Caroline Adler is the former special assistant to President Obama and communications director to the First Lady Michelle Obama. For more than two years, Adler served as deputy communications director to the First Lady, leading communications strategy for the First Lady's Joining Forces, Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn initiatives as well as international travel.
Samantha Ainsley is a senior software engineer & technical lead, Google computer engineer & Google.com Fellow. Ainsley left Vivian Webb School to attend Columbia University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in computer science with an emphasis in vision and graphics.
Television writer Tyler Bensinger has worked on 16 television shows during his 30-year career as a professional writer. The shows he has worked on include Cold Case, Parenthood, The Good Wife, and This Is Us. Bensinger earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Yale University and his Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Los Angeles.
William "Bill" Boeing was the only son of William E. Boeing, Sr., founder of the Boeing Aircraft Company an American multinational aerospace and defense corporation which was established in 1916, a year before the start of World War I, the first ever aviation war. Throughout the war, Boeing Sr. supplied the U.S. Navy with seaplanes which were capable of water landings.
James D. Burke is a retired JPL lunar settlement and exploration expert. Burke graduated from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1945, became a U.S. Naval Aviator, returned to Caltech for graduate work in Aeronautics, then joined JPL in 1949. He participated in early lunar programs, becoming project manager of Ranger, the first American effort to land operating instruments on the moon.
Jim Drasdo spent 36 years at Capital Research and Management Company. When he joined, Capital managed about $1.2 billion in mutual funds distributed as the American Funds; when he retired in June 2013 the funds had grown to about $1.2 trillion. Jim joined as an analyst following the chemical and railroad industries but soon became a portfolio counsellor. Jim became president of both Fundamental Investors, one of the country's first mutual funds, and Growth Fund of America, which became the largest actively managed equity mutual fund under Jim's watch.
Ariel Fan is president and chief executive officer of GreenWealth Energy Solutions, a leading hotel energy management company providing sustainability solutions for real estate owners. They help hotels and commercial buildings capture government incentives and go green by assisting them with any of 20 different types of technologies ranging from LED lights to water-saving fixtures. Fan started the Los Angeles-based company in October 2016 after she won Southern California Edison's Energy Efficiency Award for her impact at over 50 hotels and commercial buildings owned by Brighton Management.
George F. Getty served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Getty Oil until his death. The Getty Oil Company was founded by George’s father, J. Paul Getty, and grandfather, George Sr. While at Webb, George swam and ran on the track team; he was a member of the choir and Glee Club, the sports editor for Blue and Gold and he pursued leading roles in the Dramatic Club.
Hailed as “nothing short of sensational” by Opera magazine, soprano Sari Gruber ’89 is one of today’s most sought-after artists on the international opera and concert stage. After graduating from Yale University with degrees in music and theater studies, she studied voice at The Juilliard School. Gruber subsequently made her professional debut at New York City Opera in 1996, and has since sung with many of the world's greatest artists and conductors.
Karen G. Hales '87 is a professor of biology at Davidson College. She received her doctorate in genetics from Stanford University. In her research with undergraduate students, Hales identifies and characterizes genes in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster that control the shaping and placement of mitochondria (power plants of the cell) within developing sperm cells.
Mark Lee is chair of the department of architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design and a founder and principal, with his wife Sharon Johnston, of the dynamic architecture firm Johnston Marklee—having worked throughout the US, Europe, and South America. In 2017, together with partner Sharon Johnston, he was artistic director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. One of his best known designs is the famous “Hill House” built into the hillside in the Pacific Palisades in Southern California. The Los Angeles Times named his firm, Johnston Marklee, one of the two architecture firms to follow in 2013.
Sandra Lee Rebish is a board-certified dermatologist, skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic surgeon, who has also become a known personality on television and online. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society for MOHS Surgery. Also known as Dr. Pimple Popper, she starred in her own TLC special in 2018. Previously, she was a regular contributor on Studio11LA, a daily TV newscast on FOX 11, where she discussed the latest advancements in dermatology and cosmetic surgery.
Polly Liu is the founder of Beau-coup.com, an online retailer specializing in wedding favors. The idea for the business came to Liu when she was planning her own wedding. “We knew there was a real need online for a one-stop wedding favors shop that offers unique and high quality items,” says Liu. “We also knew how stressful and emotional planning a wedding can be. Beau-coup’s mission is to help make the process a little less stressful, even enjoyable, by offering the most exceptional customer service and an unmatched selection of high quality guest favors at competitive prices.” Liu earned her Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business and founded Beau-coup.com in 2002.
General manager of the Houston Astros Jeff Luhnow '84 helped the Astros win their first-ever World Series title in 2017. Before joining the team in Houston, Luhnow served as vice president of scouting and player development for the St. Louis Cardinals since 2003. In that position, he oversaw nine minor league teams, international scouting and player development, and scouting for the amateur draft. Luhnow graduated from the Wharton School of Business and earned an Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University. He has pioneered the integration of data-based analysis into his teams' personnel decision-making processes, applying a classic business model to a professional sports team.
Julia Marciari-Alexander is the executive director of the Walters Art Museum, one of the leading art institutions in Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, which opened in 1934 after William and Henry Walters bequeathed 22,000 works to the city of Baltimore, has grown to include more than 30,000 pieces spanning from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. In 2006, the museum eliminated all admission fees through a government partnership with Baltimore City and County. From 2008 to 2013, Marciari-Alexander was the deputy director for curatorial affairs at the San Diego Museum of Art. In this capacity, she served as the head of a three-member team that assumed the duties of the departing director while the San Diego Museum of Art was searching for a successor. Prior to her work in San Diego, she spent more than 10 years at the Yale Center for British Art as the assistant curator of paintings and sculpture.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com, what Time calls "the prototype of what the successful Web-based news organization is likely to be in the future." Marshall spent his early journalistic career in traditional media, writing for such respected publications as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and The New York Times. In 2000, during the presidential election recount in Florida, Marshall launched the one-man blog TalkingPointsMemo. Marshall received a George Polk Award in 2008 for reporting on the 2007 US Attorney firing scandal that led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and a Sidney Hillman award in 2006 for reporting on President Bush's attempt to phase out Social Security. TPM also won the IPI award recognizing free and independent media in 2008. In fall 2009 Marshall was named among the most influential commentators in the nation by The Atlantic Monthly and one of the most powerful people in DC by GQ magazine.
Alix Rosenthal is the vice president of compliance at Lyft, an on-demand transportation company based in San Francisco. Previously she was general counsel and director of government affairs at Sidecar, another ride-sharing business. For over a decade, Alix has practiced law and served in local politics in the Bay Area. She has served as president of the San Francisco Elections Commission, deputy city attorney for the City of Oakland and as a vice chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party. Before joining Sidecar, Rosenthal ran a law practice in San Francisco, assisting clients with such issues as regulatory compliance, campaigns and environmental law. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctorate from University of Virginia School of Law.
Charles E. Scripps was chairman of the board of the E. W. Scripps Company, a media conglomerate founded by his grandfather, Edward W. Scripps. Under Charles’ leadership and business acumen, the company expanded from a family-owned newspaper into a major, publicly traded media company with several cable television operations. Scripps was a strong advocate of literacy; in 1986, the Scripps Howard Foundation created an annual award in his name to honor literacy efforts by newspapers and broadcast stations.
Howell Webb, Thompson and Vivian Webb’s second son, was the founding headmaster of Foothill Country Day School, a kindergarten to 8th grade independent school in Claremont. At Princeton, Webb was one of the first five students in that school’s divisional program in humanities, his degree was in English and humanities. He followed a long tradition of school makers, including his grandfather, Sawney, who founded the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.