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Samantha Wilson Gupta ('08 Scholar, UCR, pictured on left) has returned to Hyderabad, India, eleven times to help sustain the social-justice leadership programming of her non-profit Child Leader Project (CLP). She is now an interfaith chaplain and spiritual activist pursuing her PhD...Seepan Parseghian ('06 Scholar, Stanford) practices law in Los Angeles, concentrating on commercial and intellectual property litigation. He maintains an active pro bono schedule focused on international human rights issues. He served as counsel for amici curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court on a case involving insurance claims for families of genocide victims. He serves as the supervising attorney for the USC Law School chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. He is the Vice Chair of the Eurasia Committee of the Pacific Council of International Policy and has been designated a non-governmental observer to the Guantanamo Bay Military Commission...Jennifer Lee ('99 Scholar, UCSD) is Director for Programs for an NGO in Sulawesi, Indonesia, Global Hope Network International. She oversees several projects focusing on sustainable community development...Kenny Loo ('06 Scholar, UCI) is a Principal at a continuation High School in Ventura. He is leading the school's implementation of project-based learning to prepare the students for the 21st Century...Diep Tran ('01 Scholar, UCI) is helping to create and develop a data analytics team for the County of Riverside Ambulatory Care...Lucy Eagleson ('06 Scholar, USD) is Program Coordinator of a non-profit, Outside the Lens, which seeks to empower youth to create digital media...Rodney Clara ('98 Scholar, UCSB) is launching California's new Mattress Recycling Law, AB254...Tarek Maassarani ('01 Scholar, UCSB, pictured right) is a practioner and educator in conflict resolution and peace building. He is Program Director for the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, strengthening Muslim communities and improving relationships with non-Muslim communities...Olivia Wong ('12 Scholar, UCSB) is the Program Director for the Tarsadia Foundation. She also runs a girl's empowerment social enterprise, benefiting at-risk girls. She recently helped organize a coalition of NGOs for disaster relief in response to the Nepal Earthquake...

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Sam Stone ('09 Scholar, Stanford, pictured left) is working in technology investing at TPG Capital in San Francisco. He remains interested in Russia, where he went as a Fulbright Scholar, and is still organizing US- Russia exchange programs. He is Chair of the Young Professional Advisory Committee at the Open World Leadership Center and is an advisor to the Stanford US- Russia Forum, an organization which he founded with his Strauss award...Devra Bachrach Wang ('99 Scholar, UCB) recently joined the Energy Foundation as Program Director working on advancing energy efficiency and clean energy in the U.S. It supports an extensive network of organizations and advocates around the country that are advancing policies to support a clean energy future...Adrienne Tygenhoff ('05 Scholar, LMU) works at the U.S. embassy in Dakar, Senegal. She and her husband, who is also a Foreign Service Officer, have one more year there...Chris Faist ('00 Scholar, UCSB) is a middle school science teacher in San Diego.In his free time, he does educational programs at the Birch Aquarium, at the Scripps Institute in La Jolla. Using Underwater communication technology, he explains the underwater environment to visitors while SCUBA diving in the Kelp Tank, a 70,000 gallon kelp forest exhibit. This is much like the original program he developed for the Sea Center near UC Santa Barbara for his Strauss project...Rodrigo Ranero ('13 Scholar, Pomona) is enrolled in a Master's program in Linguistics at the Downing College, Cambridge, England...Sara Estevez ('12 Scholar, Scripps) is doing a MSc in Organizational Psychiatry and Psychology at King's College, London...Brian McInnis ('05 Scholar, UCD) is a second year PhD. student in Information Science, part of the Engineering Department at Cornell University. His area of research is team dynamics through highly distributed crowd work, which he says is a nice mix of sociology and technology...Alex Quick ('05 Scholar, UCSD) just finished his residency in Anesthesiology at Stanford. His organization, Donor Dudes, is now part of the ChrisKlugFoundation.org...Vivek Mehta ('05 Scholar, UCI) is in his fourth of seven years training in Neurosurgery at USC...Christina Weed ('12 Scholar, LMU), Anelah McGinness ('12 Scholar, UCSD), and Katherine Tsai ('13 Scholar, UCR) are all in medical school, and Oren Ofer ('09 Scholar, UCSB) is in veterinary school...Anna Diaz ('13 Scholar, LMU, pictured right) is an accountant with Ernst & Young in San Francisco...Eli Winkelman ('06 Scholar, Scripps) celebrated the 10th Anniversary of her organization, ChallahforHunger.org...

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Josh Nesbit (‘08 Scholar, Stanford, pictured left) and his organization, MedicMobile, were awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Skoll Foundation. The Skoll Award recognizes organizations that have the potential to scale their success and also to drive large-scale systems change… Ginny Tal (’97 Scholar, UCLA) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing Mental Health bilingual services at the Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles. She participated in a first of its kind exhibition called “Mirrors of the Mind: the Psychotherapist as Artist”. Her sculpture, poem and an installation explored and celebrated the intersection of psychology, art and creativity… Matt Tompkins (’00 Scholar, Occidental) left his job with the FBI and joined the U.S. Foreign Service. After a year of training in Virginia, his first tour will be in Guatemala…Ben Moore (’09 Scholar, UCLA) works for the U.S. Department of State, in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. He spent 4 months last fall near the Turkey-Syria border, working with Syrian opposition activists from internal local councils and civil society groups to guide and inform assistance…Emily Rasmussen (’06 Scholar, Occidental) earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, and was offered a one-year HBS Leadership Fellowship to be the Special Assistant to the President of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York…Cindy Lin (’01 Scholar, Stanford) is in Singapore for a year working as a Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine Physician. She reports that the California Medical Association still uses the health education program she created for their antibiotic resistance awareness campaign, supported by the Strauss Foundation…Todd Gloria (’99 Scholar, USD, pictured right) is the Interim Mayor in the City of San Diego. In 2013, he was one of 24 individuals chosen for the Rodel Fellowship Program in Public Leadership, recognizing him as one of the nation’s most promising leaders in American Government…Emma Shaw Crane (’08 Scholar, UCB) just finished a Fellowship at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UCB. She and her mentor and colleague, Anaya Roy, have a book forthcoming from the University of Georgia press. Emma will be going to graduate school this fall...

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 Andrew Whitman ('11 Scholar, UCSC, pictured left) has been busy with his Demeter Seed Library. He helped organize the Bioneers Conference last October, and the National Seed Librarians Conference at UCSC in February. The latter was held in conjuction with the 6th annualStrengthening the Roots "justice summit" organized by Tim Galarneau ('04 Scholar, UCSC)... Josh Franco ('06 Scholar, UCM) is a graduate student at UC Merced in Political Science, and is running for Mayor of Merced. His competition is the incumbent Mayor and a City Councilman... Ari Tanenbaum ('07 Scholar, UCSC, pictured below) founded Revolution Landscapes in San Diego four years ago, specializing in the installation and ongoing maintenance of edible and ecofriendly landscapes. He credits his Strauss project, Renaissance Gardening for Health, for determining the direction he chose to take...Areo Saffarzadeh  ('06 Scholar, UCSB) reports that his after school music and homework tutoring program in Santa Barbara has received three grants totaling $14,000. In addition to purchasing new instruments and strengthening the program, the support will allow the club to launch new chapters. Areo is now a third year medical student at UCI...Jacqueline Chattopadhyay ('04 Scholar, UCI) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Pubic Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte...

Mark Michalski ('03 Scholar, UCLA) writes that Mahabir Pun, the Nepalese man who expanded the wireless network that he and his friends from UCLA set up with his Strauss award, won the Magsaysay Award,the "Nobel of Asia". Mark was interviewed for a book that is being written about Pun and the wireless network. While he wishes he could revisit Nepal, Mark is busy piloting a new research pathway using computational systems to solve issues in clinical radiology at Yale...Tasha Russman ('11 Scholar, Scripps, pictured left) received a fellowship to help affordable private schools in Hyderabad, India, improve their capacity as social enterprises. She is helping the schools plan ways to provide the best quality of education while staying sustainable as a business, e.g. turning a storage room into a computer lab during school hours, and a cyber cafe after school. She has been working to scale solutions from other schools across the region...Daniel Low ('12 Scholar, Pomona) spent a year doing public health work in Malawi. He's now in medical school in Seattle...Rahaf Baker ('11 Scholar, UCI, pictured right) continues to work with her Shifa Student-Run Free Clinic in Garden Grove. They partnered with Al-Shifa San Bernardino, and are using their mobile clinic van for bi-monthly health fairs for the next six months. After that, she expects that Shifa will open as a permanent clinic...

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