Alumni

The College of Creative Studies’ approximately 2,500 graduates embody all that is extraordinary about the College. Most continue to follow a creative path, with an impressive estimated 67% completing graduate school and many moving on to notable accomplishments that would make any alma mater proud. 

If you are a CCS alumnus, we welcome the opportunity to reconnect. Alumni serve as guides, teachers, donors, and volunteers, and are an increasingly important part of the college. We encourage you to contact us, let us know what you are up to, and sign up to receive news and information from the College. Please feel free to reach out to Wil Proctor, Communications & Development Associate, at will.proctor@ccs.ucsb.edu.

Alumni of Note

In order to highlight our alumni, below is a continually growing selection of CCS alumni who help exemplify the College. Our list includes a Nobel Laureate, a MacArthur Fellow, distinguished artists, award-winning authors, and many others who have made tremendous impacts in their fields – we could not be prouder of our association. 

Caroline Allen

Lecturer in Literature at UCSB College of Creative Studies, Painter, Writer, Performer
Michael Anderson

Professor of Mathematics, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Norm Badler

Rachleff Chair of Computer & Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Mark Bates

Professor of Mathematics at Oxnard College and Creator of Sovereign Chess
Angela Belcher

Professor of Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ilan Ben-Yaacov

Lecturer of Technology Management, Lecturer, ECE & CCS, UC Santa Barbara
Magdalena Bezanilla

Professor at UmassAmherst
Lydia Bird

Writer and Editor
Robert Blaisdell

Professor of English at City University of New York's Kingsborough Community College
Kit Boise-Cossart

Artist and Photographer
Erin Bregman

Founder and Director of Little Opera
Kenny Broad

Professor of Marine Ecosystems and Society, University of Miami
Ryan Burns

Lead Infrastructure Engineer at Pixar Animation Studios
Chad Burt

Lead Developer, SeaSketch
Susie Cagle

Journalist and Illustrator
Carolee Campbell

Founder and Owner of Ninja Press
Tai Carmen

Author and Musician
John Cashman

President and Founder of the Human BioMolecular Research Institute
Olivia Chadha

Novelist and Teacher
Karen Christensen

CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group
John Clark

Executive VP, Technology and Global R&D, Finisar
Bruce Joel Cohen

Artist
Larry Cohen

Artist
Corey Cole

Game Designer, Programmer, and Writer
Marc E. Culler

Professor of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago
Adam de Boer

Artist
Richard Derby

Composer
Ernesto Diaz-Infante

Guitarist
Deena Drewis

Staff Writer, Girl Boss and Editor/Founder, Nouvella
Gerald Edgar

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Ohio State University
Linda Ekstrom

Artist and Teacher
Macduff Everton

Documentary Photographer
David Ewald

Editor of Eclectica
Stephen Fiacco

CEO at EvoRx Technologies, Inc
Wesley Fields

Author and Physician
Alexei Filippenko

Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley
Adam Fischer

Director of Corporate Planning at Riot Games
Roy Fowler

Artist
Jay Freeman

Founder of SaurikIT and Developer of Cydia
Nathan Freitas

Founder, the Guardian Project
Lindsey Fromm

Artist and Lecturer at Central New Mexico Community College, New Mexico
Ryan Garver

Chief Technology Officer, Looksharp
Amy Jo Goddard

CEO, Sexually Empowered Life
Stanley Goldstein

Artist
Carol Greider

Professor and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins University; 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
Parry Gripp

Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Sherin Guirguis

Artist
John "Gus" Gurley

Co-Founder, Digital Instruments
Theresa Hackett

Artist
Leslie Hall

Owner, Inkspot; Writing and Editing Consultant
Bobby Halvorson

Musician, Composer
Jenny Hankwitz

Artist
Melissa Hart

Author, Teacher, Speaker
Nancy Harvey

Executive Director, Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Board Director, TigerLogic Corporation
Mary Heebner

Artist, Writer, Papermaker, and Book Artist
Paul Heiney

Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania
Danny Heller

Artist
Chris Hepburn

VP Production, Battery Productions Producer, Ignition Creative
Loie Hollowell

Artist
David Holt

Musician, Storyteller, Historian, Television Host, and Entertainer
Wes Holtermann

Author
Joel Jacobsen

Author and Assistant Attorney General, Santa Fe, NM
Richard Jefferson

CEO, Cambia
Bruce Jones

Artist, Director, Visual Effects Supervisor, and Author
Lissa Kapstrom

TV Producer and Writer
Michael Kasino

Editor, Superfine Films
Stephen Kearin

Actor
John Kelly

Manager of Wireless Diagnostics, Apple Inc.
Diana Kraemer

Neurosurgeon
John La Puma

Clinical Director of Chef Clinic, Co-Founder of ChefMD, and Author
Carol Lashof

Playwright, Librettist, and Educator
Julianna Lavin

Director, Screenwriter, and Actress
Christine Lehner

Author
Alicia Lieu

Vice President, Composer's Collective
Joyce Lightbody

Artist and Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design
Scott Manalis

Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jennifer Marsh

Artist and Children's Fine Art Program Coordinator at Palo Alto Art Center in California
Miwa Matreyek

Animator, Designer, and Multimedia Artist
Timothy C. May

Technical and Political Writer, Former Senior Scientist at Intel
Brent Melot

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Southern California
Walter Benn Michaels

American Literary Theorist, Author, and Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Ander Mikalson

Artist - Performance, Sound, Sculpture and Drawing
Christopher Miles

Artist, Curator, Educator, and Writer
Scott Miller

Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support, Smithsonian
Layla Minoui

Composer
Paul Moore

Composer
Michael Moran

Photographer
Stanley Moss

Brand expert, Philosopher, Writer, and Artist
Andrew Mutz

Chief Scientist, AppFolio
John Nava

Artist
Christopher Niederauer

Graphics Technology Manager, Apple
Bob Nugent

Artist
Peggy Oki

Artist
Jennifer Parker

Artist and Associate Professor, UC Santa Cruz
Nancy Pham

Owner of Minan Gallery, Los Angeles
Hank Pitcher

Artist and Teacher
Mohan Sastri Putcha

Professor of Mathematics, North Carolina State University
Kevin Raftery

Composer, Music Director of the 500-member Richmond Concert Society
Jess Riegel

Artist and Filmmaker
Ross Robins

English Department Chair, Cate School
Halsey Rodman

Artist
Katie O'Reilly Rogers

Landscape Architect
John Rose

Java Virtual Machine Architect, Oracle
Anna Salamon

Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Rationality
Michael Saucier

Founder and CEO, Transpara
Zack Schlesinger

Professor of Physics, UC Santa Cruz
Alex Scordelis

Writer, Director, and Sketch Comedian
Melissa Seley

Writer and Editorial Director, Lucky Brands
Lori Shantzis

Art Gallery Director, Consultant, and Playwright
Jonathan Siegel

Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Advisor
Dagmar Smek

Lawyer
Mike Solomon

Artist
Jennifer St. James

Brand Journalist and Content Marketing Specialist
Glenn Stevens

Professor of Mathematics, Boston University
Jervey Tervalon

Author and Teacher
Marilyn L. Thoman

Research Professor at San Diego State University
Leif Thomas

Professor of Physical Oceanography, Stanford
Ron Vale

Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, UC San Francisco
Jack Van Zandt

Composer and President of the L.A. Chapter of the American Composers Forum
Kathrine Varnes

Poet and Playwright
Stephen Vessels

Author
Steve Voien

U.S Diplomat, Novelist, Sustainability Consultant
Joel Wachbrit

Composer
David Watson

Music Producer and Computer Scientist, Zoo Labs
Robert Wechsler

Artist
Stephen Westfall

Painter, Critic, and Professor at Bard College
Steve White

Computer Scientist, IBM Research, and Intellectual Property and Copywrite Consultant
Richard Wright

Cardiologist and President, Pacific Heart Institute
Dan Yashinsky

Storyteller, Author, and Community Organizer; Founder and Director, The Tellery
Jay Alan Yim

Composer and Professor of Music, Northwestern University
Marlene Zuk

Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota
Stephen Zweig

Founder and CEO, CliniSense