Alumni

The Stanford Alumni Association was established in 1892 by the university’s first graduating class. There are more than 220,000 Stanford alumni living in all 50 states, plus 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 alumni.stanford.edu.

Some notable Stanford alumni include:

Academic leaders

John Bravman, Bucknell University president
Nancy Cantor, Rutgers-Newark chancellor
Brian W. Casey, Colgate University president
Sean M. Decatur, Kenyon College president
Michael Drake, The Ohio State University president
Pamela Eibeck, University of the Pacific president
Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie Corporation president
Fr. William Leahy, Boston College president
Vincent E. Price, Duke president
L. Rafael Reif, MIT president
Peter Salovey, Yale president

Arts and entertainment

Andre Braugher, actor
Sterling K. Brown, actor
Jennifer Connelly, actress
Issa Rae, actress
Sigourney Weaver, actress
Richard Diebenkorn*, artist
Robert Motherwell*, artist
Gretchen Carlson, broadcaster
Dave Fleming, broadcaster
Rodney Gilmore, broadcaster
Ted Koppel, broadcaster
Rachel Maddow, broadcaster
Jessica Mendoza, broadcaster
David Lang, composer
David Chase, director
Alexander Payne, director
Jay Roach, director
Fred Savage, actor/director
Jon Nakamatsu, pianist
David Brown*, producer
Gale Anne Hurd, producer
Edward Pressman, producer
Richard Zanuck*, producer

Athletics

BASEBALL
Jack McDowell
Mike Mussina

FOOTBALL
John Elway
Zach Ertz
Andrew Luck
John Lynch
Christian McCaffrey
Jim Plunkett
Richard Sherman

BASKETBALL
Brook Lopez
Robin Lopez
Chiney Ogwumike
Nneka Ogwumike

GOLF
Tom Watson
Michelle Wie
Tiger Woods

OLYMPIANS
Jennifer Azzi
Janet Evans
Julie Foudy
Katie Ledecky
Simone Manuel
Pablo Morales
Summer Sanders
Erik Shoji
Kerri Strug
Jenny Thompson
Kerri Walsh Jennings

TENNIS
Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
Nicole Gibbs
John McEnroe

SOCCER
Jane Campbell
Tierna Davidson
Jordan Morris
Kelley O’Hara
Christen Press
Andi Sullivan

SOFTBALL
Jessica Mendoza
Ramona Shelburne

Business

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

Creative writing

NOVELISTS
Michael Cunningham
Jeffrey Eugenides
Allegra Goodman
Yaa Gyasi
Alice Hoffman
Ken Kesey*
Nicole Krauss
N. Scott Momaday
Vikram Seth
John Steinbeck*
Scott Turow
Tobias Wolff

PLAYWRIGHTS
David Henry Hwang
Mark Medoff

POETS LAUREATE
Robert Hass
Robert Pinsky

Government

Herbert Hoover,* U.S. president

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES 
Stephen Breyer
Anthony Kennedy
Sandra Day O’Connor
William Rehnquist*

U.S. SENATORS
Cory Booker
Dianne Feinstein
Jeff Merkley
Tina Smith
Ron Wyden

Nobel Prize winners

Eric Cornell, physics
Dudley Herschbach, chemistry
Roger Kornberg, chemistry
Al Roth, economics
K. Barry Sharpless, chemistry
Richard E. Taylor, physics
Carl Wieman, physics
Oliver E. Williamson, economics

Science and engineering

France Anne-Dominic Córdova, National Science Foundation Director

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 more

Stewart Brand, Internet pioneer
Paul Draper, vintner
Matt Flannery, Kiva
Atul Gawande, surgeon
Jessica Jackley, Kiva
Eunice Shriver Kennedy,* Special Olympics founder
Robert Mondavi,* vintner
Jeff Raikes, The Raikes Foundation
Sally Ride,* first U.S. woman in space
Blake Ross, Mozilla Firefox developer
Jeffrey Skoll, Skoll Foundation
Edward Tufte, statistician

* deceased

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