Princeton AlumniCorps is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, we rely on the generosity of donors like you, who provide more than 80% of our operating budget. With nearly three decades of experience working with nonprofits and other civic-minded organizations across the country, AlumniCorps leads the charge to develop talent, create networks, and nourish a pipeline of effective leaders in the nonprofit sector. Each year our programs in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, New Jersey, and Washington, DC provide mentorship, training, and professional development to almost 100 talented and passionate university graduates, Emerging Leaders, and ARC Innovators who directly affect thousands of people served by our partner organizations.
Your contribution ensures that the next generation of nonprofit leaders working in community development, social services, education, the environment, civic service, and more, can develop the skills and knowledge they need to effect long-term, systemic social change.
We’ve launched a special fundraising appeal focused on our Project 55 Fellowship & Internship alumni, with a target of $27,000 by June 30, 2018. To help inspire these program alumni, we shared photos of years gone by asking “Remember YOUR Princeton Project 55 experience?” In addition, current and continuing Fellow Anna Walker ’17 (pictured below), who is working at Partners for the Common Good in Washington, DC, wrote a heartfelt letter to the program alumni, outlining three reasons why she will always support the program.
First: No other university has a program like Project 55 (PP55). In all my conversations with recent graduates from other universities, I’ve found that only Princeton has a nonprofit fellowship program created and funded by alumni. I like to think that we Tigers are an exceptional bunch, and PP55 certainly cements that conviction.
Second: The support I received from Project 55 throughout the job search and application process. Instead of sending dozens of cover letters into the ether, never to be heard from again, I had PP55 staff, program alumni, and peers who could help me prepare for an interview, offer advice for placements, and even give a nudge to organizations I had interviewed with to improve my chances for a fulfilling post-graduate job. To have the guidance, reassurance, and support of PP55 staff and infrastructure during that process helped me and many other Fellows maintain our sanity.
Lastly: Former Fellows and Princeton alumni who welcomed me and the other Fellows into their homes and lives. Starting a new job in a new city with new people is difficult. Thanks to the PP55 network, a welcoming committee of local Princetonians awaits each PP55 Fellow. From backyard barbecues to cultural events to individual mentors, PP55 has connected me with fascinating people who have supported and guided me during my Fellowship. The best way I know to thank all those people who have welcomed the DC Fellowship class is to give my own time and expertise to future Fellows and the PP55 program.
160 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.
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.
The six Fellows in Boston have been busy! In particular, two future physicians reflected on how much their Fellowships are teaching them in our Leading Edge blog. Daniel Rounds ’17 is providing a quality education for young students in Lawrence, MA at Community Day Arlington Elementary School. He shared, “Lawrence is a city defined by immigration, and I hope to work with migrant populations in the future as a physician.”
Cassie Crifase ’17 is working on a longitudinal airway study at Massachusetts General Hospital’s EMNet, and she says, “Working on the WIND Study has granted me a unique window into the lives of our participants, offering me multiple perspectives into the storied history of each parent and child… it has instilled a fervor for my chosen career as a physician as well as a humanity that can sometimes be lost in the study of a physiology textbook or the sterility of an operating theatre.” Read all of Cassie & Daniel’s reflections on The Leading Edge blog.
In Chicago several Princeton AlumniCorps Fellows and former Fellows attended an event at the Princeton Club of Chicago on March 27, 2018. Juan Jose Gonzalez ‘06 spoke about his role as Director of Youth and Education policy for the City of Chicago, while Chris Mallette ‘93, Executive Director of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, a part of National Network for Safe Communities, shared his experience in public service. Pictured, left to right: Juan Jose Gonzalez ’06, Whitney Spalding Spencer ’07, Josh Lau s’07, Felix Huang ’07, Nora Niazian ’17, Kirsten Ekdahl Hull ’99, Adjoa Mante ’17, Briana Payton ’17, Rebecca Deaton ’91, Andrew Hahm ’17, Nat Piggee ’96, and Chris Mallette ’93.
On February 21, Chicago Fellows got the chance to learn from Seth Green ’01 (pictured above with a tie), Founding Director of the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility at Loyola University at an area committee seminar. Seth spoke about his career in nonprofits, the ins and outs of working with boards, and the importance of an effective fundraising strategy.
Friends of AlumniCorps who tuned in to CBS’s 60 Minutes on January 7 may have heard a familiar voice: Former Project 55 Fellow Chris Mallette ’93 spoke about how police and communities in Chicago are working together with a unique program relying on science and the human touch to curb the city’s infamous murder rate. Learn more about Chris’s feature on the 60 Minutes CBS News website.
On March 10 the New Jersey Area Committee hosted a seminar on “How to Stay Involved in Nonprofit Organizations” featuring a morning keynote by former AlumniCorps board member Margarita Rosa ’74, and a panel on “Life After the Fellowship” moderated by Aaron Buchman ’08. Panelists were Lauren Peccoralo ’01, Stephanie Ramos ’00, Kevin Reich ’00, Schuyler Softy ’11. Paul Nehring ’10 served as discussant.
About 30 people came out to the day’s events, held at AlumniCorps’ offices at 12 Stockton Street, Princeton. Pictured, from left to right: Tom Magnus ’77, Mercy Salaz Byrne ’83, Tim Byrne ’83, Justine Hamilton ’17, Harold Cotton-Max ’91 (current AlumniCorps Board member), Schuyler Softy ’11, Marcos Vigil ’97 (current AlumniCorps Board member), Aaron Buchman ’08, Margarita Rosa ’74, Marsha Rosenthal ’76, Stephanie Ramos ’00, Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar ’17, Michael Buchman ’73, Kevin Reich ’00.
On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 the New York Steering Committee met to plan activities and seminars for the incoming cohort of Project 55 Fellows. They were joined by AlumniCorps President & Executive Director Kef Kasdin ’85. Attendees included Amy Olivero ’13 (board member), Scott Taylor ’75, Judy Surratt s’55 (board member), Moriah Akers ’14, Andrew Protain ’08 (board member), Kef, Rainah Berlowitz ’97, Maria Katarina Rafael ’15, Andrew Goldstein ’06, Molly O’Neill ’14. Taking the picture: Olympia Moy ’05.
The Washington, DC Area Committee hosted a seminar on the State of Public Education in DC. Attendees included two current Fellows—Furman Haynes ’17 and Tess Bissell ’17— a past Fellow—Joelle Deleveaux ’16— and Clara Botstein ’07. The event was held at CityBridge Education’s offices at the Watergate in DC. Attendees heard from Catharine Bellinger ’15 (pictured left) of Democrats for Educations Reform (DFER) DC and Maggie Bello (pictured right), Chief Academic Officer of Two Rivers Public Charter School.
Two years ago we profiled May Mark, an alumna of the ’14 – ’15 Emerging Leaders cohort in NYC. May had just relocated to the Bay Area from New York City. When May decided to move on from the tech startup that she joined, she turned to the AlumniCorps network to help her learn more about opportunities in the Bay Area.
May enrolled in Duke University’s intensive 17-month Cross Continent MBA program and she found that the degree complemented the skills she had acquired in Emerging Leaders. “EL helped me to focus on who I am as a leader and how I see myself in the context of others. It was a very safe space with a master facilitator and many opportunities to practice what we were learning… I had already done self-reflection, so I had a strong sense of who I was and where I need to grow.” Like many Emerging Leaders alumni, May credits her program facilitator in NYC with the program’s success: “Yael was an amazing facilitator. I spend a lot of time in the professional development space for adult learning and she’s definitely masterful at what she does.”
Thanks to the global MBA program, May now has classmates around the world. Because of her MBA cohort and other communities May is part of, she says, “I feel very comfortable reaching out to others in a new environment.” Thus, it comes as no surprise that when May got an email from AlumniCorps describing the vibrant Bay Area Steering Committee, she reached out to Steering Committee member Julie Rubinger Doupé ’09. “This new AlumniCorps community was an extension of the one I’d joined in NYC during the Emerging Leaders program. Even though the Bay Area is different, both communities have shared values.”
Indeed, the Bay Area Steering Committee wasted no time in asking May to lead a seminar that December on Managing Up (see photo). She taught Fellows how to be proactive with their managers by using tactics like anticipating managers’ needs and being crystal clear with deliverables. “I really enjoy working with adult learners. My seminar included brainstorming, role-playing, and lots of discussion.” The experience differed from sessions with Emerging Leaders because the Fellows are much earlier in their careers. “The way I crafted the seminar was definitely informed by my reflections on my early work experience. I wish someone would have shared this information with me when I first entered the workforce!”
“I started to proactively build out my network, and Julie really helped me get to know people in the Bay Area.” May was able to secure a position as the Deputy School Support Lead at XQ, an organization that sparked a cultural conversation last fall to rethink high school nationwide. The organization began with XQ: The Super School Project, a competition inviting America to reimagine high school. Currently, May is focused on cultivating communities of practice among the XQ Schools, methodically encouraging school leaders and teachers to connect and learn from each other.
As May finishes her first year at XQ, the current cohort of Emerging Leaders participants are getting ready for their final sessions and closing celebrations. She reflects, “I didn’t see the Emerging Leaders Closing Celebration as the end of my experience… it was the start. I’d encourage the current cohort to continue to take the content you’ve learned and work with it… use it to reach out to others.” We’re happy to report that Project 55 Fellows in the Bay Area are benefiting from May taking her own advice.
The Emerging Leaders program is designed to help aspiring leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors develop the leadership capabilities, management skills, and confidence to advance their professional contributions and accelerate their careers. Emerging Leaders is currently offered in New York City and Washington, DC. The program is designed to accommodate those with full-time jobs and requires employer cooperation as well. The program runs for a total of eight full-day, monthly sessions from June-February (skipping August). All sessions are held on weekdays in each city. Fees for the program are based on the budget size of the applicant’s organizational budget.
You can learn more about the program and start an application here. The application deadline is March 12th, 2018. Please contact Caryn Tomljanovich, Director of Programs and Strategy at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Washington, DC (pictured above, left to right):
- In November Amber Romine, an executive coach and leadership development consultant, coached participants on presentation skill-building and practice. The session also covered emotional agility, networking, and learning conversations.
- In December Amy Nakamoto, Senior Director, Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education, 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 Chief Development Officer, to speak about inter-organizational collaboration.
In New York City (pictured above, left to right):
- In November Andrew Nurkin, Deputy Director for Enrichment and Civic Engagement at the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and former AlumniCorps Executive Director, spoke about storytelling and public speaking.
- In December Joan Carty, President and CEO of the Housing Development Fund in Stamford, CT spoke about non-profit financial management.
- In January Peter Daneker ’95 Board Vice Chairman of DREAM Charter School (formerly Harlem RBI), and Laurie Williams, Executive Director of Reach Out and Read spoke about board/staff and executive director/chair roles and relationships.