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Strategic Planning Champions

Key to the success of our efforts will be our volunteer Strategic Planning Champions, a dynamic group of 23 members from across our community. Each of our Champions bring passion, expertise, and a deep commitment to preparing Macalester students to go out into the world and make needed change happen. 

Photo of Strategic Planning Champions in a group.

The role of the Strategic Planning Champion is to engage all of the college’s constituents–including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents–in thinking about the future of the college. The Champions serve as liaisons between their constituents and the college’s senior leadership. They are responsible for reading and learning, gathering input and feedback, organizing findings, identifying themes emerging from the process, meeting with Macalester’s senior leaders, and communicating updates back to their constituents.  

Read the detailed role description.

List of Champions and the Constituencies They Represent

Anna Sène ’24
  • Anna Sène ’24
  • Students
Barbara Phillips ’71
  • Barbara Phillips ’71
  • Alumni
Bobbie Pennington ’24
  • Bobbie Pennington ’24
  • Students
Carter Rutherford ’23
  • Carter Rutherford ’23
  • Students
Charnelle Etti ’15
  • Charnelle Etti ’15
  • Alumni
Daymond Dean ’91
  • Daymond Dean ’91
  • Alumni
Dennis Cao
  • Dennis Cao
  • Faculty
Duchess Harris
  • Duchess Harris
  • Faculty
Erin Miller ’05
  • Erin Miller ’05
  • Alumni
Ernesto Capello
  • Ernesto Capello
  • Faculty
Gabriella Gillespie ’17
  • Gabriella Gillespie ’17
  • Staff
Gia Montgomery ’24
  • Gia Montgomery ’24
  • Students
Jennifer Jacobsen
  • Jennifer Jacobsen
  • Staff
Margaret Smith
  • Margaret Smith
  • Staff
Meredith Harper Bonham P’23
  • Meredith Harper Bonham P’23
  • Parents
Niloy Ray ’99
  • Niloy Ray ’99
  • Alumni
Rebecca Gentry ’23
  • Rebecca Gentry ’23
  • Students
Rohan Preston P’25
  • Rohan Preston P’25
  • Parents
Rola Cao ’25
  • Rola Cao ’25
  • Students
Sami Banat ’24
  • Sami Banat ’24
  • Students
Sonia Mehta
  • Sonia Mehta
  • Faculty
Suveer Daswani ’18
  • Suveer Daswani ’18
  • Alumni
Tamatha Perlman
  • Tamatha Perlman
  • Staff