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Jennifer Anderson, Chief Communication Officer

Milton welcomed Jennifer Anderson as the School’s chief communication officer this spring. In her role, Jennifer will develop and implement a comprehensive communication strategy for the institution, including oversight of Milton.edu, Milton Magazine, parent newsletters and social media channels, leadership communications, and issues management. Prior to Milton, Jennifer was senior director of communications services for Harvard University, and she worked for more than eight years in the university’s central communications office. She led a high-performing team of public relations, marketing, digital, and creative services professionals. “We are delighted about Jennifer’s arrival at Milton,” says Head of School Todd Bland. “For years, our office of communication has been exemplary. Jennifer brings extensive experience and an ability to offer a fresh perspective at a time when communications, both at Milton and in the world, have grown increasingly more complicated. Jennifer will evaluate our current efforts, assess our position of strength, and make thoughtful and careful enhancements to the ways we communicate with alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of the School.” At Harvard, Jennifer and her team managed university-wide marketing and branding, promoted faculty research and student life, supported crisis communications, and spearheaded internal and external communications campaigns on a range of academic and administrative priorities, including the arts and humanities, science research, campus planning and development, sexual assault prevention and response, and information security. Before Harvard, Jennifer worked in...

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Paul Yoon

“Books were my first teachers, my best teachers,” writer Paul Yoon told Milton students while on campus as this spring’s Bingham Visiting Writer. Mr. Yoon’s first book, Once the Shore, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Best Debut of the Year by National Public Radio, and won a 5 under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation. His novel, Snow Hunters, won the 2014 Young Lions Fiction Award. He is a former fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and his stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, VQR, the...

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Brina Milikowsky ’96

Gun control has been the “third rail” of American politics for decades, stirring such passionate argument and deep division that compromise on gun-safety measures sometimes seems impossible, gun-control activist Brina Milikowsky ’96 told students. But once you move past messaging from politicians and powerful lobbyists, there is greater hope for agreement among Americans on both sides of the issue, says Brina, who recently worked as chief strategy officer for Everytown for Gun Safety, and is now a political consultant. Brina attended Harvard University and the New York University School of Law. Her career in law, policy and politics has...

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Megan Phelps-Roper

Born into “the most hated family in America,” Megan Phelps-Roper grew up believing that she was working to save people from eternal damnation with her church’s extremist messages. By the age of 5, she was on the picket lines with the Westboro Baptist Church, protesting everything from plays to military funerals with profane signs and slogans. Ms. Phelps-Roper, who left the Westboro Baptist Church — and most of her family — visited Milton as this year’s Class of 1952 Religious Understanding Speaker. Ms. Phelps-Roper’s 2017 TED Talk was one of the year’s 10 most popular. Her memoir, This Above All, will be adapted...

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Rahsaan D. Hall

Rahsaan D. Hall, the Racial Justice Program Director for the ACLU of Massachusetts, visited campus as the Onyx Assembly speaker in recognition of Black History Month. Prior to joining the ACLU of Massachusetts, Mr. Hall was the deputy director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. Mr. Hall also served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. In addition to leading the ACLU of Massachusetts’ Racial Justice Program, Mr. Hall serves on the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation’s board of directors, the Hyams Foundation’s board of trustees, and co-chairs the Boston Bar...

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HAVING FUN

How does fun figure in your life? Finding joy in the pursuit of an activity, or a craft or a skill, is valuable beyond its short-term pleasure. Play, even when it’s actually hard work, profoundly affects emotional balance, self-esteem, competency and drive. Play is a vital resource for successful people. In this issue, Milton Magazine brings stories about alumni ventures that have been labors of love. An observer might think their work looks like fun. Driven by a particular passion, these alumni end up pursuing creative work that is as challenging as it is rewarding.

We ask Milton students, as well, to describe how they find fun in their busy, committed lives.