AlumniCorps Welcomes Five New Board Members in 2018

Princeton AlumniCorps’ Board of Directors recently elected five new members to the Board: Karen S. Ali, Esq., Princeton class of 1978, of Princeton Junction, NJ; Timothy (Tim) Harr, Princeton class of 1972 of Washington, D.C.; Rishi Jaitly, Princeton class of 2004, of Chicago, IL; Brian Leung, Princeton class of 2012, of New York, NY; and Kristen Smith, Princeton class of 2003, of Chicago, IL. New members attended their first Board meeting in Princeton on September 15, 2018.

Additionally, current Board members re-elected for three-year terms include Liz Duffy, Princeton class of 1988 of Lawrenceville, NJ; David Huebner, Princeton class of 1982 of Los Angeles, CA; and Andrew Protain, Princeton class of 2008 of New York City, NY.

AlumniCorps Board members meet quarterly, and play a vital role in developing policies, procedures and regulations, monitoring financial performance and AlumniCorps’ programs. They also participate actively in at least one program committee and one fundraising committee, attend scheduled board retreats, planning meetings, workshops or other board development activities, and attend, support, and participate in special events. Directors serve for a three-year term that is renewable for one cycle and bring personal/professional expertise to support the mission of AlumniCorps.

Karen Ali is an active Tiger involved in several University and alumni activities. She received the Alumni Service Award from the Association of Black Princeton Alumni on June 2, 2018. For more than 20 years, she has served as an administrator for the Fred Fox Class of 1939 Fund, a program that provides grants to students for academic-related projects. She is also an alumni interviewer for the Alumni Schools Committee.
In 2013 she volunteered through Princeton AlumniCorps ARC Innovators program for Good Grief, Inc. and edited an anthology of children’s essays about their grief journey, The Invisible Tattoo: True Stories about Children Grieving, Living, and Loving After Loss (2014).
Formerly, Karen served as a member of the Sociology Departments Advisory Committee from 2012-2018; vice president of the Class of 1978 and president of the Class of 1978 Foundation from 1998-2003; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Class of 1978 Foundation for more than 20 years.

Karen is also active in the community, serving as the current president of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey State Museum Foundation. She is General Counsel for the New Jersey Hospital Association, a healthcare trade association in Princeton.

Karen graduated from Princeton in 1978 with a degree in Sociology, magna cum laude and a Certificate of Proficiency in Afro-American Studies. She is a 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and a member of the New York and Virginia bars.

Karen lives in Princeton Junction with her spouse, Deighton Weekes, and their son, Justin, Adelphi University 19.


Timothy ‘Tim’ Harr is familiar with AlumniCorps through doing a couple of ARC Innovator projects. He teaches international negotiation at Georgetown Law and works as an attorney/consultant, after a career in private practice and working at Motorola on a range of antitrust/regulatory/government compliance/international business matters. He has had substantial Board experience in multiple roles, having served on the Board of Green Door Behavioral Health since 2005.

Tim holds a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School and a JD (Order of the Coif recipient) from University of Virginia Law School. A resident of Washington, D.C., Tim has a pet chicken named Ivanka Trump. He also volunteered through AlumniCorps ARC Innovators program in 2015-16 with Sourlands Conservancy in New Jersey. Tims six-month-old granddaughter in Philadelphia will probably be the recipient of visits on weekends when there are Board meetings.


Rishi Jaitly is CEO of Times Bridge, the U.S.s largest venture capital firm bringing the worlds best ideas to India and Asia. The firm’s investment portfolio includes Airbnb, Coursera, Houzz, Mubi, Thrive, Uber and Vice. Jaitly is the former Vice President, Asia Pacific, Middle East & North Africa for Twitter.

Earlier, Jaitly was the Managing Director of Twitter India, the Head of Public/Private Partnerships for Google/YouTube India, a speechwriter for Google CEO Eric Schmidt and a Director of the Knight Foundation in Detroit and College Summit in Washington, D.C.

He’s the co-founder of Michigan Corps (an online service platform for Michiganders everywhere), Kiva Detroit (Americas first peer-to-peer microlending initiative), and the BMe Community (now Americas largest digital storytelling/leadership network by/for black males who lead in their hometowns).

He is a former Trustee of Princeton University, a former Commissioner of Higher Education in New Jersey, a member of the Princeton Technology Advisory Council, and a Board Member of the Princeton Club of Chicago & the Chicago Humanities Festival. Rishi was a Project 55 Fellow at College Summit from 2004 to 2005.


Brian Leung came to AlumniCorps in 2016-17 as an ARC Innovator with Harlem RBI in New York City (now DREAM Charter School) to continue his commitment to civic engagement after moving to private sector employment, working first for Fresh Direct and now as Special Operations Manager for Hellofresh USA. Since leaving Princeton in 2012, Brian has worked for the CIA as a Graduate Researcher while getting his Master of Public Affairs at University of Wisconsin Madison. He worked at the New York City Office of the Mayor, where he served as the Mayor’s juvenile justice subject matter expert and oversaw the Mayors Leadership Team on School Safety. In both of those roles, Brians work showed tangible results.

At Princeton, Brian majored in Politics and received a Certificate in Economics. He was captain of the Mens Varsity Cross Country and Track Teams, where his talent was awarded with being a two time All American and a three-time winner of the Rosengarten Award for Most Valuable Student.


Kristen N. Smith is an attorney in Holland & Knights Chicago office and focuses her practice on multifamily affordable housing finance matters. She represents institutional lenders providing debt financing and investors providing equity financing in the construction and preservation of affordable housing developments eligible for the low-income housing tax credits. Kristen also represents lenders in transactions utilizing the credit enhancement programs of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

As a former Affordable Housing Fellow at New York Citys Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and a former Assistant General Counsel at the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Kristen has a wealth of experience working with city, state and federal agencies on affordable housing transactions involving tax credits, tax-exempt bonds and multiples sources of subsidy funds in New York City and throughout the United States.

Kristen also works with HPD to coordinate its Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (MWBEs) Building Opportunities Workshops. Kristen graduated from Princeton in 2003 with a BA in Anthropology with Certificates in Latin American Studies and Spanish Language and Culture. She followed that by receiving a JD from Boston University School of Law in 2007 and was President of the Black Law Students Association in 2006. Kristen is also a former Project 55 Fellow and has been an active member of the AlumniCorps community in each city she has lived in – Boston, New York, and Chicago – serving on Area Committees, supporting the Fellowship Programs and acting as a mentor.

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