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Ali Krieger Headlines ‘Penn State Forward’ Board Of Trustees Alumni Election Slate

Penn State Forward announced its support for three candidates running for alumni seats on Penn State’s Board of Trustees: Olympic soccer player Ali Krieger, lawyer Melinda Kuritzky, and investor Uma Moriarity.

Penn State Forward, a “grassroots coalition of students, staff, faculty, and alumni” aimed toward uplifting inclusivity and sustainability, will sponsor the three candidates throughout the Board of Trustees’ election cycle.

Krieger, Kuritzky, and Moriarity are promoting a platform focused on climate action, equity, governance reform, and workers’ rights. More specifically, the slate aims to work toward carbon-neutral campuses, increased funding and research of campus sexual violence prevention, and implementation of a $15 minimum wage for campus workers.

Krieger, a Penn State, United States Women’s National Team, and National Women’s Soccer League defender, graduated from Penn State in 2007 after leading the Nittany Lions to four straight Big Ten championships. Even through an extremely successful career with the USWNT, NWSL, and work toward equal pay for female soccer players, Krieger voiced her sincere enthusiasm regarding the campaign.

“I’m excited to create impactful change at Penn State’s highest level,” Krieger said. “It would be an honor to sit on the Board of Trustees and shape important decisions that will matter for years to come… We Are moving forward together!”

Kuritzky graduated with honors and the highest distinction from Penn State in 2006 with degrees in international politics and Spanish. Kuritzky now works as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State and advises on international law and policy.

Penn State Forward’s third candidate of the all-female slate is Moriarity, a senior investment strategist at CenterSquare Investment Management. Moriarity is credited with initiating climate-sensitive investment methods for CenterSquare following her graduation from Penn State in 2014 with dual degrees in accounting and finance.

“Penn State’s greatness comes from its people — past, present, and future — and the Board of Trustees has a duty to advocate for the best interest of all these stakeholders,” Moriarity said. “If elected to the board, I’m committed to doing just that.”

Nominations for the three alumni trustee seats on the Board of Trustees will begin on Sunday, January 15. Each candidate requires 250 nominations in order to be slated on the final ballot in April. All alumni are eligible to nominate candidates and cast their votes.

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