Stephanie Ogidan Preston ’97 and Ben Anderson ’07 receive alumni awards

Two alumni were honored at the MB Alumni Association’s annual fall reception in November. The event took place at The Guild in Pawtucket; special thanks to co-owner Devin Kelly ’86 for helping to make this event possible.

In addition to enjoying great food and craft beer, attendees helped honor two special alumni. Stephanie Ogidan Preston ’97, a long-time Board member and former Clerk of the MBAA, who passed away last summer, was posthumously recognized with the Karin Morse ’79 Service to Alma Mater Award. Stephanie’s daughter Aliyah, a senior at MB, received the award on her behalf.

A graduate of Duke University with an MBA from MIT, Stephanie was deeply committed to serving Moses Brown and the local community over many years. At the time of her passing, she was a member of the MB’s Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee. She served on countless class reunion committees and worked tirelessly to expand access to an MB education and ensure our school is a place where every person finds a sense of belonging. Among many other volunteer leadership posts, Stephanie was Vice Chair of Teach for America RI and a past Board member of Community Prep, from which she also graduated.

Over the past decade Ben Anderson ’07, recipient of this year’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, has established himself as one of the leading technology entrepreneurs in the country. In 2015, Ben was named to Beta Boston’s 25 under 25 and in 2017 Forbes included him in their 30 under 30 list.

After graduating from Northeastern, Ben began a career in marketing and technology. At HypeGenius, a music marketing firm, he helped to sell 47 million albums for clients such as the Alan Parsons Project and Mighty Mighty Bosstones. It was during this period that Ben caught the entrepreneurial bug and founded Narvii and co-founded Amino Apps, which were downloaded more than 13 million times by users in more than 50 countries.

Amino was acquired by MediaLab in 2021 and and Ben has since gone on to launch Luna Park, which aims to create a virtual world consisting of thousands of venues where visitors can visit any time and be met with an array of live-hosted experiences.

“I want to thank Jason Engle ’98 and Mia Puddington ’09, who ran the award selection process for the MBAA Board,” said Dave Murphy ’91, Clerk of the MBAA. “They led us to recognize two incredible alumni, who represent a level of commitment to school and community and personal and professional excellence that are synonymous with MB alumni. It was great to be back together in-person this fall at The Guild and I was glad to see so many alumni come out to help us honor Stephanie and Ben.”