Diana Campos at commencement

Alumni Notes

What do HSU political science alumni do? They work for – and start-up – non-profit groups that tackle social, environmental, and cultural challenges. They lead state and local governmental agencies. They join the Peace Corps. They succeed in outstanding graduate and law schools. They teach high school. They become college professors and administrators. They staff Congressional and the State Legislative offices. They become leaders in international organizations. They practice law. They establish businesses and consulting firms. They manage political campaigns. They get elected to public office. They remain active and engaged citizens who make their communities and our world a better place.

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Recent Alumni Updates

Rocio Avila, 2016

Rocio Avila, 2016 Politics, started working with Humboldt County’s North Coast Rape Crisis Team as an advocate for survivors.

Manolo Platin Morales, 2005

Manolo Platin Morales, 2005 Politics, recently began a new job. Morales is the vice president for State Government & Industry Affairs with Chubb North America

Benjamin J. Wocken, 2007

Benjamin J. Wocken, 2007 Politics, is currently serving as a Broadcast Journalist with the American Forces Network Europe Headquarters at Sembach, Germany, with the U.S. Air Force. His duties include traveling throughout the European military theater, writing, filming, editing, and producing military news and Command Information media pieces for the American Forces Network television and internet audiences. Wocken was recently named to the Dean’s List during his studies in the Master of Public Affairs program, through the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Katrina "Katie" S. Hagen Radlick, 1994

Katrina “Katie” S. Hagen Radlick, 1994, Politics and French, was appointed by Gov. Brown as the Chief Deputy Director of Operations at the state Dept. of Human Resources in March. Prior to this appointment, Radlick served as the Chief of Human Resources at CalPERS, the California Public Employee Retirement System. She is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of San Francisco teaching Human Resource Administration

Carleigh Kude, 2005

Carleigh Kude, 2005, Politics, has been working in advocacy, accessibility and ADA compliance since leaving HSU. Kude earned an Masters of Public Administration from CSU Long Beach in 2014 and was honored to be named on the Dean’s List of Arts and Humanities Scholars. She is currently working at Holy Names University, a diverse, public-service and social justice-oriented private University in Oakland, Calif.

Brynn E. Demei, 2006

Brynn E. Demei, 2006 Politics, now lives in her home country, the beautiful island of the Republic of Palau, where she work as a Commercial Loan Analyst for National Development Bank of Palau (NDBP). Demei will pursue her master’s degree in Public Administration next year, through University of San Diego’s graduate cohort program, while she lives and works in Palau.

Jed Haley-Brooks D'Abravanel, 2007

Jed Haley-Brooks D’Abravanel, 2007, Politics, is currently attending law school at American University.

Anthony Medrano, 2000

Anthony Medrano, 2000 Politics, worked at Ohio University for a few years and moved back to Hawaii before finally settling down near Lake Mendota, Wis., where he is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently, Medrano is several miles away in Malaysian Borneo, conducting dissertation research as a Fulbright fellow. Medrano’s interest in the social history of oceans stems from his formative years at Humboldt and its intellectual ecology.

Heather Frambach, 2009

Heather is currently an urban agriculture planner at the City of Austin, Texas, the Community Outreach Manager for a small East Austin farmers market, and an organizing fellow with Real Food Challenge, a national campaign that organizers for more local and sustainable food on college campuses. She completed her master’s degree in Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012.

Rashad Thomas, 2006

Rashad Thomas c/o 2006 and Imelda Fernandez c/o 2005 had their first child together. A baby girl by the name of Amira Thomas-Fernandaz.

2000’s

April Armstrong (2003) started Paihama.com to provide an ecological solution to save New Zealand’s native forests and birds, while selling warm, comfortable socks.

Christopher Andriessen (2007) is a Customer Service Representative for PuzzleZoo, a subsidiary of ToyZoo.com. His previous occupations include Social Media Coordinator for Jandra, Inc. and Field Producer for KCOY/KKFX.

Joey Apodaca (2007) is a field representative in the Los Angeles office of Member of Congress Rep. Ted Lieu.

Jana Ashbrook (2003) is an Administrative Support Assistant in the English and Sociology departments at Humboldt State University. She also volunteers as a Queer Ally Training Program Facilitator at HSU.

David Backues (2007) is a real estate agent in Redding, CA.

Russell Baldridge (2007) is an Assistant Manager at St. Helena Cyclery, located in Napa Valley.

Michael Bezanson (2001) is an analyst for the State of Washington’s Government Management Accountability and Performance (GMAP) program.

Ethan Bergerson (2008) is a communications consultant for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Deepa Bhandaru (2003) completed a Ph.D. in political theory at the University of Washington-Seattle.

Kaitlin Borstelmann (2008) has been working in the renewable energy industry. She has been a project and operation manager for a solar integrator (a company that pulls together all the designs, permits, solar modules, installers and state rebate paperwork for clients), overseeing both in-house employees and operations as well as managing solar installations in the field. She is currently planning to pursue an MBA with an emphasis on sustainability.

Rhianna Brandt (2000) is a fine wine sales representative in Dunedin, Florida.

Luke Brownfield (2004) earned his J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law and is now Assistant District Attorney in Humboldt County.

Justin E. Buffington (2002) is a partner at the law firm of Rains Lucia Stern, P.C., which specializes in representing peace officers in civil, criminal and administrative matters. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Napa Valley College, where he teaches introductory courses on criminal procedure and evidence.

Gordon Bussell (2006) is a cultural worker, linguist, and consultant on the revival of tribal languages, including the Mattole, Hupa, Bear River, and Wailaki languages. He is a master speaker and board member of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS).

Ellie Cachette (2006) works as a Mobile Software Designer for a company called Cachette Group, located in the San Francisco Bay area. Previously, she was the VP of Corporate Development and Product Marketing for Koombea, a mobile and web design development agency headquartered in New York City, NY.

Joel Calland (2002) is a Business Analyst at Golden1 Credit Union in Sacramento, CA. Previously he was a Knowledge Base Administrator for Sony Online Entertainment.

Ian Caliendo (2006) works in Government Relations for PG&E in Eureka.

Jake Campbell (2006) is an Assistant Director of Admissions at Claremont Graduate University.

Diana Campos (2008) will pursue an MFA in photography at the Pratt Institute in New York City. She writes that “I’m really glad that I am graduating with a Political Science degree instead of the obvious Art degree. As a Poli Sci major, I think I leave with a better understanding of the world I’m entering, not to mention a better understanding of what I photograph.”

Jackie Carey (2005) has been a Realty Agent since late 1999 and now owns her own business named CareyHome Realty.

Dave Carolan (2001) is a Designer for a marketing company known as Celebrity Expert Marketing. His previous experience includes work in Graphic Design and he was an Assistant Manager for Brooks Brothers, a high-profile clothing manufacturer based in New York.

James Corcoran (2005) is a High School teacher who recently transferred to Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, CA, from Gilroy Early College Academy.

Brynn E. Demei (2006) now lives in her home country, the beautiful island of the Republic of Palau, where she works as a Commercial Loan Analyst for National Development Bank of Palau (NDBP). Demei will pursue her master’s degree in Public Administration, through University of San Diego’s graduate cohort program, while she lives and works in Palau.

Brian Dennert (2001) teaches high school history at Royal High School in Simi Valley. He blogs about Ventura County politics here: http://dennert.blogs.vcstar.com/.

Steven Dimon (2008) is a brand and beverage promoter in Fresno, CA, as well as a self-employed entertainer and live event producer.

Charles Douglas (2001) is an Audio/Visual Technician at Southern Oregon University. Prior to his current occupation, Charles was a publisher for the Humboldt Sentinel, an online news publication site he created in May 2005. He has also been on the Board of Directors for ACLU of Northern California.

Gentjan Droboniku (2006) completed his master’s in public policy from USC. He is a researcher for the California Public Employee Retirement System.

Adam Edgar (2004) teaches English as a Second Language at the Beverly Hills Adult School. He has also taught ESL in Belgium, Spain, and Japan and is an actor in film and theatre.

Ryan Emenaker (2001) is a professor of Political Science at College of the Redwoods. He completed an MA in Social Science at HSU and an MA in Government from Johns Hopkins University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. SCOTUSblog, the premier news and research site on the Supreme Court, has featured his research on Court-Congress relations and also published his article on why the Supreme Court should uphold the Voting Rights Act. His writings have appeared in the Journal of Legal Metrics, PS: Political Science, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, the Journal of Political Science Education and the Encyclopedia of American Governance.

Amber Felix (2005) is a paralegal assistant for Gipson Hoffman & Pancione, based in Los Angeles.

Luke Ferrari (2009) is an Associate Territory Manager for InMode Aesthetic Solutions, a company that offers radio-frequency-based and laser technologies for aesthetic procedures.

Elizabeth Foster (2002) is an Office Manager for The Mellman Group, a political organization that provides opinion research and polling data to political leaders, Fortune 500 businesses, and public interest groups.

Brendon Fisher (2008) was a field director and deputy campaign manager for Robert Hamilton’s congressional campaign in CA-49. After the November 2008 election, he planned to serve as field director for a ballot initiative to make instant run-off voting a reality in California.

Heather Frambach (2009) is currently a Sourcing Manager for Blue Apron, but she has also had extensive background experience as an Urban Agriculture Planner for the City of Austin, Texas, the Community Outreach Manager for a small East Austin farmers market, and as an Organizing Fellow with Real Food Challenge; a national campaign that organizers for more local and sustainable food on college campuses. After graduating from HSU in 2009, she continued on to the University of Texas at Austin, where she obtained an MS in Community & Regional Planning in 2012.

Karen Gardner (2005) is a Development Director at Food For Thought (Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank). She leads a three-person team that conducts development and strategic planning. Prior to her current employment, she was a coordinator for educational services for the Tuolumne River Trust, The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Chabot Elementary School in Oakland, CA, and Americorps’ Watershed Stewards Project.

Caitlin Gill (2004) is a stand-up comic. She has performed for Flophouse on Viceland, at the Oddball Comedy Tour, the Outside Lands Festival, SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and in some of the best comedy clubs in the nation. Her writing has been featured on Hidden America with Jonah Ray, the series Take My Wife and in The New York Times. She was voted Best Comedian in the East Bay Express “Best Of” Edition in 2013.

Jocelyn Godinho (2006) continued her education at the University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law, where she would receive her J.D. in 2010. During this time, she studied abroad in Austria under the guidance of Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. She now works as an Associate Attorney for a local law office in the city of Eureka.

Trevor Grant (2009) currently works as a Laborer at Aerotek, a staffing and recruiting agency. He was previously a Financial Controller for the Hope For Life Foundation, as well as an Executive Administration Assistant for Los Angeles World Airports.

Harmony Groves (2004) is an attorney in the Sacramento area. She earned her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law – San Francisco, CA.

Bryan M. Grundon (2002) runs a law firm specializing in commercial civil litigation. He is also coaching high school football in San Diego. He received his J.D. from University of San Diego in 2005.

Luiz Guevara (2004) moved to San Francisco after graduating from HSU, where he then pursued a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in Non-Profit Management. After obtaining his Master’s, Luiz went on to become an Administrative Coordinator and Interim Director of Finances at California Tomorrow. Currently, he is a case manager for the Instituto Familiar de la Raza in San Francisco.

Jed Haley-Brooks D’Abravanel (2007) earned his J.D. at American University. He served in the Peace Corps in Morocco.

Jason Hall (2001) is a professional linguist, offering his services to individuals requiring translation in legal, financial, pharmaceutical, and clinical research on jjhall.net.

Chad Harris (2002) is a Marketing Services Manager for Covey Communications, an organization that publishes nationally distributed magazines to specifically targeted markets.

Kyle Hendry (2006) works as a Dispatcher and Flight Coordinator at Solairus Aviation. He oversees each flight and ensures that they meet FAA 135 regulations for legal crew, aircraft, and trip specifications.

Charles Hodges (2000) is a Test Engineer for Google.

Elaine Hogan (2007) is currently a Senior Health Education Specialist for the Humboldt County Department of Public Health. Her previous experience includes volunteering with the Peace Corps (Honduras) and working as a Maternal and Child Health Educator and as a Bilingual Family Service Specialist at Northcoast Children’s Services.

Randy Hooper (2004) held the position of Planner from 2004-2014 in the Del Norte County Planning Division, where he worked on various land use and planning projects occurring in Del Norte County. Currently he serves as the Assistant Director of the Community Development Department, which oversees the County Building Inspection, Planning, Engineering & Surveying, Roads, Code Enforcement, and Environmental Health Departments. He is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of San Francisco. Randy lives in Crescent City with his wife and two children.

Jon Hopkins (2003) is the Director and Co-Founder of PhillyEarth, a company that provides environmental education to communities regarding appropriate technologies and environmental sustainability.

Margot Hottmann (2007) is a Clinical Trials Manager – HIV with Gilead Sciences in the Bay Area. She currently is global manager for three ongoing studies for adults who are HIV positive in Europe and North America.

Sterling Israel (2005) earned her MS in Arts Management at the University of Oregon in 2007 and went on to become an art instructor at a number of educational institutions, including Merritt Prep to College and Vallejo Charter School. She is also the owner of Sterling|Designs, a company that hosts public and private art instruction and produces murals, illustrations, and portraits.

Tamira Jones (2002) earned her MA from the Environment & Community Program at HSU in 2003 and has since held a number of positions relating to environmental policy at organizations such as the Portland Environmental Protection Association and TransForm. She currently holds the title of Senior Program Associate at the Earth Island Institute, working as a public funding specialist.

Laura Kerr (2001) is the General Manager for the Sacramento region of the Charter Schools Association. Previously, she was the Director of Governmental Affairs for the California State Student Association.

Preston King (2009) is a Business Development Manager for Experts Exchange, an organization that provides technical solutions to growing businesses and located in San Louis Obispo, CA.

Gretchen Kinney Newsom (2004) is a community leader and advocate of working families. She is the Political Director and Organizer for IBEW Local 569 – the electrician’s union – in the Greater San Diego Area; an appointed member of the California Employment Training Panel; and President of the Ocean Beach Town Council. Gretchen was previously Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a bipartisan commission tasked with examining the causes of the financial crisis and to report their findings to the Congress, the President, and the American people. She was centrally involved in producing the Commission’s final report, which became a New York Times and Washington Post best seller – it was hailed as “the most comprehensive indictment of the American financial failure that has yet been made” and “the definitive history of this period.” She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Humboldt State University, served two terms as President of the HSU Associated Students, and was awarded with the “Woman of the Year” honor. Gretchen is also a graduate of the prestigious California State Executive Fellowship Program.

Here is an article that sums up the work of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission she worked for:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/03/business/03nocera.html?ref=financial_crisis_inquiry_commission

Kyle Knopp (2005) is the current City Manager for Rio Dell, California. He earned his MPA in 2009 from Sonoma State and became a credentialed Senior Executive through the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Institute for Excellence in 2013. Knopp is the former Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the County of Mendocino, where he was recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) and secured the County’s first budget awards from GFOA and the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO).

Carleigh Kude (2005) has been working in advocacy, accessibility and ADA compliance since leaving HSU. Kude earned a Master of Public Administration from CSU Long Beach in 2014. Carleigh is currently employed by Stanford University as a Disability Adviser.

Todd Lake (2004) was the campaign manager for Humboldt County Third District Supervisor Candidate Brian Plumley.

Ben Logan (2005) is a Rope Access Supervisor at Mistras Ropeworks in Bishop, CA.

Mason Long (2007) is the Information Technology Services Liaison for the College of Natural Resources & Sciences at Humboldt State University. He also supports campus computer labs, scientific instrument computers, and Linux computer labs throughout CNRS.

Ross Mack (2005) is a Fund Operations Associate for Aequitas Capital Management, an investment management firm located near Portland, OR. He has had prior experience in the banking industry at Umpqua Bank.

Leith Mahoney-Maver (2008) is a Marketing Coordinator at Celerity Consulting Group, an organization that helps companies resolve their litigation, risk, and compliance issues.

Amy Maloon (2000) is a Secretary at the Hayward Airport. Previously she was a Kitchen Assistant at Sur La Table and a Bakery Clerk at Safeway.

Katie Mantz (2005) went on to continue her education at Pennsylvania State University, where she obtained a B.S. in Forensic Science. She is now a Course Assistant for Criminalistics: Trace and Impression Evidence.

Bryan Maroney (2001) is an attorney for Davis Arneil Law Firm. He received a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Willamette University.

Frances Marvel (2004) is a New Group Build Director at Vistage International. Her company assembles private advisory boards for CEOs and executives in order to improve business performance. She was previously a part of the faculty at Ashford University.

Matthew McGee (2001) received his Masters of Social Welfare, concentration in Management and Planning, at UC Berkeley. He is employed with the County of Marin as a Deputy Probation Officer in the Juvenile Division.

Anthony Medrano (2000) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently, Medrano is several miles away in Malaysian Borneo, conducting dissertation research as a Fulbright fellow. Medrano’s interest in the social history of oceans stems from his formative years at Humboldt and its intellectual ecology. Previously, he was the assistant director of Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University. He earned an MA in Southeast Asian Studies in 2007 and an MA in Political Science in 2003, both from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Anthony worked in the Philippines from 2003-2005 as a Development Officer with the Synergia Foundation and has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia.

Beckie Menten (2007) works as the Director of Customer Programs for MCE, a community choice aggregator in Northern California. She is currently working on programs to increase the energy performance of residential and commercial properties and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. She has been previously employed at the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, and with the City of Arcata. She is also a former Co-Director at the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology and received a prestigious Switzer Foundation Fellowship for her work in the M.S. program in Energy, Environment, and Society at HSU.

Kasio Kembo Mida Jr. (2000) is an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, for the Federated States of Micronesia. He graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he was elected Managing Editor of the school’s Law Review.

Brandon Minow (2006) is a Systems Administrator and IT Professional for the 1901 Group. He manages servers and complex computer networks while providing desktop support for a number of clients.

Brady Molter (2001) is a Sales Executive at Procede Software, a leading developer of Database Management Software based in San Diego.

Lewis Morales (2006) is currently a hospitality clerk at La Boulange Café & Bakery, located in San Francisco. He was previously a Graduate Assistant Teacher at San Francisco State University, and has had experience as a Teller for Bank of America.

Paul Moss (2007) pursued his M.A. degree in the Environment and Community graduate program at HSU.

Amin Nasouf (2007) is a Solutions Specialist for Verizon Wireless. Previously he was an Administrative Assistant at Affordable Animal Hospitals, and a Supervisor at Ayres Hotels of Southern California.

Cassidy Nichols (2005) is a Rooms Division Manager for Delaware North.

Andrew Oberst (2006) is a Litigation Support Specialist at McNamara Law Firm, a civil litigation defense firm based in the Bay Area.

Timothy (Tim) Overton (2001) attended J Reuben Clark Law School (BYU) and is now an attorney and partner in the Phoenix office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

Greg Paoli (2007) is currently a Strategic Project Management Intern for Boys & Girls Club, Inc. He has previously had experience as a staff member in the Eureka district office for State Assembly member Patty Berg, and as a Business Operations Manager for Golden Omega, LLC.

Shannon Patrick (2008) is a Retail Sales Consultant with AT&T Mobility.

Miranda Perry (2008) interned for League of Women Voters of Humboldt County during her last year of college at HSU. The experience sparked her interest in the organization and allowed her to begin work at the state level, where she held the title of Executive Administrator and Third Vice President for the League of Women Voters of California. After becoming a volunteer literacy tutor for Reading Partners for a number of years, she currently works as an Assistant Administrator for the National Center for Youth Law.

Manolo Platin (2005) was appointed by the Governor as special assistant and legislative analyst for the Office of the Insurance Advisor in January 2007. In the time since, he has been a Legislative Advocate for both Blue Shield and the Personal Insurance Federation of California.

Catherine Recinos (2009) received her J.D. with a specialization in Public Interest law and Policy from UCLA School of Law. She is currently serving as a Public Interest Legal Fellow at the Los Angeles Black Workers Center. During law school, Catherine clerked at the California Teachers Association and at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in their Employment Rights Project. She also served as the Vice President for the Native American Law Student Association and as the Chief Managing Editor of the Indigenous Peoples Journal of Law, Culture, and Resistance. In addition, Catherine participated in the UCLA Law Tribal Legal Development Clinic, during which she helped develop criminal code for the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

Terra Rentz (2008) is a Program Coordinator at the Roosevelt Wild Life Station, with the goal of preserving the world’s most imperiled wildlife species. She has had a number of career positions relating to government and wildlife policy, and was a Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Grace Napolitano in 2008.

Mathew Savage (2002) works as a GIS Developer for CH2M HILL. He resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Melissa Scolari (2002) is a deputy legislative counsel for the State of California. She focuses on issues relating to natural resources, education, wildlife and agriculture, harbors and navigation, hazardous materials, and public safety. Prior to becoming a deputy legislative counsel, Melissa was the Senior Legislative Aide for Assemblywoman Carol Liu, where she managed various projects pertaining to women and children, the environment, water quality and privacy. She was the Panetta intern in Washington D.C. in 2001.

Jessica Shadian (2000) is a Senior Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, an institution based in Toronto, Canada that promotes the history of international relations since the end of the Second World War.

Delia Sharpe (2001) is Directing Attorney in California Indian Legal Services’ Eureka office. She received her J.D. from the New College of California School of Law. During law school, she also interned at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

Kristan Simpson (2001) received a second bachelor’s degree in Nursing from SJSU and works as an ICU nurse in San Francisco. She plans to pursue a master’s degree with a focus on health care policy.

Jeremy Smith (2004) is a Board Member at Virtus, LLC, an insurance brokerage and consulting firm. His previous job experience involves investment management and real estate consulting.

Kristin Snookal (nee Peters) (2003) is a World History teacher at Fairfax County Public Schools in Reston, Virginia. Previously she was a teacher for the Charles County Board of Education and a Behavior Specialist for Behavior Keys.

Natalie Soder (2004) received an M.A. in Sociology from HSU in 2008. Her thesis, “Community Currency: An Approach to Economic Sustainability in our Local Bioregion,” was published in the International Journal of Community Currency Research. She is currently a Social Worker for the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services.

Hale Soyster (2007) is now a Student Advisor for Ashford University. Previously he was a Service Associate for OppenheimerFunds, as well as a Supervisor at Telefund.

Jack States (2008) is a Restoration Project Specialist at Save the Bay.

Steven Steward (2002) is a policy associate for the American Public Human Services Association, representing state welfare administrators to Congress and the Administration. Previously, he worked for the Office of Congressmember Brad Sherman. He earned his J.D. at Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Erika Stowe-Madison (2008) works in Advertising Sales for Edible Ojai & Ventura County, a food and health magazine which covers changes in the food community of Ventura, CA. She was previously an Office Manager with Healing In America, and an Outreach Team Leader with the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project.

Erin Stredwick (2009) is a Staff Attorney at Dependency Legal Group of San Diego. She has had a history of positions as an Attorney, as well as multiple internships with Dependency Law Firms.

Craig Swaim (2001) works for Bayer as a Senior Manager of State Government Affairs. After graduating from HSU in 2000, he earned a master’s degree in political science from CSU Sacramento and then went on to become a legislative aide for a number of high-profile government officials, including Governor Schwarzenegger and Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian.

Matthew Sweeney (2004) is an Attorney with Brownstein Rask, where he focuses on litigation regarding personal injury, criminal law, and longshore and harbor workers compensation.

Devin Theobald (2004) is an analyst for the Humboldt County Department of Public Works – Natural Resources Planning Division.

Rashad Thomas (2006) joined Peace Corps Tanzania upon graduating from HSU and was a development specialist working with various health-focused NGOs. After receiving his Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley in 2011, with an emphasis on non-profit management, he moved to Uganda, where he served as the Senior Director of Uganda Village Project (UVP.org), a non-profit dedicated to the holistic improvement of rural Uganda using the Millennium Village model. He is now a Senior Business Analyst with Blue Shield of California.

Reginald Thomas (2005) is a Billing Specialist with FDSI Logistics, a Cardinal Health company.

Sean D. Thueson (2000) is an attorney with Holland and Hart in Las Vegas. He earned his J.D. from the University of Wyoming.

Arjuna Twombly (2003) is a Help Desk Manager at Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP, a law firm that provides insight to both businesses and government. Previously he held the position of Legal Technology Specialist and Human Resources Administrative Assistant for Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP.

Andrea Tyler (2005) is the Chief of Staff for inDinero, a service that assists business owners in managing their finances. She has previously had experience creating a number of business start-ups, and was an admissions advisor for students at HSU in 2006.

Jimmy D. Vigil (2004) received his J.D. from California Western School of Law. He currently manages a partnership at Vigil & Alford, LLC.

Annalise Von Borstel-Crouppen (2009) is an Assistant Manager at Provident Credit Union.

Alicia Wagner (2001) graduated with a double major in Economics. She has spent the last 10 years working for the CSU and is currently a Budget Analyst for Cal State Fullerton. Before her time with the CSU, she worked as a stay-at-home mom and as an Economic Research Analyst for the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, located in Washington, D.C.

Bryan Wagner (2005) is Director of Technical Support at Brady/TISCOR. He was also the manager of a developmental group home called Joshua House in Eureka before settling in San Diego.

Jessica Whatcott (2004) is in a PhD program for Political Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She previously held a teaching position at HSU, and was a case manager with North Coast Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Ben Wocken (2007) is currently serving as a Broadcast Journalist with the American Forces Network Europe Headquarters at Sembach, Germany, with the U.S. Air Force. His duties include traveling throughout the European military theater, writing, filming, editing, and producing military news and Command Information media pieces for the American Forces Network television and internet audiences. Wocken was recently named to the Dean’s List during his studies in the Master of Public Affairs program, through the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Stephen Wynbrandt (2003) is the founder of Wynbrandt Farms Biodynamic Compost, located in Los Angeles.

Brett Young (2004) is a Staff Assistant at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, where he oversees training and placement of reading volunteers in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms.

Erin Ziegler (2003) is currently a General Counsel for Eric Warren Goldman Consulting, LLC, where she oversees business trusts and estates. Her previous work experience includes working as an Assistant General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice, a Legislative Assistant in the Office of Congressman Steve Israel, as well as duties she performed in the Office of Congressman Mike Thompson as a Legislative Correspondent.

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