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Alumni Profiles

Read about what our PBK Sigma Chapter alumni are doing now. If you would like to share an update about your education, career, or family after leaving UC San Diego and have the chance to have your profile featured on this page, please email pbk@ucsd.edu with the subject "Alumni Profile" and include the year you were inducted, a short paragraph, and a recent photo of yourself.

  • Teran Colen (1998)

    Teran Colen (1998)

    From an undergraduate major in General Biology, Teran went to medical school at Harvard Medical School, then to the University of Washington, where he did Residency in the field of Radiology.  He then did a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Imaging at Stanford Medical Center.  Now, he is the Director of Cardiovascular Imaging at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, OR.  He is on the Board of the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center/Rosemary Anderson High School.
  • Sivan Gai Whiteley (1999)

    Sivan Gai Whiteley (1999)

    Sivan majored in Political Science with a minor in Economics and attended Harvard Law School. After starting her career as a litigator, she pivoted to working as in-house counsel at Ebay and then Better Place. Sivan has worked at Block (formerly Square, Inc.) since 2013 and is now Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. She leads teams specialized in regulatory, compliance, corporate communications, and security operations. Sivan was recently named to the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business List in 2021 and appeared on the Women Leaders in Tech Law list in 2016 and 2017.
  • Christina Roland Sunardi (2000)

    Christina Roland Sunardi (2000)

    As a music major, Christina explored percussion instruments at UCSD and studied abroad in Indonesia where she became proficient in gamelan and musical expression of performance, identity, and spirituality in Java. She earned her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California-Berkeley and has been teaching at the University of Washington since 2008 where she is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Adelaide D. Currie Endowed Professor, and Chair of the University of Washington Department of Dance.
  • Lindsay Muir Harris (2005)

    Lindsay Muir Harris (2005)

    Lindsay Muir Harris (2005), Professor and Associate Dean of Clinical and Experiential Programs at the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, was the keynote speaker at the spring 2022 initiation. She directs the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic and teaches Immigration and asylum law courses and has taught in the Service-Learning Program, traveling with law students to the border or to work within immigration detention centers.

    Lindsay graduated from UC San Diego Summa Cum Laude with double majors in Psychology and International Studies/Anthropology. She received her J.D. from University of California Berkeley Law (Order of the Coif). While a law student, she gained much practical experience engaging in clinical opportunities in immigration and human rights law, led the Human Rights Committee, the California Asylum Representation Clinic and served on the editorial staff of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. After earning her J.D., she clerked on the Ninth Circuit and then joined the Tahirih Justice Center as an Equal Justice Works Fellow where she worked with African immigrant women and girl survivors of gender-based violence. She later worked for the American Immigration Council on efforts to end the detention of immigrant families. She taught in Georgetown University’s asylum clinic and at George Mason University before joining the University of the District of Columbia Law School in 2016. She has been involved with numerous organizations focused on asylum and in 2020 was awarded the American Immigration Lawyers Association Elmer Fried Excellence in Immigration Law Teaching Award.

  • Rowena Paz Norman (2007)

    Rowena Paz Norman (2007)

    Rowena's Political Science major and Chinese Studies Minor led her to a year abroad at Beijing University. Following graduation, Rowena began her career at Google as a sales executive in emerging markets like Southeast Asia and Canada. She then joined Feeding America to follow her values as the Director of New Partnerships at Feeding America. There, she developed technology partnerships to find innovative solutions to disrupt hunger. Rowena is currently an MBA Candidate at Portland State University School of Business, where she advocates for women of color in business and business as a force for good.
  • Alex Hien Vu (2012)

    Alex Hien Vu (2012)

    While majoring in Human Biology, Alex worked with the Associated Students and was chair of the UC San Diego Well-being Cluster. After a stint at the UC Office of the President, he went on to earn a dual-degree M.D./M.Sc. at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is now Resident Surgeon at NYU Langone Health.
  • Jessica Cao (2019)

    Jessica Cao (2019)

    A joint BA/MIA student, Jessica graduated with a major in International Studies and a graduate degree in International Management while working as a peer coach and teaching assistant. She also studied abroad at Fudan University, Shanghai where she briefly taught English as a second language. Since graduating, she worked at Kantar and is now a Research Specialist at Twitter.