Well-Known Alumni/ae

Commonwealth alumni/ae are a powerful force. Many dedicate their lives to serving others and improving the world. While many, even most, are successful in their lives, some alumni/ae have entered fields where they have become more visible to the public.

David Altshuler '82, Executive Vice President for Global Research and Chief Scientific Officer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals; founding Co-director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

Jonatha Brooke '81, singer-songwriter

Katy Butler '66, author (My Father's Broken Heart)

Chris Cerf '73, Superintendent of the Newark, NJ, Public Schools; former Commissioner of Education for New Jersey

Evan Dando '84, musician and founding member of the Lemonheads

Gene Flood '73, Managing partner, ACapella Partners, Inc.

Stefan Forbes '86, film director (Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story)

Peter Galbraith '69, the first U.S. Ambassador to Croatia

Melissa Glenn Haber '87, author (Dear Anjali)

Robert Goldston '68, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Michael Jacobson '71, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary, eBay

Jon Keller '73, political commentator, WBZ-TV

David Kravitz '82, classical singer and co-founder, with Robert Neer '82, of political blog Blue Mass Group

Anthony Kuhn '81, foreign correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR)

Kasi Lemmons '77, actor and film director (Eve's Bayou, Talk to Me)

Hamish Linklater '94, actor (The Crazy Ones, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Seminar) and playwright (The Vandal)

Alexandre Mas '95, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Ottessa Moshfegh '98, author (Eileen, McGlue)

Jesse Peretz '86, film and television director (Girls, My Idiot Brother, The Ex) and founding member of The Lemonheads

Nina Pillard '78, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, formerly a law professor at Georgetown University and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Assistant to the Solicitor General

Jonathan Rotenberg '80, founder of the Boston Computer Society (BCS), executive coach, and soon-to-be author of My Teacher Steve Jobs, his memoir due out in 2016.

Ben Sargent '96, chef and foodie

Polly Trottenberg '82, Transportation Commissioner for New York City and former Undersecretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Transportation

Johanna Wright '93, Vice President of Product Management, YouTube