Maria Tardugno Aldrich ’03 (Maria)

Scottsdale, AZ

Occupation

Nonprofit Consultant 

Education 

A.B. (History & Gender Studies Concentration), Davidson, 2003

At Davidson 

Member of Warner Hall Eating House (Secretary 2000-2002), Cambridge Study Abroad Program, Orchestra & Wind Ensemble, Campus Tour Guide Coordinator, Senior Admission Fellow, Annual Fund Student Caller 

Alumni Activities 

College Employee (2003-2016) Director of Annual Giving (2006-2014), Senior Major Gifts Officer (2014-2016), Fund for Davidson Class of 2003 Chair, Alumni of Color Engagement Committee Member, 5th Year Reunion Committee Member, 15th Year Reunion Committee Member, Give Campus Advocate, WDAV Volunteer

Other Activities 

Princeton Day School Alumni Association Board, Development Committee Chair (2015-2018), Class Agent (2003-present), 10th and 15th Reunion Chair, Desert Canyon Elementary PTO, Vice President (2018-Present), Mothers of McDowell Mountain Ranch Board (2016-2019); member (2016-present)

Personal Statement

As a child, I moved a fair amount and so never really felt like I was from anywhere. Landing at Davidson made me truly understand what it was to be part of a community. Davidson became my home, which is why I feel so honored to be part of this election. I cherish everything about our college- our shared experiences, the college's commitment to excellence, honor, academic rigor, and community, and the formation of lifelong friendships. 

Following graduation, I remained at Davidson as a college employee. I loved working with generations of alumni who were committed to enhancing the Davidson experience for future students. As director of annual giving, I led a team that engaged thousands of alumni annually to secure resources that define the current student experience while advancing institutional priorities such as The Davidson Trust, experiential learning, and increasing support for our Division I athletic programs. I served on the alumni of color engagement team, participated in strategic planning, helped build a comprehensive reunion experience, and collaborated on programs to cultivate the college's relationship with young alumni. 

I am eternally grateful to Davidson and aspire to continue my service to the college by serving as Alumni Association Board President. As alumni, we are all bonded by our common experiences and I hope to continue to foster this camaraderie as we work together to advance Davidson's mission.