Ambassador (r.) David Huebner is a partner in Arnold & Porter LLP’s international arbitration and public international law practices. Previously he held senior positions in the Asia Pacific region, including as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, chairman & CEO of an international law firm, founding chief representative of a firm in Shanghai, and special policy adviser to a member of Japan’s Diet. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School. He joined the Princeton AlumniCorps Board of Directors in 2015.
What is it about the mission of AlumniCorps that you find compelling?
The laser-focus on creating opportunities for impactful service. I am particularly drawn to AlumniCorps’ work to generate service opportunities for recent graduates, to mentor and empower future service leaders, and to create an inclusive service culture in which folks of different generations work closely together. AlumniCorps is not just a catalyst but an active provider. The work it does resonates with, actualizes, and reinforces Princeton’s legacy of public service.
What is your hope for the future of AlumniCorps?
I am too new to the Board to presume to have specific hopes for the organization’s future. I will say, though, that I am quite focused on the importance of training and empowering future leaders, and creating, supporting, and expanding communities of volunteers and service organizations. I think the greatest impact comes from collaborating, networking (in the technical sense), and crowd-sourcing.
What advice would you give to alumni interested in civic service work?
Just do it. Don’t think SERVICE, as though it is something big, formal, or listed on an approved registry somewhere. Look for a need in your community and do something to start filling it. Or think about what inflames your passions and google for local groups involved in the issue. And then step away from the computer and volunteer. The little things are addictive, and they add up. A strong, equitable society is built from ubiquitous micro-service. Internalize the imperative attributed (erroneously, it appears) to John Wesley: Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, for as long as you can. That sounds right to me.