Alumni Stories

IAS alumni are thriving in their lives and careers! Learn what our graduates are up to through this collection of stories.

Many are open to discussing their experiences. To connect with an alum, email iasalum@uw.edu.

Recent Stories

Cary Westerbeck invests his talents in Bothell’s revitalization

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Cary Westerbeck remembers when Bothell was a smaller town and the North Creek Wetlands were a working cattle ranch.  A lifelong resident, Westerbeck takes pride in his north Lake Washington roots and the bustling region it’s become. Today, he is the principal of westerbeck|architecture, based in downtown Bothell and specializing in modern works of architecture including remodels, custom homes, multi-family, and mixed-use commercial projects. An early IAS alum ...

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Morgan Mentzer advances queer and trans rights

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Morgan Mentzer is co-founder and executive director of Lavender Rights Project, whose mission is to advance a “more just and equitable society by providing low-cost civil legal services and community programming centered in values of social justice for trans and queer low-income people and other marginalized communities.” Last spring Mentzer and Lavender Rights Project (LRP) collaborated with students in Julie Shayne’s “Histories and Movements of Gender and Sexuality” course to chronicle the organization’s history as part of the ...

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Laura Halpin credits interdisciplinary education for her success as international policy consultant

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IAS Early Grad Laura Halpin (’93) enrolled at UW Bothell with set her sights on an international career.  Today she draws heavily from her Liberal Studies foundation to address complex social policy issues as a development consultant and lecturer to European institutions. “No matter which courses I took,” she recalls, “we were always discussing across disciplines ways in which to achieve social justice and effect ethical change. I’ve built it in to everything I do to this day.” 

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Alumni Shout Out!

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Whitney Corthell (’16) begins graduates studies at the UW School of Social Work this fall with plans to work as a counselor serving populations with low access to  mental health care. Byron Dill (’10) opened The Dill Agency, an Allstate agency in Woodinville. Marvin Eng (’15) is district representative for Congressman Adam Smith in Washington’s 9th Congressional District. David Gantz (’10) has established Gantz Law, which specializes in real estate and property law. Samantha Penjaraenwatana (’15) is graduate coordinator for First-Generation College Student Initiatives at Seattle University.

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Maximilian Dixon receives Governor's Award for Leadership in Management

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Congratulations to IAS alum Maximilian Dixon on receiving a Governor's Award for Leadership in Management! This annual award recognizes managers in Washington state government who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through performance results in the previous year.

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