Wes Fillman '11
Why did you decide to attend F&M?
I chose F&M after visiting East Coast colleges. I knew I wanted to go to a liberal arts college, and the faculty-student connectivity and campus stood out to me the most.
What are your favorite memories of your time on campus?
Spending summers tour guiding and hanging in the admissions office, "studying" on the mezzanine or Shad-Fack where I became friends with some of the folks I still hang out with today in San Francisco, planning Homecoming pep rallies with Blue & White, and theme parties at Delta Sigma Phi. Also, being Mr. F&M my senior year and winning DipSync.
What activities did you participate in as a student?
I admittedly did a bit of everything: I was a tour guide, VP and secretary of DipCon, ran College Democrats and co-lead the Blue & White Society (with some amazing friends), played club volleyball and was a Delta Sig brother, among other things
Tell us a little bit about your career path and your current job.
F&M is the place I became involved and passionate about issues of inequity, social justice, politics and access to education. After F&M, I went to Harvard University and received my masters degree in higher education and studied education policy. Dr. Porterfield was one of the folks that helped convince me to take my talents to the classroom. And I then taught Pre-K in Baltimore with Teach For America (TFA). Since leaving the classroom, I’ve worked at TFA recruiting, and for the past four years at Google leading diversity staffing initiatives for Google Cloud.
Do you have any activities or hobbies you do outside of work ?
I'm on the board of a Bay Area education non-profit, Tandem, Partners in Early Learning. I enjoy traveling any chance I can get around the globe, and searching for San Francisco's best Bloody Mary.
Why did you decide to volunteer for your alma mater?
F&M is part of who I am and helped shape my identity. I love doing college fairs, serving with FAN, and other Bay Area F&M events.
What would you say to fellow alumni who are on the fence about volunteering with F&M?
You should do it -- our experiences as alumni and our connectedness is what we make of it. I love meeting new F&M folks in SF -- we are a long way from Lancaster, but if we carve out some time from our busy lives, we can all feel a little more connected.
Do you have a favorite moment/highlight of your time as a volunteer? If so, what was it?
Last week, I did a college fair at KIPP in the Bay Area (my favorite of the year ) and to my surprise a fellow F&M alum was there and worked as a teacher at the school!
Favorite book or quote?
I'm currently reading "Shortest Way Home" by Pete Buttigeig.
Interesting fact/something people might not know about you?
I taught my Pre-K students the alphabet using college names with "F" for Frankin & Marshall.
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