Alumni Spotlight

Alumni from Berkeley Social Welfare have gone on to embody our mission nationwide and around the world.

Alumni in Action

Esmeralda Cortez-Rosales at the Women's March in Oakland, 2020
Matthew Smith
Ella Callow

Esmeralda Cortez-Rosales (BASW '19)

Esmeralda Cortez Rosale, West Coast Manager at IGNITE Inc., wants to empower young women to find their political voices.

Matthew Smith (BA ‘18, MSW ‘20)

Veteran Matthew Smith has been instrumental in improving coordination between the UC system and the Veterans Administration to provide services to student veterans.

Ella Callow (BA '97)

As UC Berkeley’s ADA/Section 504 Compliance Officer, Ella Callow helps make UC Berkeley a more accessible and inclusive place for people with disabilities. Read more.

Greg Evans

Greg Evans (MSW '86) 

Meeting Greg Evans (MSW '86) in the high-rise office of the McGuireWoods law firm in downtown San Francisco, you wouldn't guess that he opened his first law office in a homeless shelter. Read more...

Begonia Herbert Ramirez

Begonia Herbert-Ramirez (BA '19)

University Medal nominee Begonia Herbert-Ramirez has a bright future ahead of her. Read more.

Ron Dellums

Ron Dellums (MSW '62)

Former member of Congress and Oakland mayor Ron Dellums on political engagement and becoming the "black Sigmund Freud." Read more.

Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee (MSW '75)

Everything Barbara Lee does – be it campaigning against poverty, advocating for AIDS research, or voting against giving the President the power to declare war – is informed by the social work values she learned at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. Read more.

Park Neunghoo

Park Neunghoo (PhD '98)

South Korean Minister of Health and Welfare Park Neunghoo on promoting policies that benefit children and the elderly in South Korea. Read more

Niels Tangherlini

Niels Tangherlini (BA '99)

Niels Tangherlini works to improve homeless outreach in San Francisco. Read more.

Alice Hines

Alice Hines (MSW ’86, PhD ’93) 

Alice M. Hines has been a faculty member of San Jose State University’s School of Social Work since 1995. In 2011, she was appointed as the interim associate dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, the university largest college and subsequently assumed the position permanently. Read more.

Julie Miller

Julie Miller (MSW '12)

Julie Miller explores fulfilling and meaningful aging in documentary film. Read more.

Mu Sochua

Mu Sochua (MSW '81)

Mu Sochua came to Berkeley Social Welfare in 1981 wanting to make a difference. Three decades later, that difference is a tangible set of accomplishments that run the gamut from social worker to political powerhouse. Read more.

Javier de Paz

Javier de Paz (BA '12)

Javier de Paz on understanding the access needs of English-language learners. Read more.

Ronald Maloney

Ronald Maloney (MSW '80)

Ronald Maloney explores his journey from a North Carolina orphanage to a social work career in his memoir Powerhouse Road. Read more.

Eve Ekman

Eve Ekman (MSW '06, PhD '14)

Eve Ekman on cultivating emotional balance for social workers and helping professionals. Read more.

Aaron Cadore

Aaron Cadore (MSW ’12)

Aaron Cadore's interests in the profession lie precisely at the intersections of direct practice and administration, as well as the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Read more.