About Us

UCLA Luskin Public Policy alumni are making an impact in their communities every day. Our alumni network continues to grow and spans the nation. From the fight against climate change to sustainable products at Nike, our alumni are today’s leaders. We recognize our alumni below for their commitment to change.

And our current MPP students are already making a difference at UCLA. Through the generosity of our alumni, the MPP Alumni Council recognizes the students below for demonstrating leadership and service to the community. Help support our students by clicking here.

MPP Alumni of the Year

Alumni of the Year awards honor members of the alumni community who have been impactful through community service, public service, University service and/or professional achievement. By recognizing alumni, the award hopes to inspire leaders and change agents who advance solutions to society’s most-pressing problems.

2020
Max Gomberg

Climate and Conservation Manager,
State Water Resources Control Board

2019
Nelson Esparza

City Council Member,
City of Fresno, California

2018
Jaime Nack

President,
Three Squares Inc.
Founder,
Women in Green Forum

2017
Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed

Campaign Strategist,
18MillionRising.org
Co-Host,
#GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast

2016
Chuck Gatchell

VP/GM Olympics & Athletes,
Nike, Inc.

2015
Nurit Katz

Chief Sustainability Officer,
UCLA

2014
Nathalie Rayes

President and CEO,
Latino Victory

2013
Rusty Bailey

Mayor,
City of Riverside, California

2012
Kathryn Phillips

Director,
Sierra Club California

2011
Greg Spotts

Assistant Director and Chief Sustainability Officer,
Bureau of Street Services at City of Los Angeles

2010
Manan Trivedi

President,
National Physicians Alliance
Chief Medical Officer,
Clinovations Government + Health

2009
Celeste Drake

Executive in Charge of Government Affairs,
Directors Guild of America

2008
Jennifer White

Consultant,
Jen White Consulting

2007
Andrew Von Ah

Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues,
U.S. Government Accountability Office

2006
Veronica Melvin

President and CEO,
LA Promise Fund

2005
Emily C. Williams

Senior Policy Deputy,
Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas,

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

2004
Mary Kohav

Vice President of Community Engagement Programs,
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

2003
Dylan Presman

Budget Director for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

MPP Alumni Fellowship Recipients

Through their generous support, each year the MPP alumni award a $5,000 fellowship to two or more second year MPP students. Students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and service are nominated by their fellow classmates. The MPP Alumni Council in consultation with the Public Policy Department selects the finalists from all the nominees. Below are the current and former MPP Alumni Fellowship recipients.

2020
Courtney B. Taylor

Master of Public Policy Candidate,
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

2020
Jason Ballou

Master of Public Policy Candidate,
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

2019
Devon Schechinger

Graduate Research Assistant,
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

2019
Irma Castañeda

Master of Public Policy Candidate,
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

2018
Erica Webster

Program Manager,
Los Angeles County Office of Diversion Reentry

2018
Caio Velasco

Ph.D. Student in Economics,
Tilburg University (Netherlands)

2018
Gabriela Solis

Government Innovation Fellow,
Harvard Kennedy School

2018
Robert Gamboa

Senior Policy Analyst,
Los Angeles LGBT Center

2018
Marissa Ayala

Policy Fellow,
Los Angeles County Women and Girls Initiative

2017
Estefania Zavala

Project Lead for Digital Engagement,
City of Long Beach

2017
Ramandeep Kaur

Management Fellow,
City of Santa Monica

2016
JC De Vera

Associate Director,
Hirsch & Associates, LLC

2016
Delara Aharpour

Human Services Research Analyst,
Mathematica

2015
Kelsey Mulcahy

Research Program Manager,
Facebook

2015
Tae Kang

Program Manager,
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools

2014
Jonathan Slakey

Senior Data Analyst,
California Charter Schools Association

2014
Begoña Guereca

Software Engineer,
Microsoft

2013
Vernessa Shih

Story Bank Director,
Center for American Progress

2013
Janine N’jie David

Deputy Director,
Global Lab for Research in Action

Where Our Alumni Are

TBA – Stay tuned as we input alumni data on the map so that you can see where MPP alumni are currently working.

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Contact Us

We would love to hear from you! Please email uclapubpolinfo@gmail.com if you have any exciting career updates, internship opportunities, have a prospective student in mind, etc …

You may also contact Luskin’s Associate Director of Development, Laura Scarano, with any updates or ideas.

Laura Scarano
Associate Director of Development
lscarano@luskin.ucla.edu
(310) 794-2174