Last October, David Yaffe (Arts and Sciences; BA, Political Science and Economics ’74) became the new president of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association after more than 25 years in a variety of volunteer positions with the university. He succeeded Jay Lenrow.
Yaffe, who is retired from the formal practice of law, noted in a letter to the JHU alumni community that he particularly looked forward to using his position to advance the “One University” philosophy of bridging people and ideas from across all Johns Hopkins divisions. He met recently with Carey student groups at the D.C. and Baltimore campuses.
“I hope to do everything I can to increase the connections among alumni of all divisions of JHU and to increase their connections with the University,” wrote Yaffe. “We look forward to connecting with alumni on the basis of their interests through our affiliation efforts and to foster their connections with Johns Hopkins as well as with each other. I particularly hope to connect graduates with their fellow alumni of ‘other’ schools of the University on the basis of shared interests. There are many alumni from different schools involved in health care, international relations, international business, energy, and so many other intersections that they may not realize. These connections will be both beneficial and fun.”
Yaffe’s term as president is to last two years. He has invited JHU alums to contact him at JHAA_President@jhu.edu with their personal updates and suggestions on how to make the university’s alumni association “a stronger, more engaged organization.”
Go to alumni.jhu.edu/perspectives-jhaa-president to see his blog.