The Communication Alumni Board is a vibrant and engaged group of alumni dedicated to the goals of mentoring students, providing lifelong learning experiences for alumni and friends, creating opportunities for alumni to network with one another, and contributing to community service, outreach and collaboration.
The group works closely with Department of Communication faculty and staff to provide opportunities to students and alumni through career workshops and other events.
If you would like to request an information interview with a board member, please contact UWComm Coordinator of Student Relations Troy Bonnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
By day, Alex Diaz is an account coordinator at Twitter, working on the advertising + sales team within the Tech vertical. Alex leverages Twitter’s Promoted Products for marketers to drive revenue through creative partnerships with brands and agencies. He’s also active in the community — having organized two TED talk events, and four Startup Weekend events. When he’s not at Twitter, Alex is on a new adventure to help people in the community find work through his passion-project, HR Tech startup: MyUnfold.
“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 brings a valuable perspective to the board as a junior communication student, who is also working toward a sales certificate. She was the Director of Formal Recruitment at her sorority Alpha Phi this fall, and is serving as Director of Member Services for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) this year. While keeping an open mind and taking in advice from experienced professionals, Ali hopes to land a career in event planning, PR, or marketing after graduation.
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.”
Amy Rolph is a news editor at Microsoft, working on MSN News and Bing News apps. She’s worked as a Seattle-based journalist since graduating from the University of Washington in 2006, most notably at the Everett Herald and the Seattle PI. Amy earned a masters degree in digital communication strategy from the UW’s Communication Leadership program in 2011 — and she’s currently a Comm Lead Fellow, assisting with teaching efforts and mentoring students.
“The relationships you cultivate as a student lay the groundwork for your career after school — I was lucky to meet a number of journalism professionals who believed in me and helped me learn when I was still a student. Serving on the alumni board is one way I can pay that kindness forward.”
Kaci Aitchison (B.A., 2001)
Kaci Aitchison is a Seattle native and 2001 alumna of the Comm Department. She got her start in radio as a sophomore reporting traffic for KISS-FM, and later joined The Bob Rivers Show at KZOK. Currently, Kaci is a Features Reporter at Q13 FOX News. In 2013, she was voted Best Local TV Personality in the KING 5 Best of Western Washington contest and she was nominated in 2014 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 is a Seattle native and fourth generation Husky. She graduated from the UW in 2012 with a B.A. in Communications and a Minor in International Studies. As an Account Executive at the Seattle CBS affiliate, KIRO-TV, Lauren works directly with advertisers and advertising agencies to develop integrated marketing solutions. In 2013, she launched Sound Startups, a campaign sponsored by the University of Washington, to celebrate the thriving and innovative community of local startups.
“I was thrilled to be invited as one of the newest members of the Alumni Board this past year. My rewarding experience as a public speaking tutor during my time as a student has motivated me to give back again, this time as an alum. Having recently graduated, my goal is to foster a supportive and valuable connection to the fantastic alumni community!”
Jill Stampher (B.A., 2004)
Jillian Stampher is a multimedia journalist who’s interested in the transition from print to digital media. Currently an associate editor at Breaking News within NBC News Digital, she’s part of a growing team of journalists and developers leading 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, drinking craft beer, and tracking how legacy media companies attempt to stay relevant to her generation.
Delaney Berreth (B.A. 2015)
Delaney Berreth is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Seafair. She is a strategic communicator with a specific interest in sports public relations. Delaney has acute and creative organizational skills that she applied to internships while an undergraduate at UW and expertly translated to a fulltime position with the Seafair organization. Delaney is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America Puget Sound chapter.
Stacey Engle (B.A., 2008)
Stacey is the Director of Marketing at Fierce Inc., a global leadership development and training company. She works collaboratively across all business functions to develop and implement a multi-tiered global marketing strategy for Fierce and Fierce programs. Her professional background includes nonprofit and corporate work including public relations, B2B and B2C marketing and communication as well as leadership development and professional training.
“My mission on the board is to help fuel and support the relationships between current UW Communications students and the community. My hope is to approach current students’ challenges with new and innovative ways to help them follow their passions after graduation. As a board member, it is my goal to make sure we, and everyone we touch, have a great time and lots of laughs while doing this important work.”