Reunions 2018 Events to be held at Princeton’s Neuroscience Institute Building

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute is located near Poe Field– the end of the P-Rade route– a familiar site to us all! As seen on the map below, the building is right beside Scully Hall. You can use the embedded Google Map to navigate to the building from your location and see an image of the building below.

If arriving by car, we recommend parking in the University’s lot 20 or 21. For details and maps on parking at Reunions 2018, see the University’s page here.

Neuroscience Building
The Neuroscience Building. In the fall of 2006, Rafael Moneo was chosen to design a two-building complex to house the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Psychology. Work began in the spring of 2010, and the building was occupied in December 2013. The building covers 248,000 square feet and meets LEED Silver standards.



Join AlumniCorps at Princeton University Reunions 2018!

Join us for a slate of activities on June 1, 2018— the Friday of Princeton Reunions. All of our Reunions activities will take place at Princeton’s Neuroscience Institute Building off Poe Field (see tips on how to get there here). Note specific room numbers below— also found in the Reunions 2018 Schedule of Open Events booklet.
We are also hosting our quarterly Board of Directors Meeting on June 3, 2018— the Sunday of Reunions weekend. Our meetings are open to the public, but RSVP to is required by 5/18/18.

June 1, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

In the Nation's Service: Mapping Your Network for the Public Good. Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Faculty Conference 101


Left to right: Charlie Lucas ’71, Kristen Smith ’03, Brandon White ’09, and Ayana Woods ’98
When it comes to effecting social change, where do you fit in? Come and discover how your connections, skills, and resources can be used for the public good. You’ll hear how four Princeton alumni (pictured above)— Charlie Lucas ’71, Kristen Smith ’03, Brandon White ’09, and Ayana Woods ’98— leveraged AlumniCorps’ programs, as well as their own networks. Then you’ll participate in an interactive workshop to understand how to use your connections and create new connections—great and small— for systemic social change.

June 1, 12:00pm – 1:30pm In the Nation’s Service Together: A Networking Lunch
Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Study Hall & Patio A

Continue the conversation around mobilizing networks for the public good over lunch with like-minded Princetonians. Lunch is free of charge, but RSVP is requested by 5/25/18 at

June 1, 2:00pm – 3:30pm In the Service of Humanity: Empowering Immigrant Communities (Panel)
Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Room A32.
Left to right: Phillip Connor *10, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center; Maribel Hernández Rivera, Esq. *10, Executive Director of Legal Initiatives, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; José Quiñonez *98, Founder and CEO, Mission Asset Fund; Maya Wahrman ’16, Former Project 55 Fellow and Program Assistant (Forced Migration), Princeton University Office of Religious Life.

As a part of Princeton AlumniCorps’ Bold Idea initiative, we are hosting a panel discussion and Q & A session featuring speakers who have experience working to build capacities and develop skills among immigrants and refugees.
Featuring (pictured above) Phillip Connor *10, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center; Maribel Hernández  Rivera, Esq. *10, Executive Director of Legal Initiatives, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; José Quiñonez *98, Founder and CEO, Mission Asset Fund; Maya Wahrman ’16, Former Project 55 Fellow and Program Assistant (Forced Migration), Princeton University Office of Religious Life. Learn more about our panelists by reading their bios, here.

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 9:30am – 3:00pm Board of Directors Meeting
Location: International School Services, 15 Roszel Road, Princeton NJ.
AlumniCorps board meetings are open to the public.
Please RSVP to Kimme Carlos at or (609) 921-8808 ext. 1 by Friday, May 18, 2018.

We hope you will be able to join us!

Reunions 2018 Immigration Panel Speakers

June 1, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
In the Service of Humanity: Empowering Immigrant Communities (Panel)
Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Room A32.

Phillip Connor *10 is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center. He is an expert on international migration, immigrant integration and immigrant religion in the United States, Canada and Europe. Connor prepares reports on immigration and religion, consults with demographic and public opinion researchers at the Center on migration aspects of their work, and analyses data. Before joining Pew Research Center, Connor received his doctorate in sociology at Princeton University. He was the lead author of the Center’s reports Faith on the Move and Still in Limbo: About a Million Asylum Seekers Await Word on Whether They Can Call Europe Home. He is also the author of the book Immigrant Faith and has published several academic articles in leading migration and religion journals. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time and the Economist.


Maribel Hernández Rivera, Esq. *10 is a long time immigrant rights advocate and an accomplished public interest lawyer. She has experience in direct services, project management, and policymaking. As head of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ Legal Initiatives, Maribel is responsible for managing and promoting innovative access to justice programs for immigrants including ActionNYC and NYCitizenship.  Maribel previously served as Supervising Attorney at Immigrant Justice Corps where she directly supervised Department of Justice Accredited Representatives as they helped low-income New Yorkers apply for immigration benefits. Maribel is also a former Fried Frank/ MALDEF fellow.  As a fellow, she represented individuals in immigration detention, submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the U.S. government in the Arizona v. United States case, and participated in a group advocating for the representation of people in immigration detention.  Maribel received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, her Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and her A.B. from Harvard University.  Upon law school graduation, Maribel served as law clerk to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

José Quiñonez *98 is Mission Asset Fund’s (MAF) founding CEO.
Under his leadership, he quickly built MAF into an award-winning nonprofit with innovative nationwide models for integrating financially excluded, low-income communities into the financial mainstream. For his work, he was awarded the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship, the Ashoka Fellowship, and the Aspen Institute Fellowship. He also received the James Irvine Leadership Award and Princeton University’s WWS Distinguished Alumni Award, among others.
José is a visionary leader, highly regarded in the consumer finance field. Currently, he serves in Consumer Advisory Boards for the Federal Reserve Bank of SF, US Bank, Experian, and Capital One. In 2012, he was appointed by the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as the inaugural Chair of the Consumer Advisory Board. Governor Brown enacted legislation recognizing MAF’s Lending Circles program, making California the first state to lift up credit building as a force for good.
José is a passionate advocate for social justice. He is a former Congressional legislative assistant, and a nonprofit lobbyist in Washington, D.C. where he advocated for federal policy change regarding immigration, hunger and welfare reform.
José graduated from the University of California at Davis, and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

Maya Wahrman ’16 is the Program Assistant in Forced Migration at the Office of Religious Life (ORL) at Princeton University, where she co-designs and administrates the ORL’s Interfaith Program in Refugees and Forced Migration. Last year she served as the Communications Coordinator at ORL through a Princeton Project 55 Fellowship.

Through her fellowship, Maya co-curated the international interdisciplinary conference of over 300 participants, Seeking Refuge: Faith-Based Approaches to Forced Migration. She has now assisted the office in acquiring two grants to sustain their innovative interfaith refugee program. This year she organized a high-profile policy forum about the role of religion in domestic refugee integration, internships for Princeton undergraduates with refugee service and policy organizations, and a service-learning project with local Central American unaccompanied minors and Princeton history students. Maya has invested in local and national expertise in refugees and forced migration through her work, her Arabic and Spanish skills, and her personal commitments, serving as a volunteer to detained asylum-seekers in the Elizabeth Detention Center, a member of Interfaith-RISE (a resettlement network in Highland Park), and a volunteer with the Neighborhood Sanctuary Alliance. Maya also served this past year as a peer tutor to Syrian refugees participating in a Princeton online history course from a refugee camp in Northern Jordan, tutoring online with two on-site visits to the camp and undergoing intensive training around Higher Education in Emergencies.

Maya graduated in 2016 from the History Department at Princeton University, with certificates in Near Eastern Studies and Creative Writing. She has published several opinion pieces using history to advocate for just solutions to the refugee crisis and for asylum seekers in the US.


Why Support Princeton AlumniCorps?

Princeton AlumniCorps is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, we rely on the generosity of donors like you, who provide more than 80% of our operating budget. With nearly three decades of experience working with nonprofits and other civic-minded organizations across the country, AlumniCorps leads the charge to develop talent, create networks, and nourish a pipeline of effective leaders in the nonprofit sector. Each year our programs in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, New Jersey, and Washington, DC provide mentorship, training, and professional development to almost 100 talented and passionate university graduates, Emerging Leaders, and ARC Innovators who directly affect thousands of people served by our partner organizations.

Your contribution ensures that the next generation of nonprofit leaders working in community development, social services, education, the environment, civic service, and more, can develop the skills and knowledge they need to effect long-term, systemic social change.

We’ve launched a special fundraising appeal focused on our Project 55 Fellowship & Internship alumni, with a target of $27,000 by June 30, 2018. To help inspire these program alumni, we shared photos of years gone by asking “Remember YOUR Princeton Project 55 experience?” In addition, current and continuing Fellow Anna Walker ’17 (pictured below), who is working at Partners for the Common Good in Washington, DC, wrote a heartfelt letter to the program alumni, outlining three reasons why she will always support the program.

Photo captions: (a) Anna (3rd from left) and her coworkers & PP55 Fellow Hayley Roth ’17 (right), at the Opportunity Finance Network Conference in Sept. 2017. (b) Anna with Hayley in the office. (c) Anna at training on the fundamentals of the opportunity finance industry hosted at Self-Help Credit Union.

First: No other university has a program like Project 55 (PP55). In all my conversations with recent graduates from other universities, I’ve found that only Princeton has a nonprofit fellowship program created and funded by alumni. I like to think that we Tigers are an exceptional bunch, and PP55 certainly cements that conviction.

Second: The support I received from Project 55 throughout the job search and application process. Instead of sending dozens of cover letters into the ether, never to be heard from again, I had PP55 staff, program alumni, and peers who could help me prepare for an interview, offer advice for placements, and even give a nudge to organizations I had interviewed with to improve my chances for a fulfilling post-graduate job. To have the guidance, reassurance, and support of PP55 staff and infrastructure during that process helped me and many other Fellows maintain our sanity.

Lastly: Former Fellows and Princeton alumni who welcomed me and the other Fellows into their homes and lives. Starting a new job in a new city with new people is difficult. Thanks to the PP55 network, a welcoming committee of local Princetonians awaits each PP55 Fellow. From backyard barbecues to cultural events to individual mentors, PP55 has connected me with fascinating people who have supported and guided me during my Fellowship. The best way I know to thank all those people who have welcomed the DC Fellowship class is to give my own time and expertise to future Fellows and the PP55 program.

Emerging Leaders Program Update

Congratulations to another cohort of Emerging Leaders alumni!

Closing Celebrations were held in New York City on Tuesday, February 13, and in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 15. Emerging Leaders were joined by supportive friends, family members, work supervisors, AlumniCorps board members, Emerging Leaders volunteers, and Emerging Leaders alumni.

As is customary, Emerging Leaders were invited to give a few closing remarks at the Celebrations. We have a few excerpts below:
“I am thankful to Princeton AlumniCorps for existing. You are doing impactful work and transforming lives by not only showing us we can remain in the sector but encouraging innovation to challenge the status quo.”
~Tenesha Duncan (pictured left), EL DC ‘17 – ‘18, Membership Director, National Abortion Federation, Washington, DC

“The best part of the program was hearing the great experience and knowledge of my cohort. This group has become crucial for me as I continue to develop in my career”
~ Liam Cates (pictured center), EL NYC ‘17-’18, Senior Community Engagement Associate,, NYC

“Being in a leadership role in a small organization can be lonely. After a particularly frank conversation, my boss recommended that I apply to the Emerging Leaders program, and I am so grateful he did. Emerging Leaders gave me peers and thought partners ​who provided feedback and perspective I didn’t even realize I needed.”
~ Jessica Weis (pictured right), EL NYC ‘17 – ‘18, Program Director, The Petey Greene Program, NJ

We invite new program alumni to leverage our network by:
1. Joining our program facilitators for periodic professional development lunches.
AlumniCorps periodically sponsors lunches with program facilitators Hilary Joel and Yael Sivi for small groups of Emerging Leaders alumni. After a lunch in October 2017, Rachel Steinberg (EL NYC ‘16-’17) remarked “…to have the opportunity to re-immerse in the experience, even if only for a couple of hours, was excellent. I do think this is a wonderful way to sustain the growth and learnings of Emerging Leaders. Thank you for arranging this!”
2. Connecting Regionally with the Network.
May Mark, an alumna of the ’14 -15 Emerging Leaders cohort in NYC, moved across the country to join an Oakland, CA education tech startup. When that job ended prematurely, she turned to the AlumniCorps network to help her learn more about opportunities in the Bay Area. “This new AlumniCorps community was an extension of the one I’d joined in NYC during the Emerging Leaders program. Even though the Bay Area is different, both communities have shared values.” Read more about May’s journey with AlumniCorps here.