Alumni Advisory Board

Mission Statement

The Alumni Advisory Board will facilitate two-way conversation between the Batten school and its alumni to create and maintain a strong and inclusive Batten community, each member of which is empowered and inspired to make change and have an outsized impact on both the school and the world. 

Executive Committee


Annie Rorem


Annie is a 2013 graduate of the Batten School’s MPP program, and a member of the school’s inaugural class of “post-grads.”  She currently serves as Senior Research Manager at the National Women’s Business Council, a nonpartisan federal advisory council dedicated to conducting and communicating research about women’s business ownership.  Annie’s favorite Batten courses included Strategies and Processes of Negotiation, and, yes, the Research Methods sequence.


Doc McConnell

Vice Chair

Doc graduated from the Batten School’s Accelerated MPP program in 2013. He has worked in both the private and public sectors as a strategy consultant and policy advisor and is currently a consultant to the DC metro system, working to improve safety oversight. While studying at Batten, Doc’s favorite courses included Leadership in US Foreign Policy and Leading & Managing Diverse Groups.


Christina Conell


Christina serves as the Senior Technical Advisor for the US Department of Agriculture’s Office of Community Food Systems, where she spends most of her time advising policy officials on farm to school initiatives and helping school districts serve more local foods.  As a 2010 graduate of the Batten School, Christina holds fond memories of late nights in Varsity Hall eating Mellow Mushroom and working on the latest issue of the Virginia Policy Review.

Membership and Organization

The Batten Alumni Advisory Board consists of up to 25 alumni from the Batten School. 

The Board is currently organized into three working groups:

  • Community: Responsible for strengthening the Batten alumni network and enhancing the alumni experience
  • Counsel: Provides counsel and advice to the Batten administration on issues raised by the Batten alumni, and facilitates alumni input on issues raised by the Batten administration
  • Career: Serves as a resource for current and past students for career opportunities and professional development

To learn more about Board operations, check out the Board bylaws.