Jennifer ’99 and Walter Carl Ladwig III ’98
Jennifer and Walter Ladwig are two of USC’s most engaged overseas alumni volunteers. The couple, who met on campus while working as USC tour guides, live in London with their two young sons.
After earning their degrees from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Ladwigs left Southern California for Washington, D.C. There they helped to engage local Trojans, with Jennifer serving as the region’s scholarship chair for a number of years.
The Ladwigs later moved to London and soon established themselves as leaders in the United Kingdom (UK) Trojan community. Both of them have served as president of the London alumni club, and Jennifer was a member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors from 2012 to 2015.
For more than a decade, the Ladwigs have played a vital role in bringing Trojans together in the UK. In 2012, Jennifer helped organize a reception for the USC athletes competing in the London Olympics. During Walter’s tenure as the club president, UK student applications to USC increased significantly, due in part to alumni recruiting efforts; this increase in student applications led to the opening of USC’s London office in 2018.
Supporting USC students is a top priority for the Ladwigs. Jennifer frequently hosts career and industry talks for students. The couple also support scholarships enabling current USC students from the School of International Relations and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy to pursue government and nonprofit internships.
When not volunteering for USC, Jennifer is a partner at Q5, where she leads the firm’s organization development and culture practice. She also holds an MBA from London Business School and is an accredited executive coach. Walter, meanwhile, is an associate professor of international relations at King’s College London and an associate fellow in Asian Security at the Royal United Services Institution, the UK’s oldest think tank.