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Let us know what you’re up to! We—and other CTY alumni—want to hear about achievements and milestones in your career, your family, and your personal and community pursuits.

Have you recently received a promotion? Won an award? Gotten married or had a child? Have something else you’re proud to tell us and share with CTYers? If so, submit a class note.

To submit a class note, click on the “Submit Your Class Note” button below. Your notes will be shared in our Class Notes section below.

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Abigail Carlen
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 1990 / Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, 1991-1992

After sixteen years as marketing director at several of New York City's leading architecture firms, I decided to launch my own start-up consulting practice at the beginning of 2016.

Based in Brooklyn, Turquoise Marketing delivers marketing, business development, and public relations strategies to design-oriented architecture firms across the country. In five months, I've built a client roster of ten firms, ranging from multi-office international practices to boutique studios. 

The fields I explored during those summers at CTY played a huge part in advancing my ability to write, communicate, and think critically--skills I've used every day since then. I'm also sure that those weeks away from home as a pre-teen fostered my independence and entrepreneurial spirit!

Jamie Richardson
Online, 2013-2016

Jamie Richardson, a rising senior and IB student at Concord High School, was awarded a 2016 National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship to study Arabic in Morocco for six weeks. While in Morocco, Jamie will stay with a host family and take Arabic classes for four hours each day.

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Beth Noveck
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 1983-1984 / Online, 1984-1985

I find myself on the site because I am trying to sign my own son up for CTY. Hard to believe it! All these years later, it still remains such a formative experience and one that I hope he will enjoy and benefit from as much as I did. Am about to head off to Germany to give a talk in German, a language I speak because of an incredible summer at Dickinson College that started things off. Another summer was spent grapling with geometry when my teacher at my own school refused to "teach a girl." The companionship of other kids who loved learning and were intellectually curious and kind combined with the limitless confidence the teachers had in our abilities made all the difference. 

My group at NYU known as The Governance Lab (, which focuses on helping public institutions use technology to improve how they govern, decide and solve problems, often hires interns and fellows and we are happy to hear from CTY alumni of any age. 

Best, Beth
Jerry M. Hultin Global Network Professor Beth Simone Noveck 
New York University Tandon School of Engineering
Director, The Governance Lab 
MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance Blog:
Twitter: @bethnoveck

Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing (Harvard University Press, 2015), available to order in hardcover and electronic editions.