Newsmaker: Aletta Brady ’15

Aletta Brady ’15 of Our Climate Voices was awarded the J.M.K. Innovation Prize, which recognizes organizations tackling America’s most pressing challenges through social innovation. In a press release, Brady, the founder and executive director of this climate justice organization, explained, “We employ the power of ethical, digital storytelling to humanize the climate disaster.” Erik Snyder, CEO of the Drawdown Fund, noted, “It has the potential to link a future existential threat—climate change—to a personal level and impact.” Each awardee receives up to $175,000 over three years and participates in a supportive learning collaborative of fellow change agents. At Wesleyan, Brady majored in government.

Newsmaker: Miranda Haymon ’16

Miranda Haymon ’16 is the winner of Columbia@Roundabout’s 2019 New Play Reading Series for her directing of The Colony. The reading series awards three playwrights from the current Columbia MFA program and recent alumni with a cash prize as well as a reading in Roundabout’s Rehearsal Hall, followed by a post-reading reception. Haymon’s recent projects include Everybody at Sarah Lawrence College, In the Penal Colony at Next Door @ NYTW, Mondo Tragic at The National Black Theatre, and Eclipsed at Dartmouth College, where she co-taught Contemporary Theater. She has held residencies and fellowships with New Georges, Roundabout, NYTW, Arena Stage, and more. Haymond is making her off-Broadway directing debut this spring at Roundabout. At Wesleyan, Haymon double-majored in German studies and theater.

Newsmaker: Taylor Cain ’11

Taylor Cain ’11 is the new director of the City of Boston’s Housing Innovation Lab (i-Lab). Since its inception in 2015, the i-Lab has worked with residents and stakeholders to encourage the creation of new housing prototypes that promote affordability and alternative living arrangements. Cain has worked with local nonprofit organizations and institutions on evaluation and research projects that focus on a range of issues, including economic development, racial equity, and displacement. Cain majored in Science in Society at Wesleyan and completed her PhD in sociology at Boston University.