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Famous Alumni of Santa Clara University

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Many graduates of Santa Clara have gone on to be leaders in the fields of Arts/Entertainment/Media, Business/Engineering, Education/Research, Public Service, and Sports.

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Andy Ackerman '78, TV producer and director, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Curb Your Enthusiasm, co-producer of Cheers, producer of The Ellen Show

Michelle Ashford '83, Emmy nominated screenwriter on HBO's The Pacific

Reza Aslan '95, author, No god But God, The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

Max Baer, Jr. '59, actor, "Jethro" on The Beverly Hillbillies, film producer

Michele Borba '72 MA '75, Author, Don't Give Me That Attitude

Jeff Brazil '85, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Orlando Sentinel

Ron Hansen M.A. '95, author, Mariette in Ecstasy, Atticus, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Khaled Hosseini '88, author, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns

Jerry Howarth '68, radio broadcaster, Toronto Blue Jays

Francisco Jimenez '66, Author, The Circuit, Breaking Through

Neal Jimenez '82, movie screenwriter, Where the River Runs Black, River's Edge; Director, The Waterdance

Jorma Kaukonen '66, guitarist for Jefferson Airplane, Member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Paul Kantner '65, Founding member Jefferson Airplane

Ron Lagomarsino '73, movie director, My Sister's Keeper, Running Mates, Dinner at Eight ; stage and TV director, Joan of Arcadia, My So-Called Life, Picket Fences, Driving Miss Daisy

Michael Malone '75, MBA '77, author, journalist, former editor of Forbes ASAP

Shemar Moore '92, TV actor, Criminal Minds, Young and the Restless; host for Soul Train

Alex Nesic '96, actor on Sleeper Cell

Barry O'Brien '79, TV writer, CSI Miami, Judging Amy, Hanging with Mr. Cooper; Executive Producer, Guys Like Us, Between Brothers, Hannah Montana

Mary Richardson '68, co-anchor of Boston's WCVB-TV's Chronicle, nation's longest running locally produced nightly news magazine

Lex van den Berghe '85, final contestant, Survivor Africa

Adam Zotovich '97 – Broadway producer of The Color Purple, The Addams’ Family, and A View From the Bridget

Business & Engineering

Michonne R. Ascuaga '83, president, John Ascuaga´s Nugget casino

Mary Bitterman '66, president, Bernard Osher Foundation

Margaret (Peggy) Bradshaw '72, Chief Banking Officer, Bridge Bank, former executive VP, Comerica Bank

Roger Brunello '63, former owner, Le Boulanger Inc.

William Carter '71, M.S. '95, Chief Technology Officer, Xilinx

Lewis Chew '84, CFO, National Semiconductor

David Drummond '86, Vice President and General Counsel, Google

Gary Filizetti '67, MBA '69, President, Devcon Construction

Robert J. Finocchio Jr. '73, former president, 3COM

Fred Franzia '65, CEO, Bronco Wine Company and Classic Wines of California

Joseph Franzia '64, MBA '65, co-president, Bronco Wine Company and Classic Wines of California

David Fry '83, CIO and co-founder, Fry's Electronics

John Fry '78, president and co-founder, Fry's Electronics

Randy Fry '80, co-founder, Fry's Electronics

Frank Greene Ph.D. '70, founding partner, New Vista Capital/New Vista Capital Funds

Michelle Goins '83, Chief Information Officer, Juniper Networks

Rebecca Guerra '73, M.B.A. '78, Vice President of Human Resources, Extreme Networks

Michael L. Hackworth '63, chairman/CEO/president, Tymphany

Richard Justice '71, Senior VP World Wide Field Operations, Cisco Systems

Walter Kaczmarek '74, President, CEO, and Director, Heritage Bank

Charles Kissner MBA '73, executive chairman, Stratex Networks

Thomas A. Lacey MBA '88, chairman and CEO, International DisplayWorks, former VP of Intel

Paul Lunardi '83, president/CEO, Lunardi's Super Markets

Chris Malachowsky M.S. '86, cofounder and senior vice president of engineering and operations, NVIDIA

Michael Mondavi '66, past chairman, president & CEO of Robert Mondavi Corporation, founder of Folio Wine Company

David Mooring '80, director and former president, Rambus

Peter Oppenheimer MBA '87, senior vice president and CFO, Apple Computer

Betsy Rafael '83, vice president, controller, and chief accounting officer, Cisco Systems

Gene Ravizza '50, founder, Cupertino Electric

George Reyes MBA '79, former senior vice president and CFO, Google

Donny Sebastiani '99, principal, Don Sebastiani and Sons

Sam Sebastiani '62, MBA '66, founder, Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace, former president of Sebastiani Vineyards

John A. Sobrato '60, chairman, Sobrato Development Companies

John M. Sobrato '83, general partner, Sobrato Development Companies

William E. Terry '55, retired executive vice president, Hewlett-Packard

Richard P. Wallace M.S. '89 CEO of KLA-Tencor, former professor in the Santa Clara Graduate School of Engineering

Kevin Yeaman '88, CFO, Dolby


Lisa S. Cahill '70, theologian, author

Frank Cepollina '59, inventor, National Inventors Hall of Fame; deputy associate director, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Development Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Robert Freitas J.D. '78, nanotechnology pioneer, author

Jay Helman '74, president, Western State College

Dr. Pamela Jolicoeur '69, president, Concordia College

Shanon Kugler '81, first female chaplain, Yale University

Paul Locatelli '60, Secretary of Higher Education for the Society of Jesus and former president, Santa Clara University

Mary Ann Peters '72, Provost, Naval War College

Patricia A. O'Hara '71, dean of Notre Dame Law School

Tina Panontin '83, chief engineer, NASA Ames Research Center

Public Service

Everett Alvarez '60, former deputy director, Peace Corps; former deputy administrator, Veterans Administration; chair, VA CARES Commission, author

Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. '59, governor of California (second term), former California State Attorney General, former mayor of Oakland

Samuel Conti '45, judge, U.S. District Court

Mike Espy J.D. '78, former U.S. secretary of agriculture, former member of Congress, Michigan

Ron Flynn '65, retired brigadier general, U.S. Army

Jim Garrison '73, co-founder, State of the World Forum, author

Arthur Hull Hayes '55, doctor, former FDA Commissioner, first SCU Rhodes scholar

Joanne Hayes-White '86, Fire Chief of San Francisco, first female fire chief of a major metropolitan city

Marty Jenkins '77, justice, First District Court of Appeals, former judge, U.S. District Court

Keith Kellogg '66, former lieutenant general, US Army

Paul Laxalt '44, former governor and senator, Nevada

William Lenaers '69, brigadier general, U.S. Army

Zoe Lofgren '75, representative of U.S. Congress, California

Tom McEnery 67, M.A. '70, former mayor of San Jose

Bob Miller '67, former governor, Nevada

Frank Murkowski '55, former governor of Alaska

Dee Dee Myers '83, former White House press secretary Clinton Administration

Janet Napolitano '79, Secretary of Homeland Security Obama Administration and former governor of Arizona

Gavin Newsom '89, mayor of San Francisco

Edward A. Panelli '53 J.D. '55, retired associate justice, California Supreme Court

Leon Panetta '60, Director of the CIA Obama Administration, former White House chief of staff Clinton Administration, and former member of Congress, CA

Joe Peterson '72, U.S. Army major general

Richard Riordan '52, former mayor of Los Angeles

Thomas Romig J.D. '80, major general, former Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army

Richard Tallman '75, judge, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Anthony Williams '73, former mayor, Washington, D.C.


Dennis Awtrey '70, former professional basketball player, Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Portland Trailblazers

Mehdi Ballouchy '07, professional soccer player, Real Salt Lake

Bryan Barker '86, former professional football player, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville, and Washington Redskins.

Bruce Bochte '72, former professional baseball player and all-star, California Angels, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics

Paul Bravo '93, currently with the Colorado Rapids, former assistant coach, Los Angeles Galaxy

Joe Cannon '98, professional soccer player, San Jose Earthquakes; Two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award Winner

Mike Carey '71, NFL Official, first African-American Superbowl Referee (2008)

Brandi Chastain '91, current player FC Gold Pride Women's Soccer, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Olympic silver medalist (women’s soccer), former professional soccer player (San Jose CyberRays), World Cup Player, and US National Team Player, broadcaster with ABC/ESPN, author of It’s Not About the Bra

Ryan Cochrane '05, professional soccer player, Houston Dynamo, formerly with the San Jose Earthquakes

Doug Cosbie '79, former professional football player and three-time pro bowler, Dallas Cowboys

Steve Cronin '05, professional soccer player, Portland Timbers, formerly with Los Angeles Galaxy

Janet Culp '04, U.S. synchronized swimming team 2008 Olympics

Marian Dalmy '07, member of the U.S. National Women's Soccer Team

Eric Denton '00, former professional soccer player, Colorado Rapids

Bill Duffy '82, professional sports agent, top ten most influential minorities in sports (Sports Illustrated)

Brent Jones '85, former professional football player, San Francisco 49ers, former NFL analyst for The NFL Today and CBS

Bob LaMonte '68, agent for NFL head coaches and author of Winning the NFL Way, Leadership Lessons from Some of the NFL's Top Head Coaches

Matthew Madigan '93, U.S. women's crew coach 2008 Olympics

Terence P. Malley '76, former offensive coordinator San Jose Sabercats Arena Football League

Mary McConnelong '93, U.S. mountain biking team 2008 Olympics

Mike McFarlane '86, former professional baseball player, Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, former ESPN analyst, local broadcaster

Bill McPherson '54, former assistant head coach, San Francisco 49ers

Steve Nash '96, professional basketball player, Phoenix Suns, two-time NBA MVP, Captain Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team

Leslie Osborne '04, current player on the FC Gold Pride Women's Soccer, member of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team

Dan Pastorini '71, former professional football player and Pro Bowler, Houston Oilers

Kurt Rambis '80, Head Coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, former assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, professional basketball player, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns,

Cameron Rast '92, head coach, SCU Men’s Soccer, captain/Olympic gold medalist (men’s soccer)

Stephen C. Schott '60, former owner, Oakland Athletics

Danielle Slaton '02, Olympic silver medalist (women’s soccer)

Aly Wagner '02, current player on the LA Sol Women's Soccer, Olympic gold medalist (women’s soccer), member of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team

Jamil Walker '04, professional soccer player, DC United

Randy Winn '96, professional baseball player, San Francisco Giants


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