Summer 2024 Alumni Volunteers

Abby Easton – 2016

My name is Abigail (Abby) Easton (she/her). I graduated class of 2016, majoring in American Studies and concentrating in Educational Studies, African/African American Studies, and (almost but not quite) American Music. At Carleton, I was involved in music (student bands and jazz ensemble), Women Circle (CCCE volunteer program at Northfield Middle School), KRLX most terms, Late Night Trivia, and intramural softball.

I’ve lived in Brooklyn, New York since graduating. Right after Carleton, I worked at StoryCorps, an oral history non-profit in various roles including helping managing their 30-lesson social emotional learning curriculum for middle/high school students. I was also an educator through the Brooklyn Historical Society, an executive functioning and writing tutor for mostly students with ADHD, and was a host at a music venue called City Winery (did a lot of different jobs!). From 2018-2022 I was a Community School Director at a 6-12th public school in the South Bronx. In that role, I sat on the school leadership team with the Principal and Assistant Principal to program arts and enrichment opportunities, organize mental health resources, create family engagement opportunities, and more. In that role, I was also in charge of most of the school’s data management, including a significant part of the school budget. I just finished a 2-year full time graduate degree for social work (MSW) at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in East Harlem. In addition to going to classes in person, my two social work “field placements” were at a high school in the Upper East Side and at the Brownsville Community Justice Center, supporting young people who are justice involved and/or gang involved/adjacent. As of writing this bio, I am again job searching and figuring out my next steps. In my free time I like to go to my ceramics studio and run. I look forward to meeting you all!

Brittany Brookner – 2018

I am originally from Washington, DC and spent 2014-2018 at Carleton College where I studied chemistry and biochemistry. While at Carleton, you could find me on the rugby pitch, hockey rink or at El Triunfo scarfing down a burrito and sneaking out some green sauce. I absolutely loved Carleton and the friends I made, the memories shared, and all that I learned. After graduation, I delved into clinical research at the National Institutes of Health before earning my medical degree at Georgetown University. I am now thrilled to be starting a residency in Interventional Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania after doing an intern year at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Connor Webber – 2018

I love Carleton because it taught me how to learn independently. As a lawyer, I use that every day to wrap my head around new subjects that could be the difference between winning and losing a case. I majored in political science and now work for the Tennessee Innocence Project as a staff attorney.

Devin Tomson-Moylan – 2015

At Carleton, I studied economics and greatly enjoyed my time abroad through two fellowships in Japan and Wales and three Carleton OCS programs in Europe and Bangladesh. I played varsity soccer and deeply appreciate the quality and curiosity of the people–students, alumni, staff, and faculty–that make Carleton so special. I’ve enjoyed living with, working alongside, mentoring, and seeking advice from many Carls in my time since graduation.

Drewallyn Riley – 2005

My name is Drewallyn (pronounced Drew-Allen), and I was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. I attended Carleton from 2001-2005, where I became a SOAN major after falling in love with classes taught by Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg and others. I realized that through anthropology I could combine my two greatest passions – experiencing and learning about new cultures, and supporting access to sexual and reproductive health. The theory and methods – including qualitative and quantitative skills – taught in the SOAN classes were my introduction to understanding how these methodologies could be used to improve public health programs in diverse cultural settings.

After Carleton I taught English in Seoul, South Korea for a year and traveled throughout SE Asia) before moving to Ann Arbor, MI to complete a Master’s in Public Health in the area of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan. There, I focused on the areas of maternal health and HIV/AIDS. During this time, I was able to travel to and study maternal health in Ghana, China and Senegal.

After graduating with my MPH in 2009, I began a two-year fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta as a Global HIV Prevention fellow. There I coordinated the scaling up of an HIV prevention intervention designed to promote positive parenting and effective parent-child communication about sexuality and sexual risk reduction for parents of 9-12-year-olds. My job entailed providing technical assistance to non-governmental and community-based organizations in the eight countries in Africa where the program was being implemented and included traveling 4-6 times a year to these countries. I then was hired as a contractor to stay at the CDC for another year and a half, working on the same program.

I moved to Chapel Hill, NC in May 2013 to begin a new job at Ipas. Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. As the Youth Advisor for the East Africa region, I worked to enhance the ability for young women in Kenya, Zambia and Ethiopia to access safe abortion and prevent unwanted pregnancy. I continued to travel 4-6 times a year to the African continent to provide technical assistance to the projects there.

In October 2015 I moved to Portland, OR to be closer to my sister and Montana roots. I began working at the Oregon Health Authority in the Maternal and Child Health section as the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Coordinator for the federally-funded Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program to support pregnant or parenting families with young children ages 0-3 years. The program provides home visits by a nurse or social worker to pregnant people and families, giving them resources and skills to support them to improve their family’s health and provide better opportunities for their children. My role as the Continuous Quality Improvement Coordinator was to provide support to the local agencies that implement this program, by using quantitative and qualitative data to identify where they are doing well and where they can improve and to tell the story of home visiting.

After 5 years at OHA, I moved on to my current positions at Education Development Center. EDC is based in Boston, and I work from home here in Portland. I split my time supporting projects in the international and domestic side. On the domestic side, I am a data and CQI technical assistance (TA) specialist for the same federal program (MIECHV) I supported in Oregon. Only now, I provide TA to multiple states that are implementing this program, including the folks who are in the position I used to have in Oregon. In this role, I support states to use their data to identify where they are doing a great job, and where there are opportunities to improve the work they are doing to support families with young children. On the international side, I am a sexual and reproductive health (SRH) technical advisor to USAID-funded projects in South Sudan and Liberia, where I developed and support the implementation of a SRH curriculum taught to out-of-school youth ages 15-29 years.

Edwin (Ned) Wang – 2019

At Carleton I majored in Math with a minor in public policy. What I enjoyed most about Carleton was the opportunity to think critically, develop both quantitative and qualitative skills and learn to become a life-long learner, which is critical in a rapidly changing society. After graduating, I worked for a small real estate developer run by a Carleton alum. There I developed a strong, financial skill set, which I eventually applied to my current job as a financial analyst at Hines, a global real estate investor and developer.

Hal Beresford – 2006

At Carleton, I enjoyed meeting students from all over the world, especially during mealtime at the LDC. Often you could also find me in my dorm, at the CMC, or playing in a musical group. (Music was my first major before I switched to math!) My career path since Carleton has been extremely varied and includes the Peace Corps, teaching, data analytics, and two master’s degrees. Nowadays I am based in Cincinnati as a Senior Finance Manager at Procter & Gamble. As always, believe in the talent of every Carl.

Kevin Draper – 2010

I was an international relations major at Carleton, and spent most of my time playing either frisbee for CHOP or euchre in Sayles. After a few years of mostly failing to get international relations-related jobs because I did not speak fluent Spanish, and subsequently doing more general public policy jobs, I stumbled into journalism, and now I am a reporter for the New York Times.

Lesley Baseman – 2013

I graduated from Carleton in 2013 with a degree in economics. I loved the learning environment at Carleton, it’s rare to find someplace with brilliant professors who insist upon you calling them by their first names. It’s also a phenomenal place to grow and learn, as well as being a very fun environment! Since Carleton, I spent time as a research assistant in finance, a programmer focusing on health policy, and now a policy analyst specializing in Medicaid policy. During that time, I also got a masters degree in health policy.

Nadia Elnagdy – 2006

Looking back, it’s hard to believe I didn’t want to go to Carleton. As a first generation Egyptian-American, I wanted to break out on my own and Northfield wasn’t nearly far enough away from the Cities. Luckily, the universe disagreed, and my time at Carleton became some of the best years of my life. The relationships I developed there will last a lifetime. After Carleton, I earned my J.D. in Madison and returned to Minneapolis after graduation to work for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. I’ve done it all in my, almost 14 years, of work. These days, I direct the office’s expungement program as the statewide subject matter expert. I work with District Court bench to streamline the expungement process, draft internal policy, and advocate for legislative changes to the complicated expungement-related statutes. I also work with our community engagement team to put on quarterly expungement clinic and community fair at various locations throughout Hennepin County.

Pedro Girardi – 2019

I am originally from Brazil. At Carleton I really appreciated having the opportunity to study a variety of majors and live in a communal setting. After Carleton I worked at BCG in the US as a consultant and then in corporate strategy roles in Germany. I am currently a freelance commercial strategy consultant based in Italy.

Sarah Besse – 2012

I graduated from Carleton in 2012 with a history major. At Carleton I enjoyed making friends and being part of a community of curious people, the dedicated professors, participating in various groups such as club tennis, teaching ice skating, and my summer working on the arb crew.

My career path in the field of experiential education has been winding, with twists and turns that I could not have expected when I was in college. I moved to Boston after graduation to do a teacher residency program, but ended up dropping out and teaching at a Montessori preschool instead. Then I taught boat building to 5th graders at a Boston public school, got my masters in early education, and started pursuing a career at a public Montessori school, but ended up changing direction and founding the nonprofit Boston Outdoor Preschool Network (BOPN). When I told people my plan to open an all-outdoor nature preschool some people could not imagine it, but we I did it and opened in September 2019.

I founded BOPN because I believe that nature and play are essential for children, and my gift is to turn ideas into reality. BOPN now serves 200 families each year across the Boston area. We bring families together in community and give children a joyfully muddy childhood under the loving guidance of dedicated teachers. Our goals are to promote children’s physical and mental health, encourage environmental stewardship, and to develop habits of mind such as curiosity, initiative, persistence, creativity, problem-solving, and responsibility.

Spencer Wigmore – 2011

I am currently the Curator of Fine Art at the Minnesota Historical Society. Previously I was a curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, and I earned my MA and PhD in art history at the University of Delaware.

I am an art historian by accident. As a senior in high school, art history was the only AP class that fit my schedule. I had no interest in the topic, but within just a few weeks, I knew it was what I would want to study when I got to Carleton. When I arrived, I was fortunate to have a great community of faculty who supported my growing interests throughout my four years at Carleton and beyond. Most of my classmates discovered their academic passions during their coursework. So I think I was somewhat rare in that I came into Carleton knowing exactly what I wanted to study. Even so, my my academic life was shaped by interdisciplinary experiences across multiple departments, including Computer Science, Geology, and English.