Education and Nonprofit includes fields such as teaching, advocacy, library and information services, environmental, and social work.  Hamiltonians in this industry work at places such as the NYC Department of Education, Global Communities, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy.

Scroll through the blog posts and stories below to learn more about Hamilton student and alumni experiences in this industry, and then use our career resources such as Facts on File and O*Net to learn more. Finally, meet with your career advisor and explore the Career Center curriculum to learn how to network with alumni to discuss your interests and learn more about their work.

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  • Chelsea Haight ’13 is a regional development director for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and lives in San Francisco.

  • Meredith Jones graduated from Hamilton in 2019 with a degree in literature and hispanic studies. She currently works at Literacy Inc. in New York as the City’s First Readers Initiative manager.

  • Niamh Fitzpatrick graduated from Hamilton in 2020, with a major in economics and a minor in computer science and is currently an English teaching fellow with the Fulbright program in Taiwan.

  • Ashley King ’14 majored in psychology and worked as a tutor in the Let’s Get Ready, America Reads, and DEAR programs. After graduating from Hamilton, she received her master’s in school counseling with specialization in leadership from the University of Rochester. Ashley is now an elementary school counselor and respite worker in Rochester, NY.

  • Amanda Berman '13 is the curatorial assistant for the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She graduated from Hamilton with a history major and French minor and received her M.A. in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program for Museum Studies in 2018. Her museum interests include 18th-century furniture, historic preservation and architectural history, and issues of accessibility and inclusion in curatorial practice. Check out her Instagram Reels series, “Furniture Facts with Amanda,” onGetty’s Instagram (@gettymuseum). She also has a background in college career development, working in the career development offices at Cornell University and Hartwick College. Her interests include setting student learning outcomes and coaching students on professional correspondence.

  • Kiana Sosa, born and raised in Lawrence, Mass., is an educator, artist, and social impact enthusiast. After graduating as salutatorian from the Performing and Fine Arts High School in Lawrence, she went on to attend Hamilton College as a full-tuition Leadership Scholar with the Posse Foundation. At Hamilton, Kiana majored in Africana studies and minored in theatre. Her senior year, Kiana performed with Professor Mark Cryer in the production of The Mountaintop, which they later performed at the 2015 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Kiana was also one of two recipients of the William J. Bristol Fellowship in 2015 and one of four Dean's Graduate Scholars at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University in 2016. Through her work in education and non-profit, Kiana has helped immigrants, refugees, and college students resume or start their career paths in the technology sector. Now, Kiana is a faculty member for the Entrepreneurial Leadership Degree Program at the African Leadership University in Mauritius. When she isn't teaching or career coaching, you will find Kiana dancing, singing, and acting in independent films.

  • Ben Ligas currently serves as associate director of major giving at Boston College. Ben has nearly a decade of fundraising experience and has successfully closed a number of six-figure philanthropic commitments. He graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College in 2014 with honors in both of his majors, government and Russian studies. He received his M.B.A. from Boston College in 2020. He lives in Boston with his wife, Grace, and their two rabbits, Wyatt and Bea.

  • Sindy Liu '18graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in sociology. She has worked under Teach for America (TFA) as a campus campaign coordinator and now works for Classical Charter Schools in the Bronx, N.Y. as a special education teacher and scholar services team manager.

  • Kevin Alexander graduated from Hamilton College in 2013 with a degree in Sociology. He has worked for On Point for College as a College and Career Access Advisor. He also worked for the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area Inc as a Coordinator of their Anti-Poverty Initiative. Currently, he is an Opportunity Programs Counselor and Tutorial Coordinator at Utica College.

  • Before moving to Middlebury in 2017, Walter Stugis '76, lived in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, where he volunteered for the Midnight Run (providing help and community with NY’s homeless poor); was an elected Village Trustee; Fire Department Captain; church Elder and Deacon; and roadie supporting his wife Cristine’s fine art career. Professionally, Walter was the Chief Strategist for INPEx (Institute for Nonprofit Excellence), designing programs for large companies to partner with charity networks to improve both partners’ bottom line results (earn more money; help more lives). Call it harnessing the capitalist engine for good. He grew up in Rochester, NY and earned degrees from the NYU Stern Graduate School of Business, and Hamilton College (he’s the guy in a Hamilton sweatshirt at Middlebury vs. Hamilton soccer games).


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