1769 Society Co-chairs

David “Jody” Dietze ’78 studied economics and classics at Dartmouth. He played freshman football, was a Rufus Choate Scholar, and studied Spanish in Granada. David graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with honors in economics, in 1978.

After working for ten years as an attorney at Wall Street law firms, he returned to New Jersey and founded an investment advisory firm. David is the managing principal and senior portfolio strategist at Peapack Private Wealth Management and resides in New Jersey with his wife. They have one son and one daughter. He has served as president of the Dartmouth Club of Suburban New Jersey for 19 years.

“If we can give back some of what we’ve benefited from to allow the next generation to take advantage of those same opportunities, you’ve got to feel good about that. And by reaching down a little bit deeper for students, we can help even more.”

—David “Jody” Dietze ’78

Nakul Krishnaswany ’97 grew up in Bangalore, India and came to Dartmouth as an international student. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in computer science and economics and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also played on the squash team and was part of an informal student cricket team that played against teams from Columbia University and Middlebury College.

“I am ever grateful to Dartmouth for giving me an amazing opportunity. Without financial aid I would not have ended up attending college in the U.S. and would love to ensure the same opportunity for the next generation. Supporting students through the Dartmouth College Fund provides an incredible and more equal opportunity for all. I would love to help the 1769 Society grow its membership base.”

Nakul has worked most of his life post Dartmouth in the hedge fund industry and currently works as an investment analyst at Islet Management. “Dartmouth prepares you to hit the ground running, to be confident, and to adapt to new opportunities,” Nakul says. He lives with his wife and two children in New York City.

—Nakul Krishnaswany ’97

Mela Omeri ’12 spent her childhood in Tirana, Albania and immigrated to the U.S. with her parents at the age of 12. At Dartmouth she was a modified major in economics with psychology and a minor in Spanish. She was a member of Kappa Delta and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

Mela currently works as VP in Equities Management at Goldman Sachs. “My Dartmouth experience helped me figure out how to best collaborate with people of many different backgrounds and skillsets.”

“Serving as a co-chair of the 1769 Society is an opportunity to forge a stronger bond with a community that I hold very close to my heart. I want to help ensure that future students receive the same opportunities and experiences that I benefited from,” says Mela.

Mela lives in the New York Metro Area with her husband, another Dartmouth alumnus whom she met as an undergraduate.

—Mela Omeri ’12