A few new faces on the team this year – get to know them in their own words below.
Alexandra Feinson is an Assistant Director of Admissions. Alex has an Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining HLS, Alex worked in undergraduate admissions at Penn and MBA admissions at Harvard Business School. At HLS, Alex focuses on recruitment, marketing, and sits on the admissions committee. In her free time, she likes to try new restaurants and tap dance.
Tina Lagerstedt is an Admissions Officer at Harvard Law School. Tina holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is currently studying towards her Ed.M. in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In her role at HLS, Tina participates in recruitment travel, application review, interviewing, and oversees the Admitted Students Weekends. In her spare time, Tina enjoys biking, going to local music shows, and cheering on her favorite team, the Boston Celtics!
Nefyn Meissner is a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions. Nefyn earned his Ed.M. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his B.A. at the University of Virginia. At HLS, Nefyn reviews applications, interviews applicants, and sits on the admissions committee. He also serves as a Proctor for the Freshman Dean’s Office and as a Specialty Proctor for the BGLTQ+ community at Harvard College. Originally from the rural South, Nefyn loves sharing Southern food with his New England neighbors and figuring out new ways to enjoy the winters in Cambridge.
Tom Robinson is the Director of Admissions. He has worked in a variety of higher education settings including enrollment management, student affairs, and international education for almost 20 years. Tom completed his Ed.D. at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2012, his M.Ed. at the University of Vermont in 2001 and earned his BA from Saint Michael’s College in 1995. As a first generation college student, Tom is passionate about working with students as they navigate the sometimes challenging and confusing process of choosing and applying to undergraduate, professional, and graduate programs. Outside of work, Tom enjoys gardening, travel, and exploring Boston with his family and friends.
Jessica Soban is the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Admissions. Jessica is a graduate of HLS, Class of 2007 and Harvard College, Class of 2002. As a student at HLS, Jessica focused her studies in corporate and transactional law, and she was a member of La Alianza (HLS’s Latinx student organization) and Tax Help (pro bono tax preparation). Prior to attending HLS, Jessica was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in the Boston office. Jessica returned to Bain after graduating from HLS where she worked in the Retail, Consumer, and Industrial Practice Areas, and finally as a Manager in the Private Equity Group. Jessica was also active in recruiting and professional development at Bain, serving as the lead for diversity recruitment for North America in her final year at the firm. Jessica was thrilled when the opportunity arose in 2012 to come back and serve at HLS. Jessica is a fan of the Boston Ballet, NASCAR racing, and all New England sports teams!
Odeviz Soto is the Associate Director of Admissions. Odeviz graduated from Harvard College in 2007 with a degree in history and taught at a boarding school in Salzburg, Austria, before returning to Cambridge for a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School (2011). Odeviz has also been the Senior Resident Tutor and Sophomore Advising Coordinator at Dunster House, Harvard College, for the past six years. Other work at Harvard has included positions as the Assistant Director for Summer Planning and Funding at Harvard College, the Admissions Officer at Harvard Divinity School, and a Freshman Proctor with Harvard College. Odeviz enjoys baseball, music, languages, good food, and travelling.