Board Member Spotlight: Ambassador (r.) David Huebner ’82

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.

Emerging Leaders Spotlight: Scott Welfel

Why did you join the Princeton AlumniCorps community and the Emerging Leaders program? We posed that question to Scott Welfel ’06, a Staff Attorney at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and 2014-15 Emerging Leader.

Scott Welfel '06
Scott Welfel ’06

I applied to Emerging Leaders because I wanted to learn how to play a more active role in the operation, organization, and direction of my organization even from my current role as staff attorney, to position myself to become one of the leaders in prisoner reentry policy in New Jersey, and to improve my ability to effectively and efficiently manage my direct reports. I was inspired by the example of Emerging Leaders alumni, such as Shena Elrington, who have risen to become incredibly effective leaders in their organizations and their respective fields.

I have learned an enormous amount from my colleagues – the other Emerging Leaders currently in the program. It is really inspiring to be connected with such passionate, driven advocates for social justice, and to learn different management techniques from their collective experience and wisdom. Additionally, Yael Sivi, Program Facilitator for New York, is hands-down a master teacher. Her knowledge of what makes us and others tick, and how to harness that knowledge to realize the full potential of our organizations, is absolutely unparalleled. If given the option of choosing one person to send to end the gridlock in Washington, I would send Yael.

The skills and tools I am learning at Emerging Leaders are particularly crucial in the social justice sphere of legal advocacy, where organizations are dependent on law student interns. Effective and efficient management of interns is particularly difficult given the transient and unpaid nature of their positions. Through mastering the skill of effective management, I hope to markedly increase the capacity and productivity of the Institute for Social Justice as well as any organizations I land at in the future.

I support AlumniCorps because I believe effective leadership, and the level of self-reflection that is required for effective leadership, must be taught. No other organization currently offers this level of high-caliber professional development for leaders in the public interest sector.

AlumniCorps Spotlight: Tonya Miles ’82

Tonya Miles '82 and Aria Miles '14
Tonya Miles ’82 and Aria Miles ’14

“I was introduced to Princeton AlumniCorps by my daughter, Aria Miles ’14, who was a 2014-2015 Princeton Project 55 fellow in Washington, D.C.  I marveled at Aria’s growth and development as a civic-minded young adult under this fellowship. I recognized that AlumniCorps was a natural fit for Aria after Princeton, since she began her civic engagement and public service journey during Princeton’s Inaugural Bridge Year Program in 2009. As one of five Princeton students to spend nine months in Ghana prior to her freshman year, Aria gained invaluable experiences and insights on what it means to be of service to other people. In fact, I believe that AlumniCorps’ mission paved the way for Princeton’s Bridge Year Program, as I believe AlumniCorps personifies Princeton’s motto – Princeton in the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All  Nations

Project 55 fellows are impressive! They are selected each year from a competitive applicant pool of Princeton University seniors and recent graduates. In recent years, approximately 12% of the Princeton senior class has applied for a Project 55 Fellowship. Each year we place between 40 and 50 fellows. I am impressed by our talented fellows, who have a desire to work for social change in our various geographic locations: Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC.  The fellows, whom we place with our partner organizations, are well-received by staff and in many instances are invited to extend their stay with our partner organizations.  Our fellows and their work are making a difference! 

AlumniCorps’ slogan, Engage at Every Age,  appealed to me. Though my professional career was already rooted in public service, I first sought direct involvement in AlumniCorps through its ARC Innovators Program. It was a way for me to use my transferable professional skills and experiences to voluntarily support a non-profit organization with unique needs. Later, I was elected to the AlumniCorps Board of Directors.

I enthusiastically embrace my role as an AlumniCorps Board member.  It is an honor to set    policy and develop action-oriented strategies for our AlumniCorps programs.  My service as a Board member is a unique extension of my undergraduate Big Sister Program experience with middle-school students in the Princeton community and my undergraduate leadership roles in Princeton student organizations. My primary base is the Washington, DC metropolitan area, where my board service enables me to view unique community needs and identify how AlumniCorps can help meet those needs.”


Catching Up With AlumniCorps in Chicago

unnamed (4)In early November, AlumniCorps Executive Director Andrew Nurkin, Partnership Manager Caryn Tomjlanovich, and Development Director Sharon Keld ’80 spent two and a half packed days in Chicago, visiting partner organizations and longtime supporters. Among the partner organizations they met with were the Steans Family Foundation, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Better Boys Foundation, and North Lawndale Employment Network. They also sat in on a strategy session with the Chicago Area Committee, met with Chicago supporters and Board members, and caught up with counterparts at the University of Chicago Public Interest Program and Northwestern’s fellowship program.

Andrew, Caryn, and Sharon joined current fellows, mentors, and other Area Committee members for a pizza party at the offices of Jeff Sharp ’80. There’s nothing like Chicago pizza to bring the AlumniCorps community together! The next morning, the staff and Area Committee volunteers attended the weekly seminar that is held for the Princeton Project 55, University of Chicago PIP, and Northwestern fellows, about 50 in all. Hosted by Princeton Project 55 fellow Calvin Gross ’15, employees of Lawndale Christian Health Center talked about their challenges and successes providing access to health care in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

New Board Members Elected

The Princeton AlumniCorps Board of Directors recently elected six new members to the Board, including a new Chair.  Five members have been elected to three-year terms: Liz Duffy ’88, David Huebner ‘82, Tonya Miles ‘82, Juana Pacheco ’90, and Andrew Protain ’08.  Amy Olivero ’13 will be serving a one-year term reserved for a recent Project 55 fellow. Additionally, Duffy was elected as the Chair of the Board during a special meeting of the directors held in April. All terms became effective June 1, 2015.

These new members succeed Marsha Rosenthal ’76, Andrew Goldstein ’06, Anthony Quainton ’55, Richard Walker ’73, and Scott Taylor ’75, whose terms expired on May 31. As Chair, Duffy succeeds Kenly Webster ’55, who served as Chair during 2014-15. Webster remains on the Board ex officio as the President of the Class of 1955 and Immediate Past Chair of AlumniCorps.

Also at the May Board meeting, four current Board members were re-elected for three-year terms. These members are Anne Goldstein ’79, Kef Kasdin ’85, Dana Malman Warren ’03, and Dana Weinstein ’12. Three officers were also re-elected to serve additional terms: Kathy Miller ’77 as President, Leesy Taggart ’78 as Secretary, and Charlie Mapes ’55 as Treasurer.

We welcome all our new Board members and thank all our outgoing Board members for their service!

Liz Duffy ’88

Elizabeth Duffy ’88 became the president of International Schools Services on July 1, 2015. She previously served for twelve years as the Head Master of the Lawrenceville School. Before joining Lawrenceville, Liz was the executive director of the Ball Foundation and served in leadership roles at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is currently a trustee of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and has served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Independent Schools.

Liz graduated from Princeton with an AB in Molecular Biology, magna cum laude, and holds an AM in Administration & Policy Analysis from Stanford University’s School of Education, as well as an MBA and Public Management Certificate from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Her history with Princeton AlumniCorps stretches to the first years of Project 55, when as the staff coordinator for the Student Volunteers Council at Princeton she helped advocate for the fellowship program on campus. She subsequently served three terms on the Project 55 Board (1997 to 2008). As chair of the Board’s nominating committee during this time, Liz was instrumental in crafting the long-term transition strategy that has successfully included younger generations in the leadership of the organization. Following a search and recommendation by the nominating committee, chaired by Arthur McKee ’90, the AlumniCorps Board of Directors voted unanimously to elect Liz as the first AlumniCorps Board Chair not from the Class of 1955.

David Huebner ’82

David Heubner ’82 is a partner at Arnold & Porter, LLP in Los Angeles, California, where he focuses on international arbitration, international public law, intellectual property, and national security practices. Prior to this position, he served as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa for 5 years. As an ambassador, David led efforts to increase program focus on areas such as education, civil society capacity building, climate change, and cyber and maritime security. During that time, he also served as a guest lecturer and seminar leader at the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury, and University of Otago. David is also a founding national board member of the Gay and Lesbian Association Against Defamation (GLAAD).

David graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude in 1982 with a BA in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and received his JD from Yale Law School. He is admitted to the Bars of California, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Tonya Miles ’82

Tonya Miles ’82 works as the Chief Departmental Administrator at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) where she manages an annual operating budget of $3.9 million, provides oversight on various operations involving Litigation and Employment Law, Transactions, and Land Use, and executes human resources administration, among various other roles.

Tonya began working in the Maryland school system in the early 1990’s and was appointed to the Maryland State Board of Education by Governor Robert Erhlich ’79. In 2009, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan named her to the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Prior to this, Tonya worked for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as the Director and Operations Liaison of Administration and Operations for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT®).

Tonya Miles graduated from Princeton University in 1982 with a BSE in Engineering Systems and Management and holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the AlumniCorps Board to fill a three-year term reserved for a member of the Princeton University class in its 33rd Reunion year, in this case the Class of 1982.

Juana Pacheco ’90

Juana Pacheco ’90 is the Director of Corporate Development for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). Before joining HSF, Juana was Executive Vice President at LATINAStyle Inc., one of the most influential publications for contemporary Hispanic women. In this role, Juana defined organizational priorities to advance the mission of the company, working directly with the President & CEO and Board of Directors. Additionally, she managed the fundraising, marketing, sales, and advertising aspects of the company. Juana is a published expert in the field of economic and community development with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, working with organizations and entities that focus on Hispanics, women, and economic development issues.

Juana holds a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the National Urban Fellows Program (Baruch College CUNY). Juana, her husband, two daughters, four rescue dogs and one rescue cat live in New Jersey.

Andrew Protain ’08

Andrew Protain ’08 works for DonorsChoose, an innovative non-profit organization that generates millions of dollars in donations for public school teachers across the nation. Andrew began his work with DonorsChoose in 2008 as a Project 55 fellow. Since then, he has held various positions with DonorsChoose, moving from an Operations Associate to the User Experience Research Manager. His role as User Experience Research Manager requires that he manage the organization’s website and collect customer feedback to ensure the effectiveness and usability of the features on the website. He also develops and shares the best practices for conducting user research to the entire organization and assists with the planning of marketing campaigns.

Andrew graduated from Princeton University in 2008 with a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and certificates in Neuroscience and Japanese Language and Culture. He co-chairs the New York steering committee for AlumniCorps and was a 2014-15 Emerging Leader.

Amy Olivero ’13

Amy Olivero ’13 works as an advisory associate for KPMG, a global network of professional firms that provide Audit, Tax and Advisory services. She is currently working with New York Department of Health on the Delivery Service Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program for New York State Medicaid program. Prior to this, Amy Olivero served as a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, Virginia. She also worked as a research and policy analyst at the Embassy of El Salvador in Washington, DC and as a business and human resources intern for TISTA Science and Technology Corporation in Rockville, Maryland.

Amy served as a Project 55 fellow at the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services in Brooklyn, New York. She was elected to the AlumniCorps Board to fill the one-year Recent Fellow seat. Amy graduated from Princeton University in 2013 with a BA in Public Policy and International Relations and a certificate in Latin American studies. During her undergraduate years, she also spent a semester at the University of Havana in Cuba.