When Brooke Exley ’11 was an undergraduate at Marietta College, she had no idea that The Marietta Fund existed.
Like the majority of students at Marietta, Brooke’s schedule kept her very busy. In addition to rowing for the Women’s Crew and keeping up with her studies in Human Resource Management, she managed her time enough during her final year to become involved in the Senior Challenge program and something just clicked.
She not only made a donation to the Senior Challenge in 2011, but she has continued to give each year to The Marietta Fund.
“Some of the experiences I had can be quite costly on top of the expenses of tuition and housing. I would never want money to stand in the way of a student getting to have their dream college experience,” Brooke says. “No matter how big or small the gift, I’d encourage others to give what they can to help current students because you’re only an undergrad once.”
Soon after Brooke’s undergrad experience was complete she landed a job as a human resources professional in the Washington, D.C., area with a commercial construction company. She moved from her native Philadelphia to Bethesda, Md., and now is an HR Generalist for DuPont Fabros Technology, a publicly traded company headquartered in downtown Washington, DC.
“I love what I do and had a great foundation to get me where I am today in my career from the (Business & Economics) and Communication departments at Marietta College,” she says. “I loved every minute of my college experience. I also loved the small class sizes and the opportunity that provided for me to really get to know my professors. A great example of that is when Dr. (Sid) Potash started bringing me to the Society of Human Resource Management chapter meetings, allowing me to network with HR professionals in the Ohio Valley.”
Brooke also took advantage of Marietta’s robust Education Abroad Program and studied for a semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa, at a university with 30,000 students.
“I love Marietta, and am so glad I chose to attend such a wonderful institution. From the faculty, to the athletic programs, to the beautiful campus, it was really the perfect fit for me,” she says. “I’m so excited to have gotten to know President Bruno over the past year and am looking forward to seeing where he takes the College in the coming years.”
Brooke connected with President Joseph W. Bruno while volunteering as one of the leaders of the new DC Regional Association, which officially received its charter in November. Brooke attended the celebration along with close to 100 other Washington, D.C., area alumni. The Association is working closely with the Office of Alumni Relations to establish regular gatherings and events in and around D.C.
“Being involved with the DC Regional Association has been great and very rewarding,” Brooke says. “What started as just a few of us getting together for happy hour has now progressed to an area-wide network with frequent social events and a support system for alums to utilize for career advancement and a familiar face if new to the area. I’m very excited for what the future holds with our association and for other regional groups to now sprout up as a result of our success.”
Aleece Dye ’10, Assistant Director of Regional Associations and Young Alumni Programming, says Brooke is one of the key players in getting the DC Regional Association off the ground.
“Brooke’s passion for Marietta College is evidenced in her exemplary work as a key volunteer in the Washington, D.C., Regional Association,” Dye says. “Her hard work and leadership have helped to make the program in Washington a success.”
Now Brooke not only knows there is a Marietta Fund, but she is The Marietta Fund.