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Duke DC

Over 12,000 Duke alumni building a community of impact in the Washington metropolitan area


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DukeDC works to keep the nearly 13,000 Duke alumni in the Washington, DC region connected with each other and with Duke. The chapter is one of the largest and most active in the Duke Alumni network, sponsoring more than 100 events each year.

By working collaboratively with all of Duke’s schools, affinity and identity groups, and university groups, DukeDC creates a comprehensive Duke presence in our Nation’s Capital.  We plan and host Duke-wide signature events, educational and social programs, and networking opportunities across multiple industries. We gather to learn, to celebrate the achievements of Duke and its alumni, to participate in civic-engagement programs in our community, to welcome new Duke alumni, to interview prospective students and more.

Events in the region include:

  • Major opportunity events such as private gatherings at the National Building Museum, Mount Vernon, the US Capitol balcony, and Arena Stage
  • Signature events such as Embassy Receptions, Congressional Breakfasts and Partners in Education enrichment activities
  • Ongoing activities around key programs such as Women’s Forum, Young Alumni, and Duke Alums Engage
  • Regular events organized by affinity and identity groups such as Duke Black Alumni, Duke LGBTQ, DukeGEN, Duke Politics and Policy Network, and more
  • Forever Learning events including Faculty Fellow speakers, talks by other Duke faculty and leaders
  • Networking and professional events including Six Degrees of Duke and the DukeDC Advanced Job Networking Group
  • Volunteer activities with organizations such as Martha’s Table, DC Greens, and Montgomery County Foster Childrens’ Home
  • Social events including game watches, holiday parties, Nats games, happy hours, museum tours and wine tastings

How to get involved:

Update your contact information: Alumni automatically receive updates about Duke Alumni regional groups based on the address we have on record. If you’re not hearing about activities where you live, update your contact information in your profile.

Connect with other alumni: Use the group members (comming soon) and search functions on this site to find alumni in the region and beyond.

Attend an event: Find a social, cultural or educational event on our calendar and sign up. You’ll meet interesting people with all different kinds of Duke backgrounds, but who share your desire to stay connected to Duke.  

Help out: Have an idea for an event? Have an inside track on a unique venue? Want to get involved with event planning or help on a local committee? Volunteer in your region!

Interview prospective students (Alumni Admissions Advisory Committees)

  • Alexandria, VA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, VA
  • Prince William and Fauquier Counties, VA
  • Winchester/Front Royal, VA
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Washington, DC

Active DukeDC Alumni Groups

Affinity and Identity Groups

Schools Represented on the DukeDC Board

Duke Programs in the Region


Civic Engagement

Duke Alums Engage
DAE extends Duke’s commitment to knowledge in service to society to the alumni community. Activities vary throughout the year and are always open to all alumni, family and friends. To join the DAE Committee and help us plan volunteer events, email info@dcw.org.

University Groups

Duke Admissions Officers make repeated visits to the tri-state area each fall and spring for admissions information sessions that are open to prospective students and their families.

Duke Development (Duke Forward)
Development hosts multiple events and activities in the region including Annual Fund events, major gifts events, Parents committee events, pre-reunion events, among others.

Duke Financial Partners
Duke Financial Partners is a group of alumni, parents and friends in the financial services industry who share a commitment to invest in Duke's financial success.

Duke in DC Office - University Academic and Outreach Center
Duke in DC is a multi-functional academic and outreach center that offers Duke activities and amenities such as academic programs, research briefings, policy seminars, alumni receptions, board meetings, faculty and staff offices, videoconferencing capabilities, and more.  Contact Elizabeth Jackson to coordinate alumni events and activities; contact Alyssa Dack '10 to reserve office/event space.

Young Alumni Development Council
Through regional Young Alumni Development Councils, Duke seeks to train, educate, and cultivate its next generation of university leaders. The councils are comprised of Trinity and Pratt alumni who graduated within the last fourteen years.

Duke Debate Watch

Monday, September 26, 2016 | 08:00 PM EDT
Duke in DC Office,
1201 New York Avenue NW
Suite 1110
Washington, DC 20004
United States

What To Expect In A Wild Election Year: Lessons For 2016 And Beyond

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 06:00 PM EDT
Podesta Group,
1001 G. Street, NW.
Suite 1000 West
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Making Your Mark—An Evening of Conversation with Cynthia Brodhead and Paula Phillips Burger '67, AM'74, moderated by Sterly Wilder '83, associate vice president for alumni affairs

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 06:30 PM EDT
DLA Piper,
The Marbury Building
6225 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
United States

25th Anniversary of the Nicholas School of the Environment

Thursday, October 06, 2016 | 06:30 PM EDT
Knight Conference Center, 7th Floor
Washington, District of Columbia 20001 Get Driving Directions Get Driving Directions
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Duke Alums Engage (DAE) with DC Greens

Saturday, October 08, 2016 | 09:00 AM EDT
The Farm at Walker Jones,
111 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Advanced Job Networking Meeting

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 05:30 PM EDT

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A Conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Aug 9, 2016

On August 4, Duke Law and DukeDC co-sponsored  "A Conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed some of the Court’s recent decisions,

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Spring 2016 Neighborhood Coffees

Jun 1, 2016

The DukeDC Women's Forum gathered for Spring 2016 Neighborhood Coffees thanks to the support and organization of 14 alumnae hostesses and family members, as well as DukeDC Regional Co-Chair and Women's Forum Steering Committee member Anna Pfeiffer '

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Enhance your career (or help other alumni enhance theirs)

May 19, 2016

Participate in regional and campus careeer networking events and encourage other alums in your area to consult our Duke Futures program for assistance hiring Duke students and alumni.

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