Our experts include former members of admissions, professional and award-winning writers, former university and high school teachers, admissions interviewers, recruiters, and strategists. We have graduated from the top universities in the world and come from diverse backgrounds. We love our work and are dedicated to providing remarkable service to help you identify, pursue, and achieve your dreams.

Momo

Momo originally hails from Tokyo and was salutatorian at Palisades Charter High School. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale College in 2004, where she was a Robert C. Byrd Scholar.

Momo received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She was Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review and practiced corporate law at the Tokyo and Los Angeles offices of Latham and Watkins LLP. She has advised CEO’s and Fortune 500 companies on billion-dollar deals, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, securities litigation. She also volunteered on pro bono matters related to adoption, disability and workers’ compensation. Momo brings such experiences to help students think about long-term goals and positioning themselves to find the right career and the right college for that career.

At Wise World Prep, Momo oversees operations and has worked with hundreds of students to pursue their dreams. She especially enjoys the process of working closely with students to identify and write their most compelling stories. During her free time, Momo is a volunteer college counselor at Palisades Charter High School, where she advises students on the college application process.

Wes

Originally from Oklahoma, Wes has over 20 years of experience in counseling students on college and graduate school admissions as well as career and life goals. He also taught literature at Harvard for six years, winning the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching numerous times.

Wes graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Psychology, where he was elected First Marshal (President) of the Class of 1994 and awarded the Francis Burr Prize for excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics. He also rowed for the championship-winning Harvard Lightweight Crew team.

After graduating from Harvard, Wes traveled to Ghana after being awarded the Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship. He taught in a remote village school and volunteered in a rural hospital. In 2004, Wes earned an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in England. In addition to rowing for Trinity Hall, Wes also represented Cambridge in the 2004 Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Croquet match. Drawing from his extensive experiences, Wes specializes in advising international students and recruited athletes.

Helen

Helen finds joy and meaning in helping others pursue their dreams and guiding students through the college application process. Helen earned her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) after graduating from the University of Chicago as an Odyssey Scholar with General and Departmental Honors in Sociology. At Harvard, Helen co-led a storytelling project that won the HGSE Making Caring Common Dean’s Challenge. A Southern California native with a deep curiosity and sense of adventure, Helen enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and has studied and worked in cities around the world, including Beijing and Sydney.

Julian

With over 15 years of experience in college admissions, Julian has served as an admissions officer at Amherst College, a college counselor at several U.S. high schools, and an independent consultant to numerous students and families. He enjoys helping students tell their stories in the most captivating way and uses his positive attitude, efficient workflow, and diverse experience to help families embrace the admissions journey with a greater sense of calm and understanding. Originally from Los Angeles, Julian earned a B.A in Religion from Amherst College and his passions outside of education include writing and entertainment, especially stand-up comedy.

Alexandra

Alexandra graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University in 2013, where she studied English with a focus in Creative Writing and a minor in Film and Media Studies. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and while attending GMU she had the pleasure of working with a small team to significantly expand the undergraduate literary magazine, Volition, for which she received an award as Volition Staff Member of the Year. After college, she moved to L.A. to connect with creative people. Outside of her work with us, she dedicates her time to mental health and gender-based violence activism, writing poetry, hiking, and spending time with her partner Jake and their dog, Campfire Jones.

Tiyhannah

Tiyhannah is originally from Florida, but she decided to venture out to the West coast to join our team after she got her degree in Economics from Yale University.  During college she helped run the newly founded Book Exchange for the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project and worked at the front and back end of business administration, from front desk customer service to helping CEOs best plan future ventures. Beyond working with our operations, Tiyhannah loves to perfect new recipes, find a good anime, chat for hours about life philosophies, and simply enjoy the outdoors.

Tricia

Tricia grew up in New Orleans and attended Tulane University, where she studied French with a minor in Film Studies. After college, she spent a year in Rennes, France, teaching English while exploring the rest of France and Europe in her free time. Tricia has a strong administrative background as well as experience working in education, film, and photography. She moved to Los Angeles in 2016 and has since enjoyed taking advantage of living by the coast and the mountains. In her spare time, she loves to travel, take part in beach activities with her husband Douglas, and play soccer.

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