Engaged Alums

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1vl4SC5I7Y[/youtube]Lani Blechman graduated from Hampshire College in 2009. Upon graduation she was the conference and student programs coordinator for the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program based at Hampshire. Her areas of expertise are program development, communications, and administrative non-profit organizing. She is now a collective member of the Food for Thought and is attending a Simmons College based graduate program at Mt. Holyoke in library science.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le-TID1SCxw[/youtube]Lisa Berger  graduated from Hampshire in Women’s Studies and Contemporary History in 1983 and has a Masters in Media Studies from New School University. She has worked as an audiovisual researcher in Barcelona for nearly 20 years, working freelance to write, direct and produce documentaries on historical topics and social issues. Lisa is also a motion picture and photography researcher. Martha McDevitt-Pugh graduated from Hampshire in 1983 with a concentration in European history and social theory. In the last 20 years, she has worked in the areas of technology and communication – initially in California, the last 11 years in the Netherlands. Since 1991, Martha has worked in the software and financial services industries, creating information products and managing hierarchical and functional teams. Her passion is “making complex things simple”. Currently the Senior project and change manager for the financial services ING group in Amsterdam, The Netherlands Martha is a gay rights activist and author of United by Love/Exiled by Law http://www.hivos.net/Hivos-Knowledge-Programme/Themes/Urgency-Required/Articles/United-by-Love-Exiled-by-Law-Martha-McDevitt-Pugh.

Niajah Doty graduated from Hampshire in 2010 with a concentration in education and creative writing. She worked for Student Bridges at the University of Massachusetts after graduation as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and currently works as an AmeriCorps Member at Youth Villages in Atlanta, Georgia.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib6mC15LaZk[/youtube]Beth Marcus graduated from Hampshire in 1983 with a focus on housing and social policy. This was followed by graduate study at MIT. She has gone on to assist non-profit developers in the production and preservation of low-income housing, working as an Affordable Housing Program Manager at CEDAC (the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation. Beth is now a Senior Vice President for corporate and foundation relations at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national community development intermediary providing loans, equity and grants to revitalize neighborhoods and improve quality of life in inner city and rural communities.

Kamil Peters graduated from Hampshire in 2010 with a focus on youth education and the fine art of metalworking. He is currently self-employed as a metal sculptor and has exhibited his work widely, including at the juried Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, Massachusetts. Kamil is in the process of starting a Fire Arts Program in Holyoke, Massachusetts with other Hampshire alums.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qefr01ereyI[/youtube]Joseph Steig grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and graduated from Hampshire College in 1987 with a concentration in social theory. He subsequently did graduate work in finance and accounting at the UMass Isenberg School of Management. Joe is now Director of the Venture Well program for venture development and seed stage investment in companies coming out of the university environment. With background with technology start-ups, ranging from green aquaculture companies to the Internet, he does management consulting and is a financial and strategy advisor to business and non-profit entrepreneurs. Joe is also CFO of Long River Ventures, a seed and early stage New England-based venture fund.

Elisabeth Weaver graduated from Hampshire in 2003 with a concentration in art and social change. She became an alum fellow in the Community Partnerships for Social Change office, working with Nuestras Raices in Holyoke, Massachusetts and the Youth Leadership in the Arts Program. Elisabeth has continued her involvement in theatre, art and music, consulting with school and after-school youth programs involving mural and other forms of art production. Elisabeth has just started an herbal pharmacy and recently released a CD with a group called Chrysalis.