Get Involved. Stay Connected

Welcome, fellow Nicholas School and Duke Alumni!

We are so glad that you found your way to this page. Alumni are the heart and soul of the Nicholas School. We can be found around the country and around the world, in laboratories and think-tanks, in the halls of Congress and the jungles of Central America, on the top floors of corporate headquarters and the ground floor of grassroots NGOs – in every sector and at every level. We carry our Duke experiences with us, enhancing both our professional and personal lives as we, together, help forge a more sustainable future for all.

The Nicholas School Alumni Council and the School have worked hard to increase opportunities for alumni to stay connected with each other and with the Duke Environment community. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities, and help the Nicholas School continue to thrive, both here on campus, and out in the real world.

--Kirsten Cappel
President, Alumni Council, MEM ’04

Ways to Stay Connected with the Nicholas School


Regional Alumni Networks

The Nicholas School hosts Regional Alumni Networks through LinkedIn in several cities where many of our alumni live and work. Join a network to keep in touch with fellow graduates, find out about local alumni and environmental events and networking opportunities, and stay up-to-date on the latest news from the Duke Environment community. Regional Alumni Networks currently exist for:

coordinator: Nick Diluzio,

coordinator: Jim Hildenbrand,

New York City
coordinator: Monica Varona,

Portland, OR
coordinator: Jocelyn Tutak,

Raleigh-Durham (Triangle)
coordinator: Greg Andeck,

San Francisco
coordinator: Tara O’Shea,

Washington D.C. 
coordinator: Javier Lascurain,

To join a network, you must have or create a LinkedIn profile. Once you have a profile, search LinkedIn groups for “Nicholas School of the Environment” and requesting group admittance. Once you are accepted, you can look for and join Regional Networks by going to the “Subgroup” section of the Nicholas School’s LinkedIn page, and finding the group in your region. For more information, click here.

Don’t live near a current Nicholas School regional network city? You can still connect with the larger Duke community through the Duke Alumni Association (DAA).  Or, to learn how to start a new regional network, click here.

DEL-MEM alumni: We encourage you to join our DEL-MEM Alumni LinkedIn subgroup, which is open to all DEL-MEM alums. Please follow the above directions to the Regional Alumni Network LinkedIn subgroups, where you can also find the DEL group. 

Regional Alumni Network Coordinators

Note: *designates Alumni Council member


Alumni Networking Socials

Join fellow alumni in a casual atmosphere to catch up, see who is in the area, and network. These socials provide an opportunity to see old friends and meet new contacts. Learn about upcoming Alumni Networking Socials by joining your Regional Alumni Network, and watch for upcoming events listed in Duke Environment eNews. For more information on Alumni Networking Socials, contact the Regional Coordinator in your area, or Meredith Maffett, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving, at


“Alumni Back-to-Class” Lecture Series

The “Back to Class” lecture series give Nicholas School alumni a chance to learn and converse with Nicholas faculty, staff, other alums and guest speakers about the latest environmental research, policy, trends and tools. Back to Class sessions are offered four times each year – two online and two on-site in Durham in the fall and spring. Each session features different speakers and topics. For more information about Back to Class, please contact Tawnee Milko, Coordinator, Nicholas School Ambassador Initiative, at


Volunteer Opportunities with Students

Assist current Nicholas School students as they prepare to transition into the workplace. Our Career and Professional Development Center offers many opportunities to help with resume review, mock interviews and Master Project advising, serve as a Master Project or internship client, and much more. To learn more about these opportunities and see how you can participate, contact Karen Kirchof, Assistant Dean, Career and Professional Development Center, at


Give Back – Contribute to the Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the lifeblood of the Nicholas School, and alumni participation is a critical component. Beyond the critical funds that you provide when you contribute to the Nicholas School Annual Fund, high alumni participation rates help the School secure additional grants and funding, and demonstrates to prospective students that our alumni value their Nicholas School degree. For more information, visit the Giving section of the website, or to make a donation, please click here.