The Second Decade Society (SDS) invites selected alumni who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership in their professional and personal lives, as well as at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), to make a lasting impact on the campus, the school, and its students. Exposure to the issues influencing the academic environment, access to top faculty and administrators, and flexible volunteer involvement enable members to learn about the school’s challenges and opportunities.

Through their gifts of philanthropy, expertise, and time, members drive improvements to the undergraduate experience, create new opportunities that otherwise would be unattainable to students, and exercise and hone their own leadership skills within the JHU community. Membership in SDS is one of the first steps in becoming an alumni leader in the School of Arts and Sciences and across Johns Hopkins.

As a leadership program of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, membership is limited and selective. Alumni who are leaders in their career fields and communities are identified by SDS membership and the Krieger School development office. Potential members are then vetted through the development office and the SDS leadership. Each year a select group is then invited to join SDS by the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. New members can be nominated throughout the year but new members will be welcomed at the first full SDS meeting of the academic year.


SDS membership is designed for a select group of Krieger School of Arts and Sciences alumni within their second decade after graduation at Johns Hopkins. Eligible members (approximately year 10 through 20 post grad) are recruited by current SDS members and/or the Johns Hopkins Development Office and are distinguished as leaders in their respective fields and communities.

Philanthropic Commitment

Member are required to make minimum annual contribution of $1,000—designated to SDS—to remain in good standing. As volunteer and philanthropic alumni leaders, each member is encouraged to also contribute to the Krieger School Hopkins Fund, other critical needs at the School, or areas in which they would like to have an impact each year at Hopkins.