Manhattan College Names Kelly Ahn Director of Center for Career Development

Kelly Ahn brings solid experience and new ideas to Center for Career Development.

Kelly Ahn, Ed.M., has been named the director of Manhattan College’s Center for Career Development. She will play a key role in further developing the career counseling and mentoring services provided by the Center, including internship opportunities and job placement.

“I am delighted to have a professional of Kelly Ahn’s experience join our staff. Her background at Columbia has allowed her to work with students from a variety of fields with a diversity of interests,” said Richard Satterlee, Ph.D., vice president for Student Life at Manhattan College. “Kelly brings incredible energy and passion for helping students define meaningful career paths and attain positive post-college outcomes.”

Ahn most recently spent four years as an associate director of Columbia University’s Center for Career Education. In this role, she was instrumental in assisting undergraduate and graduate students within Columbia’s seven schools on career assessment, job/internship search and networking. She also spent a year co-developing and teaching a career development course.

Before coming to Columbia, Ahn served in a variety of roles in counseling and education. From 2001-2008, she worked as an international education consultant at the Pagoda Institute in Seoul, South Korea, providing services to outbound international students. In 2006, she also spent the summer in Seoul as a program director for HanKook University of Foreign Studies, supervising a staff of more than 100.

Earlier in her career, while finishing up her master’s degree, Ahn worked in the counseling department at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Conn. In addition, she counseled urban minority college students at the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS from 1997-1999.

Ahn received her master’s in educational psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2000, and she also graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from Hamilton College in 1996.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Manhattan College community where students, faculty and administrators share the same Lasallian ideals and values,” Ahn said. “I am excited to serve as the director of the Center for Career Development, where we provide a safe and open space for students to be inspired, informed and actively engaged in finding opportunities that will lead to meaningful and fulfilling careers.”