For almost a century, Concord Academy alumnae/i have been bound together by a love of learning, service to others, and a proud legacy of advocacy. With more than 5,800 CA graduates living around the globe, we are a small but powerful community and our connections to CA and each other span both distance and time.
As someone who attended CA, you are automatically a member of the Concord Academy Alumnae/i Association, a group that serves as a primary link to fellow alumnae/i as well as current students and school developments. We strive to ensure CA remains present and relevant in all stages of your life.
Recently, we refreshed the CA Alumnae/i Association mission statement to better reflect our goals and purpose.
The Alumnae/i Association fosters lifelong connections between Concord Academy and its alumnae/i community. The Association facilitates meaningful opportunities to preserve and promote a love of learning, service to others, and a commitment to diverse perspective and backgrounds. Through involvement in the life of the school, within the community, and through service to the greater world, the Association strives to renew and affirm the core values instilled while at CA.
Our days in Concord were unique, and we invite you to remain involved or re-engage in the life of the school— sharing your professional experiences with CA students, attending regional alumnae/i events, serving on your reunion committee, and supporting the school’s Annual Fund are just a few of the many opportunities open to you.
Please also be sure to read our monthly alumnae/i newsletter, send in class notes for the magazine, update your contact information, and stay up to date on all things CA via Facebook, Instagram and CA@100. The voices of alumnae/i are of critical importance as we approach CA’s centennial in 2022, and we look forward to collaborating with you to bring the Alumnae/i Association mission alive in innovative, creative and exciting ways.
Laura McConaghy ’01
President, Concord Academy Alumnae/i Association
2019-20 Alumnae/i Steering Committee
Laura McConaghy ’01 | President
Jennifer Beal ’79, P ’12 | Co-Chair, New England Regional
Noah Fisk ’93 | Co-Chair, New York Area Regional
Gabe Greenberg ’98 | Co-Chair, New York Area Regional
Eliza Grossman ’17 | Co-Chair, CAYAC
Lindsay Kolowich ’09 | Co-Chair, New England Regional
Dat Le ’06 | Co-Chair, CAYAC
Michael Lichtenstein ’94 | Chair, Class Secretaries
Karen McAlmon ’75 | Co-Chair, Community and Equity Committee
Matt McCahill ’95 | Co-Chair, Alumnae/i Annual Fund
Becca Miller ’14| Co-Chair, CAYAC
Eric Nguyen ’00 | Chair, Alumnae/i Admissions Network
Miriam Perez-Putnam ’12 | Co-Chair, CAYAC
Jackson Philion ’20 | Senior Representative
Paolo Sanchez ’14 | Co-Chair, Community and Equity Committee
Claire Moriarty Schaeffer ’05 | Co-Chair, Alumnae/i Annual Fund
Kate Rea Schmitt ’62 | Chair of the Joan Shaw Herman Selection Committee
Lauren Bruck Simon ’85 | Ex-officio committee member (Past President)
Katherine Stirling-Ellis ’20 | Senior Representative
ChuXuan (Matt) Zhou ’20 | Senior Representative
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Although the Covid-19 pandemic prevented Concord Academy alumnae/i from returning to campus, it did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm for reconnecting with classmates, faculty and staff, and fellow CA graduates as part of the school’s first Virtual Reunion. More than 225 alumnae/i joined via videoconference as CA hosted three special reunion programs, the annual Alumnae/i Association Assembly, and 13 virtual class gatherings for reunion classes over four days in early June.
The dizzying rate at which AI is being adopted, mostly behind the scenes, has meant that wariness has accompanied increasing public awareness. In this article, four CA alumnae/i discuss the technology’s potential, as well as the urgency of considering human outcomes and unintended consequences as it develops.
Growing up in an immigrant household, Naomi Ko ’91, P’21 observed what it meant to her Chinese-born parents to be American: hard work and a steadfast commitment to integrating into American culture. As a senior at Concord Academy, Ko took a class with Kevin Jennings called American Culture and Identity.
A scientist, artist, educator, presenter, and National Geographic Explorer, Ben Mirin ’06 travels the globe recording animal sounds for research, which he also samples to make music that inspires conservation. In addition to creating and hosting the digital and television series Wild Beats on National Geographic Kids and Nat Geo Wild, he is a graduate research fellow of the National Science Foundation and a graduate student at Cornell University.
Elizabeth Temin ’86, M.D., M.P.H. is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine in Boston. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is now treating Covid-19 patients at Mass General.
“We are all Covid-19 doctors now,” says Eliza Miller ’94, M.D. The vascular neurologist and clinical researcher is also an attending neurologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, where the neurological intensive care unit and stroke units have been filled with Covid-19 patients.
Concord Academy Welcomes Alumnae/i Back to Campus for the Annual Alumnae/i and Students of Color Conference
On February 22, Concord Academy hosted its annual Alumnae/i and Students of Color Conference. More than 20 individuals — 12 students and 11 alumnae/i — took part in the event. A panel discussion took up the topics of race and equity at CA across decades, and in small group breakout sessions, alumnae/i and students discussed the influence of a CA education on the college experience, considered a sense of belonging at CA, and reminisced about what drew them to this school. View a group photo.
“Origin Stories” Exhibition Showcases Creative Work by Alumnae/i and 30 Years of CA’s Photography Program
Origin Stories, an exhibition at the Concord Free Public Library in February, curated by CA photography teacher Cynthia Katz, included recent and retrospective work from 22 Concord Academy alumnae/i, all of whom were students in CA’s photography program and now work as professional artists.
On January 22 and 23, Concord Academy honored acclaimed chef Anita Lo ’84 as the 2020 Centennial Hall Fellow. At the Boston Public Market, Lo offered a cooking experience for fellow alumnae/i, and in her Hall Fellow Lecture at CA, she told her life story and discussed the importance of food to culture and in creating communities where people can belong as they are.
There were incredible turnouts in Boston and New York as CA kicked off the second year of the Centennial Hall Fellow Series. With over 60 alumnae/i at each event, alumnae/i enjoyed gathering in their cities for an evening of reconnecting, cooking, and community. Both events included a cooking demonstration with Chef Anita Lo ’84, and a signing of her most recent book, Solo. Thanks to all those who attended, and we look forward to being back in your city again soon! Check out photos from Boston and New York.