The Philadelphia Network

You are going to love the network from the City that Loves You Back! Philly boasts a network of 1500 community members that connect several times throughout the year at events like the DU Night with the Phillies, DU hockey watch parties, service projects, and the holiday party. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a recent graduate, this network is built on fostering great relationships. The Philadelphia Network is eager to connect with you and is open to alumni, parents, current students, and friends of DU. Connect with your Network Leaders below or reach out to your staff liaison to learn how to get more connected. We can’t wait to hear from you! 


Featured Volunteer Leaders

Meet Faye Riva Cohen

As the founder/president of one of the only female owned law firms in Philadelphia, PA I have represented thousands of clients over my 47-year legal career. In working for a number of prestigious law firms early in my career, I learned how to be the owner of my own firm and fashion a personal and collaborative culture and style to match our clients’ needs. We are often involved in David and Goliath situations, and many of our cases are unique, cutting-edge, and set interesting precedent. 

I am a child of Holocaust survivors born in a German concentration camp, turned relocation center, after World War II. My parents and I immigrated to Minnesota when I was 2. Based on the decision-making, negotiation and interpretation skills I learned at a young age to assist my parents, whose educations were interrupted by the war, it was suggested I become a lawyer. It stuck! I am also the mother of two daughters and grandmother to 3 granddaughters. Yes, I am surrounded by strong, inspiring women! 

My career has been fascinating and varied, which is no small feat as very few women were lawyers when I began my career. To be recognized by my peers and others as a Super Lawyer, an AV Martindale-Hubbell rated lawyer, top-rated Avvo lawyer, public arbitrator for FINRA, and an arbitrator for local and federal courts, makes me proud. I was only one of five women in my class when I attended law school at the University of Denver. Many of my leadership skills which I applied through my leadership in political and legal organizations were developed through my law school experiences.   

I look forward to connecting with you!

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Annual Events

Check out some of our annual events below!

  • Hockey Watch Parties, Philadelphia Style
    • Join with DU fans at a watch party for the defending National Champion DU Hockey Team.
  • DU Night Out with The Phillies
    • Annual tradition of a pregame networking reception followed by a family-friendly baseball game with the hometown Phillies.
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Staff Leader

Meet Brent Thompson

Director of Regional Engagement

Brent helps guide strategy and execute engagement efforts of all alumni, families, parents and friends across the country and in select international networks as well as develops a programmatic portfolio for the regions in collaboration with Denver-based advancement team. Brent's goal is to create a culture of lifelong engagement and volunteerism among constituents in the regional markets and networks that builds our pipeline for campaign philanthropy and long-term engagement for the University's Global Network. 

Brent has served in a number of different roles throughout his 15-year career in higher education for the University of Oklahoma, University of Texas system and now with the University of Denver. He is also adjunct faculty for the Executive Education in Daniels. Brent has worked in several different capacities including employer relations, career development, accreditation, and alumni engagement. Brent is a proud University of Denver and University of Oklahoma graduate and his entire wardrobe is crimson!

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Meet Craig Baldwin

Director of Development, East Coast

Craig joined DU in 2022 as the Regional Director of Development for the East Coast. Originally from Maryland, he works with graduates from the Northeast and Southeast regions. Craig looks forward to engaging with DU alumni, and learning more from their experiences at the University.

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If you want to share your time and talent in any way outside mentoring and networking, check out VolunteerDU at This portal is a menu of volunteer opportunities and your open door to engage with the DU community. Choose from a variety of one-off and ongoing projects that are meaningful to you.  

The DU Career Network allows you to connect with DU students and alumni for mentoring and career networking. Share your expertise with those pursuing similar professional interests by joining

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