Jennifer Ebisemiju Madar

Name: Jennifer Ebisemiju Madar

Yale affiliation: B.A. '88

Where you live: Boston, MA 

What you do: My background is communications, but I devote quite a bit of my time to other endeavors, including voice acting and serving as a Yale alumni volunteer.

Your family: I live with my husband Todd and maybe a few too many dogs and cats.  I’m also fortunate to have my wonderful mother Petra just a few doors down from us on the same street.

Other Yale volunteer work: In addition to having served as chair, vice chair, and member of the YaleWomen Governing Council, I'm also an executive officer of the Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors, having previously served a three-year term as board member. I'm also immediate past president of YaleBoston (the Yale Club of Boston), having previously served as president, vice president, and secretary. I also served for many years as a YAA delegate, elected for YaleBoston, ex officio for YaleBoston and YaleWomen.

Something we might not know about you: I can very briefly be seen, in the background and in profile, in one scene in A Beautiful Mind.  The casting folks were looking for “Ivy League-types” (whatever the heck that means), and one of them (I think she was a Yalie) reached out to New York-area alums asking if we wanted to be extras.  I had nothing better to do that day, so I said, why not.  Once we got to Princeton, they decided that, as a woman and a person of color, they could use me to visually contrast the “old” Princeton and the “new” Princeton.  And so I got to sit in a Princeton dining hall, eating chocolate cake, chatting with Ron Howard about chocolate cake, and pretending to be a professor while the “pen ceremony” scene was being filmed around and behind me.  Thus started and ended my illustrious “acting” career.  Blink and you’ll miss me!

 


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