Alumni Association Executive Committee
The Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC) acts as the executive arm of the Association providing leadership and direction regarding alumni affairs. Members play a key role in building and maintaining lifelong relationships between Haverford alumni and the College, providing bridges across generations of Haverford graduates, developing valued services for classmates and friends, and giving a helping hand to current Haverford students.
Members address alumni interest in ongoing College affairs and discuss College policies to gain an alumni perspective. The AAEC also strives to foster open dialogue between the College and alumni. The AAEC is responsible for recognizing outstanding achievement and volunteer contributions to Haverford through the Alumni Association's awards program. All activities are supplemented by other committee and liaison work.
Bruce Andrews ’90
Member at Large
- Washington, D.C.
Bruce is vice president of global public policy at SoftBank. Previously he was a managing director of Rock Creek Global Advisors. He also served as the deputy secretary of the United States Department of Commerce where he was a key leader on a broad variety of issues, including digital economy and technology, cross border data flows, trade and investment, export controls, foreign direct investment in the U.S., cyber security, and privacy. Bruce earned a B.A. in political science from Haverford in 1990, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1997. While at Haverford, he was a member of the Customs Committee and the lacrosse team. Bruce is an admission volunteer, a Reunion volunteer, and is a member of the Alumni Association Awards Committee. He is a former regional representative and class volunteer. Bruce resides in Washington, D.C.
Bev Ortega Babers ’84
- Potomac, MD
Bev is principal of Babers Consulting and president of On the Road Productions, LLC. In her 30-year career as a public servant, she held a variety of senior executive positions at the United States Department of the Treasury, such as deputy assistant secretary for Management and Budget, Tax Reform implementation executive, and Agency Transition director to bridge the Obama and Trump Administrations. Bev also served as the second in command at the United States Mint, chief administrative officer and performance improvement officer at the Education Department, IRS chief human capital officer, and inaugural corporate ombudsman for the American Red Cross. Bev earned a B.A. in psychology from Haverford in 1984, and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. While at Haverford, she was elected the first woman president of Students Council and was co-captain of the basketball team. She resides in Potomac, MD, with her husband and is a mom of three.
Kate Benanti ’98
New England Regional Liaison
- Cambridge, MA
Kate has worked extensively in the art world and in education. She served as a specialist at Sotheby's Auction House in New York, an author at the Barnes Foundation, director of Gallery 339 in Philadelphia, and as a cataloguer with Peter Rockwell HC ’58 in Rome. She earned a B.A. in the history of art at Haverford in 1998, and did her graduate work in museum education at Bank Street College of Education in New York City. While at Haverford, Kate was a captain of the field hockey team, a Customs person, an SRP (Customs for transferring and international students), and co-chair of Fords Against Boredom. Kate's husband Evan is HC ’98, and her brother, Thomas Smolenski, is HC ’92. Kate, Evan, and their three children reside in Cambridge, MA, where she has served on several boards focused on early and elementary education. Kate works with children and families as an early learning specialist for the Cambridge Public School Department. She is serving a third term as the New England Regional liaison.
Dan Bloomfield ’82
Member at Large
- Westfield, NJ
Dan is currently chief medical officer of Anthos Therapeutics, a cardiovascular biotechnology company, after spending 2 years as the founding CEO of Cardurion Pharmaceuticals. Prior to his career in biotech, Dan spent 14 years at Merck and was senior vice president, global clinical development. He joined Merck after spending 8 years on the faculty at the Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons running research programs funded by the National Institutes of Health. In 1986, he created the American-South African Scholarship Association which provided university scholarships for disadvantaged students in South Africa. He went on to help create the Friends of Mandela Rhodes Foundation (USA) and was its first president. Dan was also a founding member of the Board for SEED Impact, an organization that has built tools designed for exceptional, under-resourced nonprofit organizations which equip them to achieve the outcomes they seek and unlock their potential for growth. Additionally, Dan is a board member of the New Jersey Center for Performing Arts, having previously served on its Executive Committee, and was chair of the Arts Education Committee. Dan earned a B.A. in chemistry from Haverford in 1982, and an M.D. from Harvard in 1989. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1984, and earned an M. Phil. in social anthropology from Oxford University in 1984. While at Haverford, Dan was president of Students' Council and co-captain of the lacrosse team. He was a participant in the 2016 and 2017 Ethical Leadership Summer Institute (ELSI) and is a former Reunion volunteer. Dan resides in New York City.
Scott Burau ’02
Member at Large
- Key West, FL
Scott is a senior manager in the real estate organization at Deloitte LLP. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford in 2002. Scott serves as an Admission volunteer and is a former member of the Annual Fund Executive Committee. He is the 2017 recipient of the Archibald MacIntosh Award, given for exemplary service to the College in the area of admission. Scott volunteers with the Literary Seminar, Fringe Theater, Tropic Cinema, and other local organizations. Scott and his husband Eric reside in Key West, FL.
Feel free to get in touch to discuss corporate real estate strategy, records & information management, career changes and networking, leveraging the Haverford network, LGBTQ+ support, Los Angeles, and/or the Florida Keys.
Mitchell Cohn ’80
Rainbow Quorum Liaison
- New York, NY
Mitchell is retired from a career with the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. Specializing in both public diplomacy and consular affairs, his work took him to Mexico City, London, Istanbul, Jakarta, Tunis, and Rabat, as well as postings in Washington, D.C., and New York City. He earned a B.A. in English from Haverford in 1980 (majoring at BMC). While at Haverford, Mitchell participated in Chorale, hosted a classical music program on the WHRC radio station, was on the debate team, produced plays, was a Customs person, and contributed cultural reviews and illustrations to the News. He is a member of the Alumni Association Awards Committee, the Rainbow Quorum (RQ) Affinity Group, and serves as an admission representative, as well as being an active participant in Haverford Connect. Mitchell resides in New York City with his collection of art by Haverford artists (e.g. Maxfield Parrish).
Maddie Figueredo ’22
- Philadelphia, PA
Maddie is a biology major with an interest in history and religion. She used to play field hockey, and loves working out and boxing. She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Emlen Fischer ’03
Member at Large
- Palo Alto, CA
Emlen is a partner at Centerview Partners where he works with boards of directors, management teams, and entrepreneurs on a range of complex strategic and M&A matters. He joined Centerview in 2010, and is a founding member of the firm's West Coast-based technology practice. Emlen has advised on over $250 billion in transactions over his 15 year career, including some of the technology industry’s largest and most transformational transactions. Prior to joining Centerview, Emlen was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions group at J.P. Morgan. He has a B.A. from Haverford and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at NYU. While at Haverford, he was a member of the baseball team. He is an admission volunteer and a former class and Reunion volunteer. Emlen resides in Palo Alto, CA, with his wife and two young children.
Kaley Klanica ’00
Second Decade Liaison
- Minneapolis, MN
Kaley is a senior associate general counsel at the University of Minnesota. Her practice focuses on research (bench, animal, and human), conflicts of interest, research misconduct, and student issues. She earned a B.A. in Sociology (Bryn Mawr) in 2000, a J.D. from Boston University in 2004, and an M.P.H., also from Boston University, in 2005. While at Haverford, Kaley enjoyed serving as the captain of the squash and tennis teams, an Honor Code orienteer, and co-chair of the Honor Code Orienteer Committee. She resides in Minneapolis, MN, with her husband and two sons.
Feel free to reach out to Kaley at email@example.com to discuss Minneapolis, J.D./M.P.H. programs, careers grounded in the Honor Code, and becoming an Admissions volunteer.
Lilly Lavner ’07
- Chicago, Il
Lilly is the Tax Assistance Program Director for Ladder Up, a Chicago-based non-profit that activates hundreds of volunteers annually to provide free tax assistance to low-income clients in Illinois. From 2012-2015, she served as director of Student Activities and Leadership at Haverford. From 2015-2018, Lilly worked on a Mellon grant initiative to help plan and execute programs to promote more equitable and inclusive practices for BIPOC in higher education, and established the Graduate School Exploration Fellows (GSEF) program. She earned a B.S. from Haverford in biology, and a M.A. in higher education and M.S. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, Lilly was a member of the Sneetches, Students' Council, and Customs. Lilly is co-chair of MAAG and serves as a class correspondent. Lilly is also a former admission volunteer and reunion volunteer.
Evan is a behavioral economist at Google, with a specific focus on payments and consumer finance. He earned a B.S. in mathematics and mathematical economics from Haverford in 2006, and a joint M.B.A. and M.P.A. from Stanford University School of Business and Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs in 2013. While at Haverford, he founded and led Under One Sky, a group dedicated to providing a safe space for multi-racial students to talk about their experiences. Evan also led Sons of Africa and was a member of the Black Students Union as well as Haverford Presidential Committee on Diversity. He also founded the Haverford Intramural Lacrosse League and served as the statistician for the men's varsity basketball team. Evan is an Annual Fund volunteer, an Admission volunteer, and a member of the Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG). He resides in Palo Alto, CA.
Grace is an assistant vice president and sales support specialist at M&T Bank. She earned a B.S. in psychology, magna cum laude, from Haverford in 2016, as well as the David Olton Award for achievement in Psychology. Among her many activities as an undergraduate, Grace was a Whitehead summer scholar, on the Quaker Bouncer board, and participant in the Ethical Leadership Summer Institute (ELSI). She also founded the Business Initiatives Group, and organized the first Women's Leadership Tea. Grace is an Admission volunteer and serves as chair of the Young Alumni Advisory Group (YAAG). She resides in Philadelphia, PA.
If you are in need of a Philly restaurant suggestion, a new podcast to listen to, or want to discuss young alumni engagement, feel free to reach out to Grace.
Teresa Parker Farris ’94
Member at Large
Teresa is an instructor of Louisiana folklife and a doctoral student at Tulane University where she previously served as deputy director for the school's Newcomb Art Museum. She earned a B.A., with departmental honors, in English literature from Haverford in 1994, and an M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi in 1998. Teresa chairs the governor-appointed Louisiana Folklife Commission and serves on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's cultural programs advisory panel. She was the folklife editor for A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana, published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and has contributed essays to Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology the University of Mississippi's Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and KnowLA: The Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture. Teresa serves as an Admission volunteer. She resides in New Orleans, LA, with her husband Hamilton.
She has particular interest in discussing arts administration, Southern studies, anything New Orleans, Folk Art, William Faulkner, and late-life Ph.Ds.
Monica Rao ’10
Member at Large
- Detroit, MI
Monica leads neighborhood- based programming as chief program officer at Global Detroit, a non-profit focused on the implementation of immigrant-inclusive strategies to drive growth and revitalization of Southeastern Michigan. She is currently completing an M.B.A. at the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan. Previously, she worked as deputy financial director for Representative Rashida Tlaib’s 2018 campaign for U.S. Congress, and worked in federal consulting in Washington D.C. Monica graduated in 2010, with a B.S. in psychology and helped found the Young Alumni Advisory Group (YAAG) in 2011. She served on YAAG for 7 years and held semi-annual networking events for young alumni in addition to doing Admissions volunteer work.
Monica wants to hear from you! Feel free to send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org on how HC can better connect with alumni through events, newsletters, the magazine, and more. She is also passionate about triple bottom line business, choral performance, and her favorite foods (cheese and chocolate), and would love to hear about Ford relationships with any of the above.
Ann Rivera ’96
- New York, NY
Ann is a Social Science research analyst in the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she oversees research focused on public initiatives related to early care and education and on improving human services for Hispanic, immigrant, cultural, and linguistic minority populations. Ann earned a B.A. in religion from Haverford in 1996, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from New York University in 2005 and 2008, respectively. While at Haverford, Ann served as a tour guide, a Customs Person, co-president of the Latin American Students Organization, summer camp counselor, and member of Lighted Fools. Ann is a former Reunion volunteer, and has served on the Alumni Awards Committee. Ann and her family reside in New York, NY.
Petra is a social studies teacher at Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) in Manhattan, a selective public secondary school in New York City that allows highly motivated and scholastically strong students to begin their college studies two years early. Prior to working at BHSEC, she taught at an all-boys public high school in the Bronx, Urban Assembly Academy of History & Citizenship for Young Men (UAAHC), and also served as Education Program Associate at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. She earned a B.A. in history from Haverford in 1996. While at Haverford, she worked in the Eight Dimension office, was involved in the Minority Scholars Program, served on Customs Committee, and was an Honor Code orienteer. She earned an M.A. in social studies education from New York University in 2004. She is a former Admission volunteer. Petra resides in Jersey City, NJ.
She welcomes questions and conversation about public education in an urban setting, single-sex educational settings, early college school models, team-teaching with learning specialists, equity and diversity in the classroom and workplace, global history (all of it—archaeology of early humans to Brexit), post-colonial literature, Gen-X pop culture.
Charles Robinson ’89
International Alumni and CCPA Liaison
- London, England
Charles is a managing director at Heitman, responsible for Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Charles earned a B.A. in English from Haverford in 1989, and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia in 1995. He is a chartered financial analyst. While at Haverford, Charles was captain of the squash team and co-founder of the Ford S-Chords, a student singing group. He was a member of the former International Council and is a former Admission volunteer. Robinson family members that have attended Haverford include brother Torrance ’93, father, Charles R.’62, uncles Chris ’76 and Dana ’68, grandfather Charles A., (dec.) ’28, and niece Sunyoung Chai ’20. Charles' mother, Barbara Paul Robinson, graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1962, and is a trustee emeritus of the Bryn Mawr College Board of Trustees. Charles resides in London, England.
He welcomes questions, particularly from current and prospective students, having to do with career paths, networking, life abroad, and international student experiences.
John Saroff ’98
- New York, NY
John Saroff is chief executive officer of Chartbeat, the leading editorial analytics platform used by the world’s top media companies in more than 70 countries. John has worked on the cutting-edge of media and technology for more than 17 years, setting the daily operations and business development agendas of companies as diverse as Google, NBC-Universal, and vente-privee. John received his undergraduate degree in history from Haverford College and a joint degree in law and business from Columbia University.
He welcomes questions having to do, specifically, with tech and media.
Matt Strickler ’62 P’91, P’00
Member at Large
- Devon, PA
Matt is a retired partner at Ballard Spahr, LLP. He earned a B.A. in mathematics from Haverford in 1962, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1965. While at Haverford, he was a member of the track and cross country teams and the orchestra. He is a former Reunion volunteer and served on the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC) from 1969 to 1971. Matt's wife, Margie, earned a B.S. in biology from Wheaton College (MA) in 1966, and a B.S.N. from Villanova in 1995. Two of their children are Haverford graduates: Matthew "David" ’91 and Edward ’00. A third child, Timothy, died in 1992. Matt's father, Charles Strickler, is a member of the Class of 1932, and an uncle Henry Cornman is a member of the Class of 1941. Matt and Margie reside in Devon, PA.
Joy Takahashi ’87
- Bryn Mawr, PA
Joy is chief of staff to the CEO & COO of Munich Re US P&C Companies. Previously, Joy was senior vice president and property underwriting manager. She has been with Munich Re in various roles since she joined in 2001 as SVP, Strategic Development. Joy is a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society. She earned a B.A. in mathematics from Haverford in 1987. While at Haverford, she was a member of the soccer and lacrosse teams and Customs Committee. Joy is currently a member of the Haverford College Corporation’s Advisory Committee and is a former member of the board of trustees at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA, where she established its trustees committee and helped lead major institutional change and realignment. The family resides in Bryn Mawr, PA. Her husband is John Gullace ’87. Their son, Peter, is a member of the Class of 2022, and their daughter Anna is in high school. Joy serves as Corporation liaison to the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC).
Oscar Wang ’14
Member at Large
- Philadelphia, PA
Oscar is founder and chief executive officer of CollegeTogether, a nonprofit he founded at Haverford that is focused on empowering low-income, first-generation students with the income, skills, and network to earn college credentials and build sustainable careers. He graduated cum laude, from Haverford in 2014, with a B.A. in political science. While at Haverford, Oscar was co-president of the Asian Students Association and the Education Advocacy Club, and was the student speaker at his graduation. Oscar is an Admission volunteer, a member of the Young Alumni Advisory Group (YAAG), and a Giving Advocate. He also serves as co-leader of the Haverford Alumni in Education affinity group. He resides in Philadelphia, PA.
Keith Weissglass ’05
San Francisco Regional Liaison
Keith is a marketing and business consultant who works with social enterprises and early-stage technology startups. He currently serves as the director of marketing at Give2Asia, an international philanthropy NGO. Keith previously held leadership positions at several early-stage technology startups and political campaigns. At Haverford, Keith earned his B.A. in psychology, magna cum laude, with a minor in political science. During his time on campus, he served as president of the Bi-Co Movie-Making Club, as photography editor at the Bi-College News, and on the steering committee of Men Against Sexual Assault and Rape (MASAR). Keith also holds an M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis. He lives in Oakland, CA, where he enjoys reading, bicycling, and cooperative living.
He welcomes connections from current students and alumni, especially regarding: moving to the Bay Area, tech startups, business school, financial independence, and your best espresso-brewing tips!
Michael Werner ’63 P’95
Member at Large
- Pasadena, CA
Michael is a member of the Haverford Class of 1963. His son Alex, Class of ’95, and niece Miriam, Class of ’16, are fellow alums. For more than 40 years, Mike has been the project scientist for the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA’s Great Observatory for exploration of the heavens at infrared wavelengths. He has recently co-authored a book, More Things in the Heavens, which describes Spitzer’s scientific bounty. Mike has become interested in working to combat the effects of climate change. He established an endowment in the Haverford Environmental Studies department to fund student internships for the study of the scientific, sociological, political and/or legal issues around climate change. Mike lives in Pasadena, CA, and works at both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology.
Natalie Wossene ’08
Immediate Past President of the AAEC
- Seattle, WA
Natalie is director of sales and marketing at Intel Corporation in Seattle. Previously, she was an academic consultant with Project GRAD USA, a non-profit education management group. Upon graduation from Haverford, Natalie was a secondary mathematics teacher with Teach for America at South Philadelphia High School. Natalie earned a B.A. in political science from Haverford in 2008, an M.A. in urban education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, and an M.B.A. from Cornell's S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2014. As an undergraduate, Natalie served as co-chair of the Customs Week Committee, Students' Council co-vice president, on the Senior Class Gift Committee, and on the Search Committee for the Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Natalie received the Student Council Student Life Award and served as a student representative to the Board of Managers. Natalie is an Admission volunteer. She is a former member, and president, of the Young Alumni Affinity Group (YAAG). In 2007 she was the recipient of the John C. Whitehead 1943 Fund in Entrepreneurial Studies. She and her family reside in Seattle, WA.
Stephanie Wu '09
Annual Fund Liaison, Ex Officio
- Seattle, WA
Stephanie is a user experience researcher, currently working at Facebook in Seattle. Previously, she worked in UX Research at Google in NYC. At Haverford, Stephanie earned her B.A. in English, with a minor in East Asian Studies. During her time on campus she was actively involved with the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) as well as the Hurford Humanities Center. Since graduating, she has remained an active alumnus, conducting prospective student interviews and also serving on the Board of Managers. Originally from California, Stephanie currently resides in Seattle with her husband and two cats.
The Committee consists of the officers of the Alumni Association; at-large members; regional, affinity, and other liaisons; the immediate past president of the Association; the chair of the Annual Fund; and student representatives. The officers are the president and the vice president who each serve two-year terms. The secretary of the Association is Haverford’s director of Alumni and Parent Relations. New members are elected once each year, serving for a three-year term. All members, except the officers, may serve no more than two consecutive terms. These Committee members represent the diversity of the alumni body with respect to graduating class, gender, race, career field, and geographic distribution among other variables.
Members may serve as at-large or in liaison positions which include but are not limited to: Geographic regions, Athletics, Multicultural Affairs/Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG), Alumni Awards, Young Alumni, Second Decade, Communications, Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA), LGBTQIA (Rainbow Quorum), Bi-Co Relations, and Scarlet Sages, among others.
Roles & Responsibilities
- Identify and meet the needs of alumni in their continuing relationship with Haverford College.
- Promote the general welfare of Haverford College and a greater understanding for and commitment to the College and the alumni body.
- Serve as an advocate for Haverford through communication with other alumni and external audiences.
- Financially support Haverford with annual contributions to Annual Giving.
- Increase the involvement of alumni with the College by supporting existing and implementing new programs to strengthen the ties between and among Haverford College, its alumni, faculty, students, and administrators. Monitor ongoing alumni programs, making recommendations for changes when and where needed.
- Advise Alumni and Parent Relations and other administrative offices on issues of concern to alumni.
- Support the efforts and programs of alumni volunteers who work in admission, annual giving, career development, multicultural affairs, regions and other roles.
- Attend and encourage attendance at Alumni Weekend, athletic events, lectures, networking receptions, and performances both on and off campus and regional events.
- Attend three yearly in-person meetings of the AAEC; serve as a member at-large or in liaison role as assigned; and create new programs and new liaison volunteer positions when needed.
- Meet with faculty, students, and administrators to stay informed about issues of importance to the College and its alumni.
- Assist Alumni and Parent Relations in identifying future alumni leaders and volunteers.
- Serve as the representative body when Haverford needs alumni opinion on issues the College or the Committee identifies as important for the College and its alumni.