Meet the Staff
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Kef joined AlumniCorps as a volunteer in 2010 and piloted and led the expansion of our ARC Innovators program. In June 2016 she became President of the Board. In addition to these responsibilities, Kef is Board Chair at Rachel’s Network, a vibrant community of women at the intersection of environmental advocacy, philanthropy and women’s leadership. Kef also teaches the introductory “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” course at Princeton University, where she mentors 50 Princeton undergraduates per semester, inspiring them to launch innovations that can create value and make a difference in the world. Earlier in her career, Kef held senior leadership roles at 3Com Corporation, including general manager of a $1B division. She became a technology-startup consultant in the late 1990s, a venture capitalist in 2000 and a founding general partner of Battelle Ventures, where from 2003 to 2015 she led the firm’s investments in clean energy and started several companies based on U.S. Department of Energy Lab technologies. Kef holds a B.S.E degree in operations research from Princeton University, with a certificate in science and policy from the Woodrow Wilson School, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
Kef Kasdin ’85
President & Executive Director
(609) 921-8808, ext. 2
Brielle is a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Labor Studies and Employment Relations and a minor in Public Health. She is also the current Public Relations Manager for the Rutgers University Students with Children Organization, a student organization that advocates for institutionalizing policies which ease the burden for parents in pursuit of higher education. During her undergraduate years, she worked as the Office Intern for the Rutgers University Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies for one year where she acquired administrative skills and experience with the office atmosphere. She brings a passion for nonprofit work and advocacy to Princeton AlumniCorps and hope to one day start a nonprofit of her own.
(609) 921-8808, ext. 226
Prior to joining Princeton AlumniCorps, Kimme founded the New Jersey nonprofit Urban Mental Health Alliance, where she continues to contribute her time as the volunteer Executive Director. She has also held several positions in nonprofit leadership as Association Manager with Creative Marketing Alliance and Program Manager, Annual Meetings with the African Studies Association. Kimme is a strong advocate for urban community and social issues and has served on several boards in and across Mercer County, NJ, including Children's Futures, NAMI Mercer and Oaks Integrated (formerly Greater Trenton Behavioral Health). Kimme was honored in 2009 as New Jersey’s Woman of the Year by the Garden State Woman Education Foundation for her dedicated volunteer work and she is a graduate of Regent University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Psychology. She has two children, five grandchildren and lives in New Jersey. She brings to AlumniCorps a passion for and experience in nonprofit administration and operations.
(609) 921-8808, ext. 1
Princeton AlumniCorps welcomes Soraia Francisco, our new Program Associate, to the team at 12 Stockton. A native of Portugal, Soraia graduated from Rutgers University and served in multiple U.S. cities as a two-term AmeriCorps member. In her first term of service, she provided disaster relief and long-term recovery for communities impacted by Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Sandy. She then moved to the West Coast to serve as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) tutor in Federal Way, Washington, where she served both elementary, middle and high school students. For the next three years, she continued to build relationships with and serve at-risk youth as a School Outreach Coordinator for Communities In Schools.
She is a current M.Ed. student at Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies on the Sexuality Education track. In her free time, she loves to hike with her dog, craft snail mail, and unpack social constructs with friends over a meal.
(609) 921-8808, ext. 3
Lorraine Goodman '83
Lorraine Goodman ’83 joined AlumniCorps as Development Officer in November 2016. Since graduating from Princeton, she has been involved with Princeton Annual Giving, served as the Director of Development and Alumni Communications for the Friends of Theatre Intime, and was recently named Co-Chair of Princeton Women’s Network of NYC. Her professional fundraising experience includes two years working for The Red Hot Organization, which produces record albums and then donates the proceeds to AIDS-related charities. Subsequent development positions included Corporate Membership Manager at the Paley Center for Media, Grants Manager at Theatre for a New Audience, and Director of Development at both The New York Musical Festival and Roulette Intermedium. Lorraine also has a wealth of volunteer experience with organizations ranging from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, InTouch Radio Network for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Hearts & Voices. Prior to her career in fundraising, Lorraine appeared on Broadway and overseas in first class productions of Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Master Class, Les Miserables, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and more. Goodman has a Masters of Arts Administration from NYU’s Steinhardt.
Lorraine Goodman ’83
(609) 921-8808, ext. 7
Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar is from Boise, Idaho. He was born in Iran and raised in Idaho, an arrangement that has invested him with an appreciation for migration, intercultural understanding, and potatoes. A history major, he has been deeply involved in the work of the Religious Life Council and the Writing Center at Princeton. Through these endeavors, he has volunteered as a tutor at two New Jersey detention centers, has served as a language teacher and translator at a refugee camp in Greece, and has mobilized interfaith coalitions on campus to address issues related to incarceration and immigration. He is eager to continue developing his knowledge of the intersection between immigration, public awareness, and legal advocacy as a Fellow at AlumniCorps in Princeton, NJ. In his free time, Sahand enjoys learning new languages and encouraging his friends to read George Eliot's MIDDLEMARCH.
Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar ’17
Bold Idea Fellow
(609) 921-8808, ext. 225
Mikaela Levons '04
Mikaela Levons '04 is a native of Jamaica who has been passionate about civic engagement since high school. She has worked in the charitable sector since receiving a B.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School in 2004. Mikaela served as the grant writer for New Jersey After 3 and The Martin House in Trenton. Most recently, she was the Membership and Communications Coordinator for the Center for Non-Profits. She received her M.Sc. in Non-Profit and NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, and currently serves on the board of a non-profit operating in rural Jamaica. She and her husband live in Ewing with their three young daughters. She is excited to return to ‘Old Nassau’ as AlumniCorps’ Development and Communications Associate.
Mikaela Levons ’04
Development and Communications Associate
(609) 921-8808, ext. 4
Caryn joined Princeton AlumniCorps in November 2013 and focuses on growing and strengthening AlumniCorps programs across the country. Prior to joining AlumniCorps, she worked for both the Hunterdon Land Trust and the Hunterdon Art Museum as Director of Development. At both organizations, she was responsible for grant writing, event planning, direct appeals and major donor strategies. She previously helped start the Upstate Institute at Colgate University working with faculty and administrators to develop the Institute's strategic plan and structure their summer fellowship program. Her work there involved connecting students and faculty with civic engagement projects in the Central New York region, and working with nonprofits throughout the region on their strategic plans. Prior to the Upstate Institute, Caryn worked for the Partnership for Community Development where she focused on downtown and small business development in Hamilton, NY. She also spent time teaching adult micro-enterprise classes throughout the beautiful Finger Lakes region of NY, and managing a micro finance revolving loan fund while at Worker Ownership Resource Center (WORC). Caryn applied her expertise to develop and teach online undergraduate and graduate level grant writing classes for Excelsior College. During her career, she has developed and helped implement strategic plans for a variety of nonprofit organizations in multiple sectors.
She earned a BA in Economics from Connecticut College and a Masters in Public Policy with a focus in Community Development from Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany. In her free time, you can find her baking, running, biking and hanging out with her family.
Director of Programs and Strategy
(609) 921-8808, ext. 228