Office of Alumni Engagement

Ray and Brittany Foley

My hometown when I was a student was:

Brittany – Hartland, Ray- South Lyon

I graduated from Alma in:

Brittany – 2009, Ray - 2008

I studied:

Brittany – Economics, Foreign Service, Ray – History

I currently live in:

Detroit, MI

I am now:

Brittany – A Trade Commissioner for the Consulate General of Canada.

Ray – An attorney.

Since graduating from Alma:

We went to law school, moved back to Detroit, bought a historic house to rehab (and are still working on it), got jobs, had a baby.

My Alma education:

Brittany – Taught me how to critically examine complex issues and ask questions.

Ray – Prepared me for law school with strong research and writing skills.

My favorite place(s) on campus included:

The Baseball field. - Ray

My favorite professor(s) included:

Brittany - Dr. Cunningham, Dr. Cartrite, Dr. Hulme – all three of whom I keep in touch with

Ray – Dr. Cartrite, Dr. Bu

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:

Dr. Yav’s class with Tom McGuire.

How Alma has helped with my current plan/job/graduate school/etc.:

When interviewing for my current job as a Trade Commissioner focusing on agriculture, I was able to draw on my Alma thesis, where I focused on multi-lateral agricultural trade policy. It helped set me apart from other candidates. - Brittany

How I have given back to Alma since graduation

We serve as alumni Ambassadors, support students and recent grads with internship and job opportunities, and attend admissions events in Detroit.

Advice I would give a new graduate:

Be open to opportunities that you never knew existed. The opportunity that really opened doors for me professionally was a recruiter calling about a facilities management internship after I had completed law school and obtained a master’s degree from U of M. I agreed to talk to them and ended up doing business development and legal work for an interior design startup spinning off of the facilities of a large corporation. The connections and experience I gained there have helped me in every step of my career since. -Brittany

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