CITY  LIFE
Examples of DISTINGUISHED CUNY ALUMNI’S
COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING CITY LIFE

 

Alphabetical order by last name.

 

 

JOSEPH ABAJIAN
JOSEPH ABAJIAN

LaGuardia Community College 1992, founder and president of Fatbeats, a hip-hop/rap music company.

BELLA ABZUG
BELLA ABZUG

Hunter College 1942, feminist activist and member of Congress 1971–1977.

ROCKY AOKI

New York City College of Technology 1963, founder of Benihana restaurants.

ROBERT AUMANN
ROBERT AUMANN

City College 1950, Nobel Prize in Economics 2005

CARMEN ARROYO
CARMEN ARROYO

Hostos Community College 1978, New York State Assembly member.

MARIA DEL CARMEN ARROYO
MARIA DEL CARMEN ARROYO

Hostos Community College 1989, Lehman College, City Councilmember, Bronx.

JULIUS AXELROD
JULIUS AXELROD

City College 1933, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

WALTER H. BARANDIARAN
WALTER H. BARANDIARAN

Baruch College 1979, Founder and Managing Partner, The Argentum Group.

PATRICIA BARTHOLOMEW
Patricia Bartholomew

NYC College of Technology 1977, pioneering chef and educator.

BERNARD BARUCH
BERNARD BARUCH

City College 1889,financier and adviser to Presidents.

MOHAMAD BAZZI

CUNY B.A. 1997, Middle East Bureau Chief, Newsday.

ABRAHAM BEAME
ABRAHAM BEAME

City College 1928, Mayor of New York City, 1974–1977.

AMANDA BERNAL

Graduate Center, founder, Hostos Cultural and Medicinal Plant Garden.

NORBERT BIKALES
NORBERT BIKALES

City College 1951, Expert on watersoluble polymers used in water clarification, e.g., for drinking water and in pollution control.

MARY BOONE

Hunter College, founder, Mary Boone Gallery.

OSCAR BRAND

Brooklyn College 1942, folksinger.

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ROBERT CATELL
City College 1958, chairman of National Grid US.
PADDY CHAYEFSKY

City College, Oscar-winning screenwriter.

WELLINGTON Z. CHEN
WELLINGTON Z. CHEN

City College, architect, member of CUNY Board of Trustees.

SHIRLEY ST. HILL CHISHOLM
SHIRLEY ST. HILL CHISHOLM

Brooklyn College 1946, member of Congress 1969–82 and 1972 presidential candidate.

UNA CLARKE
UNA CLARKE

NYC College of Technology, former New York City Councilmember.

DAISY COCCO DE FILIPPIS
DAISY COCCO DE FILIPPIS

Queens College, B.A. and M.A., CUNY Graduate Center, Ph.D., president, Naugatuck Valley Community College.

HELEN KINNEY COPLEY

Hunter College circa 1945, chair/CEO, Copley Press

JOYCE COPPIN

City College 1958, superintendent of Brooklyn High Schools; former president of the New York City Association of Superintendents; 1996 Townsend Harris medalist.

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RUBY DEE
RUBY DEE

Hunter College 1945, Emmy-nominated actress and civil rights activist.

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MARIA DEL TORO

York College 1972, vice president, public affairs, YMCA of Greater New York.

RITA DIMARTINO
RITA DIMARTINO

College of Staten Island 1976, director, Government Affairs, AT&T; member, CUNY Board of Trustees.

DOROTHY DORAN

College of Staten Island 1981, legally blind activist; founder, The Staten Island Center for Independent Living.

YAFFA ELIACH

Brooklyn College 1967, Graduate Center 1973, Ph.D. Holocaust survivor; founder, Tower of Life Collection, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Shtetl Foundation.

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SUSAN FARKAS
SUSAN FARKAS

CUNY B.A., Distinguished career in journalism, winner of six Emmy Awards, Chief of Television and Radio, United Nations.

SANDRA ABRAMOWITZ FELDMAN

Brooklyn College 1960, president, American Federation of Teachers.

JERRY DELLA FEMINA

Brooklyn College 1957, Chairman and C.E.O., Della Femina, Jeary and Partners advertising agency.

NADJA FIDELIA
Nadja Fidelia

Baruch College 2002, Managing Director & Partner, Lehman Brothers, Inc.

LAWRENCE N. FIELD
LAWRENCE N. FIELD

Baruch College 1952, real estate entrepreneur.

MICHELE FORSTEN
MICHELE FORSSTEN

City College 1976, Co-founder, New York City Lesbian Cancer Support Consortium.

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HELEN DIANE FOSTER
HELEN DIANE FOSTER

CUNY School of Law 1992, City Councilmember, Bronx.

KAYE I. FOSTER-CHEEK
FOSTER CHEEK
Baruch College 1989, Corporate Vice President, Human Resources, Johnson & Johnson.
ABRAHAM FOXMAN
ABRAHAM FOXMAN

 

City College, national director, Anti-Defamation League.

REUVEN FRANK

City College 1942, president of NBC News.

FELIX FRANKFURTER
FELIX FRANKFURTER

City College 1902, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

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MILDRED GARCIA
MILDRED GARCIA

NYC College of Technology 1971, president, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

AIDA GONZALEZ-JARRIN
AIDA GONZALEZ-JARRIN

Queens College B.A. 1981 and M.A 1985, director of cultural affairs, Queens Borough President's Office, 1985–2000.

DEBORAH GLICK
DEBORAH GLICK

Queens College 1978, New York State Assemblymember.

SARA GONZALEZ

College of Staten Island, City Councilmember, Brooklyn.

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BARBARA KYDD GRAVES

Brooklyn College 1957, educator; vice-president and general manager, Earl G. Graves, Ltd.

WILLIAM HALLETT GREENE
WILLIAM HALLETT GREENE

City College 1884, the first black graduate of City College and first black member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

ONEIKA WEBB GRIFFIN

Borough of Manhattan Community College 1988, co-founder Webb & Waterman, a strategy consulting firm.

ANDREW GROVE
ANDREW GROVE

City College 1960, founder of Intel

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BEVERLY L. HALL

Brooklyn College 1970, superintendent of public schools, Atlanta Georgia.

CLYDE HABERMAN

City College 1966, NYC columnist, The New York Times.

OSCAR HANDLIN

Brooklyn College 1934, Carl M. Loeb University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University; winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history.

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LOWELL HAWTHORNE
LOWELL HAWTHORNE

Bronx Community College,president, Golden Krust Bakery.

JOAN HELPERN

Hunter College 1947, entrepreneur; president/CEO, Joan and David Helpern, Inc.

RAMONA HERNANDEZ
RAMONA HERNANDEZ

Lehman College B.A. 1979, Graduate Center Ph. D 1997, director of the Dominican Studies Institute, City College.

CAROL HOCHMAN

Queens College 1971, president/CEO, Danskin.

MURIEL HOWARD
MURIEL HOWARD

NYC College of Technology 1969, president, Buffalo State College.

ADA LOUISE HUXTABLE

Hunter College 1941, architectural critic; Pulitzer Prize winner, 1970.

FLORENCE HOWE
FLORENCE HOWE

Hunter College, a founder of women’s studies and founder/publisher of the Feminist Press/CUNY.

BISI IDERABDULLAH

Brooklyn College 1974, founder of Imani House, Inc., an organization dedicated to assisting individuals to make positive changes in their lives and communities while actively working to destroy institutional injustice, bias, and poverty.

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LETITIA JAMES
LETITIA JAMES

Lehman College 1981, City Councilmember, Brooklyn.

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STANLEY H. KAPLAN

City College 1939, founder of Kaplan Educational Services.

AUGUSTA KAPPNER
AUGUSTA KAPPNER

Hunter College, former U.S. assistant secretary of education; president, Bank Street College.

VERA PISTRAK KATZ

Brooklyn College 1955, former mayor of Portland, Oregon, first woman to be speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

LEONARD KLEINROCK

City College 1957, developed theories and technology that led to the creation of the Internet.

VULLNET KOLARI
Vullnet Kolari

College of Staten Island 1998, Claims Counsel, Zurich American Insurance Company.

PAUL KOVI

NYC College of Technology 1953, co-owner, The Four Seasons restaurant

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GERTRUDE LANDAU

Hunter College 1931, founder of the first senior citizens’ center in the world, Bronx, New York, 1943.

EVELYN LAUDER
EVELYN LAUDER

Hunter College 1958, executive vice-president, Estée Lauder; philanthropist; founder, Breast Cancer Research Fund.

RABBI MOSHE LEVIN

Brooklyn College 1964, military chaplain during the Vietnam War, now a prominent San Diego civil rights activist and vocal member of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice.

JANET LIEBERMAN
JANET LIEBERMAN

City College, founder, The Middle College High School; co-founder, The Early College High School at LaGuardia Community College.

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GUILLERMO LINARES
UILLERMO LINARES

City College 1975, former New York City Councilmember, first Dominican- American to hold public office as the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

AUDRE LORDE

Hunter College 1959, African-American lesbian poet, essayist, educator, and activist.

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WILLIAM E. MACAULAY
WALTER H. BARANDIARAN

City College 1966, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Reserve Corporation.

LEILA MACEY

City College 1990, physician assistant, SUNY Health Science Center/Brooklyn; AIDS educator for women and children; former chair of the Women’s and Children’s Caucus, part of the National Institutes of Health-funded AIDS research program.

MARJORIE MAGNER

Brooklyn College 1969, senior executive vice president, Consumer Group, Citigroup.

HELEN MARSHALL
HELEN MARSHALL

Queens College 1972, former New York Assemblymember and Councilmember; Queens Borough President.

NETTIE MAYERSOHN
NETTIE MAYERSOHN

Queens College1978, New York State Assemblymember.

DELIA MCQUADE-EMMONS

Brooklyn College 1973, vice-president, American Stock Exchange.

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JOAN MILLMAN
JOAN MILLMAN

Brooklyn College 1962, New York State Assemblymember.

PAULI MURRAY
PAULI MURRAY

Hunter College 1933, first African-American woman named as an Episcopal priest; human rights activist; lawyer and co-founder of NOW.

MICHAEL ORESKES

City College 1975, managing editor for U.S. News, Associated Press.

ANTONIA PANTOJA

Hunter College 1952 social worker, feminist, civil rights leader and founder of Aspira, the Puerto Rican Forum, and Boricua College.

MOISÉS PÉREZ

Brooklyn College 1978, community activist and co-founder and executive director of Alianza Dominicana.

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KATHLEEN PESILE
KATHLEEN PESILE

College of Staten Island A.A.S., Baruch College B.B.A. and M.P.A, founder, Pesile Financial Group and member of the CUNY Board of Trustees.

AUDREY PHEFFER
AUDREY PHEFFER

Queens College 1982, New York State Assemblymember.

COLIN L. POWELL
Colin Powell

City College 1958, Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

PEARL PRIMUS
PEARL PRIMUS

Hunter College 1940, dancer, choreographer and anthropologist.

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MADELINE PROVENZANO
MADELINE PROVENZANO

Hunter College, City Councilmember, Bronx.

GERALD REYNOLDS

York College CUNY B.A. , chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

FAITH RINGGOLD

City College 1955, feminist, writer, artist, and author.

MYRNA RIVERA
MYRNA RIVERA

Lehman College 1974, founder of National Hispanic Employment Program, one of the first Hispanic investment consulting firms in the U.S.

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A. M. ROSENTHAL
A. M. ROSENTHAL

City College 1949, former executive editor of the New York Times.

MARTHA ROSLER

Brooklyn College 1965, influential photographer, videographer and conceptual artist, famous for work that tackles social concerns.

JACK RUDIN
Jack Rudin

City College 1941, chairman, Rudin Management Company, Inc.

NILDA SOTO RUIZ
NILDA SOTO RUIZ

City College, professor of education; director, Graduate Programs in School Administration and Supervision, Touro College, former member, CUNY Board of Trustees.

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JONAS SALK
JONAS SALK

City College 1934, developed the first polio vaccine.

SONIA SANCHEZ

Hunter College 1955, poet and leader in the civil rights movement.

BERNICE RESNICK SANDLER

Brooklyn College 1949, “Godmother of Title IX,” which banned sex discrimination in education; Senior Scholar at the Women's Research and Education Institute in Washington, D.C.

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DORIS LIPSON SASSOWER

Brooklyn College 1954, judicial activist and co-founder and director of the Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc.

ALICE SCHAERR ROSSI

Brooklyn College 1947, sociologist, feminist, co-founder in 1966 of the National Organization for Women.

DOV C. SCHLEIN
DOV C. SCHLEIN

Baruch College 1970, MBA 1975, Managing Partner, NuVerse Advisors LLC.

DANIEL SCHORR

City College 1938, interprets national and international events as senior news analyst for NPR. Served in US Army intelligence during World War II. CBS news journalist arrested and expelled from the U.S.S.R. in 1957 for defying censorship; coverage of Watergate placed him on Nixon’s “enemies list.”

FRANK J. SCIAME

City College 1974, architect and founder of F. J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.

HELEN SEARS
HELEN SEARS

Queens College, City Councilmember, Queens.

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JOSEPH SHENKER
JOSEPH SHENKER

Hunter College B.A. 1962, M.A. 1963, innovator in urban education and first president of LaGuardia Community College.

STEPHEN B. SHEPARD
STEPHEN B. SHEPARD

City College 1961, former Editor of Business Week and the Dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

LEON V. SHIVAMBER

Guyana, Baruch College 1984, Corporate Vice President, The Harris Corporation.

JANET MARIE SMITH

City College 1984, supervised planning, design and construction of Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles.

SEYMOUR STERNBERG
IYANLA VANZANT

City College 1965, Chairman and CEO, New York Life Insurance Company.

LINDA KAPLAN THALER

City College 1972, co-founder, CEO, and chief creative officer, The Kaplan Thaler Group.

EILEEN TREACY

Lehman College 1974, psychologist; founder of Bronx Women Against Rape; expert witness on sex crimes.

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ROCHELLE RATCHICK UDELL

Brooklyn College 1966, president, internet division, Fairchild Publications; former senior vice-president, The Limited, Inc.

IYANLA VANZANT
IYANLA VANZANT

Medgar Evers College 1983, CUNY School of Law, lawyer, writer, talk show host, public speaker.

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ROBERT F. WAGNER
ROBERT F. WAGNER

City College 1898, United States Senator and advocate for labor, housing, and social security legislation.

MICHELLE WALLACE

City College 1975, scholar of African-American studies, feminist studies, and cultural studies.

IRIS WEINSHALL
IRIS WEINSHALL

Brooklyn College 1975, vice chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, former Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation.

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LOTTIE WILKINS
LOTTIE WILKINS

City College 1972, judge on the New York State Supreme Court, New York County.

DEBORAH WILLIS
DEBORAH WILLIS

City College 1986, coordinator of collections at the National African-American Museum Project of the Smithsonian Institute; 2000 MacArthur fellow; 2005 Guggenheim fellow

LAURIE YOUNGER

Queens College 1973, president, Buena Vista Worldwide Television.

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