Alumni Programs

In accordance with the constitution of the Reed College alumni association, and following a call for nominations, the nominating committee of the alumni association hereby gives notice of the following nominations to the alumni board (AB). All terms begin July 1, 2017. Some of these sketches have been edited for space.

In all offices for which there is only one nominee on April 1, the nominee shall be considered elected as of that date, except that the board of trustees must approve the alumni trustee nomination The nominations process may be viewed here in the constitution

Nominations for Alumni Board service starting in July 2017

Secretary (One-Year Term)

Jinyoung Park, Linguistics ’11, New Orleans, Louisiana

Jinyoung is the assistant director of the Center for Public Policy Research at Tulane University's Murphy Institute, where she directs external relations with funding agencies and policy groups. She works with Tulane’s faculty on grant development and submission, manages grant-funded activities and special projects, and coordinates the annual Yates Lecture. In addition to her work at Tulane, she is the lead vocalist, website administrator, and booking contact for a local band, U4ria. Jinyoung earned a B.A. in linguistics from Reed College in 2011 and an M.B.A. from Tulane University in 2015. She joined Reed's alumni board in 2015. She also has served as a career network, admission, and Alumni Fundraising for Reed volunteer; on the alumni engagement committee; and as a local alumni host. Jinyoung lives in New Orleans, LA.

At-Large Board Members (3-Year Term)

Margaret Anderson, Political Science & Russian '05, Silver Spring, Maryland

Margaret is a senior program officer for Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international non-profit organization that works with businesses, foundations, governments, and communities to build partnerships to help meet the world’s growing demand for food. Her background includes economic development, inclusive finance, and international education, and she has worked on private health sector and development finance projects with USAID, World Bank, IFC, and the Gates Foundation. Margaret earned a B.A. in political science and Russian from Reed College in 2005, an M.A. in Russian studies from European University at St. Petersburg in 2006, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 2012. She serves on the steering committee of Reed's Washington, D.C., alumni chapter. She also has served as a local alumni host, and as career network and admission volunteers. Margaret and her husband, John Mackedon, live in Silver Spring, MD.

Eira May, English '08, Portland, Oregon

Eira is the Editor of Contributed Content at Vacasa, a technology-enabled full-service vacation rental company with operations in the U.S., Europe, and Central and South America. She is responsible for thought leadership and contributed content, and her writing has been published in Forbes, Fortune, and the Huffington Post. She previously worked as a content strategist, marketing research analyst, and consultant for Seabourne, Growthink, Huron Consulting Group, MasterPlans, and the Lyceum Agency, and as editor in chief for Perfectly Scientific Press. Eira earned a B.A. in English from Reed College in 2008, and an M.A. in English in 2010 and a Ph.D. in English and new media studies in 2013 from the University of California at Davis. She has been a career network and Alumni Fundraising for Reed volunteer, and she has participated in Beyond Reed at Paideia. Eira and her husband, Christopher May '08, live in Portland, OR.

Michael McGreevey, Anthropology '04, Oakland, California

Michael is a senior grant manager for Conservation International’s Global Conservation Fund, where he focuses on strategic partnerships to advance the fund's work on sustainable financing for conservation investments. He helps oversee the strategic allocation of project investments and plays a key role in monitoring and evaluation, technical assistance, and strategic planning. Michael previously worked on climate policy with the Environmental Defense Fund and on indigenous issues at Ecotrust. Michael earned a B.A. in anthropology from Reed College in 2003 and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. He has been a member of the Conservation Finance Alliance since 2013. Michael and his wife, Carol Hu '03, live in Oakland, CA, where they have coordinated Earth Day gatherings for Reedies in the area.

Ben Rankin, English '87, Seattle, Washington

Ben is a principal in Human Capital Investments. He has developed industrial and real estate projects for 20 years; his work has focused on waste and energy recovery, historic preservation and affordable housing. Ben also teaches at Pinchot University, and he has been a theater director and producer. Ben earned a B.A. in English from Reed College and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington. He has been a Working Weekend mentor and career network volunteer for Reed, and a board member and advisor to various other organizations. Ben and his wife, Margit, live in Seattle, WA.

Andrei Stephens, Economics '08, Detroit, Michigan

Andrei is the mobile product manager for Quicken Loans, one of the country's largest retail home mortgage lenders, where he works on product strategy and innovation across the company’s suite of apps. He previously served as a product manager at a venture-backed mobile SaaS company, and he has consulted with start-ups on three continents. His experience includes developing mobile products across platforms and through both business-to-business and business-to-consumer models. Andrei earned a B.A. in economics from Reed College in 2008 and an M.B.A. from Oxford University in 2013. He has served as a career network volunteer and local alumni host for Reed, and he has participated in Beyond Reed at Paideia. Andrei lives in Detroit, MI.

Alumni Trustee (Four-Year Term)

Captain Scott E. Foster, USN (ret), Biology '77, Jenner, California

Scott recently retired as executive director of Coast Life Support District, a bi-county public agency providing emergency medical response to a rural coastal community in northern California. He previously was a U.S. Navy officer, operating medical care systems all over the world. He began his 26-year career with the U.S. Armed Services as an Army reconnaissance squad leader in Panama, and after a service switch to Navy ultimately retired as a senior policy analyst of the Quadrennial Defense Review for the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. He also served a fellowship in healthcare economics on the staff of the Secretary of Defense, and in 2005 he received the Federal Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Award. Scott worked as a night-shift EMT in Portland's St. Vincent Hospital emergency department while he was a student at Reed. He is a big-band jazz guitarist and has been playing professionally in small ensembles and traveling orchestras for more than 20 years. Scott earned a B.A. in biology from Reed College in 1977, an M.A. in health services administration from Washington University in 1984, and an M.S. in management information systems from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1992. He serves on Reed's ad hoc alumni engagement committee. He previously served on the alumni board; on the Washington, D.C., alumni chapter steering committee; on his 30th class reunion committee; as a Working Weekend mentor; and as a career network volunteer, admission volunteer, and local alumni host. He also is a volunteer firefighter/EMT in his rural coastal community. Scott and his wife, Susan Rudy '79, live in Jenner, CA; they are the parents of Claire Rudy Foster '06.

Continuing Alumni Board for 2017-2018

President: Lisa Saldana ’94

Vice President: Beverly Lau ’06

Past President: Richard Roher ’79

Alumni Trustees:

  • Mo Copeland ’82
  • Jay Hubert ’66
  • Dylan Rivera ’95
At Large Members:
  • Alea Adigweme ’06
  • David Hardy ’71
  • MJ Jacobs ’04
  • Rebecca Ok ’09
  • Melissa Osborn ’13
  • Darlene Pasieczny ’01
  • Sebastian Pastore ’88
  • Shimon Prohow ’02
  • Jeremy Stone ’99

Nominations for Nominations Committee service starting in July 2017

Nominating Committee (1-Year Term)

Laura Saunders, Economics '63, Seattle, Washington

Laura is a search consultant with the Association of Community College Trustees. She has spent her career in higher education, most recently as interim president of Bellevue College. She previously served as vice president for administrative services at Highline Community College and at Bellevue College, director of planning and capital budget at the University of Washington, and in the office of the president at Pennsylvania State University and at the University of California. Laura earned a B.A. in economics from Reed College in 1963, an M.A. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1965, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. She served on her 50th class reunion committee at Reed, and she participated in the Oral History Project. Laura also has served as president of Washington's business affairs commission, on the president's council of the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, on Washington's first statewide collective bargaining team for classified staff, on the boards of the Society for College and University Planning and the Association for Institutional Research (including as president of both organizations), and on numerous other committees and task forces. Laura lives in Seattle, WA.

Suzanne Cassidy, Chemistry '65, Sausalito, California

Susie is a medical geneticist and pediatrician. Her practice is focused on the causes of developmental delay, particularly Prader-Willi syndrome, an area in which she is considered to be one of the world’s top experts. She is a consultant with Genetic Medicine Central California and president of the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organisation. Suzanne has served as a clinical professor of pediatrics in the division of medical genetics at the University of California at San Francisco, and as chief of the human genetics division and director of the residency training program in medical genetics at the University of California at Irvine. In addition, she has been on the pediatrics faculties of the University of Connecticut, University of Arizona, and Case Western Reserve University. She has developed and implemented course curriculum; developed and directed medical genetics educational programs; served on national committees that set standards for education of post-graduate medical trainees in medical genetics and accredited their training programs; evaluated educational programs and academic careers; and served as a mentor in career development to undergraduates, medical and graduate students, medical residents and fellows, and faculty. Susie earned a B.A. in chemistry from Reed College in 1965, and an M.S. in biochemistry and biophysics in 1973 and an M.D. in 1976 from Vanderbilt University. She has served on the boards of the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American Society of Human Genetics. She is a recipient of the American Society of Human Genetics Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education and she has been featured in American Health magazine as one of the Best Doctors in America. Susie is a member of Reed’s alumni board and she joined the board of trustees as an alumni trustee in 2013. She also served as chair of the Reed Campaign Committee—San Francisco and as an Alumni Fundraising for Reed volunteer. Susie and her husband, Christopher (“Chris”) Visher ’65, live in Sausalito, CA.

Clara Siegel, Mathematics '09, Shoreline, Washington

Clara is a Product Manager with Tableau Software in Seattle, a member of the Reed College Alumni Board of Directors and Alumni Fundraising for Reed, and the former chair of the Joint Committee for Alumni Engagement. At Reed, she was Student Body Treasurer, a member of the Student Senate, and Liaison to the Board of Trustees. Clara holds an MBA from Stanford University and previously worked at Amazon and Microsoft. She has stayed involved with Reed by mentoring students and volunteering at events including Reunions, Paideia, and Working Weekend.

Continuing Nominations Committee for 2017-2018

Rich Roher ’79, Past-President

Lisa Saldana ’94, President