What is the impact of a Project 55 fellowship? What other Princetonians have told us…

What is the impact of a Project 55 Fellowship?

Princeton AlumniCorps, through the Project 55 Fellowship, Emerging Leaders, and ARC Innovators programs, provides ways for people to engage at every age.

Here are just a few of the many reflections that Princetonians have shared with us.

“Project ’55 has played an important role in offering our students remarkable volunteer civic engagement opportunities that clearly have a lasting impact on their personal lives and careers.PP55 has truly been a source of inspiration and guidance for young alumni who want to make a positive difference at a local, national, or global level”

Shirley Tilghman, President Emeritus, Princeton University

“Project 55 has been the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. “I think we’ve demonstrated that we’ve had a meaningful impact on communities around the country, on alumni at Princeton, on the student body and on the institution itself.”

Chet Safian ’55

“I’ve served as a mentor since 1993. I moved to Chicago in late 1992 and attended the Community Service Conference held here in Spring 1993.  I was so excited by the PP55 program and the fellows I met at the conference that I immediately spoke to John Fish about becoming a mentor and have been one ever since. I really enjoy getting to know a recent graduate each year. Depending on the interests of my mentee, I try to balance fun things to do (theatre, music, Chicago touring) with conversation about their experiences at work and living in Chicago.”

Carol Obertubbesing ’73

“Mentoring for PP55 has been an exhilarating experience. The opportunity to be involved with the program and the mentees of pp55 add an entire dimension to my life. They are truly the best and brightest…and we have a chance to be wired in to the future World’s leaders. What more may one ask?”

Harry Berkowitz ’55

“PP55 has given me the opportunity to make a difference. This has an impact on students, on agencies and the populations they serve, and on a broader group in society.”

Anne-Marie Maman ’84 

“My time with Princeton Project 55 helped me to understand that having access to and encouragement toward service can have a profound effect not only on the arc of a career, but also on the strength of our communities. . . . Organizations like this prove once again that each of us can shape a better future for ourselves, our communities, and our country.”

Michelle Obama ’85

“I am very encouraged by the steps being taken by Princeton AlumniCorps to involve new leaders not only in sustaining the PP55 program, but also in developing new programs whereby Princetonians of all generations can have a meaningful, positive impact on society.” 

Scott Taylor ’75

“I hope that you will convey to the participants both my sincere regard for their efforts and my gratitude for the way in which their active service not only benefits the communities in which they work but also makes Princeton a better place. The Project 55 program has been a wonderful concept; it is one of the aspects of this University that make so many of us proud to be members of the Princeton family.”

Harold Shapiro, President Emeritus, Princeton University

Regional Updates

Bay Area

The Bay Area Committee is excited to welcome seven new Project 55 fellows this summer. If you are interested in mentoring or volunteering with the local committee, please email us at info@alumnicorps.org



In Boston, several fellows attended a TEDx event in Boston called “Thriving Over Surviving” focused on the  intersection of medicine, technology and health. The topic was very relevant to the Boston Fellows cohort as they all work in healthcare.

One of our fellows, who is staying on another year at his position, said that he with the help of his mentor he has been able to “receive career advice from plenty of doctors, as well as lots of structured career help.” He enjoyed being able to talk to his mentor who was also working in healthcare but did something a little different than the fellow currently does.

The Boston Area Committee is planning a wrap up event for the end of May. They will partner with the Princeton  Area Club of New England, who is hosting the club’s annual gathering and Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Andrea Campbell ’05 will be the keynote speaker at the even.



Former PP55 fellow Jake Jackson ’14 recently hosted current fellows for a seminar at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The seminar touched on the state of education in Chicago, including the teachers’ contract, state funding, charter schools, and school academic accountability. Fellows from Princeton, Northwestern, and University of Chicago also attended a panel seminar with former fellows from all three programs about life after the fellowship. Panelists shared their experiences post-fellowship, including graduate school opportunities, job-hunting and networking tips, and how to continue serving the public  interest.

In March, the Chicago Area Committee held a happy hour at a local Chicago brewery the day of the Illinois primary. It was a great time for fellows and mentors to catch up with one another and warm up during the Chicago winter!

The last week of April, the Area Committee will be having a seminar on “Exploring Identity and Privilege”, organized by three of our current fellows. The seminar will be an interactive, perspective-challenging, and skill-building exploration of how our identities affect our experiences. The end-of-year celebration is also quickly approaching on May 17th. We’re looking forward to celebrating the end of another great fellowship year in Chicago with fellows, mentors, area committee volunteers, and friends of AlumniCorps.


New Jersey

The New Jersey Area Committee is planning a social event for current and future fellows, area alumni and former fellows, and the whole committee at Terhune Orchards this month. The event will welcome fellows to the Princeton AlumniCorps community.


New York

2016 continues to be a busy year for the New York Area Committee. In January, fellows attended The Evolution of New York City. Featured panelists were Jessica Lautin and Mason Williams. Jessica is a Senior Content Developer and Strategist for Gallagher & Associates, a museum planning and design firm. Mason is the author of the award-winning book City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York (2013). He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 2012 and currently teaches at Williams College.

In March, fellows were treated to a private tour of the Whitney Museum led by the Director of Education. Eight fellows and seven Area Committee members attended. The seminar featured a presentation on the history of the Whitney and current programs, and then an abbreviated guided tour to a few exhibits with one of the teaching     fellows. The Career Night seminar, also held in March,  featured small group discussion organized by industry   including sections on communications, nonprofits, teaching and law. Fellows moved between industry groups and could ask questions.

In April, Eleanor Meegoda ’12 organized a social enterprise seminar. The event featured three panelists, Deborah Chang ’10, Edtech social entrepreneur; Aaron Charlop-Powers, Senior Planner at the Center for Court Innovation; and Stephanie Koh, Columbia MPA/MPP in Public Health).

Panelists spoke about what drew them to social entrepreneurship, their thoughts on for-profit vs. nonprofit initiatives and jobs, and why in the framework of their careers they made both the professional and personal choices that led them to where they are.


Washington, DC

The Washington, DC are committee hosted a Meet and Greet at the Watergate and heard from new AlumniCorps Board Chair Liz Duffy ’88 about the strategic direction of AlumniCorps and ways to get involved in the  local area committee. In attendance were current and former fellows, Emerging Leaders, Board members, volunteers, and alumni. If you are interested in getting involved in the Washington, DC area committee, please email us at info@alumnicorps.org


2016-17 Emerging Leaders

New York

Annabel Barnes, Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Jesse Bassett, Good Grief, Inc.

Emmeline Cardozo, Girls Who Code

Jade Dean, Uncommon Schools

Alison Fedyna, Center for Supportive Schools

Rebecca Kaufman ’11, Amplifier

Connie Lewin ’05, Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)

Sonal Nadiadhara, iMentor

Benjamin Slaughter, Play Rugby USA

Rachel Steinberg, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Alvin Taylor, Northwestern University

Chideraa Ukeje ’13, New York Academy of Medicine

Kailtin Vallas, DonorsChoose.org

Travis Walls, Harlem RBI

Kristina Whyte, The Wallace Foundation

Dana Zarrello, International Schools Services


Washington, DC

Amy Bachman, DC Central Kitchen

Robert Crosby, III, Flamboyan Foundation

Julia Eddy, Bread for the City

Dania DePas, Physicians Committee

Sally Dorman, KaBOOM!

Katharine Lindquist, LIFT

Jazmin Lopez, Achieving the Dream

Allison Majewski, Capital Area Food Bank

Amponsah Nkansah, AppleTree

Amy Ostrander *11, PCI

Amber Petty ’14, EveryoneOn

Elizabeth Ramey *13, The Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars

Keisha Pierce, AppleTree Early Learning
Public Charter School

Rebecca Reingold, O’Neill Institute for National and
Global Health Law

Maia Wagner, PYXERA Global

Claudia Williams Soberanes, Washington Area
Women’s Foundation




2016-17 Princeton Project 55 Fellows

We are in the final stages of our Project 55 placement process, with 38 Fellows currently accepted and more to come! See below for our current roster of 2016-17 Project 55 Fellows.


Bay Area

Sharim Estevez  ’16
Envision Education

Sunny Zhang ’16
Envision Education

Prianka Misra ’16
GO Public Schools

Marisa Remez ’16
Pahara Institute

Ramie Fathy ’16
UCSF Breast Care Center

Colby Hyland ’16
UCSF Breast Care Center

Chiamaka Onwuzulike ’16
Youth UpRising



Nina Narayanan ’16
Community Day

Dinara Gabdrakhmanova ’16

Sanjay Rao ’16

Clara Kerwin ’16
Open Biome

Emilee Tu ’16
Open Biome



Aisha Oxley ’16
Free Spirit Media

Allie Lichterman ’16
Illinois State Board of Education

Virginia Midkiff ’16
National Equity Fund

Yoni Kirsch ’16
North Lawndale Employment Network

Beverly Nguyen ’16
Sinai Community Institute


New Jersey

Kelsey Kane-Ritsch ’16
D&R Greenway

Aliisa Lee ’16
International Schools Services

Maya Wahrman ’16
Princeton University – Office of Religious Life


New York

Maylin Meisenheimer ’16
All In Together Campaign

Dennisse Calle ’16
Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Maguire Herriman ’16
New Alternatives for Children

Amanda Li ’16
New York Academy of Medicine

Shruthi Deivasigamani ’16
New York Center for Child Development

Cameron Ruffa ’16
New York District Attorney’s Office

Ilana Polster ’16
Rockefeller Foundation

Yessica Martinez ’15
Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Sophie Andreassi ’16
Harlem RBI



Sahana Jayaraman ’16
University of Pennsylvania – Perelman School of Medicine


Washington, DC

Yende Grell ’16

Rebecca Neill ’16

Joelle Deleveaux ’16

Molly Fisch-Friedman ’16
Elevated Effect

Michael Moorin ’16

Shira Cohen ’16
Everyone On

Maggie Kent ’16
Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County

What is the impact of a Project 55 Fellowship? What partner organizations have told us…

What is the impact of a Project 55 Fellowship?

Princeton AlumniCorps, through the Project 55 Fellowship, Emerging Leaders, and ARC Innovators programs, provides ways for people to engage at every age.

Here are just a few of the many experiences that partner organization supervisors and contacts through the years have shared.

“All PP55 fellows I have worked with have been smart, capable, positive, hard-working, and great team members. They are always wonderful! Our fellow was WONDERFUL!!!  She had a great attitude, was a hard worker, and was eager to learn.”

Corey Merrill, Fourth Grade, Head of School, Community Day Public Charter School, Lawrence, MA   

“It’s great to have people coming in who are hard-working and enthusiastic, who are open to learning about the sector but who also bring new ideas and questions.”

Katherine Canning, Education Through Music, Inc., New York

“The [fellows] are always hard-working, smart, dedicated, and help infuse a lot of energy into the overall group.”

Meredith Buxton, UCSF Breast Care Center, San Francisco

“Our Fellow was a very strong staff person and performed just as strongly, if not better, than an entry-level staff member.”

Ilana Zafran, Umoja Student Development Corporation, Chicago

“We are delighted to continue partnering with AlumniCorps and look forward to adding a new fellow next year. The most worthwhile thing about the Project 55 program is having bright, energetic, curious young people adding value to our organization.”

Ann Ginsberg, Aeras, Rockville, MD

“PP55 Fellows are bright, committed, hard-working, ethical and passionate do-gooders. The Fellows are the reason a host organization ought to cast its lot with PP55. PP55 Fellows are of such high quality that any host organization smart enough to organize itself to take advantage of this great resource will find itself completely blessed.”

John Horan, North Lawndale College Prep, Chicago

“We have enjoyed our partnership with AlumniCorps. They provide training that allows the fellows to grow professionally during their time with the agency. It is great to work with the young talent. Our fellow was capable of producing high-level work early on in his fellowship and grew to the point of needing less direct supervision to accomplish tasks.”

Matt Vanover, Director of Public Education and Deputy Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education

“From our perspective it is wonderful to have the services of a bright, motivated recent graduate for a year. As a non-profit organization, there is always more work than there are people to do it. As an organization that relies heavily on scientific analysis, having skilled, educated Fellows gives us a significant boost in being able to track and analyze literature. It is also always beneficial for an organization like ours to develop relationships with students who will go on to become the next generation of scholars and professionals.”

Dr. John Balbus, Environmental Defense, Washington, D.C.

Thank you to our Project 55 Alumni donors!

The #Springfor55 matching gift challenge runs for the 55 days from April 21 through June 1. All gifts from new (not donated yet this year) donors will be matched with $55, and if we reach 100 new donors, AlumniCorps will receive an additional $5500!

We’d like to thank all of the Project 55 donors who have already donated this year!

Prior to the challenge:

Aparna Miano ’91

Rebecca Deaton ’91

Rosemary Nidiry ’91

Matthew T. Bodie ’91

Shoshana M. Landow ’91

Julie R. Wingerter ’92 & Seth Lieberman

Daniel S. Kaufman ’92

Ann E. McGowan ’92

Paul Gazzerro III ’92

Jessica Rosenbaum ’92

Wendy L. McGoodwin ’93

Sarah Gladstone ’93

Jeremy M. Getson ’94 &  Lisa B. Getson ’93

Samantha DeKoven ’94

Anastasia Crosswhite ’94

Anna Maria Ortiz ’95

Cristina Ritchie Cooper ’96

Jennifer L. Carpenter ’96

Celine Gounder ’97

Scott E. Regenbogen ’97

Katherine S. Canning ’97

Leslie S. Gewin ’97

Hannah Barbosa ’98

Jessica Ginter Brubaker ’98

Stacy B. McAuliffe ’98

Jessica D. Johnson ’98

Owen Davis ’99

David J. Strozzi ’99

Lea A. Weems ’99 and Benjamin J. Porter ’98

Laura Collins ’99

Kirsten O. Hull ’99

Melissa H. Wu ’99

Kevin H. Moriarty ’99

Samuel Page ’10

Morey Barnes Yost ’00

Kevin Reich ’00

Lindsay L. Warner Ferrer ’01

Carrie & John Vomacka ’02

Lisa F. Lazarus ’02

Lindsay M. Wall ’02 & Jeremy Wall ’02

Westra Bea M. Miller ’03

Shannon Simmons ’03

John H. Lurz, III ’03

Ethan O. Meers ’03

Dana Malman Warren ’03

Ellison S. Ward ’04

Shena Elrington ’04

Emily Chiswick-Patterson ’05

Carol Rosenfeld ’05

Andrew Trueblood ’05

Benet J. Kearney ’05

Lisa Bennett ’05

Antoinette Seaberry ’05

Charlotte Weiskittel ’06

Rebecca Garr Whitaker ’06

Kathryn Fiorella ’06

Arti Sheth Thorne ’08 & Jack Thorne

Michael Noveck ’08

Andrew Protain ’08

Andrew Protain ’08

Katie E. Ko ’09

Nathalie M. Lagerfeld ’09

Blessing Agunwamba ’10

Kathryn T. Bailey ’10

Jessica Jardine ’10

Jessica Jardine ’10

Paul Nehring ’10

Reginald Galloway ’11

Matthew Salesi ’11

Jacquelin E. Hedeman ’11

Rachel Sverdlove ’11

Sara Peters ’11

Hollis Barber ’11

Eleanor D. Meegoda ’12

Dana L. Weinstein ’12

Latalia D. White ’13

Madeleine Woodle ’13

Amy Olivero ’13

Sarah Craig ’14

Aria Miles ’14

Amali Gunawardana ’14

And to those donors who have donated to date in response to the challenge (as of May 2, 2016):

R.Justin Smith ’90

Robert R. Taliercio, Jr. ’90

Edward R. McNicholas ’91

Dunrie A. Greiling ’92

Jennifer Daniels ’93

Paul Tibbits ’95

Paul Tibbits ’95

Thomas Levinson ’96

Kristin L. Vassallo ’97

Marshall M. Burkes ’98

Anna M. Varghese ’01

Linda Boachie-Ansah ’02

Christina Barba ’02

Scott Hindman ’03

Meredith Desautels ’04

Sarah Barbrow ’05

Jessica Aisenbrey ’05

Kristopher Lazzaretti ’06

Alexis Etow ’07

Aiala Levy ’07

Jonathan Extein ’10

Alix M. Greenwald ’10

Elizabeth C. Rosen ’10

 Schuyler L. Softy ’11

Sitraka Andriamanantenasoa ’11

Naomi Gilens ’11

Anna Condella ’12

Tessa Maurer ’13

Ryan Elliott ’14

Rodrigo Munoz Rogers ’14

The challenge ends on June 1 and our fiscal year ends on June 30. Make a gift today and make a difference!  #Springfor55 at alumnicorps.org/donate Thank you.