Alumni Council

The Alumni Council at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice represents the voice of the alumni; encourages alumni support of the School; and informs alumni about issues that advance the School‘s growth and development. Whenever you graduated or from whatever program… whether you graduated from the School of Social Work or SP2… the Alumni Council is proud to represent all members of our alumni community.

The Council welcomes ideas about how to better connect alumni with other graduates of the program and with the School. To get involved, contact Tim Wortham at the Office of Institutional Advancement at or call 215.898.5526.

Members of the SP2 Alumni Council

Olivette Burton, MSW’03, MBE’04

  • Administrative Staff Analyst, NYC Maternal Infant and Reproductive Health

  • Former Chair of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Institutional Review Board

Emily R. Sutcliffe, MS’11

  • Assistant Director, Toll Public Interest Center, Penn Law & Doctoral Student at Penn’s Graduate School of Education

Virginia P. Robinson Publication Prize

Alumni Council members chose among the top student submissions for the Virginia P. Robinson Publication Prize, and forwarded the finalist essays to Social Work Today for a final selection. The winning student, Lizza Robb ‘12, won a $500 prize.

Nicole Gant Alumni Council Leadership Award

The Alumni Council took the lead in recognizing the graduating student who has been a leader in the SP2 community and has contributed to the advancement of the School. The winning student, Erica Zaveloff ’13, received a $250 prize.

Welcome Breakfast

Sponsored by the SP2 Alumni Council, this event serves as a welcome from both the Council and the Office of Institutional Advancement. Held each fall on the first day of classes, students are treated to a hot breakfast to get their day started. This event has become an SP2 tradition and is open to new students from each of the School’s 5 degree programs.