Our relationship managers work strategically with alumni volunteers in the global alumni network to create active ecosystems of alumni in local communities.

We support reunions, regional and local programming, informal student and alumni opportunities, meaningful alumni organizations, and more.

We are dedicated to empowering alumni to lead by helping them build community, facilitate peer-to-peer connections, and gain momentum in local communities within the greater alumni network. Let us partner with you to activate our alumni community!

What we do:

  • Offer guidance in navigating school-wide resources
  • Create opportunities for alumni to connect with one another through personalized introductions, reunions, and events of all kinds and sizes
  • Help build community in regions and among like-minded alumni
  • Assist in defining and maintaining Booth excellence among alumni and alumni groups
  • Guide alumni volunteers in leading effective boards and committees
  • Support alumni in developing leadership skills through volunteering

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Team Members

Caitlin Andersen

Associate Director - Reunions

Caitlin has been at Booth since August 2015. For two years she was on the Alumni Relations, Americas team; she is currently on the Reunions team. Caitlin is responsible for developing and managing reunion volunteer committees, with a focus on peer-to-peer outreach and alumni engagement. In her free time, she enjoys cooking new recipes, spending time outdoors, and exploring Chicago neighborhoods.

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Lisa Bada

Director - Reunions, Student, and Recent Alumni Engagement

Lisa has been with Booth since 2011. Lisa is responsible for reunion volunteer strategy including volunteer recruitment, management, and overall reunion program engagement, as well as strategy for engaging recent alumni and building connections between alumni and students. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, spending time with her family exploring all the parks in the city, and trying all the best pizza in Chicago.

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Penka Bergmann

Director of Alumni Relations - Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific

Penka is the director of Alumni Relations for Booth, based at the London campus. Penka leads the school’s alumni engagement strategy in the EMEA and APAC regions, engaging alumni with the priorities of the school and each other, and working with a global team to advance Booth’s mission and continue the strong trajectory for Booth globally. She has been part of Booth’s global team since 2000, and was a founding staff member of the London Campus in 2005. Penka has an AM from the University of Chicago and an MA from the Free University of Berlin.

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Caroline Oates

Assistant Director - Pipeline Development

Caroline is a Hoosier now living in Chicago. She is the go-to for data analysis and logistical questions, particularly in this virtual world. Caroline’s experiences in Indiana and Brazil give her a unique perspective on the team with her know-how in student affairs, global education, teaching, and activism. She supports the rest of the global Alumni Relations team with projects, events, and reports. In her free time she practices Portuguese, plays recreational sports, and reads queer fiction.

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Annie White

Senior Director of Alumni Relations

Annie joined Booth in April 2020 as the senior director of Alumni Relations. Prior to this role, she was the director of alumni engagement with the Northwestern Alumni Association, where she managed career and mentorship engagement as well as student and recent alumni programs, and launched digital programming. Annie has returned home in a sense as she previously worked at University of Chicago Alumni Relations & Development.

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