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The American University Alumni Board serves more than 135,000 alumni worldwide.

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Alumni Board members play a key role in guiding the efforts and initiatives of the Office of Alumni Relations, and serve as regional, national, and international ambassadors for American University.

The American University Alumni Board celebrated the 90th anniversary of the alumni association in 2017. The Alumni Board represents the AU Alumni Association, providing strategic insight and professional expertise to assist the university's outreach effort to alumni. This dedicated group of volunteers serve as ambassadors for and to the university and work to engage all alumni in the life of the institution.

The Alumni Board also oversees the administration of AU's alumni awards, the highest honors presented by the Alumni Association on an annual basis.


Jonathan Mathis, PhD, Kogod/BSBA '04, is serving a two-year term as president of the Alumni Board. Jonathan is Senior Vice President, Education Policy and Systems Change, at City Year.

Melanie Brown, CAS/BA ’02, senior program officer in US policy and advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is serving her first two-year term as vice president of operations.

Adam Katz, WCL/JD '86, tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, is serving his first two-year term as vice president of external relations for the Alumni Board.

LaTanya Sothern, SOC/BA '92, is secretary of the Alumni Board and chair of its Nominations and Governance Committee. LaTanya is a principal with Prince George’s County Public Schools and owner/CEO of Sothern Education Solutions.

Robert Johnson, SPA/BS '81, is immediate past president of the Alumni Board.

Members at Large

Elliot Bell-Krasner, SPA/MPP ’12
Program Director for Northeast and Southeast, The Junior State of America Foundation

Peter Brusoe, SPA/PhD ’12
Campaign Finance and Lobbying Data Analyst, Bloomberg LP

Miguel Bustos, SIS/MA '95
Senior Director, Center for Social Justice, GLIDE

Patty Caballero, SOC/BA ’91, Kogod/MBA ’00
Founder/CEO, PSC Consulting, LLC

Nakeesha Ceran, SPA/BA ’10, SPA/MA ’12
Associate Director, Teaching for Change
Eugene Costa, Kogod/BSBA '77
Senior Vice President and Group Lead for Europe and Asia, ICF

Sean Graham, Kogod/MBA ’11
Head Coach, Track and Cross Country, American University

Ritanch Hans, SIS/BA '13, Kogod/MS '15
Communications Analyst, Dignari
Derrick Hensley, Kogod/MS ’13
Internal Reporting and Corporate Accounting Director, Freddie Mac

Irene Magafan, SOC/BA '02, SOC/MFA '12
Video Archive Production Specialist and Editor, World Wildlife Fund

Don Mike Mendoza, SOC/BA '10, SOC/MA '17
Executive Artistic Director, La Ti Do Productions

John Nadolenco, WCL/JD ’95
Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

Bill Ruvo, Kogod/BS ’82
Federal Sales Manager-Security, Juniper Networks

Sherry Soanes, WCL/JD '97
Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division

Rachel Tabakman, SPA/BA '03
Board Affairs Manager, Girl Scouts of the USA

Bradley White, SPA/BA ’99, WCL/JD ’07
Freedom of Information Act Officer, DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Michael Worley, SPA/BA ’12
Founder/CEO, MDW Communications

Brett Zongker, SOC/BA ’03; SOC/MA ’04
Chief of Media Relations, Library of Congress

Interested in Joining the Alumni Board?

At-large board members serve a two-year term, following which they may reapply for a second term. Considering applying to the Alumni Board? Along with the application for membership, a full resume, a professional bio, and at least one letter of recommendation are required. Applications are accepted each fall for service beginning the following calendar year. Applications are currently closed. 

Responsibilities of an At-Large AUAB member include:

  • Attending and actively participating in all AUAB meetings (four per calendar year)
  • Active participation as a member of an AUAB committee or task force
  • Being a knowledgeable ambassador for AU and the Alumni Association
  • Attending All-American Weekend and other major university events when possible
  • Attending regional Alumni Association and university events in your community/region
  • Initiating outreach to and seeking engagement with fellow alumni through programs and events
  • Responsibilities of AU’s Alumni Board members include making a gift of at least $2,000 during each two-year term.

Alumni Board nominations are accepted each fall. Along with an application form, applicants must submit a full résumé/bio and at least one letter of recommendation.

The Nominations Committee reviews applications each year based on the following criteria:

  • prior involvement and philanthropic support
  • answers to essay questions (included in the application form)
  • ability to contribute to the board's geographic, ethnic, gender, and occupational diversity, as well as diversity by AU school/college

At the nominations committee's discretion, candidates may take part in telephone interviews to discuss their applications.

The nominations committee presents slates of nominees to the full Alumni Board in early December for approval.

Applicants will be notified regarding the committee's decisions by mid-December, and new members are expected to attend and participate in the first meeting of each calendar year, held in January.

Thank you for your interest in the American University Alumni Board!

Questions? Contact Amy Lampert, chair, nominations and governance committee, at or Raina Lenney, assistant vice president of alumni relations, at