Princeton Project 55 gets new home
Princeton Project 55 has purchased and will occupy a property at 12 Stockton St. in Princeton as its administrative offices and conference center. The purchase was made possible through the generosity of Princeton and Project 55 alumni Stig Leschly and Sherry Riva of Seattle, Wash.
Princeton Project 55 is a nonprofit organization designed to mobilize University alumni, students and others in a variety of programs to promote the broad public interest. The staff will move from its current rented office space at 32 Nassau St. in June.
"The new space is bigger and will give us more of a sense of permanence," said Kirsten Hund, executive director.
Leschly and Riva, both members of the class of 1992, participated in Project 55's Public Interest Program of Internships and Fellowships. Following graduation, Riva spent 10 months in Chicago on a fellowship at La Rabida Research and Policy Center for the Study of Children and Families with Special Health Care Needs. She is currently executive director of the Jubilee Women's Center in Seattle, a transitional housing program for women who are homeless or in economic crisis.
"Through its unique program, Princeton Project 55 has helped foster a commitment to public service among a decade of young Princetonians," Riva said. "As an alumna of the program and the director of a nonprofit organization that hired its first PP55 intern last summer, I see first-hand the program's tremendous contribution to communities around the United States."
Leschly served as assistant principal at St. Mark's School in Harlem shortly after graduation, and subsequently helped Project 55 provide assistant principal placements at St. Mark's and other inner-city Roman Catholic schools.
"Sherry and I believe in PP55 as an institution for constructive social change," Leschly said. "We hope others can also imagine the impact that 10 other Princeton classes, or alumni at 50 other colleges and universities, could have if they undertook programs like PP55."
Created in 1989 by members of Princeton's class of 1955,
Princeton Project 55 is independent of the University. Its
operations are funded by individual contributions and
foundation grants. Its programs include the one in which
Riva and Leschly participated, which has placed 723
individuals in nonprofit organizations in more than 20