Regional Updates, Summer 2018

Bay Area

Project 55 Fellow Nick Dreher ’17 spent the past year at the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center working on various clinical and epidemiological research projects. As a culmination of his year-long Fellowship, he was invited to present at one of the largest educational and scientific events in the oncology community. Read more about his experience, including several last-minute changes, on his blog post.

Project 55 Fellow Hannah Kraus ’17 has been working at Aspire Public Schools, one of the first public K-12 charter systems in the country. Her year has been an enormous learning experience with regards to education policy, nonprofit organizations, program design, survey administration, and equity/inclusion. She shares her learnings about evaluating teacher effectiveness and her experience at Aspire on her blog post.


Project 55 Fellow Monica Seng ’17 has been working to promote safe access to fecal transplants at OpenBiome. Her role as a Clinical Outreach Associate gives her the opportunity to support OpenBiome’s ever-growing clinical partner network to help treat patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection, which is the number one hospital-acquired infection in the country. Read more about Monica’s experience in her blog post here.


On May 20, 2018, the Chicago Area Committee held a year-end event generously hosted by Vince Anderson ’65 and his wife. Project 55 Fellows, mentors, and Area Committee members shared the highs and lows of their time in Chicago.

New Jersey

On July 7, 2018, our New Jersey Area Committee welcomed the 2018-19 NJ cohort of Project 55 Fellows with a meet and greet at 12 Stockton

On July 7, 2018, our New Jersey Area Committee welcomed the 2018-19 NJ cohort of Project 55 Fellows with a meet and greet at 12 Stockton. Fellows, volunteers, mentors, and Area Committee members were able to enjoy some refreshments and great conversations about Princeton Project 55. See photos of the Fellows, mentors, and other volunteers here.

New York

On June 28, 2018, the New York Area Committee had a farewell party for the 2017-18 cohort of Project 55 Fellows in the city. The event took place at the home of AlumniCorps Board member and Area Committee member Judy Hole Suratt s’55. See lots of photos in the Facebook album here.

In April 2018, the Area Committee also gathered Fellows and volunteers at Seward Park NY Public Library on 4/28/18. They discussed the role of public libraries in modern times and got a tour of the Seward Park Branch of the New York Public Library. The group even got to peek in on a library program and some classes, then afterward they enjoyed some dim sum. See photos of their tour of the library here.

Piyapat “Poupae” Sinsub’ 17, Project 55 Fellow at the Housing Development Fund, wrote about her experience as a Development Assistant based in Stamford, CT. She shared how questions like “What can we do to make nonprofits operate as efficiently as corporates when there are not enough incentives?” led her to the discovery of social enterprises—a field she plans to pursue at the graduate level. Read more in her blog post.

Washington, D.C.

Furman Haynes ’17 just completed his Fellowship at CityBridge Education and has been hired to work full time at the organization with the former D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education, Jennie Niles, to create pathways for the city’s young people into STEM-related careers. Congratulations, Furman! Read about his experience as a Fellow there in his blog post. Former AlumniCorps Emerging Leader Brandon White ’09 has stepped up into leading the development of a great seminar series for the Project 55 Fellows in Washington, D.C. in the upcoming program year. Brandon also sat on one of our panels at Reunions 2018; see our Reunions update for details.

Reunions 2018 Recap

AlumniCorps hosted three well-attended events at Princeton University’s Reunions on Friday, June 1, 2018. All our activities took place at Princeton’s Neuroscience Building, off Poe Field. Our morning workshop, In The Nation’s Service: Mapping Your Network for the Public Good, featured a panel of four Princeton alumni. About 20 attendees learned how Charlie Lucas ’71, Kristen Smith ’03, Brandon White ’09, and Ayana Woods ’98 have all leveraged AlumniCorps’ programs, as well as their own networks, for systemic change.

Charlie has volunteered with AlumniCorps’ ARC Innovators program, which provides nonprofits with pro bono assistance from experienced professionals in the AlumniCorps network. Learn more about Charlie’s work by reading about him on page eight of our 2016-17 Annual Report. Kristen is a Project 55 Fellowship alumna who volunteers on our Chicago Area Committee and recently joined AlumniCorps’ Board of Directors. She reflected on her continuing bond with Fellows from her cohort: “I continue to … reach back to those folks….” As Kristen’s career in housing and economic development has blossomed in Boston, New York, and now back in Chicago, “Princeton AlumniCorps [has provided] even more benefit” in understanding these various nonprofit landscapes. Brandon, who completed our Emerging Leaders program for young nonprofit professionals in Washington, D.C. in 2018, shared that in a new job role he was “…thrown into the deep end [and/but] Emerging Leaders was there to catch me… it was like having a cheat sheet going forward.” Ayana, also an alumna of Emerging Leaders, said, “People have personalities… Emerging Leaders is an opportunity to learn skills to manage people’s personalities, and our own.” After the panelists’ comments, attendees participated in an interactive exercise to discover how their connections, skills, and resources could be leveraged for systemic social change.

Bill Shafer ’55 ends the informal introductions at lunch with a few remarks about the founding of AlumniCorps

We continued the conversation during “In the Nation’s Service Together: A Networking Lunch,” where like-minded Princetonians gathered and shared how they are mobilizing networks for the public good. 

Board Chair Liz Duffy ’88 led an informal round of introductions so attendees could get to know each other. Bill Shafer ’55 brought us full circle by closing out our time with remarks about the founding of Princeton AlumniCorps as Project 55.

As a part of the Bold Idea initiative, AlumniCorps hosted a panel discussion and Q & A session, In the Service of Humanity: Empowering Immigrant Communities. Over 40 people listened to a panel of Princetonians who are working to build capacities and develop skills among immigrants and refugees: Phillip Connor *10, Senior Researcher at the Pew Research Center; Maribel Hernández Rivera, Esq. *10, Executive Director of Legal Initiatives at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; José Quiñonez *98, Founder and CEO of Mission Asset Fund; and Maya Wahrman ’16, Former Project 55 Fellow and Program Assistant (Forced Migration) at Princeton University’s Office of Religious Life. Learn more about our panelists by reading their bios here.

Phillip laid the groundwork for understanding patterns of immigration and how they have changed in the United States by presenting data from the Pew Research Center. In particular, he noted that the number of refugees in the U.S. was reflective of the refugee population around the world until 2017, when the number of refugees in the U.S. plummeted disproportionately. Watch all of Phillip’s talk here.

The audience was riveted as Maribel, who was born in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. when she was 13 years old, shared how her father’s sudden and mysterious death acted as a catalyst for her career in immigrant rights. She explained why she went to law school at NYU after getting her Masters at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School: “Understanding the law was almost harder than learning English! But not understanding the law is disempowering for undocumented communities.” Maribel also shared her personal stake in the debate over immigration policy: Her husband, who is from Honduras, may have to leave the U.S. in January 2020 based on current regulations. She admitted, “My husband and I are in a very lucky position because we have a network. Not everyone is so lucky. We want to advocate and speak for them.” Watch all of Maribel’s talk here.

José, who has been awarded the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship, the Ashoka Fellowship, and the Aspen Institute Fellowship for his work at the Mission Asset Fund (MAF), described how the MAF had to quickly pivot from being primarily a lending institution to launching the largest Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal campaign in the days after the Trump Administration ended DACA on September 5, 2017.  In the fall of 2017, MAF provided over $2.5M to fund over 5,000 DACA renewal applications in 46 states. Read more about the details of the process in an article José wrote here, and watch all of José’s talk here.

Maya closed out the panel by describing how she has helped Princeton University’s Office of Religious Life (ORL) think out their theological approach to refugee work through their Interfaith Program in Refugees and Forced Migration. She humanized the challenges refugees are facing by speaking about Ashar, a refugee from Pakistan with whom she has forged a friendship. She described the international interdisciplinary conference of over 300 participants, Seeking Refuge: Faith-Based Approaches to Forced Migration, that she co-curated while a Project 55 Fellow with the ORL, stating “Religion is a way to respond to the issues in the world.” Watch all of Maya’s talk here.

Thank you to our 2017-18 donors!

Thanks to YOUR generosity, we closed our fiscal year on June 30 with a total of
379 donors who increased our annual giving by over 10%!

This year AlumniCorps also hit a milestone by surpassing $400,000 in donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals like YOU!

Your giving increases our capacity to mobilize our program participants, 100 nonprofit partner organizations around the country, and our network of supporters for the public good.

Bob Adelstein ’55
Caroline M. Adkins s’55
Blessing Agunwamba ’10
Jessica Aisenbrey ’05
Moriah Akers ’14
Bridget A. Akinc ’98
Karen Ali ’78 in memory of Ruth Ali, my mother
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Nicholas Apostolakis ’55
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Melissa & John Bissell p’17
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Linda Boachie-Ansah ’02
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Stephen M. Boyd ’55
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Jennifer L. Carpenter ’96
John D. Bredehoeft ’55
John Buchanan
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Katherine S. Canning ’97
Stacy McAuliffe Carey ’98 in honor of John Fish ’55
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Steb Chandor ’55
Christine D. Chang ’04 & Sid Gupta
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Cynthia M. Chin ’93
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Lindley DeGarmo ’77, p’17 in honor of Ellie DeGarmo ’17
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Laura Elbogen ’07
Kristin Epstein ’97 & John Epstein ’96
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Kelli K. Garcia ’96 & Matthew S. Ferguson ’96
Lindsay L. Warner Ferrer ’01
Trevor E. Forde ’74
David Fort ’10 & Michelle Fort’10
Claire Fowler & Michael Lapp p’15
Jerome F. Page & Katherine L. Frank p’10
Stephanie Blackburn Freeth ’97 & Tim Freeth ’95
Richard A. Frye ’55 in memory of George Kovatch ’55
David H. Fulmer ’55
Paul Gazzerro III ’92 in memory of John Fish ’55
Austin H. George ’55
Lisa Swedensborg Getson ’93 & Jeremy M. Getson ’94
Leslie S. Gewin ’97
Wilmot G. Gilland ’55
Anne Goldstein ’79
Lorraine Goodman ’83
A. R. Gordon ’55
Andrew Garland ’01 & Anne Gordon ’01
Richard Gorelick
Celine Gounder ’97
Amb. (r.) Thomas Graham, Jr. ’55
Sarah Tani Green ’00
James A. Gregoire ’69 & Jane K. Gregoire
Michael Grudzinski
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C. R. “Bud” Harper ’55
Timothy Harr ’72
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Lucy Haynes in honor of R. Furman Haynes ’17
Denise B. Aronzon ’99 & Michael K. Hehir, II ’99
Donald C. Hellmann ’55
Carol H. Henn s’55
Darlington P. Hicks ’94
Herbert B. Hilty ’55 in memory of Ina Hilty s’55
Albert P. Hinckley Jr. ’55
Judith Hole Suratt s’55 in memory of Samuel T. Suratt ’55
Reverend Rhoads Hollowell ’83 in honor of Lorraine Goodman ’83
Holly Holzer Bass ’92
Peter D. Horne ’55
Stephen A. Houser ’91
Benson Hsu
Felix Huang ’07 & Joshua Lau
Amb. (r) David Huebner ’82 & Dr. Duane McWaine ’80
Kirsten O. Hull ’99
Ugwunna K. Ikpeowo ’96
Leonard H. Inker ’55
Peter Jefferys ’55
Hilary W. Joel ’85 in honor of all the alumni of Emerging Leaders
Allen S. Johnson ’55
Jessica D. Johnson ’98
John G. Johnson ’72
Timothy B. Johnson ’73, p’12
Landon Y. Jones, Jr. ’66 & Sarah B. Jones
Thomas S. Jordan ’55 in memory of Charles Bray ’55
William A. Jordan Jr. ’95 in memory of Chet Safian ’55
Brandon Joseph ’12
Genesia P. Kamen ’83, p’15, p’17
Emile Karafiol ’55 & Virginia Robinson
C. J. Karalakulasingam ’98
Kef Kasdin ’85 & Jeremy Kasdin ’85
Stanley N. Katz h’21, h’80
Herbert J. Kaufmann ’55 and Nancy E. Kaufmann
Benet J. Kearney ’05
Sharon Keld ’80 in honor of the Great Class of ’55 & in memory of Bob Amick ’55
Abigail Kelly ’15
Richard Kitto ’69 & Christine Kitto
H. Felix Kloman ’55
Katie E. Ko ’09
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Marty Krasney ’67
Debra Kushma ’80, s’79, p’13, k’55 & Michael Kushma ’79, s’80, p’13
Jeremiah D. Lambert ’55, p’08, p’10, p*92
Shoshana M. Landow ’91 & Ethan Stein ’90
William F. Landrigan ’76 in honor of Tom Magnus ’77
Rose Lapp ’15
Carla Laroche ’06
Evan K. Larson ’13
William J. Lawlor ’56 & Blair S. Lawlor
William R. Leahy Jr. ’66 & Christine M. Leahy
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Myron S. Lee ’55 in memory of Bob Amick ’55
Tiffany R. Lee ’11
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Mikaela Levons ’04 & Jaquan Levons ’03
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Charity Lisko ’01
Robert B. Loveman ’69 & Gail J. Loveman
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John H. Lurz, III ’03
James D. Lynn ’55 in memory of Warner Slack ’55
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Dana Malman Warren ’03
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Ed Mason ’55
Richard H. May ’55
Melissa F. Mazin ’91 & Craig Mazin ’92
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Kate McCleery ’75 & Robert Martinez ’75, p’11
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Ann E. McGowan ’92
Arthur McKee ’90 & Nancy E. McKee
Trigg McLeod ’88
Kay & Steve McNamara ’55
Edward R. McNicholas ’91
Cheryl McQueen ’77
J. W. McRoberts ’55
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Ricardo A. Mestres Jr. ’55
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Peter T. Milano ’55 & Christine M. Milano
Harold Miles and Tonya C. Miles ’82, p’14
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Helen J. Moran ’94
Paula J. Morency ’77 & Paul Dengel ’76
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Roland Morris ’55
Roger V. Moseley ’55
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Olympia Moy ’05
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Barbara & Walter Muelken ’55
Mary P. Murley ’76, s’72 and Robert Murley ’72, s’76, p’07, p’10
Antoinette Seaberry ’05
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Andrew C. Nurkin
Richard F. Ober, Jr. ’65 & Carol M. Ober h’65
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Amy Olivero ’13 in honor of Sam Suratt ’55
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Charlene Huang Olson ’88
Anna Maria Ortiz ’95
J. Rollin Otto Jr. ’55
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Samuel Page ’10
Anupama Pattabiraman ’10
Arlene S. Pedovitch ’80, p’11
John T. Perkins ’55 in honor of Leon D. Prockop ’55
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Howard Piggee, III ’96
Charles Plohn, Jr. ’66, h’16
Lea A. Weems ’99 & Benjamin J. Porter ’98
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Anthony C. E. Quainton ’55
Jospeh V. Quarles III ’55
Stephanie L. Ramos ’00
Clinton Stuart Raynor ’55
Julie M. Raynor-Gross ’75
Scott E. Regenbogen ’97
Kevin Reich ’00
Kathleen Reilly Streicher
Kathryn Reimann ’79
Jonathan F. Remley ’95
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Juli Robbins ’83, k’55, p’10 & Daniel Greenwald ’81, p’10 in memory of Michael Robbins ’55
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Margarita Rosa ’74
Jeffrey H. Rosalsky ’85 & Gail Shuttleworth ’86
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Jessica Rosenbaum ’92
Bruce D. Rosenberg ’69
Carol Rosenfeld ’05 in memory of Chet Safian ’55
Marsha Rosenthal ’76 & Michael Buchman ’73
Gregory Ruffa & Lisa Gallagher p’16
Margaret Russell ’79 in memory of Marianne Eismann
Nili Safavi ’01
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L. Robert Safian & Mary Safian
Kimberly Sagor
William J. Salman ’55 in memory of Michael D. Robbins ’55 & Harry W. Berkowitz ’55
Michael Salmanson ’82
Nora C. Samuelson ’05 in memory of Bob Amick ’55
Brittany Sanders ’13
Troy Savage ’05
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Walter W. Schanbacher ’73
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Robert Sellery ’60
William C. Shafer ’55
Jeff Sharp ’80 & Liz Sharp
Anne D. Sherwood ’92
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Caroline Shifke ’12
Robert M. Shoemaker ’55
Jim Sidford ’55
Robert B. Silverman ’55
Yael Sivi
Warner V. Slack ’55 & Carolyn P. Slack
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Ann & Otto Spaeth ’55
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Sarah Stein ’97 & Michael Cohn
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Scott F. Taylor ’75 & Courtney F. Taylor
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Susan Walker
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Christopher P. Watts ’99
R. Kenly Webster ’55
Camille Logan Weekes ’95
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John R. West ’55
Deborah K. Weyl ’06
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Nelson H. Wild ’55
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David Williams ’71
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Julie R. Wingerter ’92 & Seth Lieberman
Robert Wolk ’91
Richard C. Woodbridge ’65
William Woodrow
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Melissa H. Wu ’99
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Anonymous in honor of Judy, Sam, and Chet
Anonymous in memory of Chet Safian ’55
Anonymous in memory of John Fish ’55

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Expedia Inc.
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William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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MCJ Amelior Foundation
Edward S. Moore Family Foundation
Roma Bank Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
Irving and Sara Selis Foundation, Inc.
Tiger Baron Foundation
Tungare Manohar Family Foundation

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.


Bold Idea hosts webinar on trauma and mental health in immigrant & refugee communities

Some 160 people attend webinar on trauma and mental health in immigrant and refugee communities

As part of the Bold Idea initiative, Princeton AlumniCorps and Appleseed hosted a webinar presentation and Q & A on the topic of trauma and mental health in immigrant and refugee communities. One-hundred and sixty viewers from all over the United States tuned in to listen and learn from Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra and Dr. Maria Nardone about the various aspects of trauma, including the effects of the current political climate on mental wellness and the generational impact of chronic stress on immigrant families.

A girl holding a doll, arrives with others migrants at the refugee center in the town of Presevo, after walking from Macedonia to Serbia on August 26, 2015. At least 2,000 more migrants flooded overnight into Serbia in a desperate journey to try and go on to Hungary, the door into the European Union, a UN official said on August 24. More than 9,000 people, mostly Syrian refugees, have arrived to Serbia those last three days. AFP PHOTO / ARMEND NIMANI

The Bold Idea initiative seeks to bring together practitioners, academics, policymakers, and funders from both within and beyond the AlumniCorps network for dialogue and action over a three-year period. The current iteration of the Bold Idea is a two-year pilot focusing on immigration issues. AlumniCorps, in partnership with Appleseed, a network of 17 public interest centers in the United States and Mexico, received a grant from the Hewlett Foundation to promote network-based collaboration focused on the issues facing immigrants and refugees.

Get free access to the recorded webinar here. To learn more about empowering immigrant communities, come to our Princeton Reunions 2018 panel, In the Service of Humanity: Empowering Immigrant Communities on Friday, June 1 at 2:00pm in the Neuroscience Building. Get more details here.