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Donor Profile: Christian Ettinger '89

Profession: Full-time student pursuing his master's of public administration at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco; previous careers include reporter, documentary filmmaker, philanthropist, and publisher

Most Influential Faculty Member: Ray Seidelman (political science): “He massaged and cultivated my obsessive interest in the American Political system.”

First Gift: $100

Most Recent Gift: $1,000 to The Fund for Sarah Lawrence. Recently became a member of the Ruth Wilmot Anderson Society, which recognizes 5+ years of consistent support for FSL.

Also Supports: civic engagement causes such as Project Vote and the National Priorities Project, which educates the public about how federal budget initiatives relate to local community needs; serves on the boards of Inform, an environmental literacy non-profit, and the Educational Foundation of America

Most Recent Book Read: Civil Society: The Underpinnings of American Democracy by Brian O'Connell

Statement: “What I liked best about SLC was the emphasis on independent study, without a core curriculum. It was great preparation for graduate school, where you have much more leeway to explore you own interests, rather than attending lectures and memorizing facts. I also support the College because they have a small endowment, so they really need the help.”

Christian Ettinger '89 - Photo by Martin Klimek