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From heads of state to pillars of the community, AU has a surplus of notable alumni. AU graduates continue a legacy of transforming ideas into impact across the globe.

We know it's impossible to capture all worthy stories in one place, but here we share some of the many contributions made by AU's changemaking graduates.

Lonnie Bunch, CAS/BA ’74, CAS/MA ’76
14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Dominic Giampaolo, CAS/BS ’91
Software Engineer, Developer of the Be File System

Edmund Gordon, SPA/MA ’50
Co-architect, Federal Head Start Program, professor of Psychology Emeritus of Yale University and Interim Dean at Teachers College, Columbia University

Donald Harward, CAS/MA ’63
President, Bates College

Cornelius Kerwin, SPA/BA ’71
14th President of American University

Carmen Maria Machado, CAS/BA ’07
Finalist for the National Book Award; Author, Her Body and Other Parties 

Dambisa Moyo, CAS/BS ’91, Kogod/MBA ’92
Author of New York Times bestseller Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working And How There is a Better Way for Africa

Lara Prescott, SPA/BA ’04
Author of New York Times bestseller The Secrets We Kept

Margo Seibert, SIS/BA ’05
Drama Desk Award-nominated Actress; the original Adrian in Broadway's Rocky the Musical

Dana Thomas, SOC/BA ’88
Author of New York Times bestseller Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

Ernest Thompson, CAS/BA ’71
Playwright, Actor, Academy Award Winner

Charlie Wachtel, SOC/BA ’08
Co-Writer, BlacKkKlansman; Academy Award Winner

Russell Williams II, SOC/BA ’74
Production Sound Mixer; two-time Academy Award Winner; Professor and Distinguished Artist in Residence, American University

John Wineglass, CAS/BA ’94
Emmy Award-winning composer

Tanakeya Word, CAS/MA ’11
Artist

^ deceased

Facundo Bacardi, Kogod/BSBA ’90
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bacardi Limited

Michael Chasen, CAS/BS ’93
Co-Founder, President and CEO, Blackboard Inc.

Richard Clark, Kogod/MBA ’70
Former President and CEO, Merck & Co.

Gary Cohn, Kogod/BSBA ’82
President and Chief Operating Officer, Goldman Sachs

Dean Factor, Kogod/BSBA ’87
Founder, Smashbox Cosmetics and Smashbox Studios

Marco Gobbetti, Kogod/BSBA ’81
CEO, Burberry

Wilbert Hopper, CAS/BS ’56^
Former President and CEO, Petro-Canada

Jesse Itzler, SPA/BA ’90
Entrepreneur, Author, Owner of the Atlanta Hawks

Robert Kogod, Kogod/BS ’62
Former Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Charles E. Smith companies

Almar Latour, SOC/MA ’96
CEO, Dow Jones

Michael Santomassimo, Kogod/BS ’96
Chief Financial Officer, Wells Fargo

^ deceased

Caroline Aaron, CAS/BA ’74
Actress and Producer

Max Brooks, SOC/MA ’97
Author/Actor, son of actor Mel Brooks

Alisyn Camerota, SOC/BA ’88
Anchor, CNN's New Day

Neil Cavuto, SOC/MA ’82
Fox News Commentator, Author of Your Money or Your Life

Elizabeth Chomko, CAS/BA ’04
Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Susan Davis, CAS/BA ’01
Congressional Correspondent, NPR News

Bob Edwards, SOC/MA ’72
First Host of NPR’s Morning Edition, Host of The Bob Edwards Show, Former Host of NPR's All Things Considered, Peabody Award winner

Hallie Eisenberg, SPA/BA ’14
Actress

Darryl Frank, SOC/MA ’91
Co-President and Executive Producer, Amblin Television; Former Co-head, Dreamworks Television

Pauline Frederick, BA ’30, MA^
Pioneering woman in American journalism, reporter for ABC Radio and correspondent for ABC TV, where in 1946 she was promoted as first and only woman in television news

Danielle Gelber, SIS/MA ’82
President and Founder at Acoustic Productions; Former Executive Vice President, Wolf Films and NBC Universal; Senior Vice President, Showtime; Senior Vice President, FOX

David Gregory, SIS/BA ’91
CNN Political Analyst, Former moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, Former chief White House correspondent for NBC News

Clark Howard, SPA/BA ’76
Host of The Clark Howard Show, Author

Star Jones, SPA/BA ’83
Television Personality, Lawyer, Journalist, Fashion Designer, Author, and Women’s and Diversity Advocate

Barry Josephson, SPA/BA ’78
Film Producer (Enchanted, Ladykillers, Like Mike, and FOX TV’s Bones), Former Music Manager, three-time Oscar Nominee

Tom Karsch, SPA/BA ’80
Former Executive Vice President and General Manager, Turner Classic Movies

Florence King, CAS/BA ’57^
Writer for The National Review and best-selling author

Rick Leventhal, SOC/BA ’86
Senior Correspondent, Fox News

Barry Levinson, SOC/BA ’67
Film Producer/Screenwriter/Director, winner of several Emmys and an Academy Awards

Louis Lomax, CAS/MA ’44^
First African American television journalist

Barry McCaffrey, SPA/MA ’71
NBC News and MSNBC Military Analyst, Drug Czar under President Bill Clinton, retired US Army General

Ayman Mohyeldin, SIS/BA ’00, 
SIS/MA ’01
Host, MSNBC Live with Ayman Mohyeldin

Robert Morton, SOC/BA ’75
Executive Producer of Late Night with David Letterman, Emmy Award Winner

Nancy Meyers, SOC/BA ’70
Film Writer and Director (The Parent Trap, It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, What Women Want, Saving Private Ryan, and The Intern)

Mike O'Meara, SOC/BA ’82
Host of The Mike O'Meara Show, Former Co-Host of Don and Mike Show

Tara Palmeri, SOC/BA ’08
White House Correspondent, ABC News

Nicole Petallides, SOC/BA ’93
Anchor and Correspondent, Fox Business Network

Guiliana Rancic, SOC/MA ’97
Celebrity News Personality, E! Networks; Daytime Emmy Award winner

Kathy Reichs, CAS/BA ’70
Author (Bare Bones, Déjà Dead); Writer/Producer, FOX-TV’s Bones

Janet Rodriguez, SOC/BA ’06
White House Correspondent, Univision

Benjamin Salisbury, SOC/BA ’03
Actor, The Nanny

Willard Scott, CAS/BA ’55
Television Personality, The Today Show; Original Creator and Potrayor of Ronald McDonald

Steve Scully, SOC/BA ’82
Host, Political Editor, Senior Producer, C-SPAN's Washington Journal

Tom Shales, SOC/BA ’67
TV critic, The Washington Post; 1988 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Criticism 

Judy Sheindlin, SPA/BA ’63
Television Court Show Judge, Judge Judy

Cal Thomas, CAS/BS ’77
Panelist, Fox News Channel's Fox News Watch

Richard Ernest Thompson, CAS/BA ’71
Playwright, On Golden Pond; Academy Award Winner

Cecilia Vega, SOC/BA ’99
Senior White House Correspondent, ABC News

Kenneth Walsh, SOC/MA ’70
White House Correspondent, US News & World Report; Former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association; author 

Brian Willson, CAS/MS ’68, WCL/JD ’72
Former Anchor and Reporter, Fox News

Susan Zirinsky, SOC/BA ’74
President, CBS News; Former Executive Producer of CBS’s 48 Hours; Primetime Emmy Award winner; inspiration for Holly Hunter’s character in the film Broadcast News

^ deceased

Pongpol Adireksarn, SIS/MA ’66
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Kingdom of Thailand

Sheike Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, SPA/BA ’92
Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Bahrain

Liliana Ayalde, SIS/BA ’78
Former United States Ambassador to Brazil

Walter Boomer, Kogod/MS ’73
Marine Corps General and Commanding Officer of all Marines in the Gulf War

Muriel Bowser, SPA/MPP ’00
Mayor, Washington, DC

Terrence Boyle, WCL/JD ’70
Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Juan Mari Bras, WCL/JD ’54
Founder, Puerto Rican Socialist Party

Julia Brownley, Kogod/MBA ’79
US Representative for California's 26th Congressional District

Chaturon  Chaisang, CAS/MA ’90
Former Minister of Justice, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Education, Thailand

Allen Michael Chastanet, CAS/MA ’90
Prime Minister, Saint Lucia

Herman Jay Cohen, SIS/MA ’62
Former United States Ambassador to Gambia and Senegal, Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

John B. Craig, SIS/BA ’67
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Combating Terrorism under President George W. Bush, Former United States Ambassador to Oman

Arturo Cruz, Jr., SIS/BA ’74
Former Ambassador of Nicaragua to the United States

Amy Dacey, SPA/MA ’95
Executive Director, AU's Sine Institute of Politics and Policy; Former CEO, Democratic National Committee

Cari Dominguez, SIS/BA ’71,
 SIS/MA ’77
12th Chair of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Kenneth Duberstein, SPA/MA ’66
White House Chief of Staff under President Ronald Reagan

David Dunn, SIS/MA ’74
Former United States Ambassador to Togo and Zambia

Ivan Duque Marquez, WCL/LLM ’04
President of Columbia

Adam Ebbin, SPA/BA ’85
First Openly Gay State Senator (Virginia) 

Murat Salim Esenli, SPA/BA ’84
Ambassador from Turkey to Italy, Former Ambassador of Turkey to China

Eileen Filler-Corn, WCL/JD ’93
56th (and first woman) Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates

Claude Hilton, WCL/JD ’66
Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Arthur Flemming, SPA/MA ’28^
Former United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, Kogod/MA ’02
Prime Minister, Guinea

Christopher 
Goldthwait, SIS/BA ’71
Former United States Ambassador to Chad

Marc Ginsberg, SPA/BA ’73
Former United States Ambassador to Morocco

Reno Harnish, SIS/MA ’75
Former United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan

Yumi Hogan, CAS/MA ’10
First Lady of Maryland

Cameron Hume, WCL/JD ’75
Former United States Ambassador to Algeria, South Africa, and Indonesia

Hubert Horatio "Skip" Humphrey III, SPA/BA ’65
Former politician, son of United States Vice President Hubert Humphrey

Petra Kelly, SIS/BA ’70^
Founder, Germany's Green Party

John Albert Knebel, WCL/JD ’65
United States Secretary of Agriculture under President Gerald Ford

Koko Kondo (born Tanimoto), CAS/BA ’69
Prominent atomic bomb survivor (Hiroshima), international peace activist

Julius Maada Bio, SIS/MA ’99 
President, Sierra Leone

Nizar Bin Obaid Madani, SIS/MA ’71, SIS/PhD ’77
Former Deputy Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Betsy Markey, SPA/MA ’83
Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade; Former US Representative, Colorado’s 4th Congressional District; Former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Homeland Security

Sarah McBride, SPA/BA ’13
First Openly Transgender State Senator (Delaware); National Press Secretary, Human Rights Campaign

A. Donald McEachin, SPA/BS ’82


US Representative for Virginia's 4th Congressional District

James McGovern, CAS/BA ’81, SPA/MPA ’84
US Representative for Massachusetts' 2nd Congressional District

Keith Mitchell, CAS/PhD ’80
Prime Minister, Grenada

Connie Morella, CAS/MA ’67
Former United States Ambassador to the OECD, Former US Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District

Nicole Nason, SPA/BA ’92
Director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Samuel Lewis Navarro, Kogod/MBA ’81
Former First Vice President and Foreign Minister, Panama

Ron Nessen, CAS/BA ’59
White House Press Secretary under President Gerald Ford

Vincent Obsitnik, Kogod/MBA ’69
Former United States Ambassador to Slovakia

Alice Paul, WCL/LLM ’27,
 PhD ’28^
Feminist, Author of the Equal Rights Amendment

Stacey Plaskett-Duffy, WCL/JD ’94
US Representative for the US Virgin Islands

Sharon Prost, WCL/JD ’79
Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Paul Ryan, WSP ’91 
Former Speaker, US House of Representatives

Omar Samad, SOC/BA ’90
Ambassador of Afghanistan to Canada, Former CNN analyst

Nicholas Sarwark, WCL/JD ’08
Former Chairman, US Libertarian Party

Donna Shalala, WSP ’61
18th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services; Former President, University of Miami; Former US Representative for Florida's 27th Congressional District

Warren Silver, WCL/JD ’73
State Supreme Court Justice, Maine

Sean Spicer, WSP ’92
Former White House Press Secretary

Haley Stevens, SPA/BA ’05, CAS/MA ’07
US Representative for Michigan's 11th Congressional District

Paul Strauss, SPA/BA ’86, WCL/JD ’93
Shadow Senator from the District of Columbia

Kantathi Suphamongkhon, SIS/MA ’78
Former Foreign Minister, Member of Parliament,Kingdom of Thailand

Clyde Taylor, SIS/MA ’61
Former Executive Director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, US Ambassador to Costa Rica

Lawrence Palmer Taylor, CAS/MA ’69
Former United States Ambassador to Estonia

Desson Thomson, SOC/BA ’80
White House Speechwriter for President Barack Obama

Richard Verma, WCL/JD ’93
Former United States Ambassador to India

Reggie Walton, WCL/JD ’74
Senior Judge, US District Court for the District of Columbia

Susan Ellis Wild, SPA/BA ’78
US Representative for Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District

Dessima Williams, SIS/MA ’85
Ambassador of Granada to the United Nations

Curtin Winsor, Jr., SIS/MA '64, SIS/PhD '71
Former United States Ambassador to Costa Rica

^ deceased

Ramon Cruz, SIS/BA ’98
President, Sierra Club

Jennifer Morgan, SIS/MA ’94
Executive Director, Greenpeace International

John Prendergast , SIS/MA ’90 
Founding Director of the ENOUGH Project, co-founder of The Sentry, Former director for African Affairs at the National Security Council

Wendy Young, WCL/JD '88, SIS/MA ’89
President, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

David Aldridge, SOC/BA ’87
Former TNT Sportscaster and Columnist, Editor of The Athletic

Nur Ali, SIS/BA ’98
Driver, ATCA Racing Series

Gabriella Csepe, Kogod/BSBA ’96
Swimmer, 1988 and 1992 Olympics

Andy Dolich, SPA/BA ’69
President, Dolich Consulting; COO, FCFL; Former COO, San Francisco 49ers; Former President/COO, Golden State Warriors; Former Executive Vice President, Oakland Athletics

Avram Glazer, WCL/JD ’85
Co-Chair, Manchester United Football Club; Owner, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bryan Glazer, SOC/BA ’86
Owner/Co-Chairman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Joel Glazer, SPA/BA ’89
Owner/Co-Chairman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Glenn, SIS/BA ’08
Professional Wrestler, NCAA Champion, Three-Time All-American

Steven Goldstein, Kogod/BSBA ’93
Race Car Driver, Formula 2000 Champion

Frank Herzog, SPA/BA ’72
Voice of the Washington Redskins, 1979-2004

Frederik Hviid, CAS/BA ’97
Swimmer, 1996 and 2000 Olympics

Andre Ingram, CAS/BA ’07
Professional Basketball Player, NBA G League/Los Angeles Lakers Point Guard

Avery John, Kogod/BSBA ’98
Professional Soccer Player

Sergio López Miró, CAS/BS ’92
Bronze Medalist, Swimming, 1988 Olympics

Mark Murphy, Kogod/MBA ’83
President and CEO, Green Bay Packers

Kermit Washington, CAS/BA ’73
Professional Basketball Player; First-Round Draft Choice of the LA Lakers, 1973

Sunny Hobbs Voelker, SIS/BA ’92
Professional Racecar Driver

Ron Weber, SPA/BA ’54, SPA/MA ’64
Original Voice of the Washington Capitals, 1974-1997; Hockey Hall of Fame, Broadcasters' Wing Honoree

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