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

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Valerie Jenness, Ph.D. ‘91 continues her work for the University of California as a senior leader at UC Irvine. Valerie is now the Acting Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Institutional Research at the University of California, Irvine.
This July Michael Citron ‘10 begins his two-year presidential term for the UCSB Alumni Board. Read about his work with the UCSB Alumni Association Board of Directors and what inspires him to volunteer.
Alperan Koliva ‘20 graduated only a year ago, and has already navigated his way into a profession he finds engaging. How did he do it during a year of global chaos?
Alfredo Del Cid ‘11 promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion for organizations across the country. As the Head of Learning and Development for Collective, they help make the workplace a better place for all.
American geographer and oceanographer Dr. Dawn Wright Ph.D. '94 (Physical Geography and Marine Geology) has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the US National Academy of Sciences.
Dance has always been the way Jessica Chen understood her place in society. Through her work as a dancer and choreographer, Jessica Chen ‘06 shifts painful reality into greater social awareness through the art of dance.

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