Kimberly Sanchez, OVCS Associate Director, Connecticut College

Kimberly Sanchez

Director of Community Partnerships

Kim assumed the position of Director of Community Partnerships in July, 2017.

At Connecticut College, Kim uses community-based learning experiences to engage the campus and the greater New London communities to support the College's mission in educating students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society. She works with students, staff, faculty and community partners to design innovative teaching and learning experiences that foster active citizenship and contribute to advancing the quality of life in local and global communities.

Kim is also active in New London Rotaract, a Rotary-sponsored club for young men and women. She previously served as the club's community service chairperson.

Kimberly Sanchez earned her bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in Spanish language from Eastern Connecticut State University. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  Previously, Kim served two terms with Public Allies Connecticut, an AmeriCorps nonprofit leadership development program, to work for social and environmental change in the community.

Patrick Lynch, Assistant Director of College/School Partnerships

Patrick R. Lynch '12

Associate Director of Community Partnerships

Patrick Lynch was named Associate Director of Community Partnerships effective July, 2017.

Patrick has been involved in community-based work at Connecticut College since he arrived as an undergraduate. Patrick holds a bachelor's degree in government from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. from Merrimack College in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. Patrick served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the office of Community Partnerships, working closely with the greater New London community and supporting students as engaged scholars and community learners.

After pursuing his graduate degree and work within greater Boston and the City of Lawrence, Patrick returned to Connecticut College in 2015 as the Assistant Director of Community Partnerships. Patrick has overseen the expansion of the office’s partnership programs, which provide innovative teaching and learning opportunities to Connecticut College students and youth participants. Under Patrick’s leadership, the ENRICH Mentor Program was regionally recognized with the Campus-Community Partner Award.

Clayton Potter

Community Learning Coordinator

Clayton joined Connecticut College in October 2018 as the Community Learning Coordinator for Community Partnerships. Native to New London, Clayton graduated from Science and Technology Magnet High School in 2014, then earned his bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University in May 2018.


Since high school, Clayton has been passionate about education, youth and community engagement services. He's worked for the New London Public Schools' Summer Meals Program and as a counselor for the Leaders and Innovators For Tomorrow (LIFT) overnight summer camp. In New York, he practiced social and restorative justice as a Program Facilitator working with incarcerated youth on Rikers Island. In his final semester as an undergrad Clayton learned about fundraising as a Development Intern at All Stars Project, Inc., before completing their Activist for Social Development Fellowship the following summer. Today, he is pleased to be helping students' find community service learning and engagement opportunities, while building upon the College's relationship with his hometown.

Community Partnerships

Xia Wu

Administrative Assistant, Community Partnerships

Xia Wu is very excited to join Community Partnerships. She was born and raised in northeast China, where she majored in English and went on to work for a Beijing TV station as an interviewer/editor. In 2008, Xia moved to America with her husband and during her first four years in America, Xia earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Connecticut State University.

Before joining the Community Partnerships team, she worked for The Rectory School in Pomfret, Connecticut, for three years and really enjoys working in an academic environment. Being the Administrative Assistant in Community Partnerships gives Xia an opportunity to further develop her accounting skills while engaging more with the community she has called home for the last eight years.

VISTA: Volunteers in Service to America

Connecticut Campus Compact hosts all campus based AmeriCorps VISTAs.

Cecilia Bole '18

AmeriCorps VISTA

Cecilia Bole graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in philosophy and classics in May 2018 from Connecticut College. As a student, she worked as an Admission Fellow, volunteered as an Enrich mentor, photographed school events, and was heavily involved in the dance department. Cecilia conducted research as a Mellon Fellow on wealth disparities between immigrants and natives, and later researched post-truth politics in a philosophy Honors Thesis. She plans to continue pursuing issues around equity as a law student at Georgetown University Law Center next year. 

Cecilia is drawing upon her student experiences as an Enrich mentor to coordinate the same program as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. She's excited to continue her work with youth in the New London community.

Allie Girouard

Community Partnerships Fellow

Allie Girouard is a senior pursuing a double major in Sociology and American Studies. She's also a scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy where she researches the ways urban design can be used as a tool for social justice. She's committed to creating urban environments that work for all of us and loves working with Community Partnerships because of their leadership in creating meaningful collaborations for social change. 

Paula Jurado

Community Partnerships Fellow

Paula Jurado is a Junior pursuing a Major in American Studies with a concentration in public policy, & double minors in Gender and Women's Studies and Human Development. She is also certifying to teach elementary school and is in the Cities & Schools Pathway. She is passionate about examining policy regarding education and is interested in making sure that public schools are progressing towards becoming equitable for all students. She has loved working with Community Partnerships and is excited for all there is to come! 

Hannah King

Community Partnerships Fellow

Hannah King is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Environmental Studies at Connecticut College. She has overarching passions for environmental ethics and sustainable applications in communities around the world. She is excited to play a role in Community Partnerships while helping create more relationships between students and the greater New London area.

Tiffany Phan

Community Partnerships Fellow

Tiffany Phan is a behavioral neuroscience major and a scholar of the Holleran Center for Public Policy and Community Action. Her senior integrative project focuses on analyzing healthcare and health disparities in the United States. She has been working at Community Partnerships throughout all her college career. As a CP Fellow, she is eager to discuss the diverse roles students play in evolving the dynamics between New London and the greater surrounding areas and Connecticut College. 

Rachel Reiss

Community Partnerships Fellow

Rachel Reiss is currently a junior at Connecticut College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She is hoping to focus her interest in social action through her senior thesis project next year. Being a part of the Community Partnerships office as a student fellow has been one of the most influential experiences for Rachel because she loves to see students connect with the New London community. 

Micheala Smith

Community Partnerships Fellow

Michaela Smith is a senior pursuing a major in Human Development, certification in Elementary Education, and a minor in Sociology. She just completed a semester of student teaching with a class of fifth graders at Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School in New London. She is passionate about providing access to quality education and advocating for various social justice issues. She is excited to be a fellow this spring because it will give her the opportunity to build meaningful bridges between Connecticut College students and surrounding communities.