Alumni Interviews

Passionate Alumni Working for the Greater Good

This is a series of brief profiles of Bates alumni working in “common good” careers.  The profiles are intended to provide students and other members of the Bates community with a greater understanding of the career opportunities in “common good” fields and how alumni have successfully established themselves in these fields, especially within the nonprofit sector.

Rosie Hale ’14 was a Career Development Fellow at the Bates Career Development Center.  Rosie’s main role in the Passionate Alumni Working for the Greater Good project was to interview alumni and edit the recordings.  She asked questions that she felt would help Bates students understand the vast amount of opportunities that lay ahead of them after graduation — especially in fields that relate to serving the “common good”.

International Development

Kari Jorgensen  mercycorps_logo_red

Interview with Kari Jorgensen Diener ’99, Deputy Director Policy and Advocacy, Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps: “Helping people in the world’s toughest places survive the crises they confront and turn them into opportunities to thrive.”

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Rahel Wondwossen ’05 B.A. Political Science and English, M.S., Teaching Adolescent English and M.A. in School Leadership

Urban Education – Cohen College Prep High School Principal
Cohen College Prep High School is overseen by Founding principal Rahel Wondwoosen, entering her 10th year in urban education, which she entered through the Teach for America program. To date (April 1, 2014), the first senior class to graduate in 2014 boasts the following accomplishments: 100% applied to college, 67% already accepted to at least 1 school, 1.5 million raised in merit scholarship aid serving a predominately first generation to college population, 97% of which qualify for free and reduced lunch (national standard for measuring poverty rate). Over her 9 years in education, she has been a part of 3 start-up schools with a proven success in raising student achievement.

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Alan Hunt

Alan Hunt ’03 B.S. in Environmental Studies, M.A. in Environmental Management and Environmental Economics and Policy, Ph.D. in Rural Development

Policy Analyst (For access to Health Food)
Alan hunt of Local Food Strategies LLC is an independent consultant who specializes in policy analysis and collaborative policy development for locally and regionally produced food and healthy food access.

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Gina PatraccaGina Petracca ’10

Currently a student at Boston University’s Sargent College in their Registered Dietitian and Masters in Nutrition Program.  Recent work has been in developing and implementing educational outreach tools that teach low-income communities how to cook, eat, and buy healthy, affordable, and delicious foods.

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Maria JoachimMaria Joachim ’03

Global Health
Maria is currently a research technologist at Children’s Hospital in Boston and a teaching fellow and research assistant at HSPH. She has a B.S. in Biology, and a MSc Global Health and Population at Harvard University’s School of Public Health (HSPH). Maria will begin her Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2014.

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Purposeful Work Unplugged

Purposeful Work Unplugged is a series of dynamic Q&A conversations with notable alumni, faculty, and staff about career trajectories and the traits that support meaningful work.

To get a flavor of Purposeful Work Unplugged, visit: Purposeful Work Unplugged.