With more than 7,800 alumni in all 50 states and 41 countries, our extensive alumni network is a force for positive social change throughout the world and right here at the Mandel School through their generous involvement and leadership.

The compassion and commitment of our alumni is essential to the advancement of our school and the lives our students – from their work on the Alumni Board (which works diligently to organize and participate in Career Nights, Commencement, and other student events) to the Campaign Committee (which is leading the fundraising for our Building Renovation Campaign) to alumni support of the Annual Fund (which is earmarked entirely for student scholarships).

Alumni in the News:

Watch: Conversations in Philanthropy 2015

Jul 22 2015

Conversations 224 21Cleveland claims a historic role in the philanthropic sector, as home to the world’s first community foundation and the precursor to the United Way movement.

But how has the landscape of the philanthropic sector changed in the past 100 years? What is its relevance to social change? And what do practitioners bring to philanthropy?

Those were questions addressed at Conversations in Philanthropy, a special series last spring that gathered philanthropic experts from the area’s top foundations and organizations – including several alumni – to share their insights and answer questions from the audience. It was sponsored by the Master of Nonprofit Organizations program with input from the Mandel School Visiting Committee and moderated by Robert L. Fischer, PhD, Director of the MNO Program and Co-Director of the Poverty Center.

Conversations in Philanthropy 2015:

Understanding Philanthropy: What You Need To Know About the Field on February 24, 2015, featured Marcia Egbert, JD, Senior Program Officer at the George Gund Foundation, and John Gest, MBA 2010, Managing Director of the Northern Ohio Office of Philanthropy Ohio (pictured with Dr. Fischer). Watch video >>

From Program Operator of Program Officer: What Practitioners Bring to the World of Philanthropy on March 24, 2015, featured Shilpa Kedar, MNO 2005, Program Director of Economic Development and The Cleveland Foundation, and Christie Manning, MSSA 1997, Senior Program Officer for Resilient Families at St. Luke’s Foundation. Watch video >>

Philanthropy is a Big Tent: Making Philanthropy Part of Your Lifelong Commitment on April 28, 2015, featured Leah Gary, MSN 1985, President and CEO of the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation and Jazmin Long, MSSA/MNO 2015, Welcoming Coordinator at Global Cleveland. Watch video >>

New Members Join Alumni Board

Jul 16 2015

15554999296_02d295a4ef_o-MAGAZINEAlumni Association Board President Dean Fazekas welcomed 10 new members to the alumni board. Pictured (left to right): Dean Fazekas, MSSA 1991; Beth Glas, MNO 2011; Denise Gibson, MSSA 1978; Jamie Jones, MNO 2010; Kimberly Moss, MNO 2001; Jillian Rogers, MSSA 2014; Adriennie Hatten, MNO 1996; Stacy Simera, MSSA 1996; Carlier Myers, MNO 2003/MSSA 2013; Annette Iwamoto, MSSA 2012; and Dean Gilmore. Not pictured: Christy Nicholls, MNO 2003.

They join the other current alumni board members (not pictured): Mary Beth Cernoia, MSSA 1980; Jasmine Chandler, MSSA 2009; Peggy Conway, MSSA 1988; Jane Daroff, MSSA 1985; Julia Ellifrit, MSSA 1991; Maureen “Rini” Gauntner, MSSA 1967; Joann Hall, MSSA 1989; Nancy Lowrie, MSSA 1995; Carole Marciano, MSSA 1993; Mary Ellen Rogers, MSSA 1991; Dario Sanchez-Benitez, MSSA 1994; Carolyn Sugiuchi, MSSA 1962; and Joy Willmott, MSSA 1961.


WCPN Discussion on Foster Youth Features Dr. Robert Fischer and Alumna

Jul 15 2015

wcpn_rgb_mediumFoster care youth who age out of the system are five times more likely to become homeless, Mandel School research reveals.

That was the topic of a vital 90.3 WCPN “Sound of Ideas” radio show on July 9 featuring alumna Angela D’Orazio, MSSA 2011, Program Officer at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland; field supervisor Kate Lodge, Program Director of A Place 4 Me initiative; Tasha Jones, a former foster child and a youth contributor to A Place 4 Me; Gary Stanger of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative; and Dr. Robert Fischer, Research Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Poverty Center, who is conducting a survey of Cleveland’s homeless youth and contributed insights from his research to the NPR radio show.

Listen: A Plan for Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care >>