In Action

Ruiquan "Johnny" Jin (MS '05)

Charting a new course: Ruiquan Jin, MS ‘05, is stepping up his work as the director of development for two national education ventures. In this capacity, he helped found, develop the blueprint and secure major investments to launch a new charter school management organization that will serve over 10,000 children in its initial network.


Amber Carmi-Smith (MS '07)

Thirst for Knowledge: Amber Carmi-Smith, MS ‘07, is the founder and president of the recently recognized campus nonprofit, Oxy W.A.R.P., which stands for: Occidental College Water Awareness and Reduction in Pollution. It is an innovative student group with an objective to raise awareness of a variety of critical water issues and to cultivate innovative approaches for responding to water pollution.


Joelle Simpson (MS '95)

Big Promotion. Dr.Joelle Simpson, MS ‘95, was named the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. In this role, Joelle will provide strategic leadership for Children's National's disaster preparedness, response, and community outreach efforts. Congratulations!


Jalondra Davis Brown (MS '02)

Spoken Word Comes to Life: On Saurday, July 21st Jalondra Davis, MS ‘02, will be reading selections from her new book, Butterfly Jar, performing select spoken word pieces, and autographing copies that can be purchased. Zahra's Books and Things 900 North La Brea Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90302.


Dennis Ojogho (MS '12)

Exciting Times. In addition to being accepted early admission to Harvard Law School, Dennis Ojogho, MS ‘12, was recently featured on the Harvard University Institute of Politics page, where he reflects on his work over the summer with the NAACP and its efforts in advocating the removal of the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina state house.


Veronika Hecko Wu (MS '03)

Visually moving. Veronika Heckova, MS ‘03, has left architecture to start a new career as a graphic designer and illustrator. Check out her work at www.verohecko.com.


Serge Sverdlov (MS '97)

Scholar patent alert: Serge Sverdlov, MS ‘97, is part of a group that was issued a patent in March for their work with Microsoft in designing interface infrastructure for creating and interacting with web services. Congratulations!


Stephanie Cabrera Esenwa (MS '97)

Using leadership to instill leadership: Stephanie Cabrera, MS ‘97 has joined the Girl Scouts of the USA to take on a national position of "Girl Leadership Strategy Manager."


Quingan Zhou (MS '06)

Consider them working summer vacations: Quingan Zhou, MS ‘06 will be in Buenos Aires for an internship and Kevin Martinez, MS ‘07 will travel to Japan as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program.


John Shen (MS '03)

Did someone call for a doctor? John Shen, MS ‘03, earned his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He will be starting his residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Congratulations!