Beginning last year, SYA has celebrated alumni with careers in cuisine, international relations, entertainment, fashion and education. From fashion designers to movie producers to U.S. ambassadors and everything in between, we love hearing how SYAers are making their mark all over the globe.

We are excited to feature even more SYAers this year with different questions and categories – be sure to keep an eye out in our News&Views newsletter for #IamSYA prompts! To participate, click the #IamSYA button below to fill in the most recent survey. We can't wait to hear from you!

If we missed you on our list, please let us know or find us on social and be sure to tag #IamSYA.


Lizzi Ackerman ES'05
Cofounder of Birch Benders Micro-Pancakery

Andy Ahn FR'97
Founder and owner of Boo's Philly Cheesesteak

Onie Burge FR'88
Chef and owner of Alchemy Pastry

Yann de Rochefort ES'85
Owner of Boqueria Restaurants

Wilson Hailey CN'06
Founder and baker at Rager Pie

Ted Lemon FR'75
Proprietor of Littorai Wines

Paige Lindell CN'03
Owner of SEASONED, an "experienced" cookware store in New Orleans

Kate McAleer FR'04 CN'05
Founder and owner of Bixby & Co.

Michael McCarty FR'70
Owner of Michael’s Santa Monica and Michael’s New York

Kristan Moon Vaughan ES'89
Proprietor of Vaughan Hospitality Group

Stephanie Nass FR'08
Founder and chef at Victory Club

International Relations

Jess Baily FR'77
U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia

Yam Ki Chan ES'00
Director for Global and Asian Economics at the White House National Security Council and Term Member at CFR - ‎Council on Foreign Relations

Tim Dalton FR'84
Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet

Don Gonneville FR'82
Special Agent with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security

Fitz Haney ES'85
U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

Beppe Lovoi FR'00
Political Affairs Officer, UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)

Elizabeth Martin-Shukrun ES'97
Press Attaché, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Bogotá

David McKean FR'74 FR'11P
Former U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg

Michael Pignatello FR'92
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State, serving at the American Institute in Taiwan

Sara Rabinowitz Pinto FR'87
International Corporate Attorney

Charles Rivkin FR'79
Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America (September 5, 2017)
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs
Former U.S. Ambassador to France

Taylor Ruggles ES'85
Regional Energy Counselor for Africa, U.S. Department of State

Alys Spensley CN'96
Cultural Affairs Officer in the Public Diplomacy Section of the American Institute in Taiwan

Jennie Sutcliffe IT'06
Fulbright Scholar
Fondazione Falcone/NIAF Criminology Grantee; Fulbright Commission


Keziban Barry ES'01

Lake Bell FR'96
Actress, director, writer

Jason Blum FR'86
Owner and producer at Blumhouse Productions

Crystal Bourbeau FR'00
Executive Vice President, International Sales at Lionsgate

Wil Bradford FR'69

Elissa Brown FR'00

Katherine Burdine FR'05

Maddy Butcher FR'82
Founder and writer at ColoradoOutside and UtahOutsider
Executive director of BestHorsePractices Summit
Freelance journalist

Cheo Hodari Coker ES'89
Producer, writer

Richard Dallett FR'75
Cinematographer, photographer

Colby Day IT'05
Writer, director

Jackie DeAngelis CN'97
CNBC Reporter
Host of “Futures Now”

Chistopher Dickey FR'68
Foreign Editor of The Daily Beast

Emily Eakin FR'85
Journalist, author

Carter Eltzroth FR'69
Legal Director of DVB

Adam Guettel FR'82

Robin Hauser FR'82
Director, producer

Audrey Lederer Wells FR'77
Writer, director, producer

John Lesher ES'84

Sagit Maier-Schwartz ES'91
Screenwriter, producer

Mozhan Marnò FR'97
Actress, director, writer

Russell Martin ES'69
Director, producer, writer

Jenna Matecki IT'07
CEO of Matecki & Co.
Host of the Notes on Doing podcast

Marisa Muscari CN'01
Senior manager, product management at Activision

Greg Pan CN'99
Associate Principal Counsel at Marvel Entertainment

JB Perrette ES'89
President of Discovery Networks International

Rebecca Richman Cohen ES'97
Director, producer, writer

Raafi Rivero ES'95
Director, writer

Andrew Schwertfeger FR'00

Lydia Smith ES'81

Rick Smolan ES'67
Photographer, author

Mira Stout FR'77
Writer, filmmaker, photographer

Tolly Taylor FR'08
Freelance journalist, podcaster

Carol Weston FR'74 ES'05P ES'08P

Stone Yu CN'06
Video producer

Art, Fashion and Design

Margaret Austin FR'11
Assistant buyer at Urban Outfitters

Sasha Cantrelle FR'10
Assistant fashion editor at Madame Figaro Magazine

Justine Harman ES'01
Senior editor at Glamour

Jacob Higginbottom FR'89
Visual artist and watercolor painter

Alex Jermyn FR'92

Marisa Kurtzman ES'94

J.P. Lemée FR’82-‘17F
SYA France art history teacher
Artist, art historian

Madison Maxey FR'10
Founder of Loomia

Elaine Monchak FR'75 CN'13P
Architect, designer

Amanda Pastyrnak ES'05
Fashion designer

Jason Wu FR'01
Fashion designer


Śeṣa Bakenra-Tikande VN’11
Biology Teacher at Manual Arts High School, Teach for America Alumna

Ann Craig Befroy ES’92
Head of Spanish and Modern Languages, Benenden School, UK Career

George Boyar CN’10
Director of Partnership Operations at Shearwater International

Jackson Boyar CN’07
Co-Founder and CEO at Shearwater International

Amy Carson ES’97
Mentor Leader, Tinkergarten

Uchenna Ezibe FR’09
Programs Operations Manager at Shearwater International

Gabriel Finkelstein FR’80
Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Denver

Maggie Levine FR’82
Middle and Upper School English Teacher at Packer Collegiate Institute

Zak Martellucci ES’09
Creative Associate and Tour Guide at Museum Hack

Siobhán Mattison FR’97
Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of New Mexico

Jeff Mellow ES’84
Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

Jaroslava Panáková CN’98
Lecturer in Anthropology at Comenius University in Bratislava

Sarah Petkus FR’05
Pre-K4 Teacher

Nic Poppe ES'98
Assistant Professor of Spanish at Middlebury College

Kate Prichard ES’00
Founder and Director of Bee Tutored

Tim Raser FR’68
Professor of French at the University of Georgia

Dylan Rogers IT’03
Assistant Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Des Runyan ES’67
Jack and Viki Thompson Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Executive Director of the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Haun Saussy FR’77
University Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Committee on Social Thought, and the College, University of Chicago

Karen Sullivan FR’82
Irma Brandeis Professor of Romance Culture and Literature at Bard College

Tolly Taylor ES’69
Louise Cooley Professor of English and Linguistics at the College of William and Mary

David Wright ES’74
Full professor and coordinator of the Area of Art History, Department of Visual Arts, Guanajuato Campus, University of Guanajuato