Future Alumni

Student Alumni Ambassadors

Student alumni ambassadors are a group of eight students hired to serve as the link between the UW Alumni Association and current UW students. They engage with the wide range of people who make up our Husky community, from alumni and university officials to prospective and fellow students.

Student alumni ambassadors serve a one-year term from September to June and are recruited in early spring.

Meet the 2018–2019 student alumni ambassadors!

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Carly Bainbridge

Hometown: San Rafael, CA
Class: Junior
Major: International Studies and Law, Societies, and Justice
Dream Job: Working in the UN
Fun Fact: My favorite thing to do is travel and my favorite food is Italian food.
Why do you think it’s important for students to stay active and engaged with the UW after they graduate and become alumni? It reinforces the connections that students make during their time at UW after they graduate. It creates a community beyond their four years at the school, which benefits all UW past and present students in their life both socially and professionally. At such a large school like UW, there are so many opportunities and connections to be made and the Alumni Association is a great way to take advantage of those.


Juliana Bushnell

Hometown: Edmonds, WA
Class: Sophomore
Major: Undecided
Dream Job: Something in Pediatrics
Fun Fact: I’ve played violin for 15 years.
Why do you think it’s important for students to stay active and engaged with the UW after they graduate and become alumni? Staying active and engaged with the UW after graduation brings together the Husky community as a whole and creates opportunities to help all Huskies succeed.


Julia Jannon-Shields

Hometown: Santa Clara, CA
Class: Sophomore
Major: Undeclared
Dream Job: Being paid to travel the world & share the stories of all those I encounter!
Fun Fact: I’ve been milking goats for the past 10 years.
Why do you think it’s important for students to stay active and engaged with the UW after they graduate and become alumni? It’s essential to stay connected because now more than ever, power is in the people. Staying engaged with the UW and providing the opportunity for others to grow is so important; you have the power to make a difference in a current Husky’s life! It’s impactful and allows the UW family to expand stronger.


Kathryn Madden

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Class: Junior
Major: Accounting & HR
Dream Job: Nail Polish Namer
Fun Fact: A favorite motto is” It is called yoga practice, not yoga perfect.”
Why do you think it’s important for students to stay active and engaged with the UW after they graduate and become alumni? Community, networking, giving back, and it is just plain fun.


Lukas Metzner

Hometown: Beijing, China
Class: Sophomore
Major: Environmental Studies
Dream Job: Park Ranger
Fun Fact: I teach Chinese kids English during the summers.
Why do you think it’s important for students to stay active and engaged with the UW after they graduate and become alumni? The diverse UW community is an important part of what the university offers students, and it’s good for graduates to keep taking advantage of that after becoming alumni. An engaged alumni community benefits everyone in it.


Lena Peterson

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Class: Junior
Major: Business, Focusing in Marketing and Finance
Dream Job: Marketing Director for a company or brand I am really passionate about.
Fun Fact: One of my goals is to visit all of the U.S. National Parks.
Why do you think it’s important for students to stay active and engaged with the UW after they graduate and become alumni? If UW alumni are engaged and remain active after graduation, there will be more valuable opportunities available for future students, creating a stronger UW community overall.


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Ireland Scheer

Hometown: Kent, WA
Class: Junior
Major: Political Science and International Studies
Dream Job: US Ambassador
Fun Fact: I ate a Dairy Queen Blizzard for the first time at the age of 19.
Why do you think it’s important for students to stay active and engaged with the UW after they graduate and become alumni? I think it’s important to stay engaged with the UW as an alumni because this school never stops providing opportunities for its students. Even after graduation UW enables students to network and continue growing their involvement in varying personal and professional communities


Headshot: EJ Velasco

EJ Velasco

Hometown: Federal Way, WA
Class: Junior
Major: Accounting and Human Resources
Dream Job: Director of Finance for the Seattle Seahawks
Fun Fact: I worked at a summer camp where all of the camp counselors had nicknames. I now respond to the name “Curry” if yelled from across the room by a small child.
Why do you think it’s important for students to stay active and engaged with the UW after they graduate and become alumni? The University of Washington is a huge community with a tremendous support system. I believe that everyone will need a helping hand at some point in their lives. Why not reach out to your alma mater?