NJ Area Committee to give a Sneak Peak at the future of AlumniCorps!

The AlumniCorps NJ Area Committee is hosting a free gathering on February 2 from 7:00 to 10:00pm. The event will be held at the residence of an area committee member in the Rec Room (5th Floor) in Building Atlantic, 31 River Court, Jersey City, NJ 07310. This is just minutes from the Newport PATH Station. Wine, cheese, crudites and finger food will be served. Attendees will hear from Kef Kasdin ’85, President of AlumniCorps.

  • Learn about the new strategic vision for AlumniCorps
  • Share your expertise as mentors for social entrepreneur opportunities
  • Network with Project 55 alumni and AlumniCorps supporters, including current Project 55 fellows and alumni; Emerging Leaders; ARC Innovators; Princeton alumni; and AlumniCorps friends;
  • Meet the 2016-17 New Jersey Project 55 Fellows!

We’ll be joined by our current NJ PP55 Fellows (pictured below):

  • Sahana Jayaraman, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
  • Kelsey Kane-Ritsch, D&R Greenway Land Trust
  • Aliisa Lee, International Schools Services
  • Maya Wahrman, Princeton University, Office of Religious Life


About Kef Kasdin ’85:

Kef Kasdin '85
Kef Kasdin ’85, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Keller Center at Princeton and Rachel’s Network Board Chair

Kef Kasdin is President of Princeton AlumniCorps. Prior to assuming this role in June 2016, Kef created and grew AlumniCorps’ ARC Innovators program, which matches experienced professionals with impactful pro bono projects in the social sector, inspiring participants toward encore careers. Kef herself has made that transition. Kef teaches the introductory “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” course at Princeton University, where she inspires and mentors Princeton undergraduates to pursue social entrepreneurship pathways. She is also Board Chair at Rachel’s Network, a vibrant community of women at the intersection of environmental advocacy, philanthropy and women’s leadership with a mission to promote women as agents of change dedicated to the stewardship of the earth. Kef received her BSE degree from Princeton University in 1985 in Operations Research, with a certificate in Science and Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School; and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1989. Earlier in her career she held senior leadership roles at 3Com Corporation, including general manager of a $1B division; and was a founding General Partner of Battelle Ventures where from 2003 to 2015 she led the firm’s investments in clean energy and started several companies based on Department of Energy Lab technologies.


About the New Jersey Area Committee:
We support the Project 55 fellows who are placed in New Jersey, with area alumni mentors and networking/training opportunities. We also support the ARC Innovators program in New Jersey. We help identify nonprofit partner organizations to work with our Fellows, Innovators, and Emerging Leaders.

Marsha Rosenthal ’76 and Tom Magnus ’77 K55 chair the New Jersey Committee, which also includes Rick Ober ’65, Julia Otis ’91, and Haoqian Chen ’08.

Thank you so much for your interest and enthusiasm. Please join us. Many hands make light work, and we hope to have fun together.


About Princeton AlumniCorps:
Princeton AlumniCorps engages alumni at every age. Our year-long Princeton Project 55 Fellowships are for graduating Princeton seniors and other recent graduates. Emerging Leaders is a professional development program for nonprofit managers a little bit further along in their careers; the program is open to alumni of other institutions. ARC Innovators is for seasoned alumni with skills to offer; Innovators have ranged in age from 22 to 82; anyone in the wider Princeton network is welcome. Our volunteers are Princeton alumni of all ages, who serve as mentors, advisors, area committee members, Board members, seminar speakers, and more.

Thank you to our 2016 donors!


via GIPHY (PP55 2016-17 Fellows at orientation)

We are jumping for joy because of your generosity!
Thank you to the following donors who made gifts between January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017! Our fiscal year ends June 30, so if you don’t see your name on this list, start 2017 by making your annual donation now!

Alina Abazova
Alexandra Abington
Diane Adachi
Arziki Adamu
Robert S. Adelstein ’55
Jessica Aisenbrey ’05
Moriah Akers ’14
Bridget A. Akinc ’98
Karen Ali ’78
Thomas D. Allison, Jr. ’66
Ari G. Altman ’97
Aitalohi Amaize ’07
William Ames ’55
Robert M. Amick ’55 & Carol R. J. Amick
Helen H. Amick ’87
Janna Z. Andrews ’96
Nicholas Apostolakis ’55
Jacob P. Arechiga ’05
Kimberly Atkins
Joseph Atkinson ’87
Kathryn T. Bailey ’10
Holly Bamford ’93
Christina Barba ’02
Hollis Barber ’11
Sarah Barbrow ’05
Lew Barker ’55
Jayne W. Barnard S55
Lauren W. Barnett ’92
C. Scott Bartlett ’55
Bishop George Bashore ’55 and Carolyn Bashore
John T. Beaty Jr. ’66
Ry Beck
Joel Bell
Lisa Bennett ’05
Ann D. Berkowitz
Sloan Bermann ’02
David W. Bianchi ’55
Katie Bisbee
Kirsten J. Hund Blair ’84 and William M. Blair *84
Brenda Blazer & Tom Nehring p’10
William Blinder ’98
Linda Boachie-Ansah ’02
Michael Boisvert ’84
Art Bond ’55
Justin S. Borntraeger ’02
Thomas D. Boyatt ’55
Stephen M. Boyd ’55 & Susan F. Boyd
Christopher Boyd ’87 k’55
Markley H. Boyer ’55 & Barbara Millen Boyer
Jennifer L. Carpenter ’96
John D. Bredehoeft ’55
Courtney E. Brein ’08
F. D. Brigham Jr. ’55
Elizabeth Q. Brown
Jessica Ginter Brubaker ’98
Abbey Bruce
Rachel Buckle ’13
Marci Buehler
Marshall M. Burkes ’98
Judith and William Burks Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation
Hugh Burns ’88 K55
Margerie Cadet
Yasmine Cadet
Eddy Cadet
Kevin Cahill
Elizabeth W. Cain Clark ’93
Katherine S. Canning ’97
Edie Canter ’80
Andrew G. Carey Jr. ’55 & Alison F. Carey
Douglas M. Carpenter ’55
James R. Carter, M.D. ’55
Sharon Carver ’82 K55
Warren Cathcart
David Chandler ’80 and Mrs. Liz Chandler
Christine D. Chang ’04 and Sid Gupta
Susan Chavez
Doyle Chedick
Haoqian Chen ’08 s’08
Lisly J. Chéry ’03
May Cheung
Christina Chica ’15
Cynthia M. Chin ’93
Edwin M. Clayton ’55
Philip Clippinger
Bridget Coburn
Caroline Coburn
Charles W. Coker Jr. ’55
Laura Collins ’99
Mary & Frank Condella p’12
Anna Condella ’12
Cristina Ritchie Cooper ’96
Lizanne Cox and David Gibson p’14
Frank T. Crews Jr. ’55
Anastasia Crosswhite ’94
Margaret M. Crotty ’94 & Rory Riggs
Schuyler Cunningham
Jennifer Daniels ’93
Bernard J. D’Avella Jr. ’66
D. K. Davidson ’55
Donna J. Dean h’55
Rebecca Deaton ’91
George C. Denniston ’55
Meredith Desautels ’04
Andres D. Diamond-Ortiz ’05
David Dieck ’78
Richard E. Dillon ’55
Elan DiMaio ’07
Kerry E. Dinneen ’77
Anna Doherty
Shannon Simmons ’03
James E. Douglas Jr. ’55
Lily Downing
Elizabeth A. Duffy ’88 & John A. Gutman ’83
William Dutton ’76
Sherry Edwards
Laura Elbogen ’07
Ryan Elliott ’14
Alexis Etow ’07
Jonathan Extein ’10
Matthew S. Ferguson ’96 & Kelli K. Garcia ’96
Lindsay L. Warner Ferrer ’01
Rodney J. Ferris ’55
James A. Floyd ’69, Ph.D.
Michelle Arader ’10
Elizabeth Frank ’81
Tim Freeth ’95 and Stephanie Freeth ’97
Maria Fregoso
Charles Freyer ’69
Dexter Frye ’80 k’55
Richard A. Frye ’55
David H. Fulmer ’55
Shie Gabbai
Marat and Farida Gabdrakhmanov p’16
Gary and Monroe Galloway P11
Andrew Garland ’01 & Anne Gordon ’01
David & Deborah Garr P06
Garrett James
Mr. George Gati and Mrs. Leona Brenner-Gati ’75
Paul Gazzerro III ’92
Austin H. George ’55
Jeremy M. Getson ’94 & Lisa B. Getson ’93
Molly Gibson ’14
Roger Gilbert Jr. ’55 & Marion M. Gilbert
Naomi Gilens ’11
Phillip E. Gladfelter ’55
Sarah Gladstone ’93
Steven L. Glauberman ’73
Anne Goldstein ’79
Byron Goldstein & Deborah Dolnick P06
Andrew Goldstein ’06
A. R. Gordon ’55
Alix M. Greenwald ’10
James A. Gregoire ’69 & Jane K. Gregoire
Dunrie A. Greiling ’92
William Grubbs
Cindy Guo
George C. S. Hackl ’55 & Ann W. Hackl
John D. Hamilton Jr. ’55
Stephen Hamilton ’73
C. R. “Bud” Harper ’55
Timothy Harr ’72
John R. Hastings ’55
Clark C. Havighurst ’55
Peter P. Hawryluk ’55 & Ann M. Hawryluk
Anne Hedeman ’74 and John Hedeman ’72 p’11
Donald C. Hellmann ’55
Sarah E. Hendricks ’00
Bernard H. Hendrix ’55
Carol H. Henn S55
Darlington P. Hicks ’94
Bob Hiden ’55
Robert L. Hill ’55
Herbert B. Hilty ’55
Albert P. Hinckley Jr. ’55
Scott Hindman ’03
Holly Holzer Bass ’92
Elizabeth Hoover
Madeline Hopper
Maggie Horikawa
Felix Huang ’07
David Huebner ’82
Kirsten O. Hull ’99
Daniel Hyman
Addison E. Igleheart ’55 & Deborah Igleheart
Leonard H. Inker ’55
Jake Jackson ’14
Jessica Jardine ’10
Desmond Jardine
Peter Jefferys ’55
James C. Jehle ’55
Hilary W. Joel ’85
John G. Johnson ’72
Timothy B. Johnson ’73 P12
Allen S. Johnson ’55
Jessica D. Johnson ’98
Landon Y. Jones, Jr. ’66 & Sarah B. Jones
William A. Jordan Jr. ’95
Thomas S. Jordan ’55
Brandon Joseph ’12
Eliana Kandel
C J Karalakulasingam ’98
Kef Kasdin ’85 & Jeremy Kasdin ’85
Julia Kassissieh
Stanley N. Katz h21 h80
Rebecca E. Kaufman ’11
Herbert J. Kaufmann ’55 and Nancy E. Kaufmann
Morgan Kazan
Benet J. Kearney ’05
Sharon Keld ’80
Dennis Keller ’63
Colleen Kelly ’77 s’77 p’10 p’14
Mr. James Kelly
Abigail Kelly ’15
Leslie P. Kernisan ’97
Robert J. Khoury ’90
Richard Kitto ’69 and Christine Kitto
H. Felix Kloman ’55
Katie E. Ko ’09
Dena R. Koren ’04
Marty Krasney ’67
Jaimie Krause
Greg Kuhns ’55 & Joan Kuhns
Debra Kushma ’80 s’79 p’13 k’55 and Michael Kushma ’79 s’80 p’13
Margaret Ladd
Anne G. LaLonde ’90
Jeremiah D. Lambert ’55 p’08 p’10 p*92
Houston E. Landis, III ’55
Shoshana M. Landow ’91
Joseph Laseter ’15
Stephanie Lauredent
William J. Lawlor ’56 & Blair S. Lawlor
Lisa F. Lazarus ’02
Kristopher Lazzaretti ’06
William R. Leahy Jr. ’66 & Christine M. Leahy
Sumin Lee ’09
Regina S. Lee ’85
Myron S. Lee ’55
Yeri Lee ’15
Annie Lee
Carolyn Lei
Mr. Thomas Levinson ’96
Mikaela Levons ’04
Scott D. Levy ’02
Aiala Levy ’07
Audrey Li ’13
Elizabeth Lindsey *07
Hilary J. Lipsitz ’55 & Ethel E. Lipsitz
Charity Lisko ’01
Robert B. Loveman ’69 and Gail J. Loveman
Courtney Lynch
James D. Lynn ’55
Eric Macey ’73
Thomas B. Magnus ’77
Robert F. Magnus ’55 and Claire S. Magnus
Dana Malman Warren ’03
Anne Z. Malone
Charles F. Mapes ’55 & Doris K. Mapes
Josephine Marescot
Luba Margai ’15
May Mark
Thomas Markham ’55
W. Jeffrey Marshall ’71 & Judith Smith
Karenna Martin ’15
Ed Mason ’55
Owen Mathieu ’66
Tessa Maurer ’13
Richard H. May ’55
Dana S. Mazo ’01
Jack McCarthy
Robert C. McClanahan Jr. ’55
Kate McCleery ’75 & Robert Martinez ’75
Wendy L. McGoodwin ’93
Ann E. McGowan ’92
Arthur McKee ’90 & Nancy E. McKee
Peter T. McKinney III ’55
Tiny McLaughlin
Sara McLean ’93
Trigg McLeod ’88
Steve ’55 and Kay McNamara
Edward R. McNicholas ’91
Cheryl McQueen ’77
Ricardo A. Mestres Jr. ’55
Dominic F. Michel ’70
Robert & Susan Michelotti
Lori Mihalich-Levin ’01
Peter T. Milano ’55 & Christine M. Milano
Tonya C. Miles ’82 and Harold Miles p’14
Kathryn A. Miller ’77
Oral O. Miller ’55
William W. Mills, Jr. ’55
Willis Mills ’55
Alliah Mohamed
Pamela G. Montgomery ’81
Helen J. Moran ’94
Paula J. Morency ’77 & Paul Dengel ’76
Kevin H. Moriarty ’99
Roland Morris ’55
Roger V. Moseley ’55
Peter D. Mott ’55
Frank F. Mountcastle Jr. ’55
Olympia Moy ’05
Amy Muehlbauer ’05
Amantia Muhedini ’15
Michael T. Mullaly ’04
Haaris Muneer
Rodrigo Munoz Rogers ’14
Mary P. Murley ’76 S72 P07 P10
Elizabeth E. Murphy Fitelson ’96
Gary B. Nash ’55
Paul Nehring ’10
David Nelson
Michael Nelson
Marianne Nelson
Christopher Nenno ’08
Richard & Mary Ella Nenno
Lee P. Neuwirth ’55 & Sydney Neuwirth
Rosemary Nidiry ’91
Erin E. Ebbel Niemasik ’06
Michael Noveck ’08
Ana Nunez
Andrew C. Nurkin
Justin J. Nyberg ’01
Ober Family Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation
Kate Reid ’04
Asha Y. Okorie ’00
Robin D. Olsen ’00
Charlene Huang Olson ’88
Allie Olson
Anna Maria Ortiz ’95
J. Rollin Otto Jr. ’55
Samuel Page ’10
Jerome F. Page & Katherine L. Frank P10
Audrey Pang ’05
Robert W. Parsons Jr. ’55
Anupama Pattabiraman ’10
Janet S. Paul S55
Arlene S. Pedovitch ’80 P11
Emily Penn ’77
Marta Perez
John T. Perkins ’55
Brian Perlmutter ’15
Tom ’85 and Trish Perlmutter ’85
Elizabeth Perriello Rice ’90 s’89 and Kenneth Rice ’89 s’90
Sara Peters ’11
Howard Piggee, III ’96
Allison Pink
James C. Pitney, Jr. ’71
Alan A. Platt ’65
Charles J. Plohn Jr. ’66 & Dorothy Plohn
Francis J. Pogan ’55
Daryl Pomylaka
Donald C. Pote ’55
Paul H. Potter ’55
Lionel & Valerie Protain P08
Andrew Protain ’08
William E. Pugh ’96 & Molly Pugh ’98
Kathy Qu ’13
Anthony C. E. Quainton ’55
Jospeh V. Quarles III ’55
Jennifer Radoff
Stephanie L. Ramos ’00
Elva Ray Herbruck S55
Stuart Raynor ’55
Julie M. Raynor-Gross ’75
Scott E. Regenbogen ’97
Kevin Reich ’00
Kathleen Reilly Streicher
Jonathan F. Remley ’95
Alan W. W. Reynolds ’11
Bill Richardson Jr. ’73
Antonio Riera, III ’00
Kelly Riling
Lois O. Robbins S55
Juli Robbins ’83 & Daniel Greenwald ’81 P10 K55
Jil Robbins Pollock ’85 K55
Gabriel Rodriguez
Judy Rogers
Alysa Rollock ’81
John P. Roos ’55
Jeffrey H. Rosalsky ’85 and Gail Shuttleworth ’86
Elizabeth C. Rosen ’10
Jessica Rosenbaum ’92
Bruce D. Rosenberg ’69
Ariela Rosenberg
Carol Rosenfeld ’05
Marsha Rosenthal ’76 & Michael Buchman
Stan N. Rubin ’55
William D. Ruckelshaus ’55 and Jill Ruckelshaus
Greg Ruffa and Lisa Gallagher p’16
Margaret Russell ’79
Nili Safavi ’01
Chet Safian ’55
L. Robert Safian and Mary Safian
Judy Safian and Brian Demers
Jennifer P. Safian S55
William J. Salman ’55
Michael Salmanson ’82
Troy Savage ’05
Barry Savits ’55
Nilan D. Schnure ’12
James M. Seabrook ’55
Elian Seidel
Andrew Seligsohn
Robert Sellery ’60
William C. Shafer ’55
Jeff Sharp ’80 & Liz Sharp
Mary Katherine Sheena ’04
Anne D. Sherwood ’92
Arti Sheth Thorne ’08 & Jack Thorne
Whitney A. Shinkle ’99
Robert M. Shoemaker ’55
Jim Sidford ’55
Robert B. Silverman ’55
Paul G. Sittenfeld ’69
Warner V. Slack ’55 & Carolyn P. Slack
Kristen N. Smith ’03
R. Justin Smith ’90
Kristofer L. Smith ’98
Caroline Smith
Zara Snapp
Schuyler L. Softy ’11
Awen Southern
Otto L. Spaeth ’55 & Ann B. Spaeth
Kathryn Spectorsky
Matthew Spurlock
Sitraka Andriamanantenasoa ’11
Adiella Stadler
Harrison I. Steans ’57
Sarah Stein ’97 & Michael Cohn
Stuart Steingold ’66
Heather R. Stephenson ’90
Richard P. Strickler ’55
Patrick A. Sullivan ’02
Caitlin Sullivan ’07
Judith Hole Suratt S55
Elizabeth Lees Taggart ’78
Robert R. Taliercio, Jr. ’90
Kejia Tang
Scott F. Taylor ’75 & Courtney F. Taylor
Jeanne Teutonico
Katie M. Thaeder ’09
Kate Therkelsen
Richard E. Thompson ’55
Paul Tibbits ’95
M. Jay Trees ’66
Andrew Trueblood ’05
Mrs. Kelly Trygstad
Tungare Manohar Family Foundation
Anna M. Varghese ’01
Kristin L. Vassallo ’97
Julienne Vinson
Richard O. Walker III ’73 & Deborah Walker
Lindsay M. Wall ’02 & Jeremy Wall ’02
Jack Wallace ’55
Shelly Ward
Elizabeth Warter, Ph.D. ’96
Christopher P. Watts ’99
R. Kenly Webster ’55
Camille Logan Weekes ’95
Lea A. Weems ’99 and Benjamin J. Porter ’98
Scott Welfel ’06
Henry Wendt III ’55
Jordan Wesley
Logan West ’07
John R. West ’55
Deborah K. Weyl ’06
Rebecca Garr Whitaker ’06
David G. White ’55
Juanita White
James R. Wiant ’55
Robert H. Wier ’55
Nelson H. Wild ’55
Alan M. Willemsen ’55
Richard H. Willis ’55
John P. Wilson ’55
John S. Wilson ’55
Richard W. Wilson ’55
Julie R. Wingerter ’92 & Seth Lieberman
Robert Wolk ’91
Richard C. Woodbridge ’65
Arthur P. Woolley ’55
Rogers Woolston ’55
Maia Wright ’00 & Kate Jarboe
Shelia Ann Wright
Artilie Wright ’06
Melissa H. Wu ’99
Amy Yang and Qi-Huang Zheng P15
Suzanne Yudell and Carl R. Yudell ’75
Sean Zielenbach ’90
Geraldine R.Dodge Foundation
Edward S. Moore Family Foundation
Jockers Family Foundation
Moskowitz Foundation
Irving and Sara Selis Foundation, Inc.
Harris Finch Foundation
’71 Legacy Initiative
American Express Foundation
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman
Collaborative Coaching
Longhouse Capital Advisors
Expedia Inc.
Blue Rose Capital Advisors, Inc
Wells Fargo Foundation
Anonymous (12 Donors)
Note: Several donors made multiple gifts

A Tale of Two Fellows

Bill Cummiskey ’05, Project 55 Fellow in 2006-07, and current teacher at The Community Group in Lawrence, MA

Bill Cummiskey ‘05, former PP55 Fellow & current teacher at The Community Group, holding his infant son.
Bill Cummiskey ‘05, former PP55 Fellow & current teacher at The Community Group, holding his infant son.

Why a Project 55 Fellowship?

After a year-long internship with group Athletes in Action, Bill applied to seminary.  Harvard Divinity School would have been ideal since his fiancé was enrolled in a PhD program at Harvard. But when he didn’t get accepted to the program, Bill found himself scrambling for a plan B. His friend, then-Executive Director Kim Hendler, encouraged him to apply for a Princeton Project 55 Fellowship at Community Day Public Charter School (now The Community Group) in Lawrence, MA.

 

How did a PP55 Fellowship morph into a teaching career?

In 2006, Bill’s Fellowship prompted him to start contemplating long-term career goals outside of vocational ministry. Bill reflects: “I started to really examine who I was and who I wanted to be.” He remembers driving back from apple picking at a farm near the school and having an epiphany about how much he enjoyed teaching at the school. “The staff gave me so much positive feedback and support, and I realized I could easily see myself developing a career as a teacher there. The realization was due in large part to the kids. Our students in Lawrence are truly amazing and being with them and working with them is a reward in and of itself.”

How was PP55 different from an internship?

I think that supportive community was the highlight. Dena Koren ’04 (my PP55 mentor) even helped me find a summer job! The Boston Area Committee was motivated and comprised of interested people who were there if you needed them.

What does your role at TCG look like now?

Bill accepted a permanent roll at TCG after his internship year, where he wore many hats. “I began as a generalist which was one part paraprofessional in the classroom with other teachers, one part in house substitute, and one part helper at odd jobs and small groups.”  Over the next five years Bill’s teaching skills improved and he took on the role of a co-teacher. “I’d be responsible for small groups on long-term or even year-long bases and worked mainly in math and English language arts.”  Bill’s morphing role allowed him to teach the same group of students for four straight years. “They were an amazing group and it was an awesome experience.” Bill currently serves as the 7th and 8th grade science teacher, while also filling the role of a technology integration coach, a job he finds both fun and challenging.

PP55 had an indelible impact on Bill’s decision to work at TCG long term. What started as a “good job,” evolved into even more than a career : “Working in schools, in particular charter schools in Massachusetts, and in Lawrence specifically, has become a vocational calling. I can’t communicate how large a role TCG has played in my life. I’ve been there for one third of my entire life at this point, which seems incredible. I’d have to say that the colleagues I’ve worked with, their professionalism and skill and care for students, has been a huge gift. And the students are why we are all there and they are wonderful, new every day, and it is an amazing privilege to be entrusted to teach them.”

Bill and his wife, Kristina Fontanez ‘05, live in MA with their two sons.


Nina Narayanan ’16, current Project 55 Fellow at The Community Group in Lawrence, MA

Nina Narayanan ’16 is currently a PP55 Fellow at The Community Group
Nina Narayanan ’16 is currently a PP55 Fellow at The Community Group

Why a Project 55 Fellowship?

I’m planning on pursuing a PhD in anthropology, but for me the choice to take a year off in between was a no-brainer. I study anthropology largely because the discipline is defined by intercultural communication and understanding; it’s a natural venue for social justice and for confronting the changing possibilities of a multicultural world. PP55 has offered me the opportunity to work hands-on with a disadvantaged community and to learn directly from them about the challenges they face. Lawrence is a gateway city for low-income Latin American immigrants, so the population I serve has very specific linguistic, socioeconomic and socio-emotional needs. As an academic, I want to make sure that my theoretical work has tangible results, and that I’m able to understand the practical implications and lived experiences of racial inequality and cultural integration before approaching these topics from an academic standpoint. In this regard, my year as a PP55 fellow has already been invaluable.

What’s your role at The Community Group (TCG)?

The culture at The Community Group and at Community Day Arlington Elementary School is all hands on deck, all the time. For me that’s meant that while my job description involves creating and translating mass communications home, running parent meetings and parent-teacher conferences, and teaching adult ESL by night, I’ve also found myself thrown into the classroom to teach second grade for two weeks when we were suddenly understaffed; I’ve worked in Operations, and gotten an in-depth look at the day-to-day mechanics of running a school; I’ve started a student choir with our after-school program, and found myself involved with efforts to expand our enrichment and artistic offerings; and through various communication initiatives I’ve been able to play a direct role in shaping our long-term plans for bridging the language and education gap with our community. I rarely walk into work knowing what my day will look like, and I am consistently handed the opportunity to make a very real difference in the lives of our children and families. Every day is defined by surprise, excitement, and inspiration.

How has the PP55 Fellowship impacted your future plans?

After my fellowship, I’ll be spending a year in Argentina as a Fulbright scholar, then returning to the states to pursue a PhD in Anthropology and Ethnomusicology. The PP55 Fellowship has impacted ,my research focus by challenging me to consider how my work can make a practical difference. I’ve always been interested in the ways minority and immigrant communities define and express their identities against mainstream American culture. More and more, I find myself approaching this topic from the question of language and education, confronted as I am every day with the challenges of translation, interpretation, and cultural difference in an institutional educational setting. I hope and intend on making sure that my research is poised to do real work towards addressing these social issues.


The Community Group

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Young students at TCG’s Community Day Charter Public School in Lawrence, MA

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In response to the  poverty, teen pregnancy, illegal drug use, and gang violence that has plagued Lawrence, MA since 1970, The Community Group (TCG) has been creating opportunities in Lawrence by managing a range of programs, including a network of early childhood and out-of-school time programs, a network of charter and district public schools, consulting and training programs, and a child care resource and referral program. AlumniCorps is proud to have placed 15 Project 55 Fellows at The Community Group since beginning our partnership in 2005. Learn more about them at www.thecommunitygroupinc.org!

Board Update: Strategic Planning 2016

2016-17 Board of Directors
The Princeton AlumniCorps Board of Directors met for a retreat on Sept. 9-10

How do you take a twenty-six year record of program impact, a national network of passionate leaders and effective organizations, an intergenerational community of volunteers, and an inclusive commitment to the public good and… do even more?

Building on the success of our first twenty-six years, the Board of Directors is in the midst of a planning process that seeks to answer this question and set strategic priorities for the future of Princeton AlumniCorps. Since March, six working groups of the Board have explored core questions of how to deepen consistency and community across our programs, how to extend the reach of our programming and better mobilize our national network of alumni and partner organizations, and how to ensure the longevity of the organization. These working groups developed a long list of recommendations for the next phase of AlumniCorps, which the Board discussed in depth during its two-day strategic planning retreat on September 9-10. With considerable enthusiasm for what lies ahead, the Board will spend the next few months gathering input on key ideas before its December meeting and expects to finalize the strategic plan in early 2017.

New Staff at 12 Stockton!

Kimme Carlos, Office Administrator at 12 Stockton as of August 2016
Kimme Carlos, Office Administrator at 12 Stockton as of August 2016

Kimme Carlos joined Princeton AlumniCorps as Office Administrator in August, 2016. Prior to joining Princeton AlumniCorps, Kimme founded the NJ nonprofit, Urban Mental Health Alliance, where she continues to contribute her time as the volunteer Executive Director. She has also held several positions in nonprofit leadership as Association Manager with Creative Marketing Alliance and Program Manager, Annual Meetings with the African Studies Association.

Kimme is a strong advocate for urban community and social issues and has served on several boards in and across Mercer County, NJ, including Children’s Futures, NAMI Mercer and Oaks Integrated (formerly Greater Trenton Behavioral Health). Kimme was honored in 2009 as New Jersey’s Woman of the Year by the Garden State Woman Education Foundation for her dedicated volunteer work and she is a graduate of Regent University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Psychology. She has two children, five grandchildren and lives in New Jersey. She brings to AlumniCorps a passion for and experience in nonprofit administration and operations.


Mikaela Levons '04 joined the staff at 12 Stockton as the Development & Communications Associate in August, 2016
Mikaela Levons ’04 joined the staff at 12 Stockton as the Development & Communications Associate in August, 2016

Mikaela Levons ’04 is a native of Jamaica who has been passionate about civic engagement since high school. She has worked in the charitable sector since receiving a B.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School in 2004. Mikaela served as the grant writer for New Jersey After 3 and The Martin House in Trenton. Most recently, she was the Membership and Communications Coordinator for the Center for Non-Profits. She received her M.Sc. in Non-Profit and NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, and currently serves on the board of a non-profit operating in rural Jamaica. She and her husband live in Ewing with their three young daughters. She is excited to return to ‘Old Nassau’ as AlumniCorps’ Development and Communications Associate.

2016-17 Emerging Leaders Update: 3 Sessions down, 5 more to go!

Emerging Leaders session 3. DC

The Emerging Leaders professional development program is designed to help aspiring leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors develop the leadership capabilities, management skills, and confidence to advance their professional contributions and accelerate their careers. The program is intended to yield tangible, near-term value to participants (and their employers) and support their longer term leadership development. Emerging Leaders is currently offered in New York City and Washington, DC. The program is designed to accommodate those with full-time jobs and requires employer cooperation as well. The program runs for a total of 8 full-day, monthly sessions from June 2016-February 2017 (skipping August).

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Emerging Leaders in Washington, DC during session 3 on September 13

This year’s sessions kicked off on June 23 in NYC and Washington, DC. Both sessions focused on the 32 participants’ understanding their Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) profile and its implications. In NYC, participants used the tool to reflect on their strengths, with a few discovering that their professional weaknesses don’t have to be a “source of shame.” Leaders also appreciated the peer coaching process, which helped them to define their emotional intelligence. Yael Sivi, the facilitator in NYC, used personal examples and learnings from her time as a therapist, while Executive Director of Partnership with Children, Margaret Crotty’s talk on Leadership Lessons left participants wishing that they had even more time with her.

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Volunteer Program Co-Leader Elizabeth Lindsey, ED of Byte Back  was a guest speaker at session 3 in Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, Judith Sandalow, Executive Director of The Children’s Law Center, gave a talk on Leadership Lessons which provided concrete examples from the real world. Facilitator Hilary Joel explained that the MBTI assessment allows you to understand your own preferences, which positions you to practice adapting and expand your comfort zone.

Session 2, held on July 19 in both NYC and Washington DC, focused on 360 degree feedback reports. In NYC, guest speakers Daniel Oscar, Executive Director, Center for Supportive Schools, and Shena Elrington ’04, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice Policy at the Center for Popular Democracy spoke about evolving and growing as a leader. Participants reported enjoying the process and the community of people they’re sharing it with. In DC George Jones, CEO of Bread for the City, discussed evolving and growing as a leader, while Hilary coached participants on receiving feedback constructively: “We forget our power of choice: which feedback to accept, discard, appreciate, explore…”

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Emerging leaders engaged in peer coaching during session 3 in Washington. DC.

Session 3 on September 13 could be called “Peer work day,” as participants spent a lot of time peer coaching each other on their stretch goals. They also discussed the difference between leading and managing, concluding that the best leaders are also effective managers, and top managers demonstrate good leadership. In Washington, DC, Pyper Davis, Executive Director of Educare DC, and Elizabeth Lindsey, Executive Director of Byte Back, spoke about managing people and delegating effectively. In NYC, David Garza, Executive Director of Henry Street Settlement spoke about management 101. There was lively discussion around how to give feedback effectively, with an emphasis on creating a safe climate in the work place. 

Want to get a sneak peak of the Emerging Leaders’ reading packet? Check out The New Science of Building Great Teams  by Alex “Sandy” Pentland.

To learn more about this year’s Emerging Leaders, check out the Leader’s Digest