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Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award was created by the Maret Alumni Council in 2011 to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of our former students.

This award shares with the entire Maret community, especially our current students, the noteworthy achievements of our alumni. The Award Committee selects alumni who, true to our mission, are taking an active role in improving the world and are making significant contributions in the arts, sciences, medicine, business, government, academia, or service to humanity. Through this award, Maret seeks to recognize outstanding leadership and accomplishments at the local, national, or global level.

Congratulations to Maret's 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners!

Travis Allen ’93

Travis A. Allen is a Managing Director overseeing AB Bernstein’s private wealth practice in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. He is based in the Washington, DC, office and is a 25-year veteran of the firm. Until recently moving to the Managing Director role in early 2023, Travis served as a Senior Investment Strategist and National Director of Purpose Driven Strategies where he was a member of Bernstein’s Investment Strategy Group (ISG), the investment decision-making body for the private client business.

Travis held several leadership roles in the ISG, which oversees strategic asset allocation for high-net-worth, nonprofit, and family office clients. He led the efforts to design and build the Private Wealth ESG, responsible, sustainable and impact investing platform from its inception to $6.5B in assets. He also spent years overseeing the asset allocation advice for mission-driven foundations and endowments, as well as Cash Balance retirement plan clients. He joined the ISG in February 2012. Travis also spent 10 years as a member of Alliance Bernstein’s global Responsibility Steering Committee and served on the firm’s Controversial Investment Advisory Council from its inception to 2022. Previously, he was a member of the Wealth Strategies Group, serving as an analyst and senior analyst before becoming a Director in 2011.

Travis earned an MBA in Finance at the University of Maryland and BA in Organization, Behavior and Management at Brown University. He is a former trustee and head of the Investment Committee of YouthBuild USA and the Kingman Boys and Girls Club.

Travis has been giving back to Maret in various volunteer roles as an alumnus and parent since graduating from Maret. He served as President of the Alumni Council from 2007 to 2009 and remained on the Board of Trustees until 2021, lending his financial expertise as Treasurer the last five years. Travis is an enthusiastic participant in alumni basketball games and frequent presenter on our Alumni Career Panels. He and his wife, Paloma Adams-Allen, live in his native Washington, D.C., with their two daughters and Maret students, Priya Allen ’23 and Emilie Allen ’27

Mark Odom ’83

Brigadier General (retired) Mark Odom is a Highly Qualified Expert-Senior Mentor for the Department of the Army. He provides experience-based coaching and advice to senior military officers and staffs and also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the USAF Air War College where he instructs graduate-level courses in applied senior leadership to prepare students for senior positions in the military.

Mark served in the United States Army for over 32 years. Although he spent the majority of his career in special operations and airborne units, he held a range of staff and leadership positions. During his career in the Army, Odom commanded 1-40th Cavalry Squadron, 2nd Ranger Battalion, and the 75th Ranger Regiment, including on operational deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mark graduated from Middlebury College in 1987 and subsequently earned a Master of Arts degree in Defense Studies from King College London (2000) and a Master of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College (2010). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Middlebury College in 2009 where he returns often as a guest speaker in the classroom. Since 2017, Mark has also been a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to helping others understand the foreign policy choices facing the US and other countries.

As an alumnus and parent of Kate Odom ’19, he has remained very close to his alma mater and has graciously returned to campus over the years to meet with current Maret students. A Washington D.C. native and resident, Mark enjoys running, reading, and spending time with his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Kate; and two dogs, Gatsby and Zelda.

Past Recipients