Roxbury Latin Alumni in the News

Several Roxbury Latin alumni have made news in recent weeks, for their leadership, service, and excellence in their professional roles, which cover a broad range of worthy pursuits. Here are just a few.

Frantz Alphonse ’90 is Senior Managing Director of Ariel Alternatives and co-founder of Project Black Management Company. Frantz’s work combines global-scale mergers & acquisitions with solutions to racial inequality and economic advancement issues in the United States. He and his partners turn companies into vehicles for business ownership, entrepreneurship, and job creation for the country’s most disadvantaged and underrepresented individuals at a scale never attempted before in the history of U.S. business. Read more in Forbes and Financial Times.

John Gabrieli ’12 is the Executive Director at The Every Voice Coalition, which this year successfully helped—through their advocacy—to pass a trailblazing bill into law in Massachusetts. This year, Governor Charlie Baker signed “An Act relative to sexual violence on higher education campuses” into law. The law helps ensure that college campuses have up-to-date policies regarding sexual misconduct and sexual assault, and that students know about the policies and the resources available to them. After six years of student and survivor advocacy, this bill makes history and helps make college campuses safer. Read more.

Stefan Jackiw ’03—international violin soloist, recording artist, and educator—has joined the faculty of The New School in New York City. He will be part of the Mannes School of Music at the College of Performing Arts. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Stefan is one of America’s foremost violinists, with an unusually broad repertoire and a passion as an educator and arts advocate that equals his passion for performing. At Mannes, Stefan will serve on the major lesson faculty in the String Department and will coach chamber ensembles. He will also collaborate with students and faculty across the college in a wide range of special projects and courses. Read about Stefan’s appointment.

Matt Langione ’01 is a principal at the Boston Consulting Group where he specializes in bringing research-driven, high-potential “deep tech” to market. A leading global expert on the industrial applications of quantum computing, he advises Fortune 500 companies on building quantum computing into their digital transformation roadmaps. He recently delivered a TED Talk titled “The promise of quantum computers” in which he explains how these machines solve complex challenges like developing vaccines and calculating financial risk in an entirely new way that’s exponentially faster than the best supercomputers—and shares why industries should prepare now for this new leap in computing. Watch Matt’s TED Talk.

Sean McBride ’91 is the chief creative officer of Arnold Worldwide, the Boston-based ad agency that developed the 2017 television commercial for the Progressive insurance company that features Dr. Rick—“the mustached leader of a support group for people who found themselves suddenly ‘turning into their dads’ after they became homeowners.” Under Sean’s leadership, the series of Dr. Rick spots have turned out to be some of the most inspired television commercials in years. Read more.

Ryan McDonough ’89, a Roslindale native, has written and produced a feature film set in Roslindale, with many scenes shot in West Roxbury. The movie, Last Night in Rozzie, is a “taut and redemptive” film about a New York lawyer who returns to his Boston hometown to reunite his dying friend with his young son, as he is at the same time compelled to confront a malignant childhood trauma. The movie premieres at the Cinequest Film Festival March 20 through March 30. Read more.