Graduate Fellowship Alumni

Mel Ochoa

Mel Ochoa

Leonard N. Stern School of Business Master of Business Administration, May 2008

Mel Ochoa

Mel Ochoa is the Chief Operating Officer at Landmark Ventures, a strategic and financial advisory firm that offers a unique combination of venture development and global investment banking services (the firm also organizes the Social Innovation Summit:

Previously, Mel served as the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications as part of the leadership team at Achievement First, a high-performing network of 30+ college-preparatory, K-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island.

Prior to Achievement First, Mel was the Acting Director of Marketing at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, Calif. – a family destination dedicated to art, science and hands-on fun for children up to age 8. Formerly, he was Vice President of Corporate Affairs and a co-founder at BridgePath, an enterprise software provider to the staffing industry that was acquired by Bullhorn.

Past experience also includes work with leading consumer brands at Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer and Schwartz Communications, a high-tech PR agency, as well as work with a U.S. congressman in Washington, D.C. From a civic perspective, Mel is or has been involved with several non-profit organizations, including WorldQuant University, Teach For Haiti,, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco,, Building Readiness in Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs, NYU Leadership Fellows, and the California Alumni Association.

Mel holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in History and Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow. Mel is also a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.

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