In May, Kristen Pontin is set to receive her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from D’Amore-McKim.
Kristen chose supply chain management as a major and credits her global supply chain course with igniting her passion. “We spent the majority of the course talking about contemporary trends in supply chain, such as trade barriers, sustainability and regulatory changes,” she says. “I found it really fascinating to be able to connect what I was watching on TV and reading in the news to my own major.”
That gave impetus to the co-ops she completed. Her first was as operations assistant with Boston Consulting Group. She designed and implemented a pilot program that replaced single-use products with reusable dishware in office kitchens throughout the Boston office, an initiative that has expanded to several North American offices. Additionally, she helped plan and coordinate a Wellness Fair of more than 20 vendors for an office of 1,200 employees.
Kristen’s current co-op is with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. As an associate buyer, she works with internal stakeholders and vendors about delivery needs, availability and price.
Kristen began her university experience as part of the NUin program in London, where she completed service learning at the Leighton House Museum. When she arrived in Boston in 2018, she joined the Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA), serving first as vice president of alumni relations and then executive vice president. Kristen has also been a resident assistant and a teaching assistant.
The most significant achievement of her Northeastern career was with SAA when she re-envisioned and led the Mayor of Huntington Avenue spirit competition. “It was a very large project with many stakeholders, and I needed to be an effective leader to be successful,” she says. “I was also able to apply my coursework and co-op experience in supply chain and operations management to be effective in running this event.”
C. Hawkins, director of student engagement and philanthropy, says Kristen is a “well-rounded person and a good connector. She connects people in a way that brings people together; she’s a bridge builder.”
After graduation, Kristen will be joining the Global Purchasing and Supply Chain TRACK program with General Motors.
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Alumni Relations (DMSB’21)
Kristen is a well-rounded person and a good connector. She connects people in a way that brings people together; she’s a bridge builder.C. Hawkins, Director of Student Engagement + philanthropy, Alumni Relations