NDIGI Leadership & Staff

Erin Bellissimo

Managing Director

Erin Bellissimo

Erin has been a valuable and supportive resource for NDIGI since the launch of the institute and is a significant asset to Mendoza and the university. She is responsible for designing and implementing strategic programs, overseeing the NDIGI budget and staff, and working collaboratively with industry practitioners to promote the NDIGI’s mission. In addition to being a senior business executive with experience across multiple entrepreneurial endeavors within the finance industry, Erin launched and spent 9 years as the inaugural Executive Director of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing, a world-renowned value investing program at Columbia Business School. In this position, Erin was responsible for all operational aspects of Columbia’s value investing activities and worked extensively with the practitioner community, bringing over 60 fund managers to campus annually as guest lecturers or Adjunct faculty. Erin was also an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Columbia, teaching in various programs.

Erin previously served as a consultant to a NY-based family office led by two top investment professionals, working with them to institutionalize their operations and explore business opportunities. Prior to that position, Erin was a Partner at Aravt Global, a NY based long/short equity hedge fund, where she helped launch the business and worked closely with the Managing Partner setting firm direction and strategy, including heading Investor Relations & Marketing, Human Capital, and Aravt Global Labs, the intellectual property development arm of the firm.

Erin received her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and a BS in Management from Bucknell University. She serves on the investment committee for Greens Farms Academy, a private school in Westport, CT. Erin was also a founding board member & Treasurer of Girls Who Invest, also chairing the audit committee. Erin resides in Darien, CT, with her husband, Dean, and four children.

Patty Brady

Director of Strategic Projects

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Ms. Brady joined NDIGI from the Notre Dame Investment Office. She joined the investment team in 2004 and was part of the University’s Public Equity team, which focuses on U.S. long only, non‐U.S. long only, and global long‐short funds. Previously, Ms. Brady worked in the Capital Markets Group of Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago. 

Ms. Brady holds a bachelor of business administration in finance from the University of Notre Dame and is a CFA charterholder.

Ms. Brady resides in South Bend, Indiana, and is married to Coley. They have four children.


Mark Dumich

Associate Director


Mark brings an investment and trading background to NDIGI and works alongside NDIGI leadership to execute on the Institute’s priorities which are focused on: increasing experiential learning opportunities, expanding our global presence, creating more career discernment opportunities for students and building inclusion programs, such as our women in finance initiative which are aimed at increasing diversity across the investment management industry. Mark joins NDIGI from the Notre Dame Development Office, where he managed the Strategic Analytics and Prospect Management teams. In that role, he was very involved in organizing the many events that engage alumni and parents working on Wall Street. Before his time in Development, Mark spent eight years working at M&N Trading in Chicago, where he primarily focused on spread trading across the U.S. Treasury yield curve.

Mark received a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Illinois Gies College of Business, and is a CFA Charterholder. He lives in Granger, IN, with his wife, Carrie, and their five children.

Tess Swain

Communications & Events Specialist


Tess joined NDIGI after receiving a BBA in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame in 2018. Tess collaborates with NDIGI leadership to design and implement communication strategies to advance the Institute's mission, plans logistics and executes events such as speaker visits, forums, workshops, seminars, and major national conferences on behalf of the Institute, and assists with managing Institute-related administration including detailed budget management and travel-related activities.