The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. is proud to receive a YAA Board of Excellence Award for our programs last fiscal year. Our Club is proud to work with such a brilliant, motivated, caring, and diverse group of alums, and we appreciate everyone who supports our community. 


Debugging Your Brain with Casey Watts '12

Thursday, January 28, 2021


This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration


Join us for a conversation with Casey Watts, BK '12, on his book Debugging Your BrainThe human brain is buggy. Sometimes your mind distorts reality, gets frustrated with shortcomings, and spirals out of control. With practice, you can debug your brain. Catch those distortions of reality, transform those frustrations into insight, and short-circuit those downward spirals. 



Taming the Megabanks: Why We Need a New Glass-Steagall Act 
with Arthur Wilmarth '72

Thursday, February 4, 2021


This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration


The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. invites you to join us for a conversation with George Washington University Law School Professor Emeritus Arthur Wilmarth, ES '72, for a discussion about his recent book, Taming the Megabanks: Why We Need a New Glass-Steagall Act



Family Art Lesson for Aspiring Picassos

Sunday, February 21, 2021


This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. 
Instructions will be provided upon registration

Enjoy a fun Sunday afternoon remote hour lesson of art making with your kid(s) with Arlette Jassel, a professional artist and art teacher. The emphasis will on design, lively art work – and fun. No drawing skills are needed.



Dear fellow alumni,

For more than 146 years, members of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. have served as the backbone of the Yale alumni community throughout the DMV.  Through this tradition of member support, the Club brings local Yale alumni together to connect, learn, socialize, and serve the communities in which we live.  We currently have 566 contributing Club members whose support allows the Club to serve the approximately 10,000 Yale degree holders, parents, and widows in the greater Washington area.  The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. is among the most vibrant of all Yale clubs across the country.  It is thanks to the financial support of our membership that we are able to do so much.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Club membership has started to decline, understandable, in light of its effect on people’s professional lives and livelihoods.  If you would like to be or remain a Club member, but are unable to do so due to financial hardship, please let me know.

For those of you who are able, we invite you to become a member, if you are not one already.  And for those of you who are members, we urge you to renew your membership, when the time comes.  Being a member directly supports Club operations and activities.  Our Club is more than just a social club.  Our community service options, under the leadership of Maria Whelan, are particularly robust.  We work closely with the Capital Area Food Bank and sponsor three community service fellowships a year.  In addition, we offer educational programming focused on matters of urgent public interest, as well as a variety of topics that feature the diversity and achievement of Yale alumni.

In times like these, it is important to remain connected.  We welcome DMV Alumni from Yale College and ALL Yale graduate and professional schools as part of our community!    Please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] with your thoughts and suggestions, which will be most welcome.  Stay well and healthy.           

Chip Seward '65, Vice President of Membership


Dear fellow alumni,

I write to share an update on the Club's programming plans for the fiscal year.  We will continue to host monthly lectures, virtually for now, and are excited to share plans to broaden the event topic variety offered.  We intend to do so by increasing both the number and subject area of our offerings.  In addition to educational programming, we aim to increase the number of events featuring faculty from Yale College as well as faculty from Yale graduate and professional schools.  We also plan to increase the number of panel events and see this as a key way to engage with material by highlighting the multidimensionality of the issue under discussion. It is our hope to promote valuable connections between the subject matter experts with one another, and with the audience.  One key takeaway from these past months of virtual events is our membership's strong desire to engage with each other and the content during event discussions.  To further this objective, we will host more interactive sessions and use virtual "break-out" rooms whenever feasible to foster discussion in a more intimate setting.  We see this as a way to create community, which stands as a bedrock principal of our Club's purpose and stated goals.  Our planned expansion of the variety of programming types offered will include heritage month events, professional development and Yale alumni career stories, and instructional programming.  Lastly, we are engaging with the greater Yale community to provide artistic programming content.  More information will be coming out soon on this initiative! 

Thank you for being the best part of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C.  Please reach out to me directly if you have suggestions for programming.

Hope to see you soon "virtually" in one of our programs!

Lauren Harris, '14, Vice President of Programming 



Every summer, the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. sponsors Community Service Fellows.  These fellows are Yale undergraduates working for D.C.-area community service organizations.  As a nonprofit, the Club funds these fellowships through a combination of dues, profit from Yale Club events, and the generosity of our patrons.

This past summer's Fellows, Laura '21, Sophie '21 and Kara '22, worked at a D.C. Youth Orchestra, Capital Area Food Bank, and A Wider Circle. While they worked remotely due to COVID-19, they made an incredible impact on our local community from afar. To learn about their experiences and the contributions they made, check out their stories below. You can also hear directly from the interns by watching our recent webinar with them -- see the recording here.

Without your generous contribution this program wouldn't exist.  We thank you for your donation and for your support of these future Yale alums.


Maria Vera Whelan '08, Vice President of Community Service 

To read more about this year's Community Service Fellows, please click here.

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With more than 1100 members so far, our Facebook group is a valuable "place" for local alumni to connect.  Join us!


The Yale Club of Washington, D.C. is regularly hosting webinars and virtual meetings.

Members are able to access all past recordings in our Virtual Library