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Juliana Weissbein ’10

Brilliant professors challenged her to think differently about the world.

Majors: Sociology and Gender Studies

Lives in Brooklyn, NY
Originally from Allentown, PA

Juliana Weissbein ’10 is a nonprofit leader who operates from a fundamental belief that an agile strategy and continued focus on data-driven insights can enable big and bold ideas. 

Whether at Teach for America, GLSEN, the Ms. Foundation for Women, or in her current role as the Associate Director of Development Operations, at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, she has led every aspect of a development team and enjoys collaborating with executive leadership to exceed strategic fundraising goals.

Weissbein is a 2008 New Leader through the Center for Progressive Leadership and currently serves as the AFP YP Chairwoman. She’s a lifetime member of the Alpha Kappa Delta honors society for sociologists and her senior project research contributed toward a book chapter published in 2010 for which she received co-author credit with Professor Lisa Jean Moore. She graduated magna cum laude.

Why Purchase? 

Aside from the academics, I was immediately attracted to the diversity of the student body, opportunities to lead, and small class sizes. 

How did your experience here prepare you for life after Purchase?

Purchase afforded me a diverse network of professionals from around NYC who helped me connect to my first job after graduation. 

Which faculty member made a difference in your life/career? 

After serving as my professor and thesis advisor, I now consider Professor Lisa Jean Moore my mentor and friend. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to study under her leadership and her teachings have left a lasting impression on me.

What would you cite as your program’s greatest assets?

The Sociology and Gender Studies departments are comprised of brilliant professors and I knew I would be challenged to think differently about the world around me. 

What aspect of the program or your experience here had a lasting impact?

The Purchase network has become my second family. Not to mention all the memories of Fall Ball, Pancake Madness, and Culture Shock. I will never forget the fun I had! 

Anything else you’d like a prospective student to know about attending Purchase?

Never turn down an opportunity and be sure to keep in touch with the faculty. You never know where life will lead you.