A letter from Alumni Association President David Yaffe

Dear fellow Johns Hopkins Alumni,

On October 29, 2016, I assumed the privilege of becoming your Alumni Association President for the next two years. While I have enjoyed a relatively long “alternative career” as a volunteer for Johns Hopkins University, it is particularly exciting to serve as the President of the Alumni Association for ALL alumni of JHU at a time that University leadership is actively working to increase the connections among all divisions in recognition of a “One University” approach to the future.

During the last twenty-five-plus years, I’ve served as a founding member and third chair of the Second Decade Society (of what is now the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences), been the Second Vice President of the Alumni Association in a previous “tour”, served as a member of and chair of the Arts & Sciences Advisory Board, and participated in other JHU activities (including attending lacrosse games). My older daughter, Andrea, is a Hopkins alumna (A&S '01) and participates in JHU Intersession. Hopkins has become an integral piece of my and my family’s life story.

I hope to do everything I can to increase the connections among alumni of ALL divisions of JHU and to increase their connections with the University. We look forward to connecting with alumni on the basis of their interests through our affiliation efforts and to foster their connections with Johns Hopkins as well as with each other. I particularly hope to connect graduates with their fellow alumni of “other” schools of the University on the basis of shared interests. There are many alumni from different schools involved in health care, international relations, international business, energy, and so many other intersections that they may not realize. These connections will be both beneficial and fun.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can. I want to hear from you. Send me your suggestions on how we can make our Alumni Association a stronger, more engaged organization or you can simply send me a quick note to let me know what you’ve been up to.

Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your Alumni Association President. I’m excited about the next two years, and what it holds for us as we partner to strengthen and grow our Alumni Association.

Best wishes,

David Yaffe Signature
David P. Yaffe, A&S ‘74
President, Alumni Council
The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association 

P.S. To contact me, send an email to JHAA_President@jhu.edu and follow me on Twitter (@JHAA_President) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/JHAAPresident).

Read more from David Yaffe at his blog, Perspectives from the JHAA President.