Black History Month Alumni Highlights: Business and Entrepreneurship

In celebration of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight some of Binghamton University’s Black alumni who are doing exceptional work! Binghamton’s alumni are here for you to connect and network with, always eager to offer career advice because, at one point in time, they were in your shoes. Here are some highly accomplished Black alumni who can help you gain insight on your career! 

Louis Alerte

Louis R. Alerte, class of 2010, is the Global Intelligence Business Leader at Johnson & Johnson. He leads the opportunity identification framework to enable advanced intelligent automation. In his most recent role as Corporate Director of Community Health with RWJBarnabas Health System, he collaborated with multiple interdisciplinary teams to manage and direct numerous projects geared towards improving population health. Also, he directed the development and execution of analytical and research activities for strategic decision making to improve clinical outcomes.

Alerte is an academic appointee to St. George’s University School of Medicine and serves as an assistant professor of internal medicine. He holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in integrated neuroscience from Binghamton. He also has an MBA with a finance concentration from Ashford University, Forbes School of Business and Technology. Furthermore, Alerte is board certified in healthcare management as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

A piece of advice you would give to current Binghamton students:

The first is to connect with the career center to review your resume and connect you to an internship. Having an internship will give you a glimpse of what your potential career will be like and give you an advantage once you start looking for a role. The second piece of advice is to NETWORK! Connecting to alumni from Binghamton and others on LinkedIn has provided numerous opportunities for me that I could not have dreamed of.



Jermel McClure

Jermel McClure graduated from Binghamton University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. At Binghamton, Jermel was an active student leader and worked to cultivate a united, inclusive student body. He was the first Black President and CEO elected to lead the Student Association, and a member of the Pi Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity incorporated. Now, Jermel serves as President of the Binghamton University Alumni of Color Association, and is a student at Columbia University Law School. Prior to law school, Jermel worked in finance at J.P. Morgan and was a founding team member of a real estate technology company. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and unique dining experiences. His mantra is, “I’m not in control, I’m in command.” 

A piece of advice you would give to current Binghamton students:

The best way to maximize your undergraduate experience is to be intentional about developing relationships with people you might not interact with over the course of your everyday life. You should attend at least one student organization event a month that explores an interesting topic or culture that you are unfamiliar with. This will broaden your horizons and expand your network. 


By Kyla Anderson
Kyla Anderson Senior Peer Consultant