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

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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.
Ashley Ratcliff’s ('06) diagnosis didn’t stop her from doing what she loves and doing it with intention. Ratcliff graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Professional Writing.
As a 2021 finalist of the Paul A. Volker Career Achievement Medal, one of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, Gregory Ruiz ‘80 shares his astounding goals to preserve international marine ecology.
Luca is the Co-founder and Chief Data Scientist at Evidation Health, responsible for data analytics, research and development. At Evidation he has driven research collaborations resulting in numerous publications.