Regional Updates, Spring 2017

AlumniCorps Regions Map 2017-18

Seven members of the Class of 1966 hosted lunch for Boston-area AlumniCorps Project 55 Fellows from their 2016 grandchild class, meeting downtown at the Carrie Nation Cocktail Club. John Hart ‘66 reports, “The Fellows have impressive accomplishments and activities and are great conversationalists as well. This was the first 1966-2016 event since the 50th.”

Class of '66 with PP55 Fellows in Boston
Clockwise in the first photo from Rick Bowers in the striped sweater at the head of the table: Rick Bowers, Nina Narayanan, Ned Groth, Clara Kerwin, Sanjay Rao, Mike Tooke (head of the other end), Carl Corey (in 50th blazer), Owen Mathieu, John Hart, Emilee Tu, and David Williams (missing: PP55 Fellow Dinara Gabdrakhmanova).

Class of '66 with PP55 Fellows in Boston

In addition, within the past three months, Fellows in Boston attended two public health forums. The first was a lecture on the behavior economics of scarcity with Princeton Professor Eldar Shafir, as well as a coffee chat with the Boston University Dean of Public Health. The second was an all-day symposium on reducing health inequities. The Boston Area Committee will wrap up the year with a seminar at the Children’s Advocacy Center, a longtime supporter of Project 55 and an outdoor picnic dinner to celebrate their Fellows.


During the last week of April, PP55 Fellows joined fellows from the University of Chicago and Northwestern for a seminar at the University of Chicago’s Urban Labs, a group working to address crime, education, health, poverty, and energy and environmental challenges in urban areas. In early April, the Committee hosted a happy hour so that Fellows, mentors, and Chicago Area Committee volunteers could catch up with Princeton AlumniCorps staff in town. In March, fellows organized a potluck game night and invited their mentors. Everyone brought their favorite dish and board game for a relaxed evening of fun. The Chicago Area Committee wants to give a special thank you to Amy Beth Treciokas ’87 for hosting the event in her beautiful yoga studio. The Area Committee is excited to be holding their end-of-year dinner in a few weeks to celebrate another successful fellowship year in Chicago!

New Jersey

The New Jersey Area Committee hosted a post-webinar seminar in March. They also hosted an outreach event on February 2 where AlumniCorps Interim Executive Director and Board President Kef Kasdin ’85 spoke to approximately 15 attendees about AlumniCorps’ new strategic plan and vision. Attendees also got the opportunity to share their expertise as mentors for social entrepreneur opportunities and meet the four Project 55 Fellows placed in New Jersey:

  • Sahana Jayaraman, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
  • Kelsey Kane-Ritsch, D&R Greenway Land Trust
  • Aliisa Lee, International Schools Services
  • Maya Wahrman, Princeton University, Office of Religious Life

On May 4 the Committee hosted a forum for about 25 people about entrepreneurship. Those in attendance got the opportunity to become acquainted with other alumni who have a commitment to civic engagement. Kef Kasdin ’85, President and Interim Executive Director of Alumni Corps, spoke about AlumniCorps’ new Strategic Plan. Special guest speaker Anne-Marie Maman ’84, Director of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council spoke about entrepreneurship.

Invest in Emerging Leaders: a summary of the Emerging Leaders 2017 Spring campaign

This year, AlumniCorps took a new approach to raise money for our Emerging Leaders program, galvanizing six years of Emerging Leaders alumni to join together to raise $6,000. As further incentive, the Harris Finch Foundation generously provided a one-to-one match challenge for the first $6,000 raised. Thanks to 48 donors, we exceeded our match and raised $7,058 for a total of $13,058!

EL NYC 2016-17
The 2016-17 cohort of Emerging Leaders in NYC at their closing celebration with program facilitator Yael Sivi (far right)
EL DC 2016-17
The 2016-17 cohort of Emerging Leaders in Washington, D.C. at their closing celebration with their program facilitator, Hilary Joel ‘85 (far left)

At each closing celebration, a few Emerging Leaders spoke about the impact the program had on them. A few excerpts from the NYC celebration:

A.J. Taylor reflected: “… the mere fact that I’m up here speaking to you today is a direct result of all the things I learned from the program… Emerging Leaders literally and figuratively helped me find my voice.”

Annabel Barnes of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation said, “The course was, somewhat uncannily, giving me every lesson that I needed, just when I needed it… Emerging Leaders modeled the kind of team that I hoped to one day lead and be a part of.”

“When I reflect on the past nine months in Emerging Leaders, my primary response is gratitude for the privilege of participating in a program I didn’t even know I needed,” said Jesse Bassett of Good Grief, Inc.

Executive Director’s Update – February 2017

Notes from a Princeton Project 55 orientation session

January is the best and busiest month at AlumniCorps. As the chill sets in and the holiday cheer recedes, we open our doors and get to work interviewing Project 55 Fellowship applicants. Our staff and alumni interviewers read through hundreds of essays, resumes, and transcripts. The office buzzes with students talking excitedly about why they want to do a Project 55 Fellowship. We go through a lot of coffee. As we consider which of our 162 applicants—a record!—will comprise the 27th class of PP55 Fellows, the AlumniCorps mission feels very alive.

This year in particular, as our political life together has taken increasingly concerning turns, my spirits were buoyed by the stream of brilliant and passionate students who marched through our office door. One applicant I met is utterly determined to mitigate the worst effects of climate change, and I left our interview sure that he will make major contributions to solving this challenge. Another, who first heard of PP55 when she attended Princeton’s admitted students’ gathering in Chicago four years ago, aspires to a policy career promoting gender equity. It is inspiring to imagine what the next class of fellows will contribute to our partner organizations, and also the ways they will be transformed by Project 55.

In the middle of all this, I took a day to attend our Emerging Leaders session in New York. Guest speakers Liz Duffy ’88 and Peter Daneker ’95 talked about their experiences leading and working with nonprofit boards. As the group of sixteen Emerging Leaders reflected on Liz and Pete’s comments, I was reminded that the qualities a leader exhibits correlate to the kind of change she creates. In that room I saw reflective, empathic, dedicated, and self-aware leaders prepared to run highly effective organizations. This kind of leadership is desperately needed, and Emerging Leaders creates the conditions for its growth.

Perhaps less visible but equally as important for the future of AlumniCorps, our strategic planning work continued in January. When the Board meets later in February they will vote on a plan that envisions AlumniCorps first and foremost as a network of individuals and organizations ready to be mobilized for the public good. If you are reading this issue of Shared Effort, you are part of our network, and I hope you will be part of bringing our plans to life in the coming years.  

A month of PP55 interviews is both a little draining and totally exhilarating. Our long January days didn’t just keep us distracted from the news this year; they deepened our commitment and raised our hope. Every day, the AlumniCorps community works together to solve public problems, train future leaders, learn from different perspectives, and create community. That is work worth doing for the long haul.  

In Community,


Development Update

A Case for Giving

Princeton AlumniCorps is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, we rely on the generosity of our donors, who provide nearly 80% of our operating budget. Our programs in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, New Jersey, and Washington DC, provide mentorship, training, and professional development to approximately 80 talented passionate university graduates and nonprofit professionals who in turn, directly affect thousands of people served by our partner organizations. Your contribution helps assure that leaders at nonprofits across the spectrum from the arts, community development, and social justice, to education and the environment will continue to learn the skills they need to be effective agents of social change.

The IRA Charitable Rollover /Minimum Distribution Requirements

If you are at least aged 70½, you may be eligible to make a gift to Princeton AlumniCorps directly from your IRA.

Please note:

  • An IRA donation must be transferred directly from your IRA to Princeton AlumniCorps.
  • There is no subsequent tax deduction.
  • The distribution does not enter your income calculation, and thus, no tax is due.
  • Gifts may be made up to a maximum of  $100,000 per year.

Keystone Society Breakfast attendees in February 2016

The Keystone Society is comprised of a select group of donors who have chosen to assure the long-term health and sustainability of Princeton AlumniCorps by including AlumniCorps in their estate planning. Society members know that the
assets they commit now will continue to aid AlumniCorps for generations to come, as it develops civic leaders, builds an expansive a community, and creates social impact.

Keystone Breakfast 2017 speaker, Douglas Rushkoff ’83

Keystone Society members are honored each year with a small gathering featuring noted speakers. Past guests have included Nobel Prize-winner Professor Angus Deaton and noted first-amendment authority, Professor Margaret ‘Peggy’ Russell. Our 2017 speaker is noted author and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff ’83. This year, we welcome Lewis Miller ’49Judith Hole Suratt s’55, and J. Rogers Woolston ’55 as our new Society members. Thank you for your pledge of support!

For more information on how you can ensure your legacy with AlumniCorps, please visit the Keystone website.

New Staff at 12 Stockton!

Lorraine Goodman’83, our new Development Officer

Lorraine Goodman ’83 joined AlumniCorps in November 2016 as Development Officer. Since graduating from Princeton, she has been involved with Princeton Annual Giving, served as the Director of Development and Alumni Communications for the Friends of Theatre Intime, and was recently named Co-Chair of Princeton Women’s Network of NYC.

Her professional fundraising experience includes two years working for The Red Hot Organization, which produces record albums and then donates the proceeds to AIDS-related charities. Subsequent development positions included Corporate Membership Manager at the Paley Center for Media, Grants Manager at Theatre for a New Audience, and Director of Development at both The New York Musical Festival and Roulette Intermedium.

Lorraine also has a wealth of volunteer experience with organizations ranging from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, InTouch Radio Network for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Hearts & Voices. Prior to her career in fundraising, Lorraine appeared on Broadway and overseas in first class productions of Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Master Class, Les Miserables, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and more. Goodman has a Masters of Arts Administration from NYU’s Steinhardt.

Emerging Leaders Learn from Seasoned Nonprofit Professionals

The AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders program transforms talented nonprofit professionals into the next generation of public interest leaders. The program meets the critical need for highly skilled leadership in the nonprofit sector.

According to The Bridgespan Group, surveys consistently show that nonprofit organizations are acutely aware of their leadership development gaps, but unsure about how to address them. The Emerging Leaders program was conceptualized to address this public sector issue. The program runs for a total of eight full-day, monthly sessions from June-February (skipping August), and is made possible by a lead grant from American Express.

One of the hallmarks of the Emerging Leaders (EL) program is the high caliber of guest speakers that engage and educate participants.

New York City:

  • In November 2016, Jezra Kaye, President of Speak Up for Success coached participants on presentation skill-building and practice.
  • In December 2016, Rainah Berlowitz ’97, Director of Operations at Education Through Music, spoke about Nonprofit Financial Management & Reporting. AlumniCorps Executive Director Andrew Nurkin also spoke about Inter-Organizational Collaboration.
  • In January 2017, participants heard AlumniCorps Board Chair Liz Duffy ’88, President of International Schools Services, and Peter Daneker ’95, Board Vice Chairman of Harlem RBI, speak about Embracing Board/Staff and Executive Director/Chair Roles and Relationships.

Washington, DC:

  • In November Amber Romine, an executive coach and leadership development consultant, coached participants on presentation skill-building and practice.
  • In December Amy Nakamoto, Program Officer at the Meyer Foundation, spoke about Executive Perspectives on Nonprofit Financial Management. Amy has spent her career working in education, nonprofits, fundraising, and youth development.
  • In January, James Siegal, President of KaBOOM, joined Alex Moore, DC Central Kitchen’s Director of Development and Communications to speak about Inter-organizational Collaboration.
Applications are due Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Learn more and apply online here.