Alumnae Newsmakers

May 9, 2024

Spotlight on Alums: Disability Rights Advocate, Economist, and Author Allison Thompkins ’04

Economist, author, and disability rights advocate Allison Thompkins ’04 says Scripps College was “absolutely pivotal” in shaping her postgraduate work.

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April 3, 2024

Spotlight on Alums: Sarah Izant ’15, CalEPA Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy 

According to Sarah Izant ’15, the deputy secretary for climate policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency, her Scripps education and The Claremont Colleges’ network of resources and connections were both invaluable factors in shaping her career after graduation.

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February 19, 2024

Kate DeMarsh ’21 Combines Policy and Science to Affect Change

For Kate DeMarsh ’21, scientific study and community engagement are inextricably linked. As a PhD student in environmental systems at the University of California Merced, her research focuses on community-based air monitoring.

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December 18, 2023

Spotlight on Alums: CMS Ducey Hall of Fame Inductee Emily Taylor ’06 Reflects on Time at Scripps 

“I feel like athletics at CMS really allowed me to embrace the entire 5C experience,” says CMS Ducey Hall of Fame inductee Emily Taylor ’06.

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November 9, 2023

Ferrin Ruiz ’08 Balances Medicine and Dance

Ruiz credits her commitment to dance at Scripps for helping her stand out in a highly qualified pool of medical school applicants.

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June 30, 2023

Lynne Thompson ’72 and Rachel Fidler ’14 Connect Across Communities

Although Lynne Thompson ’72 and Rachel Fidler ’14 graduated more than 40 years apart, the two alumnae have long worked together to bring their knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience to serve the greater Los Angeles community.

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March 6, 2023

Sneha Deo ’17 Leverages her Scripps Experience to Advance Education of Young Women

Now an artificial intelligence ethicist with Microsoft whose work combines social science, human-centered thinking, and computer science, Deo attributes her confidence in interdisciplinary thinking to her Scripps professors.

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October 10, 2022

Natalie Katz ’16 Pursues an International Veterinary Medicine Career

Katz is in her fourth year at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, a path that started with her classes and experiences at Scripps.

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July 19, 2022

Louise Tench Willard ’97 Named CIO at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Willard, who has worked at the San Francisco Fed since 1997, will be the first woman CIO in the bank’s history and will lead the bank’s largest employee team.

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June 30, 2022

Spotlight on Alumnae: Julia Cost ’09 Transforms Her “Happy Place” Into an Art Career

Cost sews her own sample garments with self-designed fabrics and dances in them to show her Instagram sewing clients how the fabrics move.

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