Alumni Profiles

Our alumni are thriving in fields as diverse as the arts & stars, math & music, chemistry & cinema, economics & English. Knowing that we provided the foundation for these doctors of pharmacy and mathematics, data scientists and policymakers, leaders in tech and social justice, is the inspiration that drives our work each and every day. We couldn't be prouder of our L&S Aggies as they achieve, lead and exceed our wildest expectations. 

Danielle (Chatterton) Czelusta face with big smile

Danielle (Chatterton) Czelusta

Danielle (Chatterton) Czelusta, B.A., communications, ’08

Danielle appreciates the multidisciplinary communications program at UC Davis and her time as a UC Davis Medical Center patient as both prepared her for a flourishing health care philanthropy career.

José Quiñonez

José Quiñonez

José Quiñonez, B.A., Chicano/a studies, ’94

“I wanted to bring my story out of my immigrant experience to tell a different narrative about who we are as a people and what we want to do in this country.” José credits his time at UC Davis with the beginning of figuring out how he would enact real change.

Darryl Goss

Darryl Goss

Darryl Goss, B.A., African American studies, ’83

Darryl says it was at UC Davis where he gained the basic principles that have driven his career as a nontechnical leader in the very technical field of high-tech manufacturing.

Gabby Nepomuceno

Gabby Nepomuceno

Gabby Nepomuceno, Chemistry, '15

Gabby is now using her science background to help translate information to policymakers. Thanks to Gabby's skill, legislators are able to quickly grasp technically challenging issues and then find creative ways to solve problems for everything from healthcare and water quality to education.

Jennifer Pugh

Jennifer Pugh

2010 English

Jennifer’s studies at UC Davis refined her storytelling and writing skills – ones she now utilizes every day working for a tech start-up in San Francisco. Next stop for Jennifer: a master’s degree in British literature.

Tim McCarthy

Tim McCarthy

International Relations, Economics '73

Tim knows the value of a liberal arts perspective from his own education, as well as his forty-two years in financial services - including stints as president of Charles Schwab and Nikko Asset Management. 

Portrait photo of Will Marks

Will Marks

Will Marks, Economics, ’88

As a longtime equities researcher, Will found he often drew upon his education from UC Davis when he became the go-to source for business reporters and Wall Street investors in the hotel and ski resort industries.

Paty Millan

Paty Millan

Paty Millan, Statistics and Mathematics, '09

As a senior data scientist for Nielsen, now leading their Mobile Performance Product in San Francisco, Patricia Millán often relies on her UC Davis training in mathematics and statistics.

Winnie Wong

Winnie Wong

Winnie Wong, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, '15

Winnie is in the doctor of pharmacy program at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy in Elk Grove; she says her years majoring in pharmaceutical chemistry at UC Davis prepared her perfectly her for her post-grad passion.

John Bikoba

John Bikoba

John Bikoba, Earth and Planetary Sciences, '15

John’s graduate experience at Davis was vastly different from his undergraduate studies, where computers were only available in slow-connection Internet cafés requiring payments for access.

Gwen McKinley

Gwen McKinley

Gwen McKinely, Mathematics, '15

Gwen is hard at work in a mathematics doctoral program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge; she says her studies at UC Davis well-prepared her to continue her education on the other coast.

Portrait photo of James Rizzo

James Rizzo

James Rizzo, Political Science, ’15

An associate in an early career leadership program at software firm Intuit, James is considering a career in strategy consulting for the public sector. He says an early sociology class at UC Davis helped get him there.