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 4,700 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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Join us as we celebrate 30 years of creativity, inspiration, and talent! An exhibition, “Origin Stories: Concord Academy Photography Alumnae/i Then and Now,” chronicling 30 years of the photography program at CA, will be on display February 1-29 at the Concord Free Public Library. The exhibition will also be shown on campus during reunion weekend, June 5-7, 2020. On Saturday, February 22, you are invited to see the exhibition and attend the public reception at the library from 3:00 to 4:45 p.m, then to cross the street to the Ransome Room on campus to meet some of the artists, along with members of the Visual Arts Department and other former faculty, during a special private gathering for the CA community. Details and register >
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.
Start thinking about what news you would like to share in CA’s spring magazine! Your class secretaries will be in touch in the next few weeks to gather news, updates, and photos to share with the rest of your class. Your notes are due to your class secretary on January 20, so please keep an eye out for communications from your class secretary.
The fall 2019 issue of CA Magazine examines Concord Academy’s recently renewed mission statement and invites readers to engage in the building of a more just and sustainable world. This issue also celebrates the completion of the William M. Bailey Commons and, with it, the CA Houses initiative. Learn about student, faculty, and alumnae/i experiences and achievements, new books from CA authors, and much more. Read more>
Reaffirming Concord Academy’s core values, the school’s renewed mission statement calls on everyone to engage. See what learning looks like on campus today and how alumnae/i Eric Nguyen ’00, Izzy Lowell ’98, Tony Patt ’83, and Amy Longsworth ’76 are working to create a more just and sustainable world.
Concord Academy has become one of the first independent schools in the greater Boston area to adopt a holistic campus sustainability plan. Approved by the Board of Trustees in the spring, the plan defines targets in the categories of food, greenhouse gas reduction, building operations, and institutional support that the school has pledged to meet by its centennial in 2022.
Seeing hunger in their communities, some CA alumnae/i have found their own ways to address it. Kezia Parsons Simister ’95 organizes donations to the Arlington, Mass., food pantry. Mim Locke ’64 lives and works at the Martin de Porres House of Hospitality in San Francisco. And Mallory Cerkleski ’16 manages a mobile farmer’s market that serves urban customers in Greensboro, N.C.
The lineup for CA’s Environmental Symposium lecture series this fall consists exclusively of young alumnae/ i who have been returning to CA to share their sustainability research and work. In October, Phoebe Chatfield ’14 spoke about her environmental advocacy work. On November 4, Sophie Drew ’15 presented about soil sequestering of carbon. Students, alumnae/i, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of CA are invited to attend the upcoming speakers’ talk.
Tuesday, December 3
Performing Arts Center – 7:00 p.m.
Austen Sharpe ’14 and Eliza Thomas ’14 will discuss their recent internships with, respectively, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (renewable energy markets and policy) and the Cape Eleuthera Institute (tropical marine biology research).
A life-changing trip to Nepal led this acclaimed architect to change careers and open her business, Doula X Design. “Now I’m helping one woman at a time, one family at a time,” she says.
The CEO and co-founder of Modulate, a startup that creates “voice skins” that alter people’s voices for online use, weighs in on the risks and benefits of this new technology.