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About 360Alumni

Our Story

In 2012 I was in grad school figuring out the next steps in my career. Knowing like-minded professionals with a common educational experience would be incredibly helpful, I tried to tap the network for mentorship and professional networking.

And although my school assured me of the power of the network, it took a ton of effort to actually utilize it. The alumni directory was static and limited, and the community existed in fragments across LinkedIn, Facebook, and various internal programs. But having planned all my high school reunions, I wasn't shy about tracking people down.

So, I copied 50 emails one by one off each profile of alumni near me in related industries, and sent a message to them all. Half of them bounced right off the bat. But the other half was truly interested in connecting because it was local and relevant.

Fourteen attended the 'hyperlocal happy hour' we set up on evite, unbeknownst to our school. Bios were collected on a google doc for pre-networking. And at the event, incredible new relationships were formed. One alum hired another as a consultant, two started a new venture together, and although two alumnae had known each other for years through the kid's sports teams, they never even realized they went to the same school.

Our alma mater didn't witness any of this engagement.

Nor could they see the opportunity to engage this enthusiastic networker as a volunteer. Worst of all, I learned that every attendee would have donated to the school afterward if appropriately asked. 

There is infinite goodwill that can be nurtured through organic, authentic engagement. The missed opportunities for alumni and the organizations that serve them are too great. We have to provide the tools they deserve to maximize the networks they've invested in. By providing ongoing value, you can build the goodwill to get better outcomes when you make the ask. 360Alumni helps you do just this.

360Alumni's innovative, intuitive, all-in-one solution for member engagement and fundraising launched in late 2013. We dedicate ourselves every day to building a product your people will want to come back to month after month, year after year.  We put client success first and have earned 100% client retention since August of 2016. Our customers agree - the service and guidance offered by 360Alumni are unparalleled in the industry.

- Christina Balotescu, Founder & CEO

 

OUR VISION

Is to unlock the potential of human networks to advance individual and organizational success.

OUR mission

Is to be recognized by our customers, and the people they serve, as the most effective alumni engagemet platform in the world. 

 

Meet the 360Alumni Team

Christina Balotescu
Christina Balotescu
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Christina is on a mission to help millions get better jobs, mentorship and professional and personal development through their networks. Since conceiving of 360Alumni in 2012 she’s led the development of the product, architecture, team, client base and overall company direction. Prior to launching 360Alumni and attending NYU Stern School of Business, Christina ran a web development company and created SuperMeets, a SaaS volunteer management tool for swim teams. Christina is a proud Mount Holyoke alumna and mother of two.

   

Morgan Cole
Morgan Cole
Director of Client Services
Morgan brings a decade of client management experience within the finance industry; working for companies such as JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Bridgewater Associates. Morgan is a true champion of the client, and has driven significant product expansion and improvements on their behalf. He leads all new community launches, as well as customer and user support. He holds a BS in Finance as well as an MBA, both from Bentley University.

   

Deb Taylor
Deb Taylor
Chief Operating Officer
Deb is a seasoned executive with marketing, sales, product development, and customer success experience, including 16+ years working with Advancement, Alumni and Nonprofit Professionals at Harris Connect and 2+ years as the VP of Sales & Marketing at Connex. She received her BA in Computer Science from Susquehanna University and was a founding member of their Honors Program. In her free time, Deb loves spending time with her family, practices yoga, follows politics, is an avid reader and gardener.

     

Bogdan Iordachescu
Bogdan Iordachescu
Senior Full Stack Developer
After getting his bachelor's in Computer Science, Bogdan studied artificial intelligence at Beijing Institute of Technology, where he earned his Master's in Software Engineering. His work has been published in several IEEE journals and republished in 5 magazines. Bogdan's experience in analytics and machine learning with apps and banking systems brings depth and expertise to our most complex development challenges.

   

Ann Santorios
Ann Santorios
Product Owner
As the Product Owner at 360Alumni. Ann turns client and market needs into reality, always staying committed to delivering an exceptional user experience. Ann has led market strategy, product development, and business process operations in at AOL, NEXTEL and several startups. Ann is a proud mom who loves to cook, coach Odyssey of the Mind, rescue dogs, and read.

 

 

 

 

Bill Knight
Bill Knight
Creative Director
Bill leads user experience and user interface design at 360Alumni. He was formerly Creative Director for AOL and has 20+ years of experience creating award winning websites and mobile applications, His approach to products is human-centric; by understanding the audience and having thorough data, he creates compelling products that form deep relationships. When he’s not designing, he enjoys hiking and spending time with family & friends.

  

Alex Anitei
Alex Anitei
Senior Architect & Offshore Team Leader
Alex has managed the development and architecture of 360Alumni since our first days. He is the owner of Cybertech in Bucharest, Romania and brings 15 years of experience building ecommerce websites and intranet portals for clients such as Steve Madden, Accenture, Orange, and Huawei. Combining his technical, business, and analytic knowledge, he leads his team to build the optimal solution for any situation.

    

 

Irinel Olteanu
Irinel Olteanu
Software Systems Architect
With over 10 years of experience in web development, Irinel has been responsible for the architecture of dozens of premiere web applications. He handles the most difficult pieces of coding for his projects, ensuring with a personal touch that the applications work flawlessly. When Irinel is not programming, he loves to barbecue and is a specialist in the art of coffee-making.