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Profiles: Sandy Woodhouse Drayton '83

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Sandy Woodhouse Drayton '83
Vice President of Communications,The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

When a former Bowdoin roommate hooked her up with a communications position at Time Inc., Sandy Drayton '83 was just pleased to have a full-time job. "I never thought it was a long-term thing," she says, "but I ended up settling in and being very happy there." In her 21 years with the company, Sandy oversaw public relations for several magazines including LIFE and Entertainment Weekly, which she spent 12 years developing into one of industry's most widely read publications. She credits part of EW's success to the emergence of the Internet, which revolutionized the entertainment world. "It was a very exciting time," she says. "I was fortunate to be [at EW] during its prime."

In 2008, Sandy left publishing to head the communications team at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, a position well suited to her experience with communications as well as the world of celebrity. Working for a non-profit also allows Sandy to use her skills for a cause that she believes in and has a personal connection to. Her father-in-law lived with Parkinson's for many years. "It's fantastic to be able to take my experience and channel it into something so meaningful," she says. "We're a group that comes to work every day determined to find a cure."

Posted November 18, 2009