Featured Alumni

Nobel Prize recipients. MacArthur “Genius” Grant winners. Fulbright scholars. Super Bowl champions. Academy Award winners. Groundbreaking scientists. Innovative entrepreneurs. Political trailblazers. 





Wesleyan’s alumni include global changemakers in countless industries and fields, widely recognized for their skills in thinking critically and creatively, and for their commitment to bold, practical idealism that enriches their communities. We are proud of the long line of Cardinals who achieve success in their careers. Read more about a few of our featured alumni.

Lin-Manuel Miranda '02

Lin-Manuel Miranda '02

Artist
Composer/lyricist/actor Miranda's newest play, the highly acclaimed Hamilton, opened on Broadway in late 2015 and has won countless awards in the several months since, including a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. In 2008 Miranda's In the Heights, which was first staged at Wesleyan, won four Tony Awards, as a well as a Grammy for Best Original Broadway Cast Album. Miranda has also written, directed and acted in film; frequently appeared in roles on TV; and collaborated with celebrated Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim.
  • Tony
  • Genius
  • Pulitzer
  • Grammy
John Hickenlooper '74

John Hickenlooper '74

U.S. Senator from Colorado, Former Governor of Colorado (2011-2019)
After working as an oilfield geologist and owner/operator of Colorado's first brewpub, Hickenlooper entered public service as mayor of Denver, served as Colorado's governor, and now serves as the U.S. Senator from Colorado.
Majora Carter '88

Majora Carter '88

Urban Revitalization Strategist
As executive director of Sustainable South Bronx, Carter preached an environmental approach to urban revitalization—"Green the ghetto"—that resulted in a renaissance of that New York City neighborhood, where she grew up. For those efforts, she was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant. Now her consulting/planning firm, Majora Carter Group, applies the green economic development message nationwide.
  • Genius
Matthew Weiner '87

Matthew Weiner '87

Creator, Director, and Writer

Matthew Weiner is a nine-time Emmy Award-winning and three-time Golden Globe-winning storyteller in television, film, and literature. His credits include two of television’s most successful and critically lauded shows: Mad Men, for which he served as creator, executive producer, writer, and director, and which was distinguished with the Peabody Award; and The Sopranos, for which he served as executive producer. Most recently, Weiner was creator, executive producer, writer, and director of the original contemporary anthology series The Romanoffs, set in seven countries around the globe. Weiner’s debut novel, Heather, the Totality, was published in 2017.

  • Emmy
  • Golden Globe
Santigold '97

Santigold '97

Musician
Multi-genre singer-songwriter and record producer Santigold has released three critically acclaimed albums and several popular singles, while working with a diverse group of celebrated musicians.
John Yang '80

John Yang '80

News Correspondent

Yang is a national correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. He covers the Supreme Court and economic and social issues across the country. Before, he was an NBC News correspondent and regularly contributed to the network's Nightly News and Today programs, plus MSNBC. Earlier, he covered the White House and Congress for the Washington Post, before moving into television with ABC News, where he reported on domestic politics and the Middle East.

  • Peabody
Jessica Posner Odede '09 and Kennedy Odede '12

Jessica Posner Odede '09 and Kennedy Odede '12

Founders, Shining Hope for Communities
Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner Odede oversee operations of the Kenyan-based grassroots movement Shining Hope for Communities which counters gender inequality and extreme poverty in urban areas by making tuition-free schools and social services accessible to girls. Both have been awarded Echoing Green Fellowships. Kennedy participates in the Clinton Global Initiative.
Bozoma “Boz” Saint John ’99

Bozoma “Boz” Saint John ’99

Chief Marketing Officer, Netflix

Bozoma Saint John is global chief marketing officer at Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 183 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Before joining Netflix, Saint John served in executive roles at Endeavor, Uber, Apple Music & iTunes and PepsiCo. Bozoma has been inducted into Billboard’s Women in Music Hall of Fame (2018) and the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement (2014), and has been included in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 list (2018) and Forbes' The World's Most Influential CMOs 2018.

Joshua Boger ’73

Joshua Boger ’73

Founder and former CEO (1989-2009), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Boger is the retired CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, which he founded in 1989. His leadership of efforts to develop science-based transformative medicines resulted in the discovery, development, and commercialization of one of the first effective HIV combination drugs, the first widely-used cure of hepatitis C, and the first drugs to address the genetic defect associated with cystic fibrosis. Author of more than 50 scientific publications, he holds 32 issued U.S. patents in pharmaceutical discovery and development.

Joss Whedon '87

Joss Whedon '87

Creator, Producer, Director and Writer
A prolific film and TV show creator, producer, director and writer, Whedon's credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Speed, Toy Story, Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers and Much Ado About Nothing. He also has composed music for some of his projects and written comic books. In 2013 Wesleyan recognized Whedon with an honorary Doctorate of Letters.
  • Emmy
Peter Shumlin '79

Peter Shumlin '79

Governor of Vermont, 2011-2017
Governor of Vermont and, since December 2012, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, Shumlin formerly co-ran a company that places students in educational programs and service projects worldwide.
Maria Santana '98

Maria Santana '98

CNN Anchor and Correspondent
Santana, an anchor and correspondent for CNN En Espanol, has covered breaking news (Occupy Wall Street protests), cultural events (Puerto Rican Day parade) and celebrities.
Michael Bennet '87

Michael Bennet '87

U.S. Senator from Colorado
Before becoming a U.S. senator from Colorado, Bennet served as managing director of an investment firm, chief of staff to a Denver mayor and superintendent of that city's public schools.
Bill Belichick '75

Bill Belichick '75

Head Coach of the New England Patriots
One of the most successful head coaches in NFL history, Belichick has led the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl victories, while earlier serving as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants' two Super Bowl wins.  A keen scholar of football, he has cited his "three P's"—passionate people, preparation and performance—as the foundation for his extraordinary winning record.
  • ESPY

Doug Berman '84

Radio Producer
A two-time Peabody award-winner with a talent for "infotainment," Berman is the executive producer behind NPR's popular weekend programs Car Talk and Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!
  • Peabody
Lael Brainard '83

Lael Brainard '83

Governor, Federal Reserve Board
Brainard served as an undersecretary at the U.S. Treasury and as director of the Brookings Insitution's Global Economy and Development program before becoming governor of the Federal Reserve Board.
Jennifer Chayes '78

Jennifer Chayes '78

Managing Director, Microsoft
Best known for her work on phase transitions, Chayes is a Distinguished Scientist and managing director at Microsoft Research New England and New York City. She co-holds over 30 patents.
Marcus B. Chung '98

Marcus B. Chung '98

VP, Manufacturing & Supply Chain at ThirdLove
Having built a career in apparel sourcing and supply chains, Chung now oversees end-to-end supply chain at ThirdLove, from manufacturing through delivery to customer. In his various roles as a supply chain leader, he has led efforts to drive sustainability and protect human rights. A former alumni-elected trustee for Wesleyan, he currently serves on the advisory board of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.
Jordan Goldman '04

Jordan Goldman '04

Founder and CEO, UNIGO
Committed to helping high school students choose, get into and pay for college, Goldman published the best-selling Students' Guide to Colleges series before launching the college search site UNIGO.
Rob King '84

Rob King '84

Senior Vice President and Editor-At-Large ESPN Content
Rob King, who joined ESPN in 2004, is Senior Vice President and Editor-At-Large ESPN Content. In this role, King defines the content division’s journalistic direction and develops special company-wide content projects. He also acts as an advisor to ESPN’s leadership team on complex editorial issues internally and externally, while ensuring ESPN’s commitment to journalistic excellence remains at the highest level.
Laura Walker '79

Laura Walker '79

President, Bennington College
Recently appointed to the post of President of Bennington College, Walker served as President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Public Radio for 23 years.  As the recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award, Walker previously worked as a producer at NPR and developed Carnegie Hall's AT&T Presents series.
  • Peabody

Lynn Chen '98

Actor
An actor best known for her roles on TV's Law and Order and the film Saving Face, Chen also serves as a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association and blogs about body image.

Hiram Chodosh '85

President of Claremont McKenna College
Before taking over as president of Claremont McKenna College in 2013, Chodosh earned a reputation as a distinguished educator, administrator and legal scholar as dean of the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Throughout his career, Chodosh has worked tirelessly on behalf of global judicial reform.
  • Gandhi Peace Award

Ariel Levy '96

Writer
Prior to joining The New Yorker as a staff writer, Levy worked as a contributing editor at New York Magazine. She also authored Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture.
Kevin Strait '97

Kevin Strait '97

Museum Specialist
A project historian at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, Strait assists curators in the research and acquisition of permanent exhibition items.

Shola Olatoye '96

Visiting scholar at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service
Joined New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service in May 2018. Prior to that, she served as the 22nd Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest public housing authority in the nation. Previously, she was vice president and New York Market Leader for the nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners, creating homes for low-income New Yorkers.
Luke Wood '91

Luke Wood '91

President, Beats Electronics
As president of Dr. Dre and now Apple-owned Beats Electronics, Wood leads the high-end retailer, which makes headphones, earbuds, speakers and software technology.
Jennifer Finney Boylan '80

Jennifer Finney Boylan '80

Writer and Professor
Noted LGBT activist and author of 13 books, Boylan holds the post of Writer in Residence at Barnard College and contributing opinion writer to the op/ed page of the New York Times.
Michele Roberts '77

Michele Roberts '77

Executive Director
Michele Roberts is the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, a position she began in 2014 and to which she was unanimously reelected in 2018. Previously a public defender and then a successful trial lawyer in Washington, D.C., Roberts is the first woman ever to run a major U.S. professional sports union.
Jay Levy '60

Jay Levy '60

Professor and Researcher
A researcher and educator in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Levy directs the school's Laboratory for Tumor and AIDS Virus Research. Over the past three decades, his work has helped to identify HIV, developed treatments to prevent hemophiliacs from contracting the virus, and reported the presence of HIV in the brain and bowel.
  • Fulbright
Ramanan Sivalingam  '10

Ramanan Sivalingam '10

US Advisory Sales, Credit Suisse

Ramanan Sivalingam is a director in advisory sales at Credit Suisse. Prior to Credit Suisse, he held the same role in sales at Deutsche Bank. From 2011–2015 he was a vice president in research, covering chemicals and agriculture stocks at Deutsche Bank. In 2015, he was named a Rising Star of Wall Street Research by Institutional Investor. In 2016, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for finance. Ram graduated in 2010 from Wesleyan University, where he double-majored in economics and East Asian studies and captained the men’s lacrosse team. Ram still derives inspiration from Wesleyan’s lacrosse national championship in 2018. Additionally, given he is a Philadelphia native, the “Philly Special” is a reminder that anything is possible.