Alumni Association

The mission of the Pitzer College Alumni Association is to serve and engage the community by fostering lifelong relationships between alumni and the College, support in developing engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world, and initiate and lead programs that further the advancement of the College.

View the past presidents of the Alumni Association.

Alumni Board

The Alumni Board is a volunteer group dedicated to keeping fellow alumni connected with one another and Pitzer College. 

Alumni Board Members: 2020–21

Diana Bob ’02 – President

Diana graduated from Pitzer in 2002 with a degree in anthropology and environmental studies. A student-athlete, she was part of the Sagehens Softball team. While at Pitzer, she was awarded both the Udall Scholarship for Environmental Policy and the Udall Native American Congressional Internship. Diana went on to graduate from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2005 with a certificate in environmental law. Since then, she has been practicing Indian law with a focus on environmental and natural resources law, including energy development. She has served as a legal aid attorney at Northwest Justice Project in Spokane, WA; a policy attorney at the National Congress of American Indians in Washington DC; and a tribal attorney at the Lummi Nation in Bellingham, WA. Diana is the owner of Native Law PLLC, a Washington State-based law firm focused on Indian law that serves clients throughout the US. She has been appointed or elected to serve on the boards of Planned Parenthood, Northwest Justice Project, Northwest Indian Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, and the Northwest Straits Commission.

Josue Pasillas ’17 – Secretary
Communications Supervisor, Waukegan Park District

Josue graduated from Pitzer College in 2017 with a self-designed degree in urban studies/environmental analysis and a minor in Spanish. As a student, Josue dedicated most of his time outside the classroom to the Pitzer College Student Senate, serving as a first-year representative, secretary, vice president, and student body president. Josue was also a member of the Latinx Student Union, First-Gen Club, and worked in the Office of College Advancement as an Advancement Ambassador. With experience as a first-generation student, Josue mentors students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to help them succeed in higher education.

Josue is from Waukegan, Illinois, and is currently the Communications Supervisor at the Waukegan Park District, where he oversees all digital marketing efforts and implements community relations strategies. He serves as the Vice President on the Waukegan Public Library Board of Trustees and a member of the Waukegan Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors. Josue is currently a student at DePaul University pursuing a Master of Public Administration.

Brian Bomhoff ’10

Brian Bomhoff ’10
Political Campaign Consultant, Bluewave Political Partners

Originally from Kansas, Brian graduated from Pitzer in 2010 with a degree in political studies and organizational studies. During college, he was active in student government, serving as class representative in the Student Senate from 2006 to 2008, and as vice chair of the Senate in 2009.

Shortly after graduating, Brian became active in local politics in Seattle. He has worked for Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington’s marriage equality campaign, The Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Mayor Ed Murray, Paulette Jordan’s Idaho gubernatorial campaign, several Washington state house and senate races and as a policy aide for the City of Seattle. Pursuing his interest in organizational studies that he first studied at Pitzer, he received an MBA with a focus on sustainability from Presidio Graduate School in 2015.

Brian is now a finance consultant at Bluewave Political Partners in Seattle, where he works with candidates across the country to run winning campaigns. In his free time, he volunteers as a business mentor and explores the Pacific Northwest, taking full advantage of his pilot and skydiving licenses.

Michelle Castrovinci-Mitchell ’92, P’22
Community Volunteer

Michelle graduated from Pitzer in 1992 as a New Resources student with a BA in environmental studies. While at Pitzer, she worked for Hal Taback Company, an environmental engineering firm. Currently, she co-owns Amazing Steel Company, a metal fabrication business in Montclair, CA. Michelle also volunteers on the executive board of the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF), which helps provide art and music instruction in the elementary schools and funds technology in the middle and high schools. Her oldest son, Macallan, attends college in British Columbia, Canada, while her youngest son, Ryder, is a proud member of Pitzer’s Class of 2022. Michelle enjoys visiting her oldest in BC for cross-country skating and, locally, spends her time hiking the foothills, keeping her yoga practice up and dancing or attending dance performances every chance she gets.

Paolina Cuevas ’20

Paolina is a recent graduate of Pitzer College receiving her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Studies with an emphasis in Education. Her time being involved in the First-Generation program and club at Pitzer further shaped her passion for creating equitable access to higher education for everyone while including student leaders as active stakeholders in the process. She hopes to continue to provide college students with the tools needed to continue and finish their higher education journey.

Since graduating she has been participating in a 10-month internship at CDTech, a non-profit in South Central LA focused on building economically viable communities, through the Public Allies Los Angeles program. In her current position, she engages with students, designs training and curriculum materials for their pilot internship in collaboration with the California Youth Leadership Corps to create paid opportunities for students to gain professional experience while obtaining their degree at LATTC. This experience has given her the opportunity to further develop as a leader, collaborate with a diverse cohort of allies across multiple non-profit organizations, and build long-lasting partnerships. She looks forward to what’s to come as she furthers her professional career in non-profit work.

Mark A. Cunningham ’89
Senior Partner, Jones Walker LLP

Mark Cunningham is a senior partner in the New Orleans office of Jones Walker LLP where he co-leads the firm’s Corporate Compliance and White Collar Defense Team.  Mark serves as primary outside antitrust counsel for companies in a wide range of industries and has focused his pro bono work on criminal justice reform serving as lead trial counsel for legal challenges against systemic prosecutorial misconduct and the denial of criminal defense counsel to the poor. Mark also served as the 75th president of the Louisiana State Bar Association and has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Orleans Public Defenders Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Public Defense.

Kyle K. Dalrymple ’17
Manager, TM Financial Forensics, LLC

Kyle graduated from Pitzer in 2017 with a degree in Mathematical Economics.  At Pitzer, he was an athlete competing on the Pomona-Pitzer Swim & Dive team and served in student government, including on the Faculty Executive Committee from 2015 to 2017. Kyle is now in Los Angeles as a Senior Associate at TM Financial Forensics LLC, a forensic accounting and litigation consulting firm.  In his free time, Kyle enjoys mentoring current Pitzer students, hiking, and cooking.

Kim Hudson ’90
Nonprofit Consultant

Kim graduated from Pitzer in 1990 with a degree in English and sociology. During college, she advocated for the completion of an elevator that made Pitzer’s academic buildings accessible. In addition, Kim and Ed Tessier (PO ’91) co-founded the five-college Disabled Students Union.

After graduation, Kim realized that she wanted to use the communication- and community-building skills that she developed at Pitzer to support other people with disabilities. Kim began working as an adaptive technology consultant for students with disabilities in the Los Angeles area. Kim went on to earn her MSW in 1998 from San Francisco State’s School of Social Work.

For the last 21 years, Kim has worked for a variety of nonprofits that serve people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, including people with low vision, crime victims with disabilities, people with early-stage dementia and people with disabilities at risk of homelessness.

Kim is now a social service consultant. During her tenure on the Pitzer Alumni Board, Kim hopes to facilitate a closer relationship among alumni and current Pitzer students. She appreciates the opportunity to give back to the College because the seeds of her passion for social responsibility and activism were born at Pitzer.

Derric J. Johnson ’95
Founding Director of the Equity and Justice Institute, The Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences 

Derric serves as a member of the senior administrative team at The Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and is the founding director of Crossroads’ Equity and Justice Institute, which oversees social justice advocacy and equity education on campus.

Prior to Crossroads, Derric was senior deputy, public safety and justice, for the office of Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. In this role, Derric’s achievements include establishing the Civilian Oversight Commission of the Sheriff’s Department to increase transparency and decrease officer-involved shootings, improving protections for foster youth in California; and reforming the largest probation department in the US. He also procured $5 million from the state’s Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention funds to support restorative justice and community-based programs to divert youth from the juvenile-justice system.

Derric was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to represent the Second District as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, where he was recently elected Vice President. He also serves as a board member for Brilliant Corners, a housing nonprofit for individuals with developmental disabilities and other special needs, and was appointed to the Executive Council of the Children’s Defense Fund-CA.

Derric earned his BA in sociology from Pitzer. As a National Urban Fellow, he earned his secondary master’s in public administration from Baruch College-City University of New York and completed a master’s in business management from Azusa Pacific University.

Steven Liang

Steven Liang ’10
Director and Storyteller

Known for his short films AfueraComing Home, and Falling for Angels. He has also directed two documentaries, A Better Life and Trans Lives Matter National Day of Action. Topics such as resilience, the American dream, and underdogs inspire his work. In 2019, Liang was selected to participate in the Ryan Murphy TV HALF Initiative’s Directing Mentorship Program. From 2016 to 2018, his web series was in development at the Warner Bros.-based Stage 13. He is the recipient of the 2017 Film Independent Directing Lab Fellowship, the 2017 Armed with a Camera Fellowship, the 2015 Carl David Memorial Fellowship, and the 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant. He was also a finalist for the 2016 ABC-Disney Directing Fellowship. At Pitzer, Liang was active at CAPAS and worked as an RA at Holden Hall. His senior year at Pitzer, he was awarded a Fulbright.

Frances Martinez Kellar ’06
Education Leader and Researcher

Frances is an education leader and researcher whose work focuses on teacher, leader and organizational development for districts, schools and charters in California. She completed her BA in English and world literature at Pitzer, her MA in education at CGU, and her doctorate in educational psychology & leadership at USC. Frances is thrilled to reconnect with fellow Pitzer alumni through service and engagement as a member of the Alumni Board. She lives in the Claremont area with her husband, Jerry, and their two children, Ethan and Emma.

Morgan Pepper ’12

Morgan Pepper ’12
Account Manager, Oath
Morgan graduated from Pitzer in 2012 with a dual degree in media studies and studio art and a minor in sociology. As a student, he competed with the nationally-ranked Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company and was involved with Pitzer’s parent and alumni outreach initiatives. During his senior year, he chose to retire from competitive dance and started coaching other students.

Upon graduating, Morgan interned with a web design agency in Singapore before returning to Los Angeles to run marketing initiatives for a commercial real estate brokerage firm. He has since worked in the advertising and commercial real estate industries, executing marketing strategies for Visa and Lexus Motors as well as negotiating high-level commercial real estate transactions. He now works for Verizon’s newly formed digital media company, managing campaigns on Yahoo and AOL’s digital properties. In his free time, Morgan enjoys surfing, cooking and playing soccer.

Carlos Perrett ’18
Persistence Manager, EMERGE

Carlos is a native Houstonian and the first in his family to attend and graduate from a four-year college. He graduated from Pitzer in 2018 with a BA in political studies and Spanish, and currently serves as a persistence manager with EMERGE, a leading educational nonprofit in Houston. Prior to joining EMERGE, he worked as a consultant for Epsy Campbell, the first woman of African descent to become vice president of Costa Rica, and the Institute for Central American Development Studies. He is a former candidate for the Houston Independent School District School Board and a recruiter for Teach For America. He is a founding member of the Chavez High School Alumni Association and of the Adelante Houston Political Action Committee. Carlos is a two-time winner of Pitzer’s Kallick Community Service Award. In 2020, he plans to enroll at the INCAE, Latin America’s top business school. He enjoys traveling and is in love with sloths.

Romarilyn Ralston ’14
Program Director of Project Rebound, California State University, Fullerton

Romarilyn is the program director of Project Rebound at California State University, Fullerton, a program that provides individualized support to assist formerly incarcerated students in pursuing higher education. Ralston, who was incarcerated at the age of 24 and served 23 years in prison, went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in gender and feminist studies as a New Resources student from Pitzer College and her master’s degree in liberal arts from Washington University in St. Louis. She has been awarded a 2014–15 Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, the Mary McLeod Bethune 2016 Leadership Award, the 2018 Civil Rights and Advocacy Award by the Orange County Chapter of the National Coalition of 200 Black Women, and was Pitzer’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. She was a 2017 Leadership Fellow with the JustLeadershipUSA Leading with Conviction program, a 2018 Fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute.

Angela Sanbrano ’75
Activist and Community Organizer and Co-Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Angela is an acclaimed activist and community organizer who has led some of the nation’s most prominent immigrant- and refugee rights groups, including the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and the Central American Resource Center-LA (CARECEN). Sanbrano now serves as co-executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.  A graduate of Pitzer College in 1975, she was presented with the Pitzer Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019. Born in Juarez, Mexico, and raised in El Paso, TX, Sanbrano majored in psychology at Pitzer. She began community organizing in the ’70s, advocating bilingual education and housing rights in Los Angeles. In 1983, Sanbrano earned a law degree at the Peoples College of Law in LA, where she met Salvadoran refugees fleeing their country’s civil war. Two years later, she became executive director of CISPES, a national grassroots organization that supports social and economic justice in El Salvador and opposes US intervention in the Central American country. She served as an official witness of the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City, which ended the 12-year civil war in El Salvador in 1992.  Sanbrano took the helm of CARECEN, the largest Central American immigrant rights organization in the US, in the mid-1990s, leading the organization as its executive director until 2007. In addition to her work with CISPES and CARECEN, Sanbrano was president of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, now called Alianza Americas, when it won a 2010 MacArthur “Genius” Award for Creative & Effective Institutions. She is also the co-chair of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the Pomona and San Gabriel Valley and chair of CARECEN’s Board of Directors.

Evan Slovak ’14
Associate Attorney, Cooley LLP

Evan graduated from Pitzer in 2014 with a dual degree in political studies and philosophy. At Pitzer, he participated in student government all four years, serving as a student representative for the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee from 2012 to 2014 and as an admission fellow his senior year.

After Pitzer, Evan attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an articles editor for the Journal of Business Law, an active member of the American Constitution Society, and helped found the Democracy Law Project. He went on to serve as a judicial law clerk for Judge Karen S. Crawford in the United States District Court, Southern District of California. He is now in the San Francisco area as an associate attorney at the law firm Cooley LLP. He has a broad civil litigation practice in state and federal court and is committed pro bono legal work, including constitutional and special education access matters.

Margaret “Maggie” Vizio ’68
Professor Emerita of English, Chaffey College

Elaine Waldman ’90

Elaine Waldman ’90
Health Program Analyst, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Elaine studied anthropology at Pitzer and participated in a variety of community service and international education programs while a student. She later earned a master’s degree in anthropology from California State University, Los Angeles. She began her career in public health while in college, volunteering with a free clinic’s homeless health outreach team. Elaine served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, organizing HIV prevention programs with high school students, and has been developing and facilitating collaborative community mobilization and disease-prevention projects with nonprofit and government organizations for nearly three decades. She is passionate about working together to strengthen the impact of community health workers, reduce health inequities and create a culture of health. She is currently working as a Health Program Analyst with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Elaine applies her Pitzer education by asking questions, looking at problems holistically and resisting apathy. Using her experience as a first-generation college student, she enjoys mentoring Pitzer students as they pursue their dreams and meaningful careers.

Rakesh Peddibhotla ’24
Student Representative 

Virginia Norris ’24
Student Representative 

Nigel Boyle
Professor Political Studies
Faculty Representative

Rachel VanSickle-Ward ’99
Professor Political Studies
Faculty Representative