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Hayes Ferguson


Ferguson is responsible for the overall direction of the Farley Center, including faculty recruitment, alumni engagement, mentorship and advising, and external 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 was the president and COO for HistoryIT and BiographyNOW, chief content officer at, and a project writer at PEOPLE. 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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Elizabeth Lukehart

Associate Director

Lukehart is responsible for student advising, curriculum oversight, and mentorship. Lukehart has practiced law at Synergy Law Group, LLC, a boutique firm providing legal services for tech startup companies, and has held a variety of positions in marketing and communications including communications manager at Solar Fuels Institute. Lukehart has worked extensively with cleantech and sustainability-focused startups and also has experience in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector. Lukehart has a BA from Colorado College, and an MSJ and JD from Northwestern University.

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Donna Su

Associate Director

Su is responsible for the oversight of finances, budget, human resources, payroll, facilities, technology, communication, outreach, recruitment, grants, contracts and endowment, evaluation, and strategy planning. Previously Su served in graduate admissions and financial aid services for Bienen and Medill, and was assistant director of student loans within Northwestern University. She also served as chair of the board of directors for alpha Kappa Delta Phi and controller for NSCA. Su also co-advises the student group EPIC. Su has a BA from University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MA and certificates from Northwestern University.

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Ryan Brownlow

Assistant Director of Curriculum

Brownlow is responsible for supporting curricular planning, evaluation, and growth, as well as planning and supporting curricular events. He also oversees class scheduling and registration, administers the entrepreneurship minor program, and advises minor students on plan of study. 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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Maddy Rose

Graduate Assistant, Curriculum

Rose supports the Farley Center with curriculum, event, and student programming. She has a BA from St. Olaf College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration and policy at Northwestern. Rose has also worked as the assistant dean of admissions at Lewis & Clark College and as an AmeriCorps Member at College Possible.

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Allison Ma

Marketing/Communications Assistant

Ma supports the Farley Center with marketing and communications tasks such as designing flyers, creating PowerPoint presentation slides, and writing feature articles. She is a junior studying journalism, business, psychology, and marketing. Previously she worked for the Center of Native American and Indigenous Research, and gained internship experience at VMLY&R and Hershey’s.

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Barry Zhang

Data Analyst Assistant

Zhang supports the Farley Center with data management and analysis of Farley courses and operations. He is a senior studying industrial engineering and computer science at McCormick. 

Jillian Moseley

Administrative Assistant

Moseley supports the Farley Center with adding content to Farley’s communications and working on operations projects. She is a sophomore studying economics in Weinberg.

Lillian Chu

Clerical Assistant

Chu supports the Farley Center with editing and managing the Farley database systems. She is a junior studying Manufacturing and Design Engineering at McCormick.

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