The UW Department of Communication Alumni Professional Development Board is a vibrant and engaged group of alumni who are dedicated to mentoring students, providing lifelong learning experiences for alumni and friends, and contributing to the community. It is the key to creating enduring relationships between the Department and its alumni.

The Departments asks the Alumni Professional Development Board to help with the conception, creation, and successful execution of opportunities for alumni to connect with each other. In addition to coming together at events, the Department asks the Board to promote the work of the Department by sharing updates with class members and colleagues. The Board also provides insights and best practices for connecting with specific audiences, prospective students, or employers. Finally, the Alumni Professional Development Board members are the model for those wishing to invest their time, efforts, and talents back into the Department.

Join us in celebrating the incredible impact of our community! For more information, or to ask any questions about alumni outreach, contact Megan Jeffrey at mqj13@uw.edu.

 

Chair

Anna PetroccoAnna Petrocco (B.A., 2009)

Anna is a Senior Account Executive at Colehour+Cohen, a full service PR and marketing agency with an emphasis on companies that make people’s lives better. She coordinates, writes, produces, researches…you name it she’ll get it done. In 2012, she was named Outstanding Young Professional by the Puget Sound chapter of PRSA and received an Emmy for her work on BECU’s Bow Down to Washington video.

“While in the undergrad program, I frequently attended the Communication Department networking lunches. It was an incredible experience to meet people in the industry and not feel overwhelmed about networking. I want to make sure students feel comfortable going into the workforce and are setup for success.”

Board Members

Alex Diaz (B.A., 2012)

A longtime member of his community, Alex has organized three TED Talk events and has organized/facilitated several Startup Weekend events within Seattle, as well as sat on the board for the Puget Sound American Marketing Association. After some time working in digital communications and sales at companies like Microsoft and Twitter — Alex is now on a mission to improve cities through the power of technology and the people who use it. Thereby providing economic opportunity, along with reliable and affordable means of transportation for citizens. Success to Alex is being an integral part of something his future children could not live without.

“All in all, ‘be the person you needed when you were younger’, is what drives me to be on this board. My mission on the board is to offer opportunities and insight that will provide the most value to those in my alma mater. There are many opportunities that I had to fight for and these are the type of opportunities that can be a benefit for all students—if even one student can gain something from what I went through and have to offer, that’s a major win and an incredible honor.”

Ali Wulf 120x180Ali Kollman (B.A., 2015)

Ali has relished the challenge of working for nonprofits and startups in the Seattle area since the start of her career. Having first joined the Board as a student representative when she was a Junior communications student, Ali has since embarked on the next phase of her life as a professional communicator, specializing in event planning, PR, and Marketing. She spent nearly four years at TUNE, a technology company that powers performance marketing partnerships across mobile and web platforms. While at TUNE, she started as a recruiting coordinator, and then quickly rose to the position of Product Marketer, where she strategically developed comprehensive playbooks and marketing collateral to arm the sales team with field readiness materials. She also worked cross-functionally with the product team to develop deep insights from market research, industry trends, and product features. Currently, Ali is a Marketing Campaign Specialist at SkyKick, an integrated project management platform that helps IT providers be more successful in the cloud.

Taylor Soper (B.A., 2012) – New Alumni Engagement

Taylor Soper is a Staff Reporter at GeekWire, a national technology news website based in Seattle. He writes, takes photos, produces video, handles social media and has a ton of fun working with the GeekWire team to help strengthen the local tech community. Taylor has degrees in Business Administration and Journalism from the UW, where he worked all four years at The Daily.

“I was honored when asked to be on this board and am looking forward to connecting with alumni and students. As the youngest member and a recent grad, I hope to provide insight from a student perspective in today’s world. I’m confident this will help the board become more in touch with the current students and ultimately help improve their college experience.”

Kaci Aitchison (B.A., 2001)

Kaci Aitchison is a Seattle native and 2001 alumna of the Communication Department. She got her start in radio as a sophomore reporting traffic for KISS-FM, and later joined The Bob Rivers Show at KZOK. Kaci then spent 9 years as an anchor/host/reporter at Q13 News This Morning. She recently moved to freelance work, which currently includes anchoring at KING 5, and hosting corporate and esports events.  In 2013, she was voted Best Local TV Personality in the KING 5 Best of Western Washington contest and she was nominated twice for a Northwest Regional Emmy Award for her special “The Road to We Day” about local youth community involvement. Kaci credits her ability to think quick-on-her-feet in front of the camera to being an accomplished improv comedian.

“I took a less-than-traditional path to have the career I have today, and I feel my experience as an undergrad in the Comm Department is what gave me the foundation I needed to be successful. I want to give back by helping guide current students in the transition from classroom to career, and contribute to the continued success of the department and its students any way I can!”

Lauren Noland (B.A., 2012)

Lauren is a Seattle native and fourth generation Husky, graduating from UW in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Minor in International Studies. Lauren began her career in advertising sales at Seattle’s CBS affiliate, KIRO-7, working with local/regional businesses and advertising agencies to create comprehensive marketing campaigns across TV & digital properties. In 2015, she transitioned to one of Seattle’s fastest growing tech startups, DocuSign, where she spent almost four years in SaaS sales. Lauren’s previous experience and passion for advertising brought her back to the industry in early 2019, where she now works as an Account Executive at Amazon Advertising.

Jillian Stampher 120x180Jill Stampher (B.A., 2004)

Jillian Stampher is a multimedia journalist who is interested in the transition from print to digital media. Currently a front page editor at HuffPost, she assigns, edits and packages stories from reporters around the world. She previously worked as an associate editor at Breaking News within NBC News Digital, and focused on the shift toward mobile-first news. Jillian graduated with a B.A. in journalism from the University of Washington where she led the news section at The Daily, Seattle’s second-largest daily newspaper. She is currently based out of Seattle, which is quickly becoming a prominent hub for technology and media. Jillian spends most of her spare time entertaining her dog Beatrice and checking out Seattle breweries.

Delaney Berreth (B.A., 2015)

Delaney Berreth is a public relations and marketing professional in Seattle. Currently, she serves as Senior Account Executive for lifestyle PR firm, Curator. Previously, she coordinated PR and marketing efforts for events, programs and initiatives at Pacific Science Center and Seafair. She is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America Puget Sound chapter, serving as professional liaison to UW’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, and was awarded Young Professional of the Year in 2018.

Lucas Welch (B.A., 2004)

Lucas is an authentic communications leader, skilled in credible storytelling. He has a proven track record of leading press, analyst, executive, and employee relations for both privately held, and publicly traded, high-growth technology companies.

For more than a decade, Lucas has run communications for everything from venture funding cycles and an IPO, to a multi-billion dollar acquisition. He has a keen sense of how to bridge the gap between executives and employees, as well as an expertise in building healthy company culture.

Lucas currently runs communications and content strategy for Highspot, one of Seattle’s fastest-growing startups. Born and raised in Seattle, Lucas has B.A. degrees in both English and Communications from the UW.

Jess Estrada (B.A., 2005)

Jess is a writer, influencer, and strategist, focused on Seattle, social media, personal branding, and blogging. She created FreshJess.com, a Seattle-based life & style blog, in 2008 to offer a unique perspective on life, health and style in the Pacific Northwest. By day, she works as the digital media manager for the Bezos Family Foundation. Her work has been featured in SELF Magazine, the Independent Fashion Bloggers community, Fitness Magazine, Teen Vogue, Gilt City, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, University of Washington and more. She has been featured as the contributing influencer in Simply Measured’s 2014 Brand Guide to Working with Influencers; one of Racked L.A.’s 25 Women in Business; Seattle’s 25 Most Influential Businesswomen by BizTechDay and voted the 2011 Young Northwest Blogger of the Year by DList Magazine.

 

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