First Tiger Careers Alumni Board formed

Monday, Oct 7, 2019

The Center for Career Development established its first Tiger Careers Alumni Board, comprised of six alumni volunteers across different classes, fields and backgrounds. The board's primary charge is to assist the center in supporting Princeton students to explore and embark on meaningful careers. 

"We're excited to welcome our inaugural Tiger Careers Alumni Board and look forward to building a more robust career support network for all Princeton students," said Kimberly Betz, executive director of the Center for Career Development. "Princeton alumni play a critical role in the career exploration and development of undergraduate and graduate students, and we are deeply grateful for their support."

The board will work on identifying, recruiting and stewarding alumni volunteers; providing industry insights and recommendations to Center for Career Development leadership to aid in the development of impactful initiatives to prepare students for the workplace; and working with students directly by participating in center programs and events.   

"Each member of the board has a history of supporting Princeton students in their career development," said Betz.  

The Tiger Careers Alumni Board members are:

  • Javier de la Garza, the owner of de la Garza Architecture LLC. He earned an A.B. in architecture from Princeton in 1986. 
  • Colette Johnson, manager, strategic partnerships at Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit serving academic and cultural communities. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in English from Princeton in 2018. 
  • Blair Ligelis, director, marketing, distribution and business development at Viacom. She earned an A.B. in politics from Princeton in 2010.
  • Matt Margolin, VC and private market coverage at Barclays Investment Bank. Margolin earned an A.B. in politics from Princeton in 2005. 
  • Peter Woolford, talent partner, technology staffing at Kforce professional staffing agency. He earned aearned a BSE in civil engineering from Princeton in 1983. 
  • Akil Word-Daniels, offering manager at IBM. Word-Daniels earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton in 2018. 

In addition to the new board, there are multiple Center for Career Development initiatives for which alumni can volunteer. 

"There are many ways alumni can partner with the Center for Career Development throughout the year, both in person and virtually," said Betz. "We encourage anyone interested in participating in our student-alumni engagement opportunities to get in touch with us." 

Alumni interested in volunteering can send an email to and visit our alumni volunteer page to learn about upcoming opportunities.