Maggie Dillon, Class of 2006
Maggie joined PUWRFC as a freshman in the spring of 2003 and played prop under coaching greats Emil Signes, Chris Ryan and Richard Lopacki on teams that won EPRUs and Ivies (2003) and advanced to the USA Rugby National Championship Game (2004) and Sweet Sixteen (2006). In 2005, she played for the Berliner Sport Verein 1892 while studying abroad and cheered her teammates on from afar as they won the Ivy Championship and finished 3rd in the USA Rugby National Championship.
After graduating Princeton with a degree in German in 2006, Maggie pursued research and teaching opportunities in Germany and Austria before moving to Vientiane, Lao PDR to take on the role of Operations Manager and Technical Advisor as a Princeton in Asia (PiA) fellow at the Lao Rugby Federation.
At Lao Rugby, Maggie built on the strong foundation laid by PUWRFC teammates and PiA fellows Elena Olivi ’07 and Anima Adjepong ’09, and worked to develop women’s rugby by supporting the Vientiane Lions WRFC and managing the Lao Women’s National Team (7s and 15s). She was Lao Rugby’s delegate to the 28-member Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) Council from 2011-2013 and served on the Executive Committee.
After directing the Federation’s overall operations for two years, Maggie worked with an Australian NGO to launch a sport-for-development project, which uses rugby to teach life skills, leadership and healthy living messages to girls and young women in H’mong and Khmu communities in the rural north of Laos.
Maggie currently resides in Princeton, where she is the Executive Director of Princeton in Asia, a 118-year-old nonprofit organization that fosters mutual appreciation and cultural understanding between the US and Asia by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in 20 countries in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting relationships and benefit local and global communities.