Business Alumni Network


Business Alumni at NBCUniversal Talent Lab Marketing pitch 2015


The Business Alumni Network is a hub for Cal State LA alumni to network, connect, and engage with fellow alumni in the industry. We understand that successful networking is about establishing meaningful relationships to help each other achieve goals. We exist to cultivate those connections through value-focused platforms that promote advancement through social mixers, mentoring, workshops, and peer-hiring opportunities. We welcome alumni from diverse academic backgrounds to join us in redefining what it means to be a graduate of Cal State LA in our professional communities.

Network Leadership

Headshot of Karolina Montenegro, class of 2018.Karolina Montenegro ('18), Chair
Contract Administrator, Northrop Grumman

Karolina Montenegro’s professional experience is expansive and diverse. From working in the operations department of two investment firms, one being Merrill Lynch, translating at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and then as an Analytical Linguist with government agencies, including FBI and DEA, her dynamism reaches the private and public sector. An internship in Procurement at Aerojet Rocketdyne led to her current position as a Contracts Administrator for Northrop Grumman, where she manages contracts with a combined value of approximately $30 million for U.S. Government customers. She also serves for a number of community and student organizations such as Mariachi Women’s Foundation, Hispanic Business Society (HBS), and Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA). Click here to learn more about Karolina.


Headshot of Gerald Freeny, class of 1983.Gerald Freeny ('83), Co-Chair
Past President, Tournament of Roses Parade Association

Gerald Freeny has had a nearly three-decade career in law enforcement and serves in several leadership positions in the field, including the San Gabriel chapter of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), where he serves as president, the Pasadena Police Foundation Board, and the Pasadena Police Citizens Academy. In his role as the 2019 President of the Tournament of Roses Parade Association, he provided leadership for the 130th Rose Parade and the 105th Rose Bowl Game under the theme "Melody of Life."  Click here to learn more about Gerald.


Featured Event

Alumni Networks Conference 2021: People, Purpose, & Passion - Save the Date - 5/6/21

People, Purpose, & Passion:
A Virtual Professional Development and Networking Conference

Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. (PT)
via Zoom Meeting


How to Land a Job Without Applying
Presented by Jonathan Javier // CEO/Founder of Wonsulting

If you thought you knew everything about applying to jobs, think again. This transformative discussion will retool your approach to adopting new and proven methods in this evolving job market as a digital landscape. Whether you are recent graduate, mid-career professional, or thinking of a career transition, this session will equip you with valuable insight on how to land that dream job into major corporations and tech giants. Q&A and networking to follow. Session moderated by Chair of Business Alumni Network, Karolina Montenegro ('18).


Past Events

Careers in Finance

Careers in Finance on September 28, 2019 at Morgan Stanley, Santa Monica

Hosted by the Business Alumni Network
September 28, 2019

Morgan Stanley, Santa Monica

CBE Alumni Mixer at San Antonio Winery

San Antonio Winery Alumni Mixer Flyer

Hosted by the College of Business and Economics
October 30, 2018
San Antonio Winery, Los Angeles

CBE Alumni Mixer at Univision

Cal State LA at Univision Networking Event

Hosted by the College of Business and Economics
May 3, 2018
Univision Corporate Headquarters, Los Angeles

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Connect with Us

Have an idea for a networking mixer, workshop, or seminar? Learn more about the network, or how to get involved and email us at [email protected].

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