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Grow Wiser with AmeriCorps Alums!

June 15, 2016

Love getting #WednesdayWisdom on Twitter? Join AmeriCorps Alums for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, June 22, 12:30-1 p.m. EDT using #AmeriGrad.

We’ll be hosting a conversation with experienced AmeriCorps alums from across the country who want to share some advice about life after AmeriCorps with the AmeriCorps Class of 2016. We also invite you to share your own tips too by tweeting with #AmeriGrad!


This Twitter chat is part of  our larger #AmeriGrad initiative, a yearly campaign with alums like you and national service partners to celebrate all AmeriCorps gradates by connecting them to the Alums network and career supports. You can learn more about #AmeriGrad and check out the AmeriGrad Hall of Fame photo gallery at

Not sure how to follow a Twitter chat or how it will work? Below, we outline what you can do now to learn more and how to join the chat next Wednesday.

  1. Preview the questions we’ll ask and check out the short profiles of some of the alumni chat leaders who will be sharing wisdom with us next week (see below)!
  2. Log in to Twitter at 12:30 p.m. EDT on June 22.
  3. Click here for a link to all #AmeriGrad tweets so that you can follow along with the chat. The AmeriCorps Alums Twitter account @AmeriCorpsAlums will open the chat, pose questions, retweet & summarize some of the responses, and close the chat.
  4. Want to share a tip in the chat in response to one of our questions? Simply tweet using #AmeriGrad and it will show up in our conversation.

AmeriCorps Alums Main Twitter Chat Questions

  • If you could go back & give yourself one piece of advice after you graduated AmeriCorps, what would you say?
  • What are the benefits of staying connected with AmeriCorps Alums and national service as an #AmeriGrad?
  • What’s a good one-sentence elevator pitch on AmeriCorps to share with employers while job-hunting?
  • How do you keep getting things done, serving, and leading after AmeriCorps?

Profiles of AmeriCorps Alums #AmeriGrad Chat Leaders
(additional profile information and pictures of chat leaders will be shared next week!)

Alyssa Bostian
Current Role: Program Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service in Seattle, WA

AmeriCorps Service: Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA member in Bozeman, Montana (2010-2011) and AmeriCorps VISTA Leader year (2011-2012) with Oregon Health Authority AmeriCorps Vista Leader in Portland, Oregon.

Twitter Handle: @aboss_inthekitchen

Ana Estrada

anaestrada200Current Role: Independent Consultant, Evaluation Associate with Korwin Consulting, and Interim Director for Bay Area ProInspire, and AmeriCorps Alums National Advisory Council Chair

AmeriCorps Service: served and worked with AmeriCorps NCCC, 1999-2007

Twitter Handle: @aestrada1115

Brandon Cardet-Hernandez

brandon200Current Role: Principal of The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters, Project Coordinator with Project Nathanael, and 2014 AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Award Winner

AmeriCorps Service: New York City Teaching Fellows (2007)

Twitter Handle: @BrandonCardet


Deenie Espinoza

deenie200Current Role: Senior Online Academic Advisor and Student Success Coach with The Learning House, and 2014 AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Award Winner

AmeriCorps Service: Family Literacy AmeriCorps in Tucson, AZ (1994-1995)

Twitter Handle: @DeenieEspinoza


Jamaal Williams

jamaal200Current Role: National Recruitment Director at City Year

AmeriCorps Service:City Year Boston Young Heroes Program Manager (2009-2010)

Twitter Handle: @jamaalspeaking



Kevin C. Miller

kevin200Current Role: Strategic Development and Communications Coordinator, Swords to Plowshares and 2014 AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Award Winner

AmeriCorps Service: AmeriCorps VISTA with Swords to Plowshares in CA (2013). Kevin is also a veteran and served in the Marine Corps infantry for multiple tours in Iraq.

Twitter Handle:@millerkevinc

Lan Diep

lan200Current Role: San José City Councilmember-Elect, District 4

AmeriCorps Service:Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Legal Fellow serving at the Mississippi Center for Justice in Biloxi, MS from 2010-2012.

Twitter Handle: @LTDiep


Morgan St. Jean

morgan200Current Role: HandsOn Network Senior Manager, Points of Light

AmeriCorps Service: AmeriCorps VISTA 2009-10 with Oregon Campus Compact at University of Oregon

Twitter Handle: @morganstjean


Porsche Holland

porsche200Current Role: Entrepreneur and National Service Advocate, AmeriCorps Alums of Philadelphia Chapter Leader

AmeriCorps Service:AmeriCorps VISTA member with Bridge Builders Alabama, and VISTA Team Leader and Outreach Coordinator with Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service

Twitter Handle: @PorscheConsults and @PhillyACAlums


Roger Wong

rogerCurrent Role: Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Marsh & McLennan Companies and 2014 AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Award Winner

AmeriCorps Service: AmeriCorps Promise Fellow with Social Capital Inc in Woburn, MA (2003-2004) and with Boston Cares in Boston, MA (2004-2005)

Twitter Handle: @wongrog


Sojourner Marable Grimmet

sojourner.jpgCurrent Role: Digital Media Strategist, Fulton County Government, and named to 40 Under 40 by Atlanta Business Chronicle

AmeriCorps Service: AmeriCorps VISTA member Harvard University Du Bois Institute in Baltimore MD (2002-2003). Sojourner taught Microsoft’s Encarta Africana and documentary filmmaking to middle-and high-school aged students in underserved communities students to bridge the digital divide gap

Twitter Handle:@sojournerruth

Susan Paul

susan200Current Role: AmeriCorps Alums San Diego Chapter Leader, and AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Award Winner

AmeriCorps Service: Susan Paul served as a VISTA with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office (2009-2010) and with the Boston Community Health Corps AmeriCorps program (2005-2006)

Twitter Handle: @SanDiegoACAlums

Tam Emerson

tam200Current Role: The Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program Director

AmeriCorps Service: City Year Boston (2006-2007) and then a Senior Corps Member with City Year Boston (2007-2008)

Twitter Handle: @PearlYairaM


Tray T.S. Deadwyler

tray200Current Role: Director of Social Innovation at Think For Good  & SE Regional Director at The Complementor

AmeriCorps Service: AmeriCorps Class XI, Western Region (Sacramento)

Twitter Handle: @tendajitoday

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