Fall 2018 Regional Updates

Bay Area

The Bay Area got off to a great start with an orientation and goal-setting reception on August 18. The committee took their seven Fellows to see a San Francisco Giants baseball game on September 11, 2018. Pictured are (left to right) Anu Pattabiraman ’10 (committee volunteer), Yash Huilgol ’18, Erin Lynch ’18, Natalie Larkin ’18, Mark Goldstein ’18, Martin Kurian ’18, Jonah Donnenfield ’18, Tiffany Lee ’11 (committee volunteer), and Michelle Arader Fort ’10 (committee chair). The committee also hosted a seminar on Managing Up on October 18, which received very positive feedback from the Fellows; a fellow from a similar program at Stanford joined them.


Boston

The Boston Area Committee kicked off the year with lunch and a swan boat ride on August 18. In the picture on the left, above, in the front row: Alice Tao ’17 (volunteer), Alice Frederick ’17, Minjia Tang ’18, Kelly Hatfield ’17 (volunteer), Heather Barnard Gruber ’96 (volunteer).

Back row: Rebecca Curtin (volunteer), Sitraka St. Michael ’11 (volunteer), Maranatha Teferi ’16, Jonathan Yu ’18, Caitlin Sullivan ’07 (volunteer), Liam Fitzgerald ’18, and Julia Perlmutter ’17.


Chicago

The Chicago Area Committee hosted a kick-off event on September 9. Front row: Carol Obertubbesing ‘73 (volunteer), Emily Pauls ‘18, Virginia Midkiff ‘16 (committee chair), Alice Mar-Abe ‘18, My Bui ‘18; mentors Kristen Molloy ’08, and Vince Anderson ’65; Chris Shin ‘18, Samantha DeKoven ‘94 (mentor), Sherry Holland (volunteer), Andrew Hahm ‘17 (recent Fellow).
Back row: Fiona Bell (friend of one of the Fellows), Ankush Rakhit ‘18, Courtney Wax ‘18, Kristen Smith ‘03 (mentor), Latalia White ‘13 (mentor/ committee member); committee members Rebecca Deaton ’91, Kirsten Hull ’99, and Stacy McAuliffe ’98; Michael Manning ’17 (recent Fellow), Nkosi Shangwa ’18, Ben Levenson ‘15 (mentor); and committee members Tom Allison ’66 and Nathalie Langerfeld ’09.

 

Committee member Lindsay Wall’s children, Callie and Ozzie Wall (above) also joined in the fun!

Special thanks to Carol Obertubbesing ‘73 for hosting the 2018-19 Fellows on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise on September 9, just before the kick-off event. Back row: Chris Shin ’18, Ben Levenson ‘15 (mentor), Ankush Rakhit ’18, and Nkosi Shangwa ’18. Front row: Courtney Wax ’18, Alice Mar-Abe ’18, Fiona Bell, and Emily Pauls ’18.


New Jersey

In July 2018, the New Jersey Area Committee got the year off to a great start with a meet and greet. Fellows got the chance to meet their mentors. Pictured above, front row: Norah Reich k’00, Kristen Epstein ’97, Rick Ober ’65, and Rosed Serrano ’18.
Middle: Michael Novek ‘08 and his daughter, Josie.

Back row: Jean Trujillo *95, Audrey Henry ’76, Tom Magnus ’77, Mercy Byrne ’83, Kevin Reich ’00 and his daughter Maeve, Marsha Rosenthal ’76, Jacobine Dru ’07, Anna Kapolka ’18, Ava Torjani ’18, Kabbas Azhar ’18, Kayla Moffett ’18, John Heilner ’64, and Bill Woodrow ’71.

Audrey Henry ’76 met with Kabbas Azhar ’18, her mentee.
Mercy Byrne ’83 chats with Anna Kapolka ’18.

New York

Project 55 Fellows enjoyed a kick-off event at Judy Hole Suratt s’55’s home on September 4. This year 20 Fellows will be working at 15 different partner organizations in New York City. Pictured, left to right: Rainah Berlowitz ’97, Edric Huang ’18, Maraiya S. Hakeem ’12, Scott Taylor ’75, Dominic Michel ’70, Rochelle Forni ’18, Kef Kasdin ’85, Carolyn Birbiglia ’11, Reinaldo Maristany IV ’18, Nitasha Siddique ’18, Katrina Davies ’18, Maia Craver ’18, Kelly McCabe ’18, and Aaron Sun ’18.

Attendees listen intently at the NY Area Committee kick-off event.

Washington, D.C.

In Washington, D.C. Clara Botstein ’07—Project 55 and Emerging Leader alumna—opened up her home to host the Area Committee’s kick-off event for the Fellows in September. On October 25, Meaghan Byrne ’10 and Alan Platt ’66 (pictured left) spoke about navigating career paths at a seminar held for the Fellows. Victoria Navarro ’18, current Fellow at PeerForward, is pictured on the right.

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.

Boston

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.

Chicago

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.

Regional Updates – Spring 2018

Boston

Cassie Crifase ’17 and Daniel Rounds ’17, current PP55 Fellows in Boston.

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.


Chicago

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.


New Jersey

March 10, 2018. 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 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.

Margarita Rosa ’74 gave the morning keynote at the NJ Area Committee’s 3/10/18 event.

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.

 

 

 


New York

Attendees at the NY Steering Committee’s 4/10/18 meeting: 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.

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.


Washington, DC

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.

Regional Updates, Spring 2017

AlumniCorps Regions Map 2017-18

Boston
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.


Chicago

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.