, following a fellowship at the Berkshire Fringe Festival.

    By day, Thom is a mild-mannered Web & New Media Manager at the Huntington Theatre Company and blogs regularly for a number of websites, including Quirk Publishing, Tor Dot Com, and Five By Five Hundred. He grew up in the same town as Eli Whitney, Thornton Wilder, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and currently resides in Jamaica Plain, MA . He regularly performs in a number of musical projects, including Boston’s premiere all-male Lady Gaga glam rock cover band Alejandro and the Fame, and firmly believes that Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” is the single worst atrocity committed against mankind.

  • Scott Shipley

    Scott Shipley '04,
    Los Angeles, GOLD Council Regional Chair

    Scott has been actively involved with the Emerson GOLD Council since its inception. Accepting the position of Regional Chair for the Los Angeles area, he looks forward to working with President Pelton, the Alumni Association, and the college's Alumni Relations department to strengthen the role of the Los Angeles GOLD Council in the Los Angeles Emerson community. Scott began his post-graduate years in the entertainment industry but quickly transitioned to his true love of hospitality.

    He currently manages the Citrus Suites within Archstone Santa Monica, a three-property portfolio of luxury apartment communities. Prior to Archstone, Scott served as Supervisor of Visitor Services for the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, after opening the newly-renovated Hotel Shangri-La as its Guest Relations Manager. He enjoys surfing, snowboarding, motorcycles, and camping. Scott lives in Culver City with his wife Billie (Emerson '07), their dog, Maple, and their cat, Tinkerbell.

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