Ambassador La Celia A. Prince  

Board of Directors Appointment

Ambassador La Celia A. Prince joins the Cambridge Society of Washington DC Board of Directors

In April 2014 Ambassador La Celia A. Prince (Hughes Hall) was officially elected to the Cambridge Society of Washington DC Board of Directors at the annual meeting of the Directors.

La Celia has been the Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the USA since June 2008, and also serves as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States. She holds the distinction of being the youngest foreign ambassador accredited to and serving in Washington DC. Ambassador Prince is a lawyer by profession, having studied at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus; Sir Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad; and of course Cambridge University, UK.

“It’s wonderful to have La Celia join our Board of Directors,” says David Humphries (King's), Chairman of Cantab DC. “I look forward to her bringing new and alternative perspectives to the Board and to working with her in continuing to enrich the Society and what we offer alumni in the DC area.”

The role of the Board of Directors is to manage the long-term financial sustainability and governance of the Cambridge Society of Washington DC, a registered 501(c)(3). This group is distinct from the Society Board, which organizes events and runs the society on a day-to-day basis. Ambassador Prince joins David Humphries, Chairman; Peter Hansen (Hughes Hall), former Chairman, President and Founder of the 501(c)(3); along with Stanley Marcuss (Sidney Sussex) and Jeffrey Pryce (Peterhouse), two esteemed lawyers who were active in the Oxford-Cambridge Potomac Boat Race in the 1980s and 90s, before it was resurrected under the current society.

Upon accepting the position Ambassador Prince stated, “It is a signal honour for me to have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Society of Washington DC. I’m excited about working with a professionally and culturally diverse and rich cadre of persons  who value the importance of fostering a strong alumni community. I’m therefore privileged to embrace this new responsibility and look forward to making my contribution to the sterling work that the previous Boards have already put in train.”

La Celia was also recently selected as one of the Diplomatic Courier's Top Global Women working to improve the world – you can read an interview with her online.

The Joining of the Boards – Society Board Meets Board of Directors

In celebration of this momentous occasion the Society Board and the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Society of Washington DC met in the Venetian Room Lounge at the Lombardy Hotel on July 29. The election of La Celia to the Board of Directors was a chance for the two Boards to interact informally. The drinks were held to get to know one another better, and for new volunteers and members interested in holding elected positions in the Society Board to learn more about what the roles would involve.

From the Directors, there were present David Humphries, Chairman; La Celia A. Prince; and Jeffrey Pryce. From the Society Board there were present Blair Lapres (Darwin), President; Bob Forte (Selwyn), Vice President; Josef Martens (Wolfson), Treasurer; Alan Hickling (Emmanuel), Secretary; and Associate Vice Presidents Ariane Rosen (Clare Hall) and Pete MacLeod (Downing). In addition, volunteers Elena Loukoianova (Queens'), Gerard Manion (King's), and Sarah Ross (Peterhouse) joined the group. In absentia were Simone Maini (St. John's), Chris Greenroyd (St. John's), Stan Wang (St. John's), David Wilson (Gonville & Caius), and Bill Kynes (St. John's).

At the drinks, both David and Blair made brief remarks, thanking existing members of the two Boards for their service, and potential members for their interest in future service. They noted how well the society has grown, culminating in winning the Sandy Ross-MacDonald award in 2013, as the most innovative and effective Cambridge alumni society worldwide. The society also discussed the encouraging initial results of the 2014 membership survey – there will be more on this in future newsletters.

Elections for the new Society Board will take place in October and members interested are encouraged to take on a role as a volunteer or an elected position. A formal call for candidates will take place in September’s newsletter. For more information in the meantime, please write to webmaster@cantabdc.org. 


Pictured above is a joint meeting of the Cantab DC Board of Directors and the Society Board. Pictured in the front row, left to right: Blair Lapres (Darwin), Gerard Manion (King's), Alan Hickling (Emmanuel), Ariane Rosen (Clare Hall), Elena Loukoianova (Queens'), La Celia Prince (Hughes Hall), David Humphries (King's), Pete MacLeod (Downing). Pictured in the back row, left to right: Jeffrey Pryce (Peterhouse), Josef Martens (Wolfson), Sarah Ross (Peterhouse), Bob Forte (Selwyn). The Society Board, overseen by the President, organizes events and runs the society on a day-to-day basis. The Board of Directors, overseen by the Chairman, has an oversight role, and manages the long-term financial sustainability and the governance of the formal 501(c)(3) that is the Cambridge Society of Washington DC.

 

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