Professional & Financial Journeys Alumni Panel

Thu, Oct 7, 2021, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students

Join us for a multidisciplinary and multifaceted discussion around how different career paths influence financial decision-making. 

Princeton alumni will talk about their personal financial journeys as they navigated their careers. This is an opportunity to hear personal stories and learn about career exploration while maintaining financial wellness. This event is a collaboration between the Financial Literacy Initiative and the Center for Career Development.

Alumni panelists:

  • Alana Arnold '08: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Doctor
  • Lovell Holder '09: Writer, Director, & Producer
  • Rebecca Kahn '18: Policy Advisor for Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA)
  • Elena Martinez '11: PhD candidate studying agriculture and nutrition policy at Tufts University
  • Jarron McAllister '16: JD candidate at UPenn Law School

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Alumni Bios

Alana Arnold ’08, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Doctor
Alana was born and raised in Philadelphia. After graduating from Princeton with a major in molecular biology, and minors in French literature and African-American Studies, Dr. Arnold attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine for a joint MD/MBA program.

She then proceeded to California where she did her pediatrics residency training at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital – Oakland. Next, she completed her training in Houston at the Baylor program at Texas Children’s Hospital for pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Arnold now serves as the pediatric emergency medicine medical director at Jackson North Medical Center in Miami FL, within the Jackson Health System. She is passionate about quality improvement, protocol development, operations management, and racial equity. Dr. Arnold enjoys teaching all types of learners and was awarded the attending of the month in January 2021.

Her work often involves systems improvements, education on all levels [medical staff, and community] as well as addressing long standing racial disparities and biases. She enjoys developing solutions for these concerns and executing a plan of action to improve the health for the most vulnerable children in the community.

Lovell Holder ’09, Writer, Director, & Producer
After graduating from Princeton with an English degree, Lovell received his MFA from Brown University. Lovell then moved to Los Angeles in 2012, where he worked as the development assistant for TV showrunner (and Princeton alum!) Stacy Rukeyser and film producer Clark Peterson.

In 2014, Lovell began producing his own projects full-time, and some of his favorite credits include the feature films WORKING MAN (starring Peter Gerety, Billy Brown, and Oscar nominee Talia Shire), LOSERVILLE (starring Matt McGorry and Darby Stanchfield), and SOME FREAKS (starring Thomas Mann, Lily Mae Harrington, and Tony nominee Marin Ireland), as well as the short films BIRDWATCHING (starring Amanda Seyfried), SURROGATE (by Princeton classmate Olivia Hamilton and produced with Oscar winner Damien Chazelle), and YOU SAY HELLO (written by Daniel Talbott).

On the theater side, Lovell directed the 2019 Broadway workshop of fellow Princeton alum Roger Q. Mason's play LAVENDER MEN at Circle in the Square. Lovell also has been fortunate enough to direct theater in LA at Skylight Theatre, Celebration Theatre, Echo Theater Company, Rising Phoenix Rep, LATC, Chalk Rep, and Son of Semele.

Rebecca Kahn '18, Policy Advisor for Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.)
Rebecca Kahn '18 majored in sociology and received certificates in Entrepreneurship, Portuguese and Creative Writing while at Princeton. She is passionate about using sociology & behavioral economics to inform the design of equitable and effective public policy.

After graduating, Rebecca moved to Los Angeles to work for a cybersecurity start-up focused on progressive politics. She now works in D.C. as a Policy Advisor for Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), managing a legislative portfolio that includes education, housing, labor, human services, nutrition, and the arts. She previously served as a Legislative Assistant for two Members of the House of Representatives, working on issues ranging from diversifying the STEM pipeline to addressing social determinants of health. She also worked part-time as senior strategy advisor at a responsible artificial intelligence start-up and in product management at a technology policy startup. She would love to talk to any students thinking about careers in government and public service! 

Elena Martinez '11, PhD candidate studying agriculture and nutrition policy at Tufts University
After graduation, Elena worked at a community-based nonprofit called the Food Project that focuses on sustainable agriculture, food access, and youth development in eastern Massachusetts. The job spurred Elena’s interest in domestic and international agriculture, nutrition, and food policy, so she went to Tufts University to complete a M.S. in nutrition and MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics.

From there, Elena worked as a research analyst at international research institutes focusing on connections between agriculture, nutrition, and health in low-income countries. Elena is now back at Tufts University pursuing a Ph.D. in agriculture and nutrition policy.

Jarron McAllister ’16: JD candidate at UPenn Law School
Jarron concentrated in history and obtained certificates in Near Eastern Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies while at Princeton. He is also a 2020 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

During law school, Jarron was an articles editor for the Journal of Constitutional Law; represented low-income Pennsylvanians through the school's unemployment insurance pro bono project and Civil Practice Clinic; and interned at the ACLU of Michigan, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and in the Employment & Unpaid Wages Unit at the plaintiff-side firm Berger Montague.  

He has worked as a Penn Law Fellow at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, where his practice focused on issues related to public benefits and workers' rights. He will soon begin working as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Robin M. Meriweather on the United States District Court for District of Columbia at the beginning of October 2021.