AlumniCorps Welcomes Five New Board Members

Princeton AlumniCorps is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors. Chaired by Liz Duffy, President of International Schools Services, the Board now includes 27 members from around the country.  New Board members are Harold Colton-Max; Claire Fowler; Lisa Swedenborg Getson; Dan-El Padilla Peralta; and Marcos Vigil. New members attended their first Board meeting in Princeton on September 16, 2017.

Additionally, two current Board members were re-elected for a second three-year term. These are Margaret “Peggy” Russell, Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, CA and Judy Hole Surratt, long-standing AlumniCorps volunteer, of New York City.

AlumniCorps regularly seeks new Board members who represent the diversity of the communities AlumniCorps serves. “Our new Board members bring such a wide variety of talents and accomplishments,” noted Ms. Duffy. “Dan-el’s personal experience and research interests speak to key issues today; Lisa brings her volunteer experience as well as her first-hand knowledge of the early days of our Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program. Marcos provides the perspective of state and local public service; Harold is a nonprofit executive director with deep experience with housing issues; and Claire is not only the parent of a former Project 55 Fellow but also sees first-hand the trends in undergraduate student interest in civic engagement. As we work to mobilize people, organizations, and networks for the public good, we know these experienced leaders will help advance our mission, bring AlumniCorps programs to the next generation of nonprofit leaders, and help nonprofit and public service organizations build capacity.” Board members, many of whom are active volunteers and advisors to the organization, can serve up to two consecutive three-year terms.

Harold Colton-Max, Princeton class of 1991, has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) since 2004. Before that he served for seven years as Executive Director of the Fairmount Housing Corporation in Hudson County, NJ. Harold lives in South Orange Village, NJ with his family, where he has served as the Chairman of the South Orange Planning Board since 2014.

Claire Fowler, Ph.D. from Columbia, currently serves as Senior Associate Dean of the College at Princeton University, where her responsibilities include oversight of the residential college program and academic advising. Her eldest daughter was an AlumniCorps Princeton Project 55 Fellow in New York City from 2015-2017. Claire also served as Director of Studies at Wilson residential college and as Dean at Butler residential college, both at Princeton University.

Lisa Swedenborg Getson, Princeton class of 1993, is an active volunteer with her children’s school; Kids in Crisis— a nonprofit that assists Fairfield County, CT children dealing with crisis; and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern New England.  From 2004 until early 2017, she worked as a litigator with the firm Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman, LLP in New York. Lisa served as an AlumniCorps Princeton Project 55 Intern in Stamford, CT with St. Luke’s Family Services (n/k/a Inspirica). She was also a Project 55 Fellow at the Women Employed Institute in Chicago, where she worked until 1997. Lisa lives in Riverside, CT with her husband and their two children.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Princeton class of 2006, is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University, where he teaches and writes about Roman cultural history and classical reception. His 2015 memoir Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to Ivy League (Penguin) received an Alex Award from the American Library Association. In the spring of 2017, Dan-el taught a new course on “Citizenships, ancient and modern” out of the Classics Department that was cross-listed with Politics, African-American Studies, and the University Center for Human Values.

Marcos D. Vigil, Princeton class of 1997, serves in Mayor Steven Fulop’s administration as Deputy Mayor of Jersey City, overseeing economic development and real estate, and developing strategies for sustainable development and affordable housing in Jersey City, NJ. Prior to his current role, Marcos served four years as Deputy Secretary of State for New York in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration, leading and managing the operations for its Divisions of Consumer Protection, Licensing Services, Corporations, Cemeteries and the NYS Athletic Commission.

About Princeton AlumniCorps

Princeton AlumniCorps mobilizes people, organizations, and networks for the public good.  The organization was founded in 1989 as an independent 501(c)3 entity called Princeton Project 55. AlumniCorps has grown into a dynamic multi-generational network of alumni of all ages and collegiate affiliation and nonprofit organizations working to build communities and deepen social impact. AlumniCorps’ core leadership programs help nonprofits further their goals while engaging participants in significant public service activities throughout their lives, from the moment they graduate college to their encore careers. With nearly 2,000 program alumni, 200 volunteers, and a network of nearly 600 nonprofit partner organizations, Princeton AlumniCorps is a unique catalyst of dynamic engagement of people and organizations committed to building not just a new generation of civic leaders, but civic leadership across generations.

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