2015 Distinguished Alumni
Don. B. Huntley College of Agriculture
Teresa Becker (’07, apparel merchandising management): She has been involved in the apparel industry since 1978 and started her own business as an undergraduate. In 2006, she established Heart of Haute, a wholesale and retail e-commerce clothing business. The company, based in San Dimas with all products made in the U.S., employs 20 people and sells to more than 300 specialty boutiques around the globe. About 60 percent of her products are exported.
College of Business Administration
Marissa Andrada (’89, business administration): After leaving her mark at several industry giants, she joined Starbucks in 2010 as the as senior vice president of Partner Resources for the U.S. Retail Organization. As the senior vice president of Partner Resources for the Americas, Starbucks Coffee Co., she ensures that more than 150,000 employees unlock their full potential while growing with the company and connecting with millions of customers daily.
College of Education and Integrative StudiesMaribel Garcia (’04, administrative leadership credential): She grew up attending schools in the El Monte City School District. Now, she’s the superintendent of the district that helped educate her. She oversees a district with 15 schools, 10,500 students and more than 1,100 employees. After graduating from El Monte High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA in 2004. She returned to UCLA to earn an Ed.D. in educational leadership.
College of Engineering
Kevin Grundy (’79, bachelor’s in electrical engineering; ’82, master’s in electronic engineering): In 1986, Steve Jobs hired him (as employee No. 34) as an engineer at NeXT Computer, where he supervised the hardware design and production of several generations of personal computers during his seven-year tenure. He worked at other tech giants before becoming chief technology officer and a board member for Trusight Inc. in 2007. He is responsible for the technology direction of the company.
College of Environmental Design
Juliana Terian (’80, architecture): She founded Curran Architects and Planners in New York in 1990. After the death of her husband in 2002, she took over The Rallye Group, a luxury car dealership on Long Island. As president and CEO, she steered the company to more than $700 million in revenue in 2009 and it was the largest female-owned car dealership in North America. In 2010, she was named a TIME Magazine Dealer of the Year from Greater New York.
College of Letters, Arts and Social ScienceLee R. Godown (’79, political science/foreign affairs): He was a political insider in Washington for nearly 30 years. In 2007, he was named managing director of Public Strategies Inc., providing strategic planning for major corporations. He became vice president of Global Government Relations for General Motors Corp. in 2010 and was later named executive director of Federal Affairs for the company. He manages a staff of 150 governmental relations professionals in five global regions.
College of Science
Jeffrey Abramson (’95, biotechnology): He earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, in 2000. Since 2011, he also has been the collaborative scientific chair at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India. His current research program focuses on approaches for determining the 3D structures of membrane proteins and determining the basis for membrane transport.