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  • SPA: Development & Alumni Relations
    (202) 885-2660

    Dan Mackeben
    Director of Development

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Who are we?

More than 20,000 worldwide, alumni of the School of Public Affairs work in state and federal government, as lobbyists, business executives, teachers, journalists, web designers, and attorneys, to name a few. More than 40 percent of SPA alumni live in the Washington, DC area.

SPA alumni are certainly leaving their mark. From television talk show hosts to Members of Congress, check out some of SPA’s notable alumni.

Why You Should Be Involved with SPA Alumni

  • You will meet old and new friends at our many alumni events throughout the year and have the opportunity to network
  • You will be informed of SPA happenings through our SPA Update newsletter and e-mail communications from staff and the Dean
  • You will have the chance to give back to your alma mater and possibly mentor a current student, guest lecture in a class or become a donor
  • You will be associated with a top ten school of public affairs and share in its rich offerings of lectures, speeches, forums and other academic conversations
  • Please visit the American University's Alumni Benefits & Services site to find out about the following benefits for active members:
    • Bender Library card
    • Jacobs Fitness Center discount
    • Child care access
    • Campus space availablity
    • Publications
    • Donor Rewards card
    • Alumni ID card
    • Alumni audit

How to get involved

SPA sponsors many events each year and is involved with the university-wide activities as well. Check out the current calendar of events for the upcoming months.

Other ways which alumni can become involved include:

  • Coordinating special events (i.e., happy hour, BBQ, etc.)
  • Talking with a prospective student about attending American University
  • Assisting in planning or hosting an alumni or student event in your city
  • Serving as a mentor to current students or other alumni 
  • Participating as a donor to a SPA project or program

Stay Connected

Register for the AU On-Line Community – an AU resource that lets alumni reconnect with old friends as well as establishing a permanent free e-mail address, network, and even design your own web site.



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Success Story

Cochairs from the Class of ’99 attended the Ten Year Reunion at the 4Ps in Cleveland Park.  From left: Greg Graumann, Ann Marie Sharratt, and Justin Perillo. 

From Clawed to Counsel: Reunion Leader Reflects on Campus Experience Then and Now

According to Justin Perillo, SPA/BA ’99, WCL/JD ’02, assistant general counsel for the university and a cochair of the 10 Year Reunion, the best part of Alumni Weekend ’09, was “getting a chance to see friends that I have not seen in years.” 

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