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Alumni of Influence

Alumni of Influence

A Union education opens doors

For more than two centuries, Union College has proudly watched its alumni go on to greatness in a wide range of fields and leave an indelible mark on society. From authors to athletes, politicians to playwrights, college presidents to a U.S. President... our alumni take their Union education into the world and use it to make an impact.

It would be impossible to list all of our accomplished and impressive graduates, but below are just a few. 

  • Jake Anderson ’11: Co-founder, Forsake all-weather footwear startup
  • Samuel Barstow ’11: Co-founder, Forsake all-weather footwear startup
  • Peter Haviland-Eduah ’10: National Policy and Communications Director, Million Hoodies
  • Erin Schumaker ’09: Health Living editor, The Huffington Post
  • Ilya Aspis ’08: Special assistant to President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Foundation
  • Dan Amira ’07: Writer, The Daily Show
  • Nancy Borowick ’07: Humanitarian photographer, New York Times and freelance
  • Joanna Stern ’06: Personal technology columnist, The Wall Street Journal
  • Mary Olushoga ’06: Founder, for African women entrepreneurs
  • Rachel Racusen ’04: Associate communications adviser, the White House
  • Ben Schwartz ’03: Actor and comedy writer
  • Ariel Fox ’00: Founder and principal, Ariel Fox Design, LLC
  • Rawson Marshall Thurber ’97: Filmmaker and TV producer
  • Matt Baumgartner ’95: Restaurateur; founder and owner, Bombers Burritos Bar
  • Glenn Konopaske ’95: Psychiatry instructor, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Marisa Silveri ’95: Researcher and behavioral neuroscientist, Harvard Medical School
  • Nikki Stone, ’95: Sports psychology consultant, motivational speaker, author; 1998 Olympic gold medalist (freestyle aerial ski jumping)
  • Susan Hulse ’92: Medical director, Because Every Mother Matters, medical assistance to indigent women in Ethiopia
  • Jessica Mindich ’92: Founder and owner, Jewelry for a Cause
  • Vinny Dotoli ’91: Founder and head of school, Harlem Academy
  • Guy Logan ’90: Investment banker and managing director, Citigroup Global Markets
  • Jennifer Baum ’87: President and founder, Bullfrog & Baum, marketing and social media firm
  • Kathy Magliato ’85: Cardiothoracic surgeon; director of Women’s Cardiac Services, Saint John’s Medical Center, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • Sue Goldie ’84: Professor of health decision science, Harvard School of Public Health; AIDS researcher; MacArthur “genius” award recipient
  • Loc Le ’84: Gastroenterologist and chairman of the National Task Force on Hepatitis B
  • Ilene Landress ’83: Actress and producer
  • Brad Karp ’81: Managing partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  • Alan Rutkin ’80: Partner, Rivkin Radler LLP
  • Jim Loree '80: President & Chief Operating Officer, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Richard Templeton ’80: CEO, Texas Instruments
  • Vincent P. Verdile ’77: Dean, Albany Medical College
  • Judith Dein ’76: U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Bill Fellows ’76: Coordinator of worldwide humanitarian water and sanitations responses, UNICEF
  • Valerie Hoffman ’75: Labor and employment attorney; partner, Chicago and Los Angeles offices of Seyfarth, Shaw L.L.P.
  • Andrea Barrett ’74: National Book Award winner; Pulitzer Prize finalist for fiction; MacArthur “genius” award recipient
  • Jennifer Smith Turner '74: CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut
  • Ted Berger ’72: Biomedical pioneer and developer of the bionic brain
  • Kate White ’72: Author; former editor-in-chief, Cosmopolitan magazine
  • Philip DiSorbo ’71: Co-founder, Foundation for Hospice, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Phil Robinson ’71: Screenwriter and director
  • Larry Pedowitz ’69: Corporate litigator and partner, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz; co- founder, New York Law Firms for the Homeless
  • Alan Horn ’64: Chairman of Walt Disney Studios; co-founder of Castle Rock Entertainment; producer
  • Neil Abercrombie ’59: Governor of Hawaii, 2010-2014
  • Baruch Samuel Blumberg ’46: Winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Medicine (discovered Hepatitis B virus)
  • R. Gordon Gould ’41: Inventor of the laser
  • Robert Patterson ’12: Undersecretary of war under President Franklin Roosevelt; secretary of war under President Harry Truman
  • Chester Arthur 1848: 21st U.S. president
  • William Henry Seward 1820: Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State

See Wikipedia for a more comprehensive listing of the College's illustrious alumni.