2020-2025 Strategic Plan

In October 2016, our Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team completed a university-wide review – the first ever – of JHU’s alumni engagement programs. One of the recommendations of this review was to conduct an all-alumni survey, which was administered in February 2019.  Another recommendation from the review was to engage in a university-wide Alumni Engagement Strategic Plan.  Using data from our survey, along with the foundation of our mission, vision, guiding principle and core values, we completed our strategic plan in November 2019. 


The Alumni Engagement Strategic Plan is rooted in 14 months of research and discussions among constituents from central Alumni Relations and Johns Hopkins’ nine schools. The process was guided by a 17-member committee, which included representatives from across DAR (annual giving, communications, Alumni Relations and major-gift fundraisers), as well as Johns Hopkins Alumni Council leadership. The committee helped define four strategic priorities and the accompanying goals and recommendations that will shape our success over the next five years.


This strategic plan will serve as a guide for the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association (JHAA), the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council, the alumni offices of our nine schools, and the central office of Alumni Relations. Over the coming year, a strategic plan implementation committee, informed by alumni feedback from the survey, will help prioritize and create a timeline for the recommended activities, recognizing that they will not all take place at once.

Following the five-year time frame for this plan, we are confident that we can achieve our goals by 2025, in time to commemorate the university’s historic 150th anniversary the following year.




Four Priorities

1. Provide significant personal and professional opportunities for Johns Hopkins alumni to engage and connect with the university.

2. Deepen current students’ connections to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Community, charting clear pathways through which they will become engaged alumni.

3. Identify and develop future alumni leaders, establishing a diverse and inclusive volunteer pipeline that will cultivate and support increased alumni giving to the university.

4. Improve the systems and infrastructures needed to support collaboration across Development and Alumni Relations offices at all nine schools and with key campus partners to maximize impact, efficiency, and excellence.

Strategic Plan PDF


Susan deMuth, Committee Chair
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association

Jason Heiserman, Lead Writer
Director, Alumni Relations

Tom Calder
Director, Alumni Relations

Michael Carver
Sr. Associate Director, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Caitlin Coyne
Sr. Associate Director, Annual Giving

Kim Dolan (A&S '13, '18)
Director of Constituent Engagement, Whiting School of Engineering

Jess Gill
Assistant Director of Communications, School of Medicine

Allyson Handley (Ed '75, '78)
President, Johns Hopkins Alumni Council

Gwen Harley
Sr. Associate Director, Alumni Relations

Robin Hunt Ingram
Sr. Director of Alumni Relations, School of Medicine

Jordi Izzard
Director of Alumni Relations, School of Advanced International Studies

William Kirst (A&S '00)
Communications & Outreach Chair, Johns Hopkins Alumni Council

Jay Lenrow (A&S '73)
Past President, Johns Hopkins Alumni Council

Kenna Lowe
Associate Director, Development Communications

Vicky Schneider (Ed '13)
Associate Director, Alumni Relations

Sharon Trivino
Director of Constituent Engagement, Carey Business School

David Yaffe (A&S '74)
Past President, Johns Hopkins Alumni Council