With hopes of learning new skills and having a positive impact on the Upper Valley, two new MBA candidates from the Tuck School of Business have joined the Vital Communities Board of Directors as one-year Fellows.

Mary Catherine Guay and  Lo Si Min (Allyssa) will serve as Fellows until May 2022, attending Board meetings and conferring with Vital Communities Executive Director Sarah Jackson in order to both learn aboutVital Communities and contribute their expertise. They take the place of previous fellows David Kenney and Stuart Price. This is the 12th year that the Vital Communities Board has hosted Tuck Fellows.

Said Vital Communities Board Chair Ron Shaiko, “The Tuck Nonprofit Board Fellows program is a win-win for the Tuck MBA program and the nonprofit community of the Upper Valley.  TheFellows gain from the experience of nonprofit board governance while organizations like Vital Communities gain from the analytical skills that the Fellows bring to the board.  In the past, Fellows have assisted in our assessments of programs as well as board and staff evaluations of our mission and governance structures.  We thank  David and Stuart for their service to Vital Communities and welcome Allyssa and Mary Catherine to the board.”

Tuck students can apply for the fellowship in their second year and are placed on the boards of various Upper Valley nonprofits through the Center for Business, Government, and Society, which matches selected students with nonprofits in the Upper Valley based upon their interests and experiences.

Mary Catherine Guay, who is also a candidate for a Masters of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, came to Tuck after working four years for the Massachusetts House of Representatives, most recently as a fiscal analyst for the Committee on Ways and Means. She applied for the fellowship, she said, ”to use the tools I have learned at Tuck to make a positive impact in the Upper Valley. After spending four years in government, I chose to come to Tuck to develop skills that would enable me to have a greater impact on the public good. Vital Communities’ collaborative approach to solving regional challenges is a perfect opportunity to combine my professional experiences and Tuck education to support an area I am fortunate to call home. I hope to use this opportunity to learn more about how different sectors approach similar issues.” Guay hopes to apply her academic learning to interests in economic development and the future of work.

Allyssa Lo, a native of Singapore, has more than six years of experience in innovation and digital transformation specializing in data analytics,  first at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, the national research agency in Singapore and more recently as an analyst at Accenture. Said Lo, “It is an honor to be selected to work with Vital Communities on advancing the important mission of creating a more equitable community, which is also a personal interest of mine and aligned to my long-term goal in social impact. I am excited to contribute to the board with my expertise and look forward to making a difference to the Upper Valley community in the year ahead.”