The Bay Area
Tiffany Lee ’11 has been leading the partner organization recruitment for the Bay Area this year. We are excited to see a great deal of interest from potential new partners.
On December 4 the area committee hosted a Happy Hour at the Olympic Club for fellows and AlumniCorps mentors and volunteers.
The Boston area committee welcomed two Princeton AlumniCorps fellows this summer. We co-hosted a welcome event in September with the Harvard CPIC fellows, the High Meadows Fellows, and the Puttkammer fellow. We kicked off the year with a seminar sponsored by the Harvard CPIC program: a dinner event which enabled fellows to mingle with professionals working in a variety of careers within the nonprofit sector. The November seminar featured Andrea Campbell ’04 speaking about her work in public interest law and her perspective on the field. AlumniCorps fellow Amali Gunawardana ’14 published a blog post on the Shared Effort blog, describing the exciting start to her fellowship year.
On September 9, Vince Anderson ’65 and his wife Sally hosted new fellows and mentors for an orientation and kick-off event. Chicago Area Committee Chair Whitney Spalding Spencer ’07 shared information on the Chicago fellowship program, and Carol Obertubessing ’73 distributed her famous Chicago tip sheet in addition to tickets for fellows to the Princeton Night at the Cubs hosted by the Princeton Club of Chicago.
On October 28, more than 120 people, including 30 current and former fellows and 25 partner organizations, gathered at the Mid-America Club to celebrate 25 years of Project 55 in Chicago. We heard from John Rogers ’80, John Horan (a longtime Project 55 supporter), and Chris Mallette ’93 about what Project 55 has meant to them. Speakers also paid tribute to, and channeled, the late John Fish ’55, who made Project 55 what it is today and whose legacy we all work to continue. Many thanks to our lead event sponsor John Rogers ’80 and Ariel Investments for making the evening celebration possible. John Rogers was joined as honorary co-chair by Harrison Steans ’57, to whom we also extend our thanks.
Our fellows have already participated in 10 seminars this year, many of which were held in conjunction with Public Interest Program fellows from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. We started the year with a getting-to-know you seminar for all three universities on August 25 and have since had seminars three times a month, including seminars on sustainable energy at Elevate Energy (hosted by former fellows Tessa Maurer ’13 and Andrew Kinaci ’10), on Asset Based Community Development, on metrics at the Cara Program, on education at North Lawndale College Prep Charter School, on after-school programming at Urban Initiatives, on community organizing at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, on focused actions at Interfaith Youth Corps, on fundraising and foundations at the Crossroads Fund, on why for-profits do public interest work at Mayer Brown, and on LGBT advocacy at the Center on Halsted. Our fellows have learned a ton and had an opportunity to meet with some very impressive people. Thanks, in particular, to Rebecca Deaton ’91 and Maddy Woodle ’13 who lead the seminar planning work for the Chicago Area Committee.
The Connecticut area committee had a kickoff celebration on August 27th at the Greenwich Water Club. Mentors, fellows, former fellows, supporters of the fellowship program, and staff got acquainted and talked about our wishes for PP55 in the region.
Mentors this year are Lisa Getson ’93 for Suchana Costa ’14 and Nicky Fritz ’87 for Damali James ’14.
In August, Fellows Support Committee co-Chairs Jess Jardine ’10 and Sarah Twardock ’11 organized a Fellows’ Kick-Off event to welcome the new class of fellows to the Big Apple. Rainah Berlowitz ’97, Christina Barba ’02, and Connie Lewin ’05 spoke to the fellows about their career experiences, and Bridget Wright ’11 provided insights on living in New York City on a Princeton Project 55 fellowship budget. Other Steering Committee members and mentors, including Corey Riley ’98, came out to introduce themselves to the new fellows.
The broader New York AlumniCorps community had the opportunity to meet and welcome the new fellows at the Welcome Supper, generously hosted by Dominic Michel ’70, his wife Dawn, and his mother-in-law Gloria. What a delight it was to have over 40 current fellows, former fellows, mentors, Board members, committee members, and AlumniCorps staff members including Frank Cruz ’89 and Ry Beck in attendance. It was especially meaningful for the new fellows to meet Sam Suratt ’55, who warmed everyone’s hearts with his big smile and stories about Princeton and New York City. A long-time Princeton AlumniCorps supporter, mentor, Board member, and Steering Committee member, Sam Suratt ’55 touched the lives of countless New York fellows and passed in October. He is sorely missed.
The fellows have continued to mingle with one another and explore New York together through fun, engaging events organized by Social & Alumni Relations Committee Co-Chairs Lily Fu ’13 and Victoria Lee ’13. The fellows enjoyed a late summer happy hour at the Boat Basin Cafe and an autumn picnic at the Union Square Farmers Market.
The Seminar Committee has also kicked off the year with enlightening programming for the fellows. Bridget Wright ’11 and Judy Hole Suratt s’55 coordinated a fascinating tour of New York’s legendary Central Park led by the Central Park Conservancy, and it was a treat to have Andrew Goldstein ’06, a former fellow and current Board member, in attendance. The next seminar was a roundtable discussion at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, featuring executive director Angela Diaz, MD. The evening touched on various topics from confidentiality/legal issues of the clinic to the historical impact of the organization on the community to recent trends of health care cases within the neighborhood, appealing to fellows’ interests in health, law, education, community development, and beyond.
The New York community looks forward to gathering together for a Holiday Party generously hosted by Steve Houck ’69. Many thanks to all for a wonderful 2014, and we look forward to all that 2015 will bring.
The new fellowship year is off to a great start for DC’s nine fellows. We launched the year on September 22 with a Welcome Dinner hosted at the Aspen Institute.
The dinner was a great opportunity for fellows to meet one another as well as the other members of the DC AlumniCorps community. We were especially grateful to hear from AlumniCorps Board Chairman Kenly Webster ’55 and Board Member Tony Quainton ’55 about the history of Princeton AlumniCorps. Thanks also to Board member Anne Goldstein ’79 and mentor Lindsay Ferrer ’01 for joining our group that evening. During the dinner we engaged in a lively dialogue about the Fellowship program, including brainstorming ideas for how it can continue growing and adapt in the future.
Following our Welcome Dinner, we hosted an Orientation event for Fellows on October 5th. We focused the session on how to get the most out of the Fellowship year, including adjusting to living in a new city, navigating the office environment, maximizing the value of the mentor-mentee relationship, and setting goals for the year. We were fortunate to have two guest speakers at our event, current Mentor Jon Extein ’10 and emeritus Board member Arthur McKee ’90.
On October 29, the fellows convened for their first seminar, Managing Workplace Relationships, which was expertly facilitated by Lisa Lazarus ‘02. The workshop-style seminar helped Fellows cultivate skills to solve problems and make decisions, resolve conflict and negotiate, cooperate with others, and listen actively in their workplaces.
Future events include a topic-based seminar on Community Development Finance and a holiday dinner.
On Tuesday, November 18, current Emerging Leaders hosted a Women’s Networking Mixer at Washington, DC’s Local 16 bar. The mixer was open to women who work across all sectors in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. The group saw an opportunity to connect women of all ages in a meaningful way to establish professional and personal relationships. The team decided to create a space for women to connect while fundraising for future Emerging Leaders. Thirty attendees received a welcome from Princeton AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders Alum, Elizabeth Lindsey *07, Chief Operating Officer of Groundswell. Her remarks inspired as she discussed the importance of having support of others as you grow professionally. She highlighted that it is possible to have the life you want to live and truly balance the responsibilities of marriage, motherhood, and professional growth as long as you have meaningful relationships to support you as grow throughout career. She ended her remarks by sharing how Emerging Leaders has enhanced her career and offered information about applying for next year’s Emerging Leaders program.