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Toni Phelan

Associate Director, Alumni and Parent Engagement

Kagin Commons, 105


My name is Toni Phelan and I am the Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement. My position is part of both Career Exploration and the Alumni Engagement team at Mac. Prior to joining Macalester in February 2020, I worked in Career Services at the University of Denver where I was responsible for career development for all undergraduate business students. I have experience in program development, career advising, and course instruction.

When I was in college and in graduate school, I tried to find volunteer work and part-time jobs that also gave me experience in my career field of interest. It allowed me to build my resume outside of traditional internships!

Most of the time, your first job is not your dream job. After grad school, I knew I wanted to work in higher ed. The job market was tough, but I landed a part-time job at a university and worked other part-time jobs to supplement my income. I eventually moved into a full-time role at that university, but likely wouldn’t have gotten that job without having taken that first part-time role to get my foot in the door.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities. I really enjoy being active, watching/attending sporting events (particularly football), trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends/family.