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! Fill out the Alumni Spotlight Nomination form (PDF, 225 KB) and email it to

Stephanie Couch, Ph.D. ‘12, has led the Lemeleson-MIT Program as Executive Director since 2016 and has more than a decade of experience in STEM education policy, research, development and strategic fundraising.
Rochelle Farnum '12 graduated from UCSB in three years, with a degree in Communication and an Exercise and Sports Studies Certificate. She now works for LA28, the Organizing Committee for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Diosa Femme ‘15 is an activist and freelance writer, but what really put her on the map was Locatura Radio, her podcast that she has co-hosted and produced since 2016.
Carly Thomsen ’14 was the first person to receive a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is an interdisciplinary scholar, interested in ideas that have become taken-for-granted by self-identified liberals, progressives, and leftists.
Brent Linas ‘07 is sharing how the diversity of UCSB helped him land opportunities in a variety of fields, and how his time in Greek Life impacted his ability to flourish in the professional world.
Dr. Sarah Kriz is a lead cognitive psychologist at The MITRE Corporation, where she specializes in program evaluation, large-scale study design, survey research, and project management.