Young Alumni Award, 2013

zaleskiMaryann Zaleski wasn’t planning to come to Drew—she wanted to go farther from her home in Edison, New Jersey. Drew wasn’t even on her list, but Fate had other plans. Ira Miller, then Drew’s tennis coach, spotted her and recruited her at an event for high school tennis players. By the time Maryann had spent a night on campus, she was hooked.

Maryann thrived at Drew, where the liberal arts philosophy allowed her to balance her interests in academics, sports, and dance. In tennis, she led the team as captain and Most Valuable Player, and she was part of the Dance Club. As a major in economics and a minor in business management, she speaks with great appreciation of Professor Don Jones, who created new fields of inquiry in ethics, and she found his classes in business ethics and sports ethics compelling. Maryann took advantage of two special programs: a month in Italy for Italian cinema, language, and travel, and the Wall Street Semester. She is still enthusiastic about the Wall Street Semester experience. One of the speakers inspired her interest in banking, and through the program she gained her first interview as she prepared for life after graduation. She is especially grateful to Drew Trustee Rory Corrigan for his help in landing interviews.

After Drew, Maryann was a registered marketing associate at Smith Barney for three years. Then she moved to J. P. Morgan as an associate, became a vice president in 2009, and is now an executive director. As a private banker—a role she immensely enjoys—she brings new wealthy clients to the organization and manages their financial needs, from banking and investments to trusts and balance sheet management. Most of her clients are hedge fund managers. Her role is to simplify their lives, as well as to strategize with them, with an eye to the tax implications of their actions, about their general financial well-being.

Outside the office, Maryann has been active in several charities. With the Make-A-Wish Foundation, she has been a “wish grantor,” meeting with children and their families and making arrangements to fulfill their wishes. She has run marathons for Fred’s Team, which raises funds for pediatric cancer at Sloan-Kettering Hospital, and Achilles, which facilitates recreational running for the disabled. Not the least is her work with Drew, where she again connected with the Wall Street Semester as a speaker. She is also on the College Alumni Board, has participated in “Life After Drew,” and volunteers with fundraising.

Maryann currently lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. She enjoys her friends and her family, including her parents, who own a store in Roselle, New Jersey; her brother, an electronic engineer; and her sister, a high school mathematics teacher.