As alumnae, our graduates join a network of inspiring women who share a lifelong connection through Nightingale.
As Nightingale enters its second century, we are grateful for your support and partnership, which helps to build and strengthen our community.
The primary mission of the Alumnae Board is to foster a lifelong relationship between alumnae and the school as well as with one another. Our Alumnae Board is working hard to make that happen, by creating events and programs (virtual and live) inclusive of all, no matter where you live.
We are able to do this by working alongside our alumnae volunteers who show their dedication in myriad ways––by being Class Agents, Reunion or Regional Representatives, attending events, participating in the Nightingale Fund, being mentors or by speaking on panels or in the classroom.
Thank you, Nightingale alumnae, for showing up for our school, sharing your voices and fortifying our community. The alumnae network of which we often speak is not just community, it is our extended family. And like family, it supports, encourages, and keeps us whole throughout life because its foundation is rooted in truth, friendship and loyalty.
Devon Beddard Caraher ‘96
President, Alumnae Board
The Nightingale-Bamford School Alumnae Association efforts are coordinated by the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Alumnae Board, and the Young Alumnae Committee are supported by hundreds of alumnae who are involved each year.
“Nightingale has inspired in me the ability to ask questions…dig deeper, learn more, and take the initiative to go learn about it.”
Relationships are at the heart of Nightingale; the goal of our alumnae program is to help alumnae make connections with each other and the school. Please join us for our virtual and in person alumnae events that aim to enrich your life.
“I have used my experience at Nightingale to inspire other girls to go beyond barriers, question the status quo with confidence, empathy, resilience, and reason.”
As an independent school, we rely on the Nightingale community’s generosity to support our mission to educate the minds and hearts of our students. Supporting Nightingale signifies your belief in our commitment to a transformative educational experience for girls and the sustained success of our program.
There are many ways to show your commitment to Nightingale. The Nightingale Fund provides critical support that enables us to offer exceptional experiences, world-class field trips, professional development opportunities, and so much more. Learn more about the Nightingale Fund and how every gift, no matter the size, makes a meaningful impact within the blue doors and beyond.
“Nightingale helped me refine my sense of justice and truth, and gave me the basic tools to seek it out in my life.”
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Alumnae Programming
At Nightingale, we value difference as a source of strength and means of growth. Nightingale begins its second century with an unwavering commitment towards equity and inclusivity. To that end, the Alumnae Board is working towards reforming old traditions, continuing beloved traditions that are reflective of our broad alumnae population, and creating new traditions that celebrate and honor the diversity of our community.
"We are committed to programming that is inclusive and representative of our alumnae community as a whole, ensuring that all Nightingale alumnae are welcome, included, and heard."
Meet some of Nightingale’s extraordinary alumnae who are leading the way.
Lauren Hirshfield Belden ’93
Co-Founder / Chief Creative Cultivator at Belden Farms
Lauren runs a Sonoma winery and farmstead with her Colorado farm–raised husband, Nate, that offers truly unique wine tasting experiences coupled with the kind of welcoming and engaging community she delights in building from the ground up. She’s a passionate brand expert, who prior to establishing a freelance branding and innovation career, worked for a number of ad agencies and brand strategy shops, helping clients like Domino’s, FedEx, and Chanel create products and experiences that transform consumers from occasional users to brand loyalists. With a deep-rooted addiction to understanding what makes people tick, Lauren takes great pleasure in the art of identifying unmet consumer needs and finding creative, exciting solutions for them.
When she’s not busy working with Nate to envision the future of Belden Barns or helping her freelance clients, you’ll find Lauren volunteering, enjoying the great outdoors, or entertaining (and being highly entertained by) the two Belden munchkins, Olivia Bird and Milo Field.
Lucia Perez ’10
PhD candidate, Astrophysics, Arizona State University
Lucia is in the last year of her PhD in astrophysics at Arizona State University. Her job has focused on becoming an expert in a tiny sliver of extragalactic astrophysics, summarized most succinctly as: what does the clustering of galaxies in space tell us about the underlying physics and cosmology that formed the galaxies? Out of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, she analyzes observations from Chilean telescopes and huge cosmological simulations to probe these questions. Creating this knowledge is a slow cycle of exploration, failure, and discovery.
“Nightingale was central to my growth because it made me feel celebrated in all aspects of my life. I was always made to feel that I belonged and that I mattered, regardless of how I performed. Now when I sit at my computer trying to detangle a problem that feels too big for me, my time at Nightingale reminds me that I have done equally difficult things before, and that I am so much more than the sum of my accomplishments.”
As alumnae, we not only offer opportunities to connect face-to-face through signature programs, schoolhouse gatherings, and engagement opportunities in New York City and beyond, but we also encourage our alumnae to stay in touch both with Nightingale and with each other.