In 2016, there are 221,826 Stanford alumni living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. There are alumni in 158 countries and territories worldwide.

Stanford Alumni Association

Established in 1892 by members of Stanford’s first graduating class, the Stanford Alumni Association works to reach, serve and engage Stanford alumni throughout the world. It offers programs and services including reunions, Stanford Magazine,  faculty-led travel, and alumni networking. For more information, visit

Some notable Stanford alumni include:

Academic leaders

William Brody, Salk Institute president; Nancy Cantor, Rutgers-Newark chancellor; Michael Drake, The Ohio State University president; Pamela Eibeck, University of the Pacific president; Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie Corporation president; Father William Leahy, Boston College president; L. Rafael Reif, MIT president; and Peter Salovey, Yale University president.

Arts and entertainment

Actors Andre Braugher, Sterling K. Brown, Jennifer Connelly, Issa Rae, Fred Savage and Sigourney Weaver; artists Richard Diebenkorn* and Robert Motherwell*; broadcasters Gretchen Carlson, Dave Fleming, Rodney Gilmore, Ted Koppel, Rachel Maddow and Jessica Mendoza; composer David Lang; directors David Chase, Alexander Payne and Jay Roach; pianist Jon Nakamatsu; producers David Brown*, Gale Anne Hurd, Edward Pressman and Richard Zanuck.*


Baseball players Mike Mussina and Jack McDowell; football players John Elway, Toby Gerhart, Andrew Luck, John Lynch, Jim Plunkett and Richard Sherman; basketball players Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike; golfers Tom Watson, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods; Olympians Jennifer Azzi, Janet Evans, Julie Foudy, Eric Heiden, Bob Mathias*, Pablo Morales, Summer Sanders, Kerri Strug, Jenny Thompson and Kerri Walsh; tennis players Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan and John McEnroe; and soccer players Christen Press and Adam Jahn.


Eric Baker and Jeff Fluhr (StubHub), Mary Barra (General Motors), Steve Ballmer (Los Angeles Clippers), Jeffrey Bewkes (Time Warner), Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google), Doris Fisher (Gap), Reed Hastings (Netflix), William Hewlett* and David Packard* (Hewlett-Packard), Konstantin Guericke and Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Phil Knight (Nike), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo), Scott McGregor (Broadcom); Scott McNealy, Vinod Khosla and Andy Bechtolsheim (Sun Microsystems), Azim Premji (Wipro), Charles R. Schwab, (Charles Schwab Corp.), Debbie Sterling (GoldiBlox), Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger (Instagram), Peter Thiel (PayPal) and Jerry Yang and David Filo (Yahoo).

Creative writing

Noveliests Michael Cunningham, Jeffrey Eugenides, Allegra Goodman, Yaa Gyasi, Alice Hoffman, Ken Kesey*, Nicole Krauss, N. Scott Momaday, \ Vikram Seth, John Steinbeck*, Scott Turow and Tobias Wolff; playwrights David Henry Hwang and Mark Medoff; poets laureate Robert Hass and Robert Pinsky.


U.S. president Herbert Hoover*; Supreme Court justices Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor and William Rehnquist*; U.S. senators Cory Booker, Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden; Susan Rice, U.S. National Security Adviser; Julian Castro, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert; and ambassador to China Max Baucus.

Science and engineering

Inventors Vinton Cerf (Internet protocol), John Chowning (synthesizer), Ray Dolby* (noise-reduction system), Ted Hoff (microprocessor), Ted Maiman* (laser), Brad Parkinson (GPS), Brent Townshend (56K modem) and Sally Ride* (first U.S. woman in space); Nobel Prize winners Dudley Herschbach, Roger Kornberg and K. Barry Sharpless (chemistry); and Eric Cornell, Richard E. Taylor and Carl Wieman (physics); Al Roth and Oliver E. Williamson (economics).

And more

Stewart Brand (internet pioneer), Paul Draper (vintner), Matt Flannery (Kiva), Atul Gawande (surgeon and author), Jessica Jackley (Kiva), Robert Mondavi,* (vintner), Jeff Raikes (Raikes Foundation), Blake Ross (Mozilla firefox developer), Jeffrey Skoll (Skoll foundation), Edward Tufte (statistician).

* deceased

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