Featured Alumni at Reunion with a Purpose
One benefit of Reunion with a Purpose is that the Integral Fellow nomination process helps to surface the work of many remarkable alumni. We recognized a few of these alumni at the event by shining a light on their work and invite you to get involved in their causes!
Read on to learn more about the work of Microsoft alumni: Kyle Angelo, Cynthia Tee, Kevin Espirito, Andrea Taylor, and Bill Henningsgaard.
Watch a video from the event about the work of Kyle with City Year, Cynthia with Ada Developers Academy and Kevin with Swim for Life Vietnam.
Kyle is the Executive Director of City Year Seattle. It was Kyle’s mentor at Microsoft who introduced him to City Year, and he hasn’t looked back since.
City Year corps members help keep students in school and on track to succeed by serving as tutors, mentors and role models for at-risk students in high-poverty communities. In Seattle, 84 AmeriCorps members reach more than 4,600 students per day in ten of the area’s highest-need schools. Kyle has big goals for expanding City Year's impact and the number of kids they can reach in the Seattle area.
Following a 20-year career at Microsoft, Cynthia started as the Executive Director of Ada Developers Academy. An intensive software developer training school for women, Ada Developers Academy is tuition-free and combines classroom training with paid internships.
Focused on diversifying tech by providing women and people of non-binary gender the skills, experience, and support to become software developers, they are changing the face of the Seattle Tech industry.
One year ago, Kevin moved to Vietnam to volunteer with Swim for Life Vietnam. The vision of Swim for Life is to eliminate preventable drowning in Vietnam, where there are 35 drowning deaths per day. They aim to do this by preparing primary school-age children to be safe in and around the water.
With Kevin’s leadership, Swim for Life Vietnam has grown exponentially in its program capacity in only one year. So much that, Kevin and his wife Beth are staying in Vietnam for another year to continue their work!
After leading Community Affairs at Microsoft, Andrea is now the CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. In this role, she is focused on educating people on the civil rights movement to promote understanding and end discrimination. Andrea is committed to establishing the Institute as a vital and relevant public resource for Birmingham, for the country and even for the world. Next year, the Institute will celebrate its 25th anniversary.
- Watch Andrea's video to learn more about her inspiring work
- Donate to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
- Sign up for your FREE membership to the museum
- Join the Technical Advisory Committee
- Vote for a National Civil Rights Park in Birmingham via Change.org
Three years ago, Bill Henningsgaard tragically lost his life. We honored his legacy through his work at the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, or I-LABS. We are proud to invest in I-LABS as they renovate their facility. Please consider giving alongside us as a tribute to Bill. Every donation made will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous benefactor. Give to I-LABS online here.
Contributions to I-LABS can be mailed to:
University of Washington, College of Arts & Sciences, I-LABS/ Box 354882/ Seattle WA 98195
Attn: Julie Koo/ Checks may be made out to ‘University of Washington Foundation’ and can be earmarked for “Henningsgaard Memorial Fund.”