1. Team

Our Team

Experts in Strategy, Marketing, Recruitment, and Management.

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Jean-Marc Alberola

Jean-Marc Alberola is President of Bridge Education Group, a comprehensive provider of language and education services including corporate language training, teacher training, university pathway programs and international student recruitment. Jean-Marc started his language industry career with Telelangue Systems in Washington, D.C., before venturing on to Brazil, Chile and Argentina to launch Linguatec Language Centers. After over a decade in South America, he returned to the U.S. to head up Bridge Education Group.
  Jean-Marc now has over 25 years’ experience in language and education abroad and is a regular presenter at AIEA, NAFSA, AIRC, IALC, and ICEF events. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont.

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Lisa Rooney

Originally from Rhode Island, Lisa studied Secondary Education at the University of Rhode Island and received her MA in French from Middlebury College in Vermont. She has been working in the field of international education for over 20 years, and has a wealth of teaching, managerial and leadership experience.
In her most recent role at Bridge, as Vice President of Institutional Relations, she works closely with our higher education clients to ensure achievement of their internationalization goals. Lisa’s areas of expertise include international student recruitment, agent management, international admissions, and program development and management.

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Valeria Alberola

Bridge CFO, Valeria Alberola, has over 20 years of international experience in corporate finance, investment banking, and management consulting. Prior to joining Bridge, Valeria was a Partner of Q Advisors, a Denver and San Francisco based investment bank. Valeria’s previous work also includes experience as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and in the telecommunications sector as Director of Business Development for Velocom, a wireless communications start-up with operations in Latin America.
  Valeria holds a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from the Pontífica Universidad Católica de Chile and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Carlos Pizarro

Carlos is Bridge Regional Director for Latin America and is based in Santiago de Chile.  He studied Literature and Spanish Language at the Universidad de Chile and later received his certification in Spanish language teaching. As part of the Bridge team, he has worked in many capacities including instruction, curriculum development, study abroad, faculty and staff management and, most recently, business development.  Carlos works closely with our corporate clients in Latin America, and is well versed in program development for the executive education market.