Meet Our Alumni

Our College's alumni are artists and filmmakers, civic leaders, social activists and executives of industry. They help support our mission to educate the next generation of public citizens, and are a part of a community of 300,000+ University graduates making their mark around the Bay Area and impacting communities throughout the country and around the world.

Interview with Jonas Rivera from Pixar

In this video from 2011, the Oscar-winning film producer discusses his inspirations, college experiences and more. Rivera (Cinema, B.A., ’96) is the first U.S.-born Latinx producer to win two Academy Awards.

“Going to San Francisco State was the great stepping stone into my career. It made me feel … there are people out there that feel the way I do about film, that are passionate about it, that want to work in it.”

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Join the Alumni Association

Membership in the association is the best way for you to stay connected to your alma mater and to hear news about events and alumni get togethers. As advocates and supporters of SF State, alumni play a vital role in helping SF State remain the leader in providing high-quality, accessible higher education in the Bay Area.

Visit the Alumni Association website to learn more.


Liberal & Creative Arts Alumni Include:

Alex Borstein

Emmy Award-winning actress/comedian (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Family Guy)

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Willie L. Brown, Jr.

Former San Francisco Mayor and California State Assembly Speaker

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Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist/activist/author

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As Well As:

Miguel Almaguer: NBC News correspondent

Melba Beals: Author (Warriors Don’t Cry) and member of the Little Rock Nine

Annette Bening: Academy Award-nominated actress (American Beauty)

Kari Byron: Television personality/artist (MythBusters)

Christopher Boyes: Academy Award-winning sound editor (The Lord of the Rings, Titanic)

Lisa Cholodenko: Academy Award-nominated screenwriter/director (The Kids Are All Right)

George Duke: Grammy Award-winning jazz musician

Cleve Jones: AIDS and LGBTQ activist (AIDS memorial quilt)

Dan Nakamura: Hip-hop producer (Gorillaz, Deltron 3030)

Anne Rice: Best-selling author (Interview with the Vampire)