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

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Ari Phillips ‘06 began his academic journey at UC Santa Barbara with a plan to study physics, but soon discovered his true passion lay elsewhere. Today, he channels his passion for writing and environmental issues as an environmentally-focused editor and novelist.
Aaron Howard is a local photographer responsible for creating Isla Vista Seasons, a coffee table book that captures the essence of our beloved coastal college town.
Jessica Armstrong ‘02 always had a passion for fashion, majoring in Art Studio and Art History during her time at UC Santa Barbara. After living in San Francisco and New York City post-grad, she jumped into the Los Angeles fashion industry and now works as a freelance stylist for brands and individuals.
During her time at UC Santa Barbara, Tawni Koutchesfahani ‘04 found her most rewarding academic experiences through engagement with tough professors who pushed her academically. Years later, Tawni has employed her learned patience and problem-solving skills in her leadership role as the Head of Cell Therapy Manufacturing and Supply Chain at Nkarta.
Brandon Johnson ‘13 spent most of his time at UCSB studying Computer Science, pivoting to Mathematics during his fourth year. To push himself academically, Brandon continued his education at USC for a Masters in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs. It was an elective on career development that sparked his passion for career coaching.
Bridget Kyeremateng utilizes her double major degree of Black and Feminist Studies as the senior manager for inclusive marketing for Twitch, a popular live streaming social app. At the time, she could have never imagined such a role, let alone the way in which it has pushed her creativity and work ethic to be recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 2024 list.