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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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 currently on display in the Concord Free Public Library, includes recent and retrospective work from 22 Concord Academy alumnae/i, all of whom were students in CA’s photography program and now work in creative professions. “With this show, I wanted to celebrate the idea that being an artist and going into the arts are viable and responsible things to do,” says Cynthia Katz, who has taught photography at Concord Academy for 33 years. Read more and see photos of the exhibition.
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.
The Concord Academy Alumnae/i Association is delighted to host its annual Alumnae/i Association Assembly on Friday of reunion weekend for CA graduates across all class years. An evolution of the annual meeting, this new program is a chance to bring alumnae/i together to hear updates from school leadership, connect with the Alumnae/i Steering Committee, and take part in the ongoing community-wide conversation about CA’s future. The program will include the presentation of the 2020 Joan Shaw Herman Award, and the alumnae/i community will vote on the Alumnae/i Association officers for terms commencing on July 1, 2020. To find out more, and to register, please visit this page.
Have you lost your class ring? Good news! The company, Herff Jones, will be on campus during reunion weekend. Come by on Saturday, June 6, and place your order. If you can’t make it to campus, you can always contact our Herff Jones representative, Mike McCann, at 781-749-2426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 >
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>