Alumni Spotlights

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

Nominate your fellow Gauchos for the Alumni Spotlight series! Contact Natalie Wong or fill out the Alumni Spotlight Nomination form (PDF, 225 KB) and email it to

Traveler, teacher, matriarch, social activist, survivor—nonagenarian Harriett Beu Hankins came home to UCSB and found a wealth of new educational opportunities.
Shelley Iocona ’98 found computer science “intriguing yet intimidating.” Then she turned the industry on its axis.
Gina Fischer `07 works every day to improve women’s lives.
From Procter & Gamble to Clorox to Peet’s Coffee, master marketer Eric Lauterbach BA ’89 advises business professionals to listen to strangers, do the math, and create the space to try and to fail.
Turning his family business into a social enterprise, Erin Fish, B.A. ’98 wants to insure the future of the planet.
Helios Interactive Technologies co-founder Michael Schaiman BA '98 kicks off Silicon Valley Gaucho Networking Night with a talk at the University Club of Palo Alto on December 4, 2018