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Hayes Ferguson

Director and Clinical Associate Professor

Ferguson oversees the Farley Center, including curriculum design, faculty development, alumni engagement, student mentorship, and partnerships. Before joining Farley in 2020, Ferguson spent five years at The Garage, Northwestern University's student startup incubator, as an entrepreneur in residence and associate director. Previously, she held leadership positions at multiple startups, including, where she was part of the founding senior management team. Earlier in her career, Hayes was a project writer at PEOPLE magazine and the Latin America bureau chief for The Times-Picayune and Newhouse News. Ferguson has a BA from Vanderbilt University and did graduate work as a Rotary Scholar at the University of Perugia, Italy, and as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

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Sarah Mitchell

Associate Director

Mitchell is responsible for supporting the director in the oversight of finances and operations of the Farley Center, including budgeting, human resources, payroll, facilities, and grants. She also manages Farley Center events and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program. Previously Mitchell served as associate director for Northwestern Engineering’s Office of Professional Education (OPE) and has worked in various departments and roles at the University since 2015. Earlier in her career, she was an academic manager at Kaplan International Languages. She has a BA from York College.

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Ryan Brownlow

Assistant Director of Curriculum

Brownlow is responsible for supporting curricular planning, evaluation, and growth. He also oversees class scheduling and registration, administers the entrepreneurship minor program, and advises minor students on plan of study. In addition Brownlow manages the Farley Ambassadors program and serves as a staff co-advisor for the student group EPIC. Previously, Brownlow has worked as a makery fellow at the Kidzu Children’s Museum, and as a graduate teaching fellow and graduate research consultant at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Brownlow has a BA from Macalester College and an MA from UNC at Chapel Hill.

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Kandra Parrott

Program Assistant

Parrott coordinates operational processes related to HR and finance, supervises federal workstudy students, manages the department calendar, and supports Farley events. She also maintains documents and databases, and makes website updates. She previously worked as a purchasing clerk at GT Distributors and as an administrative specialist for O’Neal Manufacturing Services. Parrott has a BA from Texas State University and an MA from The University of Chicago.

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