Graham Carlson has worked in the Development Department since August 2013. He is the Hope Fund outreach manager, and he employs over 30 students each year. These students call thousands of alumni and parents of the college to build relationships with the Hope community and receive gifts for the Hope Fund. In addition to supervising calls, Graham designs and implements training in communication, marketing and public speaking. The outreach program ultimately serves as experiential learning for the students.


  • B.A., music with minors in media communication and chemistry, Hope College, 2009

Professional experience

Prior to working at Hope, Graham served as a program director for Owasippe Scout Reservation, a summer camp run by the Boy Scouts of America. His role included program design for youth participants, staff training for over 80 employees, volunteer coordination, event planning, public speaking and budgeting for camp equipment and materials. He also designed separate week-long staff trainings for young volunteer staff.

Graham also worked as a substitute teacher in the Holland and Grand Haven areas. His favorite classes were first and sixth grade, as well as high school orchestra and psychology.

Why I love Hope

Graham finds Hope to be a remarkable school because of its remarkable students. So many of the students are morally strong and live intentionally. They share their passions and gifts, and their incredible drive to succeed pushes them beyond expectations.

Graham loved his time as a Hope student and enjoys the ability to support and advise the students he employs.

Outside the college

Graham loves to travel and visit friends around the country. He likes exploring state and national parks by hiking, backpacking, canoeing and kayaking. At home, he writes music and plays all kinds of games.