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Notable Alumni

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anthony james, erin gruwell, greg louganis, teal wicks

From left to right: Vector scientist Anthony James ’73, Ph.D ’79; The Freedom Writers Diary author Erin Gruwell ’91; Olympic diver Greg Louganis ’83; and Broadway actor Teal Wicks ’05.

΢Ƶ alumni are leaders, innovators, dreamers, mentors and game changers. Though no two Anteaters are exactly alike, our 170,000+ alumni are united in their ability to see the world differently. When graduates leave our campus, they are ready to do important work and boldly embrace their passions to make their mark. Here are just a few notable and impactful ΢Ƶ alumni who inspire and remind us of the transformational power of education.

Public Sector

, Discovery Science Foundation CEO

, Congressman

, Former Personal Aide to the President of the United States

, Irvine Chief of Police

, Orange County Community Foundation president

, Los Angeles District Attorney

, California State Senator

, California Community Colleges president

, U.S. Ambassador to Greece

, South Coast Repertory managing director

, Santa Ana Zoo director

Science and Technology

, Computer scientist and HTTP co-author

, Computer scientist and CAD/CAM inventor

, Vector biologist

, Computer scientist and internet DNS pioneer

, National Science Foundation senior advisor

, Chemist


, NFL Hall of Fame president and executive director

Aras Baskauskas, ’02, M.B.A. ’04, Television personality and entrepreneur

, Game of Thrones co-creator and showrunner

, Golden State Warriors owner

, Entrepreneur


, Major League Baseball player

, NBA head coach

Jennifer Chandler, Olympic gold medal-winning diver

Carl Cheffers ’82, NFL referee

, MLS soccer player

, NFL player

, Multiple Olympic gold medal-winning diver

, Track & field athlete

Film & Television

, TV host and producer

, TV director

, Casting director

, television/comedy writer

, Effects supervisor

, Film director

, Actor

, Visual effects producer


, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

, Freedom Writers author/educator

, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

, Best-selling crime novelist

, Best-selling novelist

, award-winning writer


, Actor

, Artist

, Actor

, Actor

, Actor

, Actor

, Actor/Comedian

, Singer-songwriter

, Pulitzer Prize-winning artist

, Actor