Alumni

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Join us for our next Alumni Event!

Nueva Nosh
Annual Lifer Dinner
Alumni Reunions

If any of these opportunities interest you, or if you have ideas of your own, please email alumni@nuevaschool.org.

 

Ways to Get Involved

 
  • Attend a reunion
  • Host a job shadow
  • Mentor a student
  • Volunteer as a Class Rep
  • Share your musical or artistic talents
  • Be interviewed for an alumni story on our website
  • Speak at a school assembly or in a class

Contribute to The Alumni Fund

The Alumni Fund for Student Trips provides financial assistance to cover expenses associated with annual and extracurricular trips for Nueva students with demonstrated need. The Alumni Fund was launched by Nueva alumni who currently work and teach at Nueva. The fund is an opportunity for alumni to give the gift of travel to the next generation of Nueva kids.

Thanks to the generosity of more than 60 alumni and alumni parent donors, we have disbursed nearly $20,000 to send students to the NAIS People of Color Conference, Model UN competitions, debate tournaments, the New England Young Writer's Conference, and Future Problem Solving competitions.

Alumni and alumni parents have personally seen the long-lasting, transformational impact of traveling with Nueva, and we hope this fund will continue to provide students with the opportunity to explore the world.

Contribute to the Alumni Fund when you give online

 

Alumni in Nueva News

Three students from the Class of 2018 meet with Diane Rosenberg

"As you embark on your journey from here, I just wanted to warn you: you may end up back here.”

Lee Holtzman — upper school history of science teacher and Nueva alum — shared these opening remarks as she welcomed the Class of 2018 at their first official alumni gathering earlier this month. Just two days after graduates flipped their tassels and tossed their caps, they gathered at the upper school for a brunch to embrace their new official status as Nueva alums.

A Jane of All Trades

What do a wedding officiant, violinist, actor, stunt performer, stunt-coordinator, singer/songwriter, and audio book narrator have in common? They are all means of employment for New Orleans resident and Nueva alumna Olga Munding ’86. She also publishes the occasional short story and in the future hopes to complete a book on the time she spent with blues legend Jessie Mae Hemphill. 

The Walking Dead Editor Got His Start at Nueva

For the past six years, Nueva alum Dan Liu ’96 has been an editor for the award-winning AMC television show The Walking Dead. Dan got his start by editing the concept trailer for Da Vinci's Demons with an editor of The Walking Dead, who then brought Dan on as his assistant editor for Season 2. He has been a full editor for several seasons now.

Designing Philz Coffee Shops

Among the many moments Heather Keane Leonard ’98 remembers from her days at The Nueva School, the most vivid are the times she spent outside exploring the natural beauty of Nueva’s Hillsborough campus. Whether she was studying the shallow root systems of redwoods, playing the xylophone under the willow tree, eating miner’s lettuce along the Crocker Road fire trail, learning about Native Americans, or acting out Billy Goats Gruff on the “Billy Goat Bridge,” Heather understood that the outdoors were not only her playground at Nueva but also her principal classroom.

Rapping for Social Change

Through his organization Rap Force Academy, Nueva alumnus Rahman Jamaal ’96 has been pioneering Hip Hop education for the last fifteen years, since he first encountered the educational nonprofit Hip Hop Congress. He helps people improve their communication skills through writing and performing rap songs in workshops designed to enhance a person’s self-expression and awareness. Students build their artistic creativity by playing with words and trying out their own voice as they develop their musical prowess and employ nuances of sound to write a rap.

Alumna Builds Robot for NASA

Before beginning her robotics PhD at Carnegie Mellon University, Catherine Pavlov ’08 interned at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she designed, built, and field-tested a robot called Volcanobot. Catherine designed Volcanobot to enter and map volcanic fissures to help scientists understand the nuances of volcanic eruptions on Earth, Mars, and the Moon.

Alumna's Leadership Stands Out at DreamWorks

When DreamWorks announced the shutdown of its Northern California studio and the layoff of 500 people, one of the few employees chosen to stay on and help close the doors was Nueva alumna Gemma Ross ’00, who was a technical resource supervisor in the IT department. Gemma was selected for her leadership skills and knack for uniting a team to work effectively for a common goal.

Alumnus Tackles California's Food Waste

While passing out meals at San Francisco's Glide Memorial Church during Nueva community service trips, alumnus Kiran Sridhar (Class of '11) initially witnessed California's severe hunger problem. From those early beginnings bloomed his nonprofit organization Waste No Food, an online site that connects charities in need of food to businesses with food surplus.