Alumni Spotlights feature outstanding UC Santa Barbara alumni succeeding in their careers, proud of their Gaucho heritage.

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K.C. Mmeje ‘02, moderator for the Meaningful Mentorship panel during the Gaucho Professionals Expo, shares his thoughts on the power of the mentor/mentee relationship.
Sharon Tettegah Ph.D. '00, is the Director of UCSB's Center for Black Studies Research, a faculty member in the Department of Black Studies, and the Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Annalyn Cruz ‘00 is this year's Gaucho Professionals Expo Keynote Speaker. Annalyn is an independent Leadership and Executive coach, whose passion is to help others pursue their career freedom and achieve the lives they truly crave.
Emily Landsman ‘05 studied art studio, photography, and digital media at UC Santa Barbara. She took this education plus her year in quarantine to create her own shoe brand, Della Terra Shoes.
Brandon Hugueley ‘12 helps groups disproportionately affected by sexual diseases including persons living with HIV, the LGBTQ community, and those who inject drugs.
Marlenee Blas Pedral ‘12 will be representing UC’s 285,000 students as a voting member of the Board of Regents. She is ready to create change for the UC system.