AlumniCorps Hires Rachel Benevento, New Program Manager for Community Volunteers & Emerging Leaders

Rachel Benevento and Kef Kasdin '85

Rachel Benevento is the newest member of the Princeton AlumniCorps team.  Most recently, she worked at VolunteerConnect in Princeton, creating a skills-based volunteer pilot program. Rachel also served as a VolunteerConnect board member, helping to create a new service model for the organization. Previously, she engaged corporate employees in cancer education and fundraising initiatives for the American Cancer Society.

Rachel has also worked at Columbia University where she founded the Alumni Partnership Program, connecting current and former students on a personal level through various forums. As a board member for Community Impact at Columbia, she advised staff and student coordinators on programmatic challenges and evaluated new program proposals. She earned an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has worked as a freelance writer and editor. Rachel holds a B.A. in history from Columbia.

Regarding Community Volunteers, Rachel writes: “I am excited to help Community Volunteers reach its potential in engaging mid-career alumni in meaningful public service opportunities. Matching the professional expertise of program participants to the needs of  local nonprofit organizations will provide critical outlets for alumni to channel their passions and make a difference in their community.”

Contact Rachel to learn about Community Volunteers and Emerging Leaders at

How Does Princeton AlumniCorps Achieve Our Mission?

Princeton AlumniCorps envisions a day when all Princeton graduates will embrace civic involvement as their responsibility as alumni and citizens, throughout their lives. To that end, we provide alumni with opportunities, training, and support needed to put their energies to work addressing significant social issues.

Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program

  • 54 PP55 fellows are serving at 44 public interest organizations this year.
  • In total, alumni of the program now number more than 1,300.
  • Fellows are currently serving in seven geographic areas: Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Philadelphia, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC.
  • About 10% of the senior class applies for a PP55 fellowship each year.





Emerging Leaders

  • Princeton AlumniCorps’ newest initiative, launched in June 2011 in Washington, DC.
  • A 10-month professional development program designed to transform young nonprofit professionals into the sector’s future leaders.
  • First class of 11 participants are alumni of the PP55 program, Princeton, and other institutions.
  • The program curriculum interweaves the development of leadership, management, and hard nonprofit skills with mentoring, peer support, and networking within the sector.
  • Emerging Leaders put their learning into action by designing and executing projects that generate real results for their organizations.


Community Volunteers

  • The Community Volunteers program connects alumni from the classes of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s to innovative civic engagement opportunities.
  • Volunteers offer nonprofits cost-free access to professional expertise while nonprofit partners offer alumni opportunities to serve their communities in a truly meaningful way.
  • Community Volunteers matches alumni with such opportunities as service on nonprofit boards, pro bono work addressing specific organizational needs, individual volunteer matching, and more.




The Alumni Network

  • The Alumni Network (TAN) helps other groups of college alumni to organize programs modeled on our example.
  • Affiliates include more than 30 public interest programs at colleges and universities across the country (e.g. at Harvard, Dartmouth and Stanford), including some working abroad.
  • Taken together, TAN affiliates have placed more than 7,000 interns and fellows since the Network was formed.
  • In many of our cities, we work with TAN affiliates and host joint seminars and social gatherings, to connect fellows with an extensive community of nonprofit professionals.

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Emerging Leaders Pilot Program Set to Launch June 5 in Washington, DC


Emerging Leaders Program Coordinator Hilary Joel '85 with AlumniCorps Board members Prof. Stan Katz and Margie Rosa '74

   Princeton AlumniCorps’ Emerging Leaders professional development program is launching this June in Washington, DC! The program has already generated a great deal of interest from area nonprofit employees and alumni of the Project 55 Fellowship Program. We plan to announce our first class of Emerging Leaders over the 2011 Reunions weekend.

   Emerging Leaders is designed to transform young professionals working in the public interest into invested nonprofit leaders. Participants will develop the leadership capabilities, management skills, and confidence to accelerate their careers while yielding tangible results and lasting value for the nonprofit sector. Over the course of ten months, participants will develop leadership competencies and sector-specific skills, benefit from mentor and peer support, and practice “leadership-in-action.”

   The program has the twofold potential to transform the career trajectories of those who show promise as future leaders of the nonprofit sector, and, as a result, to have a transformative impact on the sector itself. Emerging Leaders welcomes participation from graduates of Princeton and other universities who are committed to innovative leadership in the nonprofit sector.

   The pilot program, set to begin on June 5, will include full and half day sessions taking place once a month until April 2012. The curriculum includes a “stretch” project where the participants will plan, manage, and execute a specific goal within their organizations.   

   The lead facilitator and trainer for the Emerging Leaders curriculum is Hilary Joel ’85. Joel is an executive coach and management consultant with 25 years of experience across numerous industries. With the program’s promising outlook, AlumniCorps hopes to develop a tested, scalable curriculum that can be adapted for use with future cohorts in cities around the country.

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