PeopleGrove Announces Alumni Innovation Advisory Board to Guide Expansion of Leading Alumni Engagement Platform

Affirming PeopleGrove's commitment to staying aligned to the evolving needs of university partners nationwide.

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Today PeopleGrove, an online platform that connects university prospects, students, and alumni with the connections, communities, and mentors needed to succeed announced the formation of an Alumni Innovation Advisory Board. This board will be the first of its kind in higher education.

“To create a world-class product platform, we must sit down with people who represent the students and alumni we serve,” said Adam Saven, Co-Founder and CEO of PeopleGrove. "An advisory board of this caliber, ensures that we are aligned with our university partners’ evolving needs."

The PeopleGrove Alumni Engagement Advisory Board includes:

  • Susan deMuth - Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations at Johns Hopkins University, and the Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association
  • Jeff Minhas - Executive Director of Alumni Relations at the University of California, Irvine
  • Megan Frisque - Associate Vice President for Alumni and Parent Relations at Southwestern University
  • Lisa Vaccarelli - Senior Consultant at Plus Delta Partners, previously Associate Vice President of Alumni & Constituent Engagement at Temple University

The board will meet quarterly to offer insights on the current state of student success, alumni relations, and advancement. The group will advise PeopleGrove's leadership team on strategic company and product initiatives.

“The benefit of partnering with PeopleGrove has been the opportunity to be a thought partner on industry trends," stated Lisa Vaccarelli, Senior Consultant at Plus Delta Partners and previously Associate Vice President, Alumni & Constituent Engagement at Temple University. "I'm excited to join other industry leaders and expand on that dialogue as a member of the Alumni Innovation Advisory Board.”

What does the future hold for universities and their alumni?

A valued partner to over 250 universities, PeopleGrove is well known in higher education for their transformative work with career centers. PeopleGrove is rapidly expanding its reach to other parts of the university lifecycle. Their goal is to help universities realize the benefits of an engaged alumni community, for life.

“Our mission is to partner with institutions all over the world to drive student success — before, during, and long after graduation,” Saven said. “We’re increasing our focus on alumni, and have plans to offer even more ways for alumni to engage and volunteer with their alma mater. Imagine the ability for alumni to serve as a brand ambassador, connecting with prospective students. This enables enrollment offices to humanize the application experience, and help universities exceed enrollment goals.”

About PeopleGrove

PeopleGrove connects every student and alumni with the network and resources they need to realize their full potential before, during, and after their time in college. Founded in 2015, PeopleGrove works with over 250 institutions worldwide including Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Wellesley College, and University of Maryland Global Campus. Headquartered in San Francisco, PeopleGrove is backed by Reach Capital, and other leading capital partners. To learn more about how PeopleGrove is working to ensure all students and professionals have access to the community and connections needed to succeed, visit


Bryan Landaburu, Vice President of Marketing, PeopleGrove -

Matt Kelly, Strategic Marketing Manager, and Advisory Board Liaison, PeopleGrove -

Release Summary

PeopleGrove announces Alumni Innovation Advisory Board to guide expansion of leading alumni engagement platform. Affirms commitment to universities.


Bryan Landaburu, Vice President of Marketing, PeopleGrove -

Matt Kelly, Strategic Marketing Manager, and Advisory Board Liaison, PeopleGrove -