Alumni Profiles

Our alumni community is composed of political figures, actors and actresses, space explorers, Olympic gold medalists, Pulitzer Prize winners, U.S. ambassadors, military personnel, award-winning journalists and authors and more. 

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Notable Alumni

GW students thrive when they find their passion and can apply it to improving the world around them. They came to GW to explore the past, and they leave ready to create new futures in their fields. Some of our graduates are passionate about literature and the arts, providing entertainment and beauty to those around them. Others serve the public good as diplomats, members of Congress, members of the press, and leaders in the highest seats of government around the world. Some GW alumni receive distinction through their service in the military or their accomplishments in an athletic arena. And some have gone on to advocate for human rights or space exploration. Many choose to stay involved with their alma mater by volunteering their time and expertise through leadership groups like the GW Board of Trustees. But all GW alumni have one thing in common. They all RAISE HIGH.

Criteria: The Notable Alumni list is composed of GW graduates who are or were significant contributors to their area of expertise. This list is not exhaustive, nor can it ever be. We do, however, attempt to represent the diversity of experiences and expertise among the GW alumni body with this list. If we have missed someone who you think should be included, please email [email protected]. The notable alumni list is updated bi-annually.

Athletics

David Falk, LAW JD ’75

CEO of Falk Associates Management Enterprise (FAME), Michael Jordan's agent

John Flaherty, CCAS BA '91

Retired baseball player for the New York Yankees and current television baseball broadcaster

David Haggerty, GWSB BBA '71

President, International Tennis Federation

Mark Lerner, GWSB MBA '75

Principal owner of the Washington Nationals baseball club and a principal of Lerner Enterprises

Ted Lerner, CCAS AA '48; LAW BL '50

American real estate developer, managing principal owner of the Washington Nationals baseball club, and founder of Lerner Enterprises

Randy Levine, CCAS BA '77

Attorney and president of the New York Yankees

Elana Meyers, SPH BS '06; GWSB MTA '11

2-time Olympic Medalist, Women's Bobsled (silver 2014, bronze 2010)

Jerry Reinsdorf, GWSB BA '57

Owner, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls

Joel Segal, CCAS BA '86

American sports agent and the president of Team Sports for Lagardere Americas

Entertainment

Alec Baldwin, ATTD '76-'79

Award winning actor, writer, producer, and comedian

Courteney Cox, MVC '86

Actress, producer, and director

Manish Dayal, GWSB BBA '05

Actor known for role as Raj Kher in “90210”

Ina Garten, GWSB MBA '76

Celebrity chef and host of “The Barefoot Contessa”

Tim Gunn, Corcoran BFA '76

Fashion consultant, television personality, actor, and author

Yvonne Orji, CCAS BA '05; SPH MPH '08

Actress on HBO's comedy series “Insecure”

Neil Portnow, CCAS BA '71

Recording Academy and MusiCares President/CEO and Chair of the GRAMMY Museum Board

Kerry Washington, CCAS BA '98

Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated actress known most recently for her role on “Scandal”

Scott Wolf, GWSB BBA '88

Actor known for role as Bailey Salinger on “Party of Five”

Rachel Zoe, CCAS BA '93

Celebrity fashion stylist

Government Leaders

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, SEAS MEA '83

14th Prime Minister of Pakistan

Edward “David” Burt, MP, GWSB BBA '01, MS '03

Premier of Bermuda

Julia Brownley, MVC BA '75

Congresswoman (CA-D); and former California State Assembly member

Eric Cantor, CCAS BA '85

Former congressman (VA-R)

Tammy Duckworth, ESIA MA '92

U.S. senator (Ill-D)

John James Duncan Jr., LAW JD '73

Congressman (TN-R)

Neal Dunn, SMHS MD '79

Congressman (FL-R)

Michael Enzi, GWSB BBA '66

U.S senator (WY-R)

Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, CCAS BA '81, MA '84

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates

Rose Gottemoeller, ESIA MA '81

Deputy secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Vincent Gray, CCAS AA '64

Former DC mayor; current DC councilman

Steve Israel, CCAS BA '81

Former congressman (NY-D)

Samuel R. Johnson, ESIA MS '74

Congressman (TX-R; retiring 2018)

Hee-Beom Lee, GWSB MBA '87

President, PyeongChang 2018 (Olympics)

K.T. McFarland, ESIA BA '73

Deputy national security advisor to President Trump

Kenneth P. Moritsugu, SMHS MD '71

First Asian-American Surgeon General of the United States

Pedro Pierluisi, LAW JD '84

Former resident commissioner of Puerto Rico-D

Colin Powell, GWSB MBA '71

Former U.S. secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs

Harry Reid, LAW JD '64

Retired U.S. senator (NV-D) and former Senate Majority and Minority Leader

John William Snow, LAW JD '67

Former 73rd U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (2003-2006)

Darren Soto, LAW JD '04

Congressman (FL-D) and former FL senator

Katie Walsh, GWSB BBA '09

Deputy chief of staff to President Trump

Mark Warner, CCAS BA '77

U.S. senator (VA-D), former Virginia governor

Elizabeth Warren, ATTD '66-'68

U.S. senator (MA-D)

Media and Politics

Huma Abedin, CCAS BA '97

Former presidential campaign vice chair and personal assistant to Hillary Rodham Clinton

Dana Bash, SMPA BA '93

CNN chief political correspondent

Kellyanne Conway, LAW JD '92

White house advisor to President Trump, former Trump campaign manager

Diana B. Henriques, ESIA BA '69

Award-winning financial journalist, currently writing for The New York Times, Author

Dr. John Edgar Hoover, LAW JD '17; HON '35

Former director of the FBI

Kasie Hunt, ESIA BA '06

Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC News

Sunlen Miller Serfaty, ESIA BA '03

CNN national correspondent

Jacqueline B. Onassis, CCAS BA '51

Former First Lady

Hillary Rosen, GWSB BBA '81

Managing director, SKDKnickerbocker, former head of the Recording Industry Association of America

Chuck Todd, ATT '90–'94

NBC News chief White House correspondent and political director

Brian Williams, ATTD, HON '12

Host, MSNBC Nightly Wrap-Up

Military

Admiral Thad Allen, GWSB MPA '86

Former commandant, U.S. Coast Guard (2006–2010)

General Lloyd Newton, GWSB MPA '85

First African American to join the Thunderbirds (the Air Force's elite team)

General Peter Pace, GWSB MS '72

16th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General John M. Shalikashvili, ESIA MS '70

13th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; former Supreme Allied Commander; former Boeing Company, Board of Directors

Major General Nadja West, SMHS MD '88

Army surgeon general and commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM)

Nonprofit Leaders and Activists

Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, MVC BA '99

Globally recognized voice of and leader in women's empowerment

Roslyn M. Brock, SPH MHSA '89

Chairman emeritus, NAACP National Board of Directors

L. Ron Hubbard, ATTD

Writer and founder of the Church of Scientology

Ellen Malcolm, GWSB MBA '84

Founder, EMILY'S List

Daniel Weiss, CCAS BA '79

President, Metropolitan Museum of Art; will serve as interim CEO in July 2017

Scientists

Dr. Ralph A. Alpher, CCAS BA '43, MA '45, PhD '48

Physicist, published Big Bang Theory

Anousheh Ansari, SEAS MS '92

Entrepreneur, Private Space Explorer

Michael Coats, GWSB MS '77

10th director of the NASA Johnson Space Center

Michael D. Griffin, SEAS MS '98

Former administrator, NASA

Marjorie Townsend, SEAS BS '51

First woman to manage a U.S. space launch; co-inventor and co-patentee of digital telemetry system