Alumni Q&A Spotlight: Alan Donovan of Oat Shop

Alum Alan Donovan (M.S. in Commerce ’14) decided to follow his true calling.

Raised near Boston, Donovan earned his economics B.A. from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. After internships in the financial world with John Hancock and Boston Partners as an undergrad, Donovan continued on a straight path while completing his studies at McIntire. Upon graduation, he sought employment in an established corporate environment. And though he was initially unwilling to pursue his newfound passion for entrepreneurship and start-ups that he had cultivated during his M.S. in Commerce studies, his interest eventually took hold of his imagination.


Alan Donovan, Class of 2014

In January 2016, Donovan decided to leave his role as a Financial Analyst with Freddie Mac in Washington, D.C., in favor of working on a new café concept. The project requires an unfamiliar skill set that he currently finds himself developing on a daily basis. We recently spoke with Donovan about his breakfast-centric shop and how his McIntire education has given him the push he needed to explore new avenues in his career.

Read Alan’s full interview here.

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