It is a smooth ride on the road to success, and Espana is behind the wheel. His journey began as an intern for Complex Networks in January 2014, where he was officially employed as an executive sales assistant in September 2015. In 2016, Espana managed client entertainment during the first Complex Con, a festival bringing together music, pop culture and more. He handled all reservations, including hotel, transportation and happy hour for the entire weekend of the event, becoming one of the MVP employees of the year. Espana is now the entertainment account director, responsible for driving revenue to the company through strategic brand partnerships and social promotion. His client list includes those associated with Complex television shows, movies, sports and music.


Rachel Bernstein, a 2015 Journalism and Media studies graduate, has joined the Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership coordinating workshops and events as the Program Coordinator for the Alison R. Bernstein Media Mentors Program. The Institute for Women’s Leadership 9-unit consortium uses its role as a catalyst and incubator for innovative programs that focus on linking theory and practice in fields such as health, media and technology, and philanthropy in the nonprofit sector, while continuing to build interdisciplinary leadership education opportunities that deepen understanding of critical issues affecting women. This is Bernstein’s second year running the program, and she is currently organizing a symposium titled, “The New Normal? Women, Media, and Politics,” which will be fundraising for the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies. The establishment of this chair will take the support of foundations, Steinem’s many friends and colleagues, and Rutgers alumni who have an interest in advancing the chair’s unique research and educational initiatives that are provided by the Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Velocci works as the associate managing editor at Cottages & Gardens Publications. She started as an editorial intern for the organization during her last semester at Rutgers. Rising in rank since then, she has worked closely with New York designers, both established and up-and-coming, for the magazine. In her current role, she helps write and produce the New York and Hamptons publications.

A Journalism and Media Studies and Philosophy graduate from Rutgers, New Brunswick; Aliyu completed her studies a semester earlier than expected. Graduating early awarded her the opportunity to focus on sitting the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), in order to pursue a career in law. Aliyu is currently travelling through European cities, including London, Germany, and Paris.