About Us

Development and Alumni Relations creates and develops programs and events that build a strong sense of community, opportunity, affinity and school pride for students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents. The office also works to instill a culture of philanthropy and raise funds in support of the people and programs that make Columbia College Chicago an exceptional institution.

Throughout this website, you will find examples of ways you, our alumni, can engage with Columbia College Chicago and with each other. We encourage you to explore the many opportunities available, including attending events on campus and across the country, participating in educational programming, volunteering in support of the alumni community or as a mentor to students, and networking with fellow alumni both online and in person.

We care about addressing the needs and interests of our alumni, so do not hesitate to contact us. We are here for you. Email us at alumni@colum.edu to ask questions, share ideas or learn about ways you can be an active member of the Columbia College Chicago alumni community.


National Office – Chicago


Miriam Smith

Executive Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving



West Coast Office – Los Angeles 


Sarah Schroeder ’00

Director of Alumni Relations, West Coast and Regional Programs



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