The Seattle Network

This Emerald City might be a long way from Kansas and Denver, but is home to over 2700 community members that do not mind singing DU’s chant in the rain. The Seattle metro area hosts many events aimed at networking and lifelong learning throughout the year including DU Night Out with the Mariners, wine tasting, community service projects, student tours of area companies, and DU hockey watch parties. The Seattle 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! 

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Featured Volunteer Leaders

Meet Dr. Matthew Brinton '10

Hello Pioneers! I joined the DU Alumni Council in the spring of 2022. I am is excited to connect fellow Pioneers back to our alma mater and to create opportunities for network building across the greater Seattle area and the broader DU family. I also currently serve as a member of the development committee for the Seattle Derby Brats, and as a member of the executive committee for District VIII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. I believe passionately in the importance of educational attainment and growing a network of strongly connected community members and alumni. I credit my DU degree with getting into a field that I love.

I am a higher education professional with more than 16 years of experience working in advancement, academic affairs, student affairs, and athletics. I currently work at the University of Washington as the Director of Advancement of the Division of Student Life. In my role, I help lead advancement efforts in support of student access, diversity and success across more than 15 units in the division. My wife and I relocated to the Seattle area in the summer of 2021 and have a high school aged daughter. I hold a BS in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), an MA in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Development from DU and a PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from UNC.

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Annual Events

Check out some of our annual events below!

  • DU Night Out with The Mariners
    • Annual tradition of a pregame networking reception followed by a family-friendly baseball game with the hometown team.
  • Hockey Watch Parties, Seattle Style
    • Join with DU fans at a watch party for the defending National Champion DU Hockey Team.
  • DU Wine Tasting
    • Annual tradition of sipping wines with DU alumni and friends. 
View all events here
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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 Ross Williams

Director of Development, Western Region

Ross Williams joined the DU Advancement team as a Regional Director of Development in February of 2022, focusing on growing philanthropic partnerships with our partners in the western states. Ross looks forward to learning more about our alumni and friends from across the west in the coming months and years ahead.

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Connect With Us

VOLUNTEER

If you want to share your time and talent in any way outside mentoring and networking, check out VolunteerDU at volunteering.du.edu 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 du.firsthand.co

If you have any questions about volunteering with DU, please email alumni@du.edu.

 

CONNECT WITH SEATTLE NETWORK LEADERS

Please email matthew.brinton@du.edu to connect with a DU Seattle Network leader today!

 

CONNECT WITH DU STAFF LEADER

Please email brent.thompson@du.edu or ross.williams@du.edu to connect with a DU staff member.

 

Looking for more ways to connect with DU? Please email alumni@du.edu

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