Ways to Volunteer

Alumni Board

Upon graduation from the Heller School, you are automatically a member of the Heller Alumni Association, which is led by a board of up to thirty Heller alumni. The Heller School Alumni Association Board's mission is to promote interest in and develop support for the Heller School for Social Policy and Management by engaging alumni and fostering relationships among them and with the school, and being Heller ambassadors in the larger community.

The work of the Board is accomplished through conference calls throughout the year and two annual board meetings. They provide assistance with fundraising, student recruitment, alumni events, career networking and general outreach to Heller alumni.

To learn more, contact: helleralumni@brandeis.edu 

2017-2018 Heller Alumni Association Board Biographies

Board Member Job Description

Heller Alumni Association Board Website (password required)

Admissions Volunteer

Your firsthand knowledge of the Heller School makes you an important resource to the Admissions Office at Heller. Prospective students gain valuable insight from talking to alumni. Who better to answer the questions of what to expect from a Heller education than individuals who have gone through the program themselves? The types of activities you can participate in include:

  • Allowing a prospective student to contact you.
  • Making congratulatory calls to accepted students.
  • Distributing information at conferences, your workplace or your undergraduate alma mater.
  • Attending events where prospective students may be in attendance.
  • Agreeing to be profiled or quoted on the Heller School web site or in other promotional materials.
  • Speaking at information sessions.
  • Participating in recruiting events, such as graduate school fairs.
  • To learn more, contact: helleralumni@brandeis.edu 

Mentoring Network

The Heller Career Network is a two-way job network. First, Heller Alumni are an important resource about information for job-seeking students and alumni looking for information about career fields, job trends, job responsibilities, and organizations.

Secondly, your organization may be looking for qualified candidates. Opportunities for involvement include:

  • Serving as an informational resource to students and alumni in starting their job search
  • Mentoring students and alumni mentoring each other
  • Participating in career panels – alumni discussion panels convened throughout the academic year by students and Heller’s Career Development Center to showcase alumni careers and the paths taken to those careers.
  • Sharing information about internships and job openings via Heller's Handshake system or by sending them to Erica Hodes, Associate Director of Career Development (fosser@brandeis.edu
  • To learn more about the Mentoring Network, contact: hellercareers@gmail.com 

Sarah Emond

Sarah K. Emond, MPP’09, Stavis and Altman Fellow, is the  president of the Heller Alumni Association Board. Emond is chief operating officer at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a Boston-based independent nonprofit dedicated to conducting and implementing comparative effectiveness research in the health care system. 

Emond says, "The Heller Alumni Association has members all over the world, working in every conceivable industry and field, yet we are connected by our shared commitment to social justice. I'm honored to be representing your varied and important perspectives on the Alumni Board and hope that you will reach out to me with ideas, feedback and comments on how we can leverage this incredible resource to support each other and the Heller School."  

Alumni are welcome to share ideas on how the Heller Alumni Association Board can better serve the needs of the alumni community by emailing helleralumni@brandeis.edu