Brown alumni are changing lives through philanthropy and service

Greetings, Graduating Class of 2024!

Congratulations and welcome to the Brown School alumni community! My name is Meghan Baer and I am the school’s Alumni Board President. Your connection to the Brown School does not end when you graduate. Our alumni are committed to not only staying in touch–but finding new and deeper ways to connect with each other and the school. We attend Brown School events together (across the country). We break bread together. We engage in book conversations together. And, importantly, we talk about issues that matter together.

I attended the Brown School from 2008 to 2010, and I absolutely loved it. I engaged with the best faculty, discovered my passions, found effective ways to advocate for others (and myself), strengthened my skills, and made life-long friendships. I sincerely hope your time at the Brown School was just as powerful and valuable.

I now live in Chicago–with many other Brown School alumni–and l can’t wait to meet you! Please join us at an upcoming event, webinar, or social outing. Here are some important ways to stay connected:

1. Update your contact information to stay informed of events in your area

2. Connect with the Alumni Board and more Brown School Alumni on WashU CNX

3. Stay tuned for Brown School Centennial celebration activities throughout the 2024-25 school year!

The alumni community is so excited to see where your Brown School degree takes you, and support your endeavors as you make your way. On behalf of the Alumni Board, we are incredibly glad to have you join us and once again: Congratulations!!

Meghan Baer, MSW ’10
Alumni Board President

Make a Gift: Your philanthropy provides our students with critical scholarship and research support so they can continue on to create a more equitable society without the burden of debt. Read these stories and learn how you can help Make Way for our community.

Global Alumni Events: The Brown School community is a part of the Washington University Alumni Association with access to a wide range of service and social events throughout the year. Click here to learn more about regional, shared interest and cultural, and professional networks!

Awards of Distinction: Each spring, the Brown School recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievements of Brown School distinguished alumni and emerging leaders who are creating a difference in their field, community, and world. To join this year’s celebration virtually, please click here. To nominate a deserving alum for next year’s awards, please click here.

Brown School Reunion Weekend | April 12-13, 2024: Brown School alumni from classes ending in 4 and 9 are invited back to the Danforth Campus to celebrate their 5th through 50th reunions! join for a weekend of catching up with old friends, looking back on your Brown School days, and creating new memories together. You will be able to witness firsthand the positive changes that have taken place on campus, meet current students, and engage in conversations about future initiatives. Click here to see the full itinerary and register to attend.

Brown School Alumni Board: The mission of the Brown School Alumni Board is:

Engage all alumni to support and strengthen the Brown School Community and its Mission by:

  • Serving as an ambassador for the Brown School through philanthropy, service, and representation
  • Facilitating mutually engaging and inclusive interactions among alumni, faculty, students, and staff
  • Offering professional resources and opportunities for the Brown School Community

All in an effort to realize the Brown School’s vision – To create positive social change through our path-breaking research and educational excellence. Nominate yourself or a fellow alumni to join the Brown School Alumni Board!

Our alumni are executives, leaders, teachers, and provide care to countless people around the world.

Make Way: Our Student Initiative

Portia Nartey, MSW ’22, MSP ’22, works toward improving lives on a global scale. In 2019, Portia secured additional scholarships that brought her to the Brown School and helped finance her education.

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Emilie Fan, MSW ’13, executive director of advancement, leads the strategy and fundraising efforts in partnership with the dean of the Brown School. Fun fact: Emilie and her husband met while in their first semester at the Brown School!

Lia Nunez, AB ’11, senior associate director of advancement, dedicated to connecting alumni and students through philanthropy, scholarships, and signature events. Fun fact: Lia introduced Michelle Obama at an event!

Carlton Matthews, senior associate director of advancement, leads fundraising efforts in support of the annual fund, manages our Alumni Board and Eliot Society Committee, and oversees communications for the Brown School Advancement team. Fun fact: Carlton marched in drumline throughout high school and college!

Nick Ponche, assistant director of volunteer engagement and stewardship, seeks to inform and involve alumni volunteers and philanthropic partners. Fun fact: Growing up Nick and his brother participated in twin studies at the Washington University School of Medicine.


  • Meghan Baer, MSW ’10 | Alumni Board Chair
  • Ryan Bell, MPH ’13
  • Rachel Berg, MSW ’10
  • Elizabeth Cahn, AB ’16 MPH ’17
  • Allison Cayne, AB ’07 MSW ’17
  • Destiny Davis, MSW ’20 MBA ’20
  • Jennifer Friedman, MSW ’20
  • Connie Fry, MSW ’01
  • Jan Goodson, MSW ’72
  • Benjamin Johnston, MPH ’16
  • Ashton Megli, MSW/MBA ’22
  • Déjà Miles, MSW ’21 MBA ’21
  • Patricia Saleeby, PhD ’05
  • Jackson Sarter, MSW ’20
  • Shelby Schroeder, MSW ’08
  • Jessica Thein, MSW/MPH ’14
  • Erika Wilson Wells, MSW ’96
  • Melissa Yazzie, MSW ’18
  • Josh Yudkin, AB ’11 MPH ’12 MA ’16

For more information, contact


Emilie Docter Fan
Executive Director of Advancement, Brown School
(314) 935-8263

Carlton Matthews
Senior Associate Director of Advancement
(314) 935-5888

Lia Nunez
Senior Associate Director of Advancement
(314) 935-7992

Nick Ponche
Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement and Stewardship
(314) 935-5245

Emma Bunde
Administrative Assistant
(314) 935-3498

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