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Amit Ranade, ’98, ’03 | Past President

Class of 1998, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Class of 2003, Juris Doctorate, UW School of Law

Ranade Amit portraitWhy I Serve

UW has a very important place in my life—both professionally and personally. I first met my wife in Kane Hall, and our relationship has always involved the UW since then. We got married in the Sylvan Grove, and our wedding reception was in the Husky Union Building’s ballroom. Our flowers were purple and gold and the groom’s cake had a Husky logo. Every time we’re on campus together, we still take a moment to remember that special day and renew our vows.

I also owe much of my career to the UW. Most students find a home or two within the broader campus community, and mine was the ASUW. I served as the legislative liaison, working with others to pass the legislation that added a student to the UW Board of Regents. I later served as a student-regent while in law school. My undergraduate work in Olympia and my service on the Board of Regents opened doors for me, and it broadened my understanding of public service and the university’s mission.

Alumni involvement is critical to the success of UW. It’s not just about the four walls of the institution, but everything it stands for. A big part of the value of my UW degree is the community I share with other alumni. There are many ways each of us can stay connected to the UW—it’s just a matter of finding a path that fits your life and your schedule. It’s a lifelong commitment each of us should make for our alma mater and for each other.


Amit Ranade is a principal with the law firm Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson. His practice focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency matters as well as real estate, land use, and environmental litigation. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at the UW School of Law, where he teaches courses in Bankruptcy and Secured Transactions.