Monica Parker-James, EdD
Associate Dean for Industry Relations, Career Services, and Alumni Initiatives
Monica Parker-James joined the Feld Center for Career & Alumni Engagement in June, 2022 as Associate Dean.
Prior to joining the Feld Center, Monica was a Director in Institutional Planning and Policy at Harvard Medical School, where she set strategy and drove decision-making related to accreditation and continuous quality improvement. Monica previously served as Executive Director for Industry Engagement at the Feld Center, where she initiated, stewarded, and advanced relationships with industry partners and alumni locally, nationally, and globally. Monica spent the first two decades of her career at the Museum of Science, Boston, in roles in marketing, educational programming, and exhibits project management.
As Associate Dean, Monica leads the industry engagement, career services, career operations, and alumni engagement teams at Questrom. Monica holds a BS and an MS in Mass Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management, all from BU. Monica earned her Doctor of Education degree from Northeastern University with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. Monica is a mom of four – Rhys (BU Class of 2034), Caroline (BU Class of 2030), Libby (BU CAS and KHC 2020) and Maggie (BU COM 2018). Monica loves BU so much that she rescued her dog Ella because she was advertised as a Boston Terrier. (Ella is in fact a small black and white super-mutt.)
Lucy van Beever
Senior Director of Career Operations
Lucy van Beever is the Senior Director of Career Operations at the Feld Center for Career & Alumni Engagement. Lucy directs all operational and logistical support for key employer-engagement activities, career initiatives, recruiting systems, electronic and print career resources, and office administration. She works collaboratively with other BU and Questrom departments to oversee the planning, policymaking, marketing, implementation, and evaluation of Feld Center’s events, programs, and services. Previously, Lucy served as the Feld Center’s Director of Employer Engagement and Industry Relations Manager (IRM) for the Social Impact MBA program and Energy & Sustainability sector (2019-2022). As an IRM, Lucy cultivated and built recruiting relationships with organizations to connect Questrom students with jobs and internships. She held career-advising meetings with undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni, and led employment data collection and reporting for Questrom.
For over a decade, Lucy has worked at Boston University in career development and business operations functions streamlining processes, implementing platforms (Handshake, BU Connects), and helping hundreds of students & alumni land employment opportunities and leverage their BU experience. She serves as a mentor to BU’s Boston Public Schools Community Service Scholars Program. Prior to working at BU, Lucy held leadership roles in a variety of industries including consulting, retail, health & wellness, and hospitality. She holds an M.S. in Administrative Studies (Sustainable Economic Development & Tourism) from Boston University and a B.S. in Hotel Management from Cornell University.
Senior Director, Career Services And Strategies
Misty Start joined the Feld Center for Career & Alumni Engagement in November 2022 as the Senior Director of Career Services and Strategy. In this role, Misty leads a talented team of career educators by developing and implementing career education strategy that will allow undergraduate and graduate students to thrive in an evolving business landscape.
Prior to joining the Feld Center, Misty served in career leadership positions at Babson College and Franklin Pierce University where she similarly set career strategy, supervised dynamic teams, and successfully delivered numerous high-impact programs and initiatives. As a first-generation college student and job seeker in global markets, she appreciates the unique bridges and barriers each student will navigate throughout their career journey. Misty takes a collaborative approach to career development in which students’ identities, backgrounds, and experiences are honored, valued, and celebrated.
Misty earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from Franklin Pierce University, and she is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership program at Regis College. Beyond academic and professional endeavors, Misty is deeply committed to philanthropic initiatives that empower underprivileged communities and promote diversity and inclusion. In her leisure, she enjoys international travel, adventure-based recreation, and exploring the city of Boston with her dogs, Bay and Beacon.
Questions? Email Misty at firstname.lastname@example.org