Alliances and Interest Groups


    Alumni Relations        
    4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
    Isaac W.K. Thweatt
    Director of Alumni Outreach

American University has a broad range of alumni affinity groups and networks that eagerly seek your active participation.  Affinity groups and networks that celebrate and support identity, industry, leisure, student activities, and student experience may be found on this page. 

Alumni groups based on graduation year, region/location, and schools/colleges can be found on our Chapters web page.


AU Black Alumni Alliance (BAA)

Chair: Clarence Fluker, SOC/MA '02
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter

The mission of the AU Black Alumni Alliance (BAA) is to create a lifelong and worldwide community of AU alumni with greatest focus on the 6,000 black and African-heritage Diaspora communities and beyond.

AU Latino Alumni Alliance (LAA)

Chair: Evelyn Kelly, CAS/BS '01
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt
Website | Email  |  LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter

The mission of the American University Latino Alumni Alliance (LAA) is to increase engagement, foster connections, and build a worldwide network of the 4,000 American University Latino and Hispanic-heritage alumni community and beyond.

AU Legacy Alumni Network (LAN)

Co-Chairs: Linda Lupo-Rodriguez, SOC/BA '87, and Jacqueline 'Jackie' Cirillo-Meisenberg, SOC/BA '87
Staff Liaison: Pat Rabb

This network is designed to bring together those alumni and students who have made an AU education part of their family tradition. Generations of families have passed on the AU tradition to their children and grandchildren, and we want to help celebrate this special relationship. The Legacy Alumni Network (LAN) helps these members of the AU community stay in touch with the university and with other legacies through special events and networking opportunities. It rewards families for their continued generational support of AU.

AU Pride Alumni Alliance (AU Pride)

Chair: Aditi Dussault, CAS/BA '06
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt
WebsiteEmailLinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter | Membership Form

The vision of AU Pride Alumni Alliance (AU Pride) is to connect and engage the LGBT and ally communities of American University Alumni through celebrating diversity and increasing visibility.

AU Women's Network

Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt

Join fellow AU alumnae, graduate students,  faculty, staff, and the business community as we connect with AU's alumni population, building and strengthening valuable relationships that will contribute to their professional success, as well as deepen ties to the AU community.


AU Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance (EMAA)

Staff Liaison: Carlita Pitts and Jasmeen Waliany
Website | Email | LinkedIn  | Facebook

With more than 10,000 alumni trained in entertainment and media, the American University Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance (EMAA) aims to create a lifelong and worldwide community of AU alumni with current and aspiring careers in motion pictures, music, television, and theater, as well as news, public communication, journalism, and documentaries.

AU New York Finance Network

Co-Chairs: Jamie Steinberg, Kogod/MBA '11 and Dave Gurak, Kogod/BSBA '05
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt

AU alumni in the financial services industry play a critical role in expanding the scope and depth of AU’s visibility in New York and the University’s presence with employers across the field. This group, open to alumni at all points in their career, will provide valuable professional networking opportunities in New York, heightened engagement with the institution, and the opportunity to engage in and learn about trends across the industry.

Leisure and Interest

AU Green Alumni Network

Chair: Joshua Kaplan, CAS/BA '11
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt

The AU Green Alumni Network is an organization of alumni interested in and actively working towards a green environment and a more sustainable climate in the nation and around the world. Sustainability at American University continues to be a top priority and we hope to bring together our alumni to broaden the message of AU’s efforts in working and promoting the study of green living and sustainability.

Student Experience

AU Honors Alumni Network

Chair: Elizabeth Claps, SOC/BA '05
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt

The AU Honors Alumni Network is an alliance of former students who were actively involved in the Honors Program at American University during their academic tenure. Increased engagement with alumni and networking with future alumni will help foster the development of relationships and successful programs in the Honors Program at American University.

AU Eagle Alumni Board

Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt

The AU Eagle Alumni Board is an alliance composed of AU alumni who formerly worked on the student newspaper, The Eagle, during their time at American University.

AU Gospel Choir Alumni Network

Co-Chairs: Bradley White, Esq. SPA/BA '99, WCL/JD '07 and Brittany L. Johnson, SOC/BA '10
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt

A newly formed group created to bring together AU alumni who previously performed in the Gospel choir during their time at AU.

AU Spirit Alumni Network

Co-Chairs: Chelsea Ritchie, SIS/BA '12 and Joanna  Ranelli, SPA/BA '09
Staff Liaison: Kristena Wright

The AU Spirit Network was formed as a way to bring together past members of the AU dance and cheer teams, former mascots, and school spirit/ pep band members and supporters.

Interested in starting a new alumni affinity group?
Contact Isaac W. K. Thweatt, director of alumni outreach, at or call (202) 885-5930.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna live in D.C.
Join the American University Alumni Association as we experience Cirque Du Soleil's presentation of "Amaluna" live in Washington, D.C. Discount pricing for AU alumni and friends available.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Pride ABCs (Alumni Brunch & Cocktails) Series
Join the Pride Alumni Alliance for the Pride ABCs (Alumni Brunch & Cocktails)! Connect and chat with other members of the LGBTQ and ally alumni community over delicious food and drinks. Brunches are in New York and D.C. each Sunday in August. Space is limited, so reserve your seat ASAP!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FSE Alumni Networking Reception
Join fellow Freshman Service Experience alumni for the 25th anniversary celebration. The cost is $10 and includes entry into the reception, ceremony, and a t-shirt. Current students are free.

Friday, September 05, 2014

SIS Industry Days: United States Agency for International Development
SIS, the AU Alumni Association, the SIS Alumni Chapter, the SIS Graduate Student Council and the AU Career Center invite SIS graduate students and AU alumni to the first 2014-15 SIS Industry Days event at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The SIS Industry Days event series connects SIS graduate students and alumni with other AU alumni working in relevant fields. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Alumni in the KNOW: Chris Womack SPA/MPA 85
The AU Alumni Association presents Chris Womack SPA/MPA '85 to speak about his time at AU and his distinguished career and accomplishments. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AU Black Alumni Alliance 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Reception
Join the American University Black Alumni Alliance for a networking reception as we celebrate the annual gathering of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Alumni in the KNOW: Monica J. Hazangeles CAS/MA '96
The AU Alumni Association host alumni Monica J, Hazangeles CAS/MA '96 to speak about her time at AU and her distinguished career and accomplishments.