These Dyson alumni are making waves in the social media sphere, building their brands and showcasing their talents.
Bethany Braun-Silva ’10, ASDS
On-Air Parenting, Entertainment, and Lifestyle Expert
Formerly the editor of Parenting.com, Braun-Silva recently teamed up with Amazon to film promotional videos for the launch of Amazon Glow, a video-chatting device that helps children stay engaged when connecting with long-distance relatives through stories, games, and virtual art creation.
Corrina Day ’16, Film and Screen Studies
Photographer, Videographer, and Creative Director
With more than 19K followers on Instagram and 24K followers on TikTok, Day is making her presence known in the fashion photography space. Splitting her time between Los Angeles and New York, she has done photo shoots for brands such as Lexxola, Garage, and Edikted, and was recently featured in NYLON magazine.
Nina Freeman ’12, English
Video Game Designer, Twitch Streamer
Freeman, who designs narrative–style video games, has mentioned her love of poetry and her personal experiences as inspiration for her games in profiles for The New York Times and The Financial Times. Freeman has more than 26K followers on Twitter and nearly 12K followers on Twitch, a video game streaming social media platform.
Brianna Joye Kohn ’16, Commercial Dance
After seeing tremendous success posting workout videos on TikTok—she has over 1.3 million followers on the platform—Kohn launched her own fitness app, BOLD by Brianna Joye, which features interactive workouts, live fitness classes, and nutrition plans.
Juliana Martins ’18, Communication Studies
Founder, Eleven11 Media Relations
At just 24 years old, Martins is the founder of bicoastal public relations, marketing, and influencer agency Eleven11 Media Relations, working with big-name clients such as singer-songwriter Kesha and The Bachelor lead Peter Weber. Host of the podcast Behind the Media, Martins has become an influencer in her own right, with more than 11.7K followers on Instagram.
Nicole Wiseman ’11, Theater Arts
Founder, Designer Dust Co
Designer Dust Co, which Wiseman founded in 2019, was featured in Teen Vogue after their cosmetic product, Face Sprinkles, went viral on TikTok as an affordable alternative to the glittery makeup worn on the hit HBO series Euphoria. Designer Dust Co has more than 93K followers on TikTok, with the brand’s videos garnering hundreds of thousands of views and likes.
These Dyson alumni are serving their communities and beyond through roles in civic engagement and public office.
Mikelle Adgate ’07, Political Science
Senior Vice President, Government and Community Relations, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Adgate has had a decades-long career with several roles at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, including as senior advisor for strategic planning, director of stormwater management outreach, and project manager for green infrastructure partnerships. In her current role at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, she serves as senior vice president for government and community relations.
Faiza Ali ’07, Political Science
First Deputy Chief of Staff, New York City Council
In February 2022, New York City Council Speaker Adrienne E. Adams named Ali as a member of her senior staff leadership, promoting Ali to deputy chief of staff of community engagement. Since then, Ali has risen to first deputy chief of staff. Serving in City Council since 2014 and one of the first women in her family to attend college, Ali’s work is dedicated to empowering communities of color through strategy and policy.
Peter Fragale ’88, Criminal Justice
Assistant Vice President, HR Shared Services, NYC Health + Hospitals
Through hiring, planning, and execution, Fragale was instrumental in the establishment of testing centers across New York City and its five boroughs in the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fred Kreizman ’11, MPA
Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced his senior leadership team in January, naming Kreizman commissioner of the Community Affairs Unit. Kreizman rose through the ranks in the Community Affairs Unit under Mayor Bloomberg from 2002 to 2014, eventually serving as deputy commissioner.
Lovesun Parent ’04, Political Science
Director, Institutional Support Contract, Inclusive Development Hub of the United States Agency for International Development
After serving in various roles in the United Nations, Parent now serves as director of an institutional support contract under the Inclusive Development Hub of the United States Agency for International Development. The Hub promotes democratic values around the world through partnerships and investments that seek to address poverty, governance, and humanitarian crises. In her role, Parent leads a team of experts that analyze development issues and provide technical assistance.
Rossana Rosado ’83, Journalism
Commissioner, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
In February 2022, Rosado was confirmed by Governor Kathy Hochul as the commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, a department that seeks to improve the quality of the criminal justice system by providing resources and services to inform decision-making and enhance public safety.