Reunions Recap 2017

Reunions Panel on Moving the Needle:
Princeton AlumniCorps and Systemic Social Change

Reunions Panelists: Arthur McKee ’90, Director of Research, CityBridge Education; Sodiqa Williams ’05, VP External Affairs, Safer Foundation; James Burgess ’09, Executive Director and Co-Founder of OpenBiome

AlumniCorps hosted a panel discussion entitled Moving the Needle: Princeton AlumniCorps and Systemic Social Change on Friday, June 2 during the 2017 Princeton University Reunions weekend. The discussion was moderated by AlumniCorps’ Director of Programs and Strategy, Caryn Tomljanovich and it focused on three AlumniCorps partner organizations that work to create systemic social change through philanthropy, policy, and research. The panelists were Arthur McKee ’90, Director of Research, CityBridge Education; Sodiqa Williams ’05, VP External Affairs, Safer Foundation; and James Burgess ’09, Executive Director and Co-Founder of OpenBiome. They spoke about their organizations and the contributions AlumniCorps programs–especially Project 55 Fellows–have made to their work.

Panelists Sodiqa, Arthur, and James field questions from the audience.

James said that OpenBiome in Boston is lucky this year because many of their PP55 Fellows are staying at the organization. “By the end of the first year they’re really doing a lot.” He commented to a laughing audience, “The main problem with the Project 55 program is that they’re all really good at getting into medical school… We feel so lucky to be able to have these types of folks coming on.”

Sodiqa spoke about the impact that their Project 55 Fellow, Aswari Sodhi ’15, had on Chicago’s Safer Foundation’s efforts to support clients with criminal records and facilitate their re-entry into the workforce. When it comes to funding advocacy for those with arrested convictions, Sodiqa asserted:”We need to invest in people, not property.” Aswari was vital to helping the organization draft and defend legislation that enables re-entry in Illinois.

Arthur sang the praises of the eight Fellows that CityBridge has had in Washington, D.C. Former Project 55 Fellow, Caitlin Sullivan ’07, was in the audience and asked how a sense of civic duty and public service can be encouraged in students while they’re still enrolled at Princeton. This question sparked great dialogue between audience members and panelists.


Farewell to Andrew Nurkin: A Luncheon

About forty people attended a luncheon on June 2 during Princeton Reunions to say farewell to outgoing Executive Director, Andrew Nurkin. Andrew is now serving as the Deputy Director for Enrichment and Civic Engagement at the ‎Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. See below for photos of the event!

2017-18 Princeton Project 55 Fellows

This year’s Project 55 Fellow placements are complete! We received 161 completed applications from students and recent alumni, and 47 Fellows have confirmed acceptance to the 2017-18 Program. We also have four continuing Fellows who are returning to their partner organization and wish to fully participate in the Fellowship program for a second year. Orientation was held for incoming Fellows on May 12, 2017; 34 Fellows were in attendance.

via GIPHY

Bay Area
Nickolas (Nick) Dreher ’17
UCSF

Hannah Kraus ’17
Aspire Public Schools

Kristina Phillpotts-Brown ’17
Greater Oakland Public Schools

Andrew Schilling ’17
UCSF

Boston
Audrey Abend ’17
OpenBiome

Cassandra (Cassie) Crifase ’17
Emergency Medicine Network at Massachusetts General Hospital

Kelly Hatfield ’17
The Community Group

Daniel Rounds ’17
The Community Group

Monica Seng ’17
OpenBiome

Chicago
Andrew Hahm ’17
Carole Robertson Center for Learning

Zena Kesselman ’17
Illinois State Board of Education

Michael Manning ’17
New Markets Support

Adjoa Mante ’17
Sinai Community Institute

Nora Niazian ’17
Center for Economic Progress

Briana Payton ’17
North Lawndale Employment Network

Marlyse Vieira ’17
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

New Jersey

Akua Achampong ’17
New Community Corporation

Justine Hamilton ’17
Princeton Internships in Civic Service, Princeton University

Trust Kupupika ’17
International Schools Services

Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar ’17
Princeton AlumniCorps

New York

Vivien Bazarko ’17
Reach Out and Read

Janine Cadet ’17
New Alternatives for Children

Julie Chen ’17
Brooklyn Defender Services

Eleanor (Ellie) DeGarmo ’17
New York Academy of Medicine

Veronica Edwards ’17
Readworks

Danielle Howell ’17
Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Minji Kim ’17
Association to Benefit Children

Juliana (Julie) Lopez ’17
Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Monica Magalhaes ’17
Vital HealthCare Capital

John (Jack) Marsh ’17
New York District Attorney’s Office

Colleen O’Gorman ’17
All In Together

Ashley Richards ’17
New York District Attorney’s Office

Piyapat (Poupae) Sinsub ’17
Housing Development Fund

Jenna Spitzer ’17
City Year

Hannah Srajer ’17
Association to Benefit Children

Alice Tao ’17
New York Center for Child Development

Durva Trivedi ’17
Rockefeller Foundation

Hannah Vester ’17
New York District Attorney’s Office

Gelila Yohannes ’17
New York Academy of Medicine

Washington, D.C.

Salwa Ahmad ’17
Aeras

Tess Bissell ’17
College Summit

Laurel Easterling ’17
Aeras

Richard (Furman) Haynes ’17
CityBridge Foundation

Alexandra (Lexi) Mairone ’17
Humanity United

Hayley Roth ’17
Partners for the Common Good

Anna Walker ’17
Partners for the Common Good

Thank you to our 2016-17 donors!

Thank You!

Thank You!

Thanks to the generosity of our dedicated AlumniCorps network, we closed our fiscal year with a total of 485 donors who gave more than $370,000! Thank you so much for your support. Your donations provide us with the means to continue our mission of mobilizing people, organizations, and networks for the public good.

The following individuals, foundations, and corporations made a financial contribution to Princeton AlumniCorps between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Robert S. Adelstein ’55
Blessing Agunwamba ’10
Jessica Aisenbrey ’05
Karen Ali ’78
Thomas D. Allison, Jr. ’66
Ari G. Altman ’97
Helen H. Amick ’87
Robert M. Amick ’55 & Carol R. J. Amick
Vincent P. Anderson ’65
Nicholas Apostolakis ’55
Jacob P. Arechiga ’05
Malena Attar
Marie-Jouvelle Aubourg
Joseph H. Bacheller III ’55
Holly Bamford ’93
Kristen Bancroft ’89
Christina Barba ’02
Hollis Barber ’11
Sarah Barbrow ’05
Lew Barker ’55
Jayne W. Barnard s’55
Lauren W. Barnett ’92
Daniela Bartalini ’15
Bishop George Bashore ’55 and Carolyn Bashore
Jesse Bassett
John T. Beaty Jr. ’66
Ry Beck
Lisa Bennett ’05
Ann D. Berkowitz
David W. Bianchi ’55
Kirsten J. Hund Blair ’84 and William M. Blair *84
Brenda Blazer & Tom Nehring p’10
Linda Boachie-Ansah ’02
Michael Boisvert ’84
Art Bond ’55
Justin S. Borntraeger ’02
Thomas D. Boyatt ’55
Christopher Boyd ’87 k’55
Stephen M. Boyd ’55 & Susan F. Boyd
Jennifer L. Carpenter ’96
Owen Boyle
John D. Bredehoeft ’55
Courtney E. Brein ’08
F. D. Brigham Jr. ’55
Jessica Ginter Brubaker ’98
Kate Bryan
Judith and William Burks Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation
Dale Caldwell ’82
Katherine S. Canning ’97
Edie Canter ’80
Andrew G. Carey Jr. ’55 & Alison F. Carey
Lydia Carlis
Noelle Carne
Sharon Carver ’82 K55
Heather F. Cassidy ’00
Veneka Chagwedera ’09
Steb Chandor ’55
Christine D. Chang ’04 and Sid Gupta
Victoria Y. Chang *07
Bill Charrier ’69 & Anne Charrier h69
Haoqian Chen ’08 s’08
Lisly J. Chéry ’03
Cynthia M. Chin ’93
Emily Chiswick-Patterson ’05
Edwin M. Clayton ’55
Jasmine Clerisme ’02
Caroline Coburn
Charles W. Coker Jr. ’55
Laura Collins ’99
Anna Condella ’12
Mary & Frank Condella p’12
Stanley Cook
Cristina Ritchie Cooper ’96
Lizanne Cox and David Gibson p’14
Frank T. Crews Jr. ’55
Anastasia Crosswhite ’94
Margaret M. Crotty ’94 & Rory Riggs
Jennifer Daniels ’93
Bernard J. D’Avella Jr. ’66
D. K. Davidson ’55
Jennifer Davis ’13 S14
Pyper Davis ’87
Laurence C. Day ’55
Donna J. Dean h’55
Rebecca Deaton ’91
Samantha DeKoven ’94
George C. Denniston ’55
Andres D. Diamond-Ortiz ’05
David Dieck ’78
Kerry E. Dinneen ’77 and Sam Sutphin
James J. DiOrio ’73
Eric Dobosh ’16
Shannon Simmons ’03
Sally Dorman
James E. Douglas Jr. ’55
Cynthia Drakeman
Elizabeth A. Duffy ’88 & John A. Gutman ’83
William Dutton ’76
Laura Elbogen ’07
Ryan Elliott ’14
Ramie Fathy ’16
Matthew S. Ferguson ’96 & Kelli K. Garcia ’96
Lindsay L. Warner Ferrer ’01
Rodney J. Ferris ’55
Kathryn Fiorella ’06
James A. Floyd ’69, Ph.D.
Julian Forde
Michelle Arader ’10
Marie Francois ’03
Elizabeth Frank ’81
Tim Freeth ’95 and Stephanie Freeth ’97
Maria Fregoso
Winifred S. Freund S55 P83 87
Dexter Frye ’80 k’55
Richard A. Frye ’55
Jing Fu ’11
David H. Fulmer ’55
Marat and Farida Gabdrakhmanov p’16
Andrew Garland ’01 & Anne Gordon ’01
David & Deborah Garr P06
George Gati and Leona Brenner-Gati ’75
Paul Gazzerro III ’92
Austin H. George ’55
Jeremy M. Getson ’94 & Lisa B. Getson ’93
Leslie S. Gewin ’97
Roger Gilbert Jr. ’55 & Marion M. Gilbert
Wilmot G. Gilland ’55
Lelabari A. I. Giwa-Ojuri ’14
Phillip E. Gladfelter ’55
Sarah Gladstone ’93
Steven L. Glauberman ’73
Jason Gold ’81
Anne Goldstein ’79
Byron Goldstein & Deborah Dolnick P06
Lorraine Goodman ’83
A. R. Gordon ’55
Celine Gounder ’97
Thomas Graham, Jr. ’55
Julianne Grasso ’10
Alix M. Greenwald ’10
James A. Gregoire ’69 & Jane K. Gregoire
Dunrie A. Greiling ’92
Lewis B. Gustafson ’55
George C. S. Hackl ’55 & Ann W. Hackl
Gilmor S. Hamill IV ’55
Stephen Hamilton ’73
C. R. “Bud” Harper ’55
Timothy Harr ’72
John R. Hastings ’55
Clark C. Havighurst ’55
Peter P. Hawryluk ’55 & Ann M. Hawryluk
Anne Hedeman ’74 and John Hedeman ’72 p’11
Donald C. Hellmann ’55
Bernard H. Hendrix ’55
Carol H. Henn S55
Darlington P. Hicks ’94
Bob Hiden ’55
Herbert B. Hilty ’55
Albert P. Hinckley Jr. ’55
Judith Hole Suratt S55
Loel Holloway
John R. Howell ’55 & Dorothy C. Howell P91 P93
Rita Alles S55
David Huebner ’82
Kirsten O. Hull ’99
Leonard H. Inker ’55
Jessica Jardine ’10
Jasmine A. Jeffers ’11
Peter Jefferys ’55
James C. Jehle ’55
Hilary W. Joel ’85
Allen S. Johnson ’55
Jessica D. Johnson ’98
John G. Johnson ’72
Timothy B. Johnson ’73 P12
Landon Y. Jones, Jr. ’66 & Sarah B. Jones
Thomas S. Jordan ’55
William A. Jordan Jr. ’95
Brandon Joseph ’12
Kelsey Kane-Ritsch ’16
Emile Karafiol ’55 and Virginia Robinson
C.J. Karalakulasingam ’98
Kef Kasdin ’85 & Jeremy Kasdin ’85
Stanley N. Katz h21 h80
Daniel S. Kaufman ’92
Rebecca E. Kaufman ’11
Herbert J. Kaufmann ’55 and Nancy E. Kaufmann
Benet J. Kearney ’05
Sharon Keld ’80
Dennis Keller ’63
Colleen Kelly ’77 s’77 p’10 p’14
Leslie P. Kernisan ’97
Robert J. Khoury ’90
Eunice Kim ’05
David Kimball ’72 and Maureen Kimball
Hahna Kimbrough ’06
Yoni Kirsch ’16
Richard Kitto ’69 and Christine Kitto
H. Felix Kloman ’55
Katie E. Ko ’09
George Kovatch ’55
Marty Krasney ’67
Jaimie Krause
Greg Kuhns ’55 & Joan Kuhns
Debra Kushma ’80 s’79 p’13 k’55 and Michael Kushma ’79 s’80 p’13
Anne G. LaLonde ’90
Jeremiah D. Lambert ’55 p’08 p’10 p*92
Houston E. Landis, III ’55
Shoshana M. Landow ’91
William F. Landrigan ’76
Rose Lapp ’15
Carla Laroche ’06
William J. Lawlor ’56 & Blair S. Lawlor
Lisa F. Lazarus ’02
Kristopher Lazzaretti ’06
William R. Leahy Jr. ’66 & Christine M. Leahy
Julie A. G. Leary ’12
Elliott D. Lee ’74
Myron S. Lee ’55
W. Bruce Leslie ’66
Eve G. Lesser ’77 and David R. Edelstein ’76
Seth Lesser ’83
Stephanie B. Levey ’97 K55
Mikaela Levons ’04 and Jaquan Levons ’03
Aiala Levy ’07
Connie Lewin ’05
Karen Li ’05
Yuhwen Ling
Ethel E. Lipsitz S55
Charity Lisko ’01
David Lloyd
Robert B. Loveman ’69 and Gail J. Loveman
John H. Lurz, III ’03
Kathryn Lusk
James D. Lynn ’55
Eric Macey ’73
Robert F. Magnus ’55 and Claire S. Magnus
Thomas B. Magnus ’77
Dana Malman Warren ’03
Anne Z. Malone
Charles F. Mapes ’55 & Doris K. Mapes
Thomas Markham ’55
Karenna Martin ’15
Ed Mason ’55
Richard H. May ’55
Melissa F. Mazin ’91 & Craig Mazin ’92
Dana S. Mazo ’01
Stacy B. McAuliffe ’98
Robert C. McClanahan Jr. ’55
Kate McCleery ’75 & Robert Martinez ’75
Wendy L. McGoodwin ’93
James Cooke McGough ’55
Ann E. McGowan ’92
Arthur McKee ’90 & Nancy E. McKee
Peter T. McKinney III ’55
Trigg McLeod ’88
Steve ’55 and Kay McNamara
Edward R. McNicholas ’91
Cheryl McQueen ’77
David Mejias ’98
Joseph Mendrala
Ellison S. Ward ’04
Ricardo A. Mestres Jr. ’55
Dominic F. Michel ’70
Robert & Susan Michelotti
Lori Mihalich-Levin ’01
Peter T. Milano ’55 & Christine M. Milano
Tonya C. Miles ’82 and Harold Miles p’14
Kathryn A. Miller ’77
Lewis Miller ’49 P77
Oral O. Miller ’55
William W. Mills, Jr. ’55
Willis Mills ’55
Courtney Monk ’01
Pamela G. Montgomery ’81
Helen J. Moran ’94
Paula J. Morency ’77 & Paul Dengel ’76
Kevin H. Moriarty ’99
Roland Morris ’55
Roger V. Moseley ’55
Peter D. Mott ’55
Frank F. Mountcastle Jr. ’55
Olympia Moy ’05
Amy Muehlbauer ’05
Sandra Mukasa ’12
Michael T. Mullaly ’04
Mary P. Murley ’76 S72 P07 P10
Antoinette Seaberry ’05
Sonal Nadiadhara
Gary B. Nash ’55
John R. Nealon ’77
Paul Nehring ’10
Rebecca Neill ’16
David Nelson
Rebecca L. Nemec ’05
Christopher Nenno ’08
Lee P. Neuwirth ’55 & Sydney Neuwirth
Rosemary Nidiry ’91
Erin E. Ebbel Niemasik ’06
Michael Noveck ’08
Ana Nunez
Andrew C. Nurkin
Ober Family Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation
Asha Y. Okorie ’00
Amy Olivero ’13
Robin D. Olsen ’00
Charlene Huang Olson ’88
Anna Maria Ortiz ’95
Benjamin Oseroff ’11
J. Rollin Otto Jr. ’55
Juana Pacheco ’90
Jerome F. Page & Katherine L. Frank P10
Samuel Page ’10
A. Glenn Paul ’79
Janet S. Paul S55
Arlene S. Pedovitch ’80 P11
Emily Penn ’77
Tom ’85 and Trish Perlmutter ’85 P15 P17
Elizabeth Perriello Rice ’90 s’89 and Kenneth Rice ’89 s’90
James C. Pitney, Jr. ’71
Alan A. Platt ’65
Charles J. Plohn Jr. ’66 & Dorothy Plohn
Francis J. Pogan ’55
Benjamin J. Porter ’98 & Lea A. Weems ’99
Donald C. Pote ’55
Andrew Protain ’08
Lionel & Valerie Protain P08
William E. Pugh ’96 & Molly Pugh ’98
Kathy Qu ’13
Anthony C. E. Quainton ’55
Jospeh V. Quarles III ’55
Richard Quay ’71
Stuart J. Rabner ’82 and Deborah Rabner
Stephanie L. Ramos ’00
Stuart Raynor ’55
Julie M. Raynor-Gross ’75
Scott E. Regenbogen ’97
Kevin Reich ’00
Thomas R. Reid III ’66
Kathleen Reilly Streicher
Kathryn Reimann ’79
Marisa Remez ’16
Bill Richardson Jr. ’73
Antonio Riera, III ’00
Juli Robbins ’83 & Daniel Greenwald ’81 P10 K55
Judy Rogers
Alysa Rollock ’81
John P. Roos ’55
Margarita Rosa ’74
Jeffrey H. Rosalsky ’85 and Gail Shuttleworth ’86
Jessica Rosenbaum ’92
Bruce D. Rosenberg ’69
Carol Rosenfeld ’05
Marsha Rosenthal ’76 & Michael Buchman
Michael Rosskamm ’02
Robert J. Ruben ’55
Stan N. Rubin ’55
William D. Ruckelshaus ’55 and Jill Ruckelshaus
Cameron Ruffa ’16
Greg Ruffa and Lisa Gallagher p’16
Margaret Russell ’79
Chet Safian ’55
Jennifer P. Safian S55
Judy Safian and Brian Demers
L. Robert Safian and Mary Safian
William J. Salman ’55
Michael Salmanson ’82
Eloise C. Salmon ’07
Barry Savits ’55
Edward L. Sawyer, Jr. ’55
Walter W. Schanbacher ’73
Nilan D. Schnure ’12
James M. Seabrook ’55
Andrew Seligsohn
Robert Sellery ’60
William C. Shafer ’55
Jeff Sharp ’80 & Liz Sharp
Anne D. Sherwood ’92
Arti Sheth Thorne ’08 & Jack Thorne
Jim Sidford ’55
Robert B. Silverman ’55
Misha B. Simmonds ’97
Paul G. Sittenfeld ’69
Warner V. Slack ’55 & Carolyn P. Slack
Benjamin Slaughter
Kristen N. Smith ’03
Kristofer L. Smith ’98
Lucia Smith ’04
Schuyler L. Softy ’11
Otto L. Spaeth ’55 & Ann B. Spaeth
Douglas Sprankling ’10
Jeffrey Sprowles ’69
Sitraka Andriamanantenasoa ’11
Anne W. Stahel S55
Harrison I. Steans ’57
Sue Anne Steffey Morrow H83 ’88 ’03
Sarah Stein ’97 & Michael Cohn
Rachel Steinberg
Stuart Steingold ’66
Heather R. Stephenson ’90
Ms. Lauren Stillwell Patterson
Richard P. Strickler ’55
David J. Strozzi ’99
Sue Suh ’96 and Chad Livingston
Patrick A. Sullivan ’02
Tina Sung ’71
Rachel Sverdlove ’11
Elizabeth Lees Taggart ’78
Avion Tai ’10
Patrick Yao Tang ’07
Scott F. Taylor ’75 & Courtney F. Taylor
Jeanne Teutonico
Katie M. Thaeder ’09
Richard E. Thompson ’55
Alan Thong ’04
M. Jay Trees ’66
Andrew Trueblood ’05
Emilee Tu ’16
Tungare Manohar Family Foundation
Reina Utsunomiya
Robert Uvanovic
Anna M. Varghese ’01
Kristin L. Vassallo ’97
Jennifer Vettel ’86 K55
Carrie & John Vomacka ’02
Maya Wahrman ’16
Richard C. Walker ’55
Richard O. Walker III ’73 & Deborah Walker
Lindsay M. Wall ’02 & Jeremy Wall ’02
Travis Walls
Christopher P. Watts ’99
R. Kenly Webster ’55
Lea A. Weems ’99 and Benjamin J. Porter ’98
Dana L. Weinstein ’12
Charlotte Weiskittel ’06
Scott Welfel ’06
Henry Wendt III ’55
Jordan Wesley
John R. West ’55
Deborah K. Weyl ’06
Rebecca Garr Whitaker ’06
David G. White ’55
Timothy and Angela White P13
James R. Wiant ’55
Robert H. Wier ’55
Nelson H. Wild ’55
Alan M. Willemsen ’55
Richard H. Willis ’55
John P. Wilson ’55
John S. Wilson ’55
Richard W. Wilson ’55
Julie R. Wingerter ’92 & Seth Lieberman
Robert Wolk ’91
Richard C. Woodbridge ’65
Madeleine Woodle ’13
Arthur P. Woolley ’55
Rogers Woolston ’55
Artilie Wright ’06
Shelia Ann Wright
Melissa H. Wu ’99
Amy Yang and Qi-Huang Zheng P15
Blaine Young ’55
Suzanne Yudell and Carl R. Yudell ’75
Lydia Zaininger ’83
Sunny Zhang ’16
Sean Zielenbach ’90
American Express Foundation
Blackrock
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
Burke Foundation
Collaborative Coaching
Edward S. Moore Family Foundation
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Google
Harris Finch Foundation
Irving and Sara Selis Foundation, Inc.
Jockers Family Foundation
McCarter & English, LLP
MCJ Amelior Foundation
Moskowitz Foundation
NRG Energy, Inc
The J. Paul Getty Trust
The Rockefeller Foundation
UBS Matching Gift Program
Voilà Chocolat
Anonymous (5 donors)
Note: Several donors made multiple gifts

AlumniCorps Welcomes New Executive Director, Kef Kasdin ’85!

On behalf of the Princeton AlumniCorps Board of Directors, Board Chair Liz Duffy ’88 and the Executive Director search committee are excited to announce that Kef Kasdin ’85 has been hired as the next Executive Director of Princeton AlumniCorps.  Kef has immediately transitioned from serving as Interim Executive Director to this new role. 

Kef began working with AlumniCorps as a volunteer in 2010 after reading about the organization in the Princeton Alumni Weekly.  She piloted and led the expansion of AlumniCorps’ ARC Innovators program, which provides opportunities for experienced professionals to do meaningful pro bono projects in the nonprofit sector.  She oversaw the expansion of the program from a pilot in New Jersey to full-fledged operations in New Jersey, New York, and Washington, DC, as well as a doubling of the number of ARC Innovator annual projects.  Kef joined AlumniCorps’ Board in 2012 and became active in all of AlumniCorps’ programming. She was instrumental in developing two strategic plans for the organization, including the most recent plan approved in February 2017, as well as a campaign plan approved in June 2017. Kef was elected Board President in May 2016 and has served as Interim Executive Director of AlumniCorps since the departure of former Executive Director Andrew Nurkin in mid-April 2017.  

Kef has a breadth of nonprofit board leadership experience.  She is currently Board Chair at Rachel’s Network, a vibrant community of women at the intersection of environmental advocacy, philanthropy, and women’s leadership, and she has previously served on other nonprofit boards including Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Kef also created and has taught the introductory course, “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” at Princeton University, where she has mentored 50 Princeton undergraduates each semester, inspiring them to launch innovations that can create value and make a difference in the world. Earlier in her career, Kef held senior leadership roles at 3Com Corporation (a data networking company) including a term as general manager of a $1B division. She became a technology-startup consultant in the late 1990s, a venture capitalist in 2000, and a founding general partner of Battelle Ventures, where from 2003 to 2015 she led the firm’s investments in clean energy and started several companies based on U.S. Department of Energy Lab technologies.

Originally from Israel, Kef grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.S.E degree in operations research from Princeton University, with a certificate in science and policy from the Woodrow Wilson School, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.  Kef’s husband Jeremy, also Class of ’85, is a Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton and their twin daughters, who both graduated from Princeton in 2014, are pursuing careers in the nonprofit and government sectors.

The search committee included AlumniCorps Chair Liz Duffy ’88 and board members Dale Caldwell ‘82, Kirk Davidson ’55, Debra Kushma ‘80, and Andrew Protain ‘08. According to Duffy, “Even though Kef served as interim executive director, she went through the application process along with several other highly qualified candidates. Kef not only had the deepest understanding of Princeton AlumniCorps and Princeton among the finalists, but she also had the broadest leadership experience and very savvy insights about what it will take to move the organization to the next level of impact and sustainability. We are confident that under Kef’s leadership, we will both realize the aspirations of the strategic plan and have a successful capital campaign.”

Kef commented, “I firmly believe AlumniCorps has an important part to play in expanding our society’s collective capacity to address the world’s most pressing challenges. I look forward to helping us fulfill our new mission: to mobilize people, organizations, and networks for the public good; and to helping to secure the resources to ensure Princeton AlumniCorps’ next quarter century is as impactful as its first 27 years have been.” Kef can be reached at kkasdin@alumnicorps.org or 609-921-8808 x2.

A message from Interim Executive Director, Kef Kasdin ’85

Kef Kasdin ’85, Interim Executive Director of Princeton AlumniCorps

Princeton AlumniCorps’ Network is in the midst of a busy spring, as you will read in this Shared Effort. Though I have served as ARC Innovators Program Leader since late 2010, as a member of the AlumniCorps Board of Directors since 2012, and as its President for the past year, I am struck by how much more I have learned about AlumniCorps in the past several weeks since stepping into the shoes of our previous Executive Director, Andrew Nurkin. For one thing, I learned that our home at 12 Stockton was built in 1824 by a famous Princeton architect and builder, Charles Steadman. I have also learned of the professionalism and dedication of not only our small, hardworking staff at 12 Stockton, but also of our multitude of volunteers across the country, and it is awe-inspiring. Over the last month, I had the opportunity to visit with some of our partner organizations, Fellows, and Area Committee members in Chicago; I am repeatedly struck by the variety of work our partner organizations do and the significant contributions of our Fellows to those efforts. We have concluded our pilot year of Seminars from Stockton and have received many of our Fellows’ capstone projects – both firsts for the program. We are about to welcome our newest class of Fellows (at least 46 this year) from the class of 2017 and have completed the selection of our next Emerging Leaders cohort. In both cases, we have seen record numbers of extremely well-qualified applicants.

I also want to thank the Board for their support during my transition, and most importantly for the hard work they have done to create a bold vision for the next several years of Princeton AlumniCorps with our Common Purpose: A Plan for Princeton AlumniCorps 2017-2021. We firmly believe AlumniCorps has an important part to play in expanding our society’s collective capacity to address the world’s most pressing challenges.
Our new mission, which was formally adopted by the board in December, is to mobilize people, organizations, and networks for the public good.

A new strategic plan was recently approved. Here is a brief summary:

AlumniCorps Values:

  • Thoughtful Engagement
  • Systemic Solutions
  • Empathic Partnerships
  • Intergenerational Insights
  • Vigorous Dialogue
  • Reciprocal Mentorship
  • Longevity

Five key strategic goals:

  • Mobilize our network
  • Strengthen existing leadership programs
  • Expand existing leadership programs
  • Launch new “Bold Idea” initiative
  • Ensure long-term organizational strength

You can take a look at the full strategic plan below:

You can also download a printable copy here. We look forward to working with all of you in the coming months and years to realize this vision.

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.