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2019 Slate of Nominees

Each year, the Nominating Committee of the Middlebury Alumni Association (MAA) Board puts forward a slate of candidates for the next fiscal year’s open positions. This year’s slate is for the term beginning July 1, 2019.

Meet your new Alumni Trustees & MAA Directors:

Nomination for Alumni Trustees

Alumni trustees are Middlebury alumni elected to the Board of Trustees and serve five-year terms.

Denver G. Edwards ’88

Denver EdwardsDenver is a partner at Pierce Bainbridge LLP, an international law firm that represents clients in high-stakes litigation. Denver defends investigations brought by regulatory bodies, counsels clients about privacy and data security risk and mitigation strategies, and leads diverse teams in complex litigation. Denver regularly represent companies, boards of directors, and individuals in state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals.

Denver has held leadership positions in elite organizations throughout his career, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Goldman Sachs, and Toyota.

Denver received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Middlebury and a law degree from Boston University School of Law. At Middlebury, Denver was a leader on the varsity football team, earning All-NESCAC honors his senior year, and a member of the Black Student Union. Denver has remained connected to Middlebury since graduation. He interviews prospective students, served on the Alumni Association Board, and has been a resource for students regarding events on campus or in their job searches.

Denver splits time between New Jersey and Washington, D.C., where his sons Duncan and William attend Georgetown Day School. His son Alistair is a first-year at Amherst College. Denver is on the governance committee of the board of directors of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and was campaign chairman for a 2018 New York State attorney general candidate.

Anne Davis Peterson ’85

Anne PetersonAnne is the assistant head of school for finance and operations at Flint Hill School, a JK–12 independent day school in Oakton, Virginia. She joined the school in 1995 after previously working in the real estate industry. In her role, Anne serves on the school’s leadership, crisis, and institutional inclusion and equity teams. She is also a member of the board of trustees’ finance, investment, development, and building committees.

Anne received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Middlebury College. At Middlebury, she was a member of the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams and was a captain of both. She was the recipient of the Deborah Parton ’76 Memorial Award.

Anne has stayed connected to Middlebury by serving as a class agent, an alumni admission interviewer, and a committee co-chair for her 25th Reunion. Anne currently serves on the president’s Leadership Council.

Anne and her husband, Jon Peterson ’86, live in Fairfax Station Virginia, and have three grown sons. Chris ’13 and Nick ’18 played varsity lacrosse while at Middlebury, keeping Anne and Jon very close to the school over the last several years.

Nomination for MAA Directors

The MAA Board of Directors meets twice a year to discuss ways to engage with and advocate for alumni, serving as an advisory group for the Alumni Office. In addition, the board votes on the annual Alumni Achievement Award, Alumni Plaque Award, and Alumni Trustee candidates. Directors serve a two-year term.

Diane Lowman ’81

Diane LowmanDiane is a writer whose essays have appeared in many publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine; Brain, Child; Brevity Blog; and When Women Waken. She writes a weekly column called My Life on the Post Road for Books Ink. In addition to essays, she has written a memoir called Nothing but Blue, which was published in November by She Writes Press. She has explored other forms of literary expression in over one thousand haiku poems and many essays about Shakespeare’s plays. 

Diane teaches yoga, provides nutritional counseling, and tutors Spanish.

She graduated from Middlebury with a BA in economics and a minor in English and Hispanic literature. At Middlebury she wrote for the Middlebury Campus and had radio shows on WRMC. She earned her MBA from Pepperdine University. She has worked with Middlebury’s Alumni Admissions Program for many years, including one year as the Fairfield County chair. She recently spent a year abroad in England, where she earned an MA in Shakespeare studies in Stratford-upon-Avon at the University of Birmingham's Shakespeare Institute. Her son Dustin graduated from Middlebury in 2015 with a BA in English literature.

Mohan Renganathan ’96

Mohan RenganathanMo is the global head of B2B in the Media Lab at Google. In that capacity, he oversees media strategy and innovation for Google across such areas as Google Cloud, Google Ads, and Grow with Google. He joined Google in 2014 after almost 16 years in the media agency world, first at Modem Media and then at Starcom MediaVest Group, where he led global digital media planning, buying, and innovation for advertisers including Delta Air Lines, Samsung, and Procter & Gamble. 

Mo would consider himself fluent in French (and a lover of the language), having honed his skills during his French concentration at Middlebury. Unsurprisingly, Mo subsequently jumped at the opportunity to apply these skills for a year working in the Paris office at Modem Media in the early days of the Web. In addition to real-world application of his French, Mo credits his BA in molecular biology and biochemistry as a critical piece to his success in his data-fueled profession.

Mo was an active member of the College community in both residential life—he was both a junior counselor and an RA—and student government. Having played various roles in SGA since his sophomore year, Mo was elected SGA president for his senior year. As president, he oversaw the writing of 12 comprehensive student reports on topics ranging from career services to College governance. He also served as a student representative on the student affairs subcommittee of the Board of Trustees.

Mo lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Keri; two young children; and nine-year-old dog, Ellie. When he’s not telling dad jokes or brainwashing his kids to root for his hometown Boston sports teams, he loves taking his kids to see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. Mo is a staunch believer in the Oxford comma but is not a fan of “double-space after a period.” When he grows up, he wants to own a vineyard in Bordeaux and make wine with his family.

Danny Zhang ’15

Danny ZhangDanny is a cataloguer in the Impressionist and Modern Art Department at Sotheby’s, one of the largest international auction houses in the world, founded in 1744. In his capacity as a cataloguer, Danny spends much of his day inspecting, researching, and appraising paintings, drawings, and sculptures made by European artists between 1860 and 1960, preparing them for biannual auctions. Danny also assists with business proposals, exhibition design, and the cultivation of client relationships, all the while developing an expertise in trends of the larger art market.

Danny’s interest in the arts was sparked by an art history class he registered for on a whim spring semester of his first year at Middlebury. He went on to major in the department, jointly with political science. Outside the classroom, Danny worked as a research assistant for Professor Matt Dickinson, spent a summer as a curatorial intern at the College’s museum, and served as a senator and later chief of staff of the Student Government Association. He also worked at language tables as a Chinese and Spanish waiter and was a residential assistant for Ross Commons. He studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, an experience that sparked a passion for travel.

Danny was an admissions fellow at Middlebury his senior year, making weekly presentations to prospective students and their families. He continues to interview applicants for the admissions office, and has also served as a class agent since graduation. Born in Wuhan, China, and raised in Toronto, Canada, Danny now resides in New York City, where he’s constantly trying to up his game in the kitchen and hosting regular dinner parties. He is also often found with a camera, a book, or a caffeinated beverage in his hand.

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