Peter Sasaki
Peter Sasaki

Investor
Pomona College Class of 1991

After graduating from Pomona with a BA in philosophy, Peter attended New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business for his MBA. He currently works as an owner and managing member of the financial consulting and research firm CGS Associates LLC in the greater New York City area. He also serves as a shareholder and investor at Centara Capital Group Inc. in San Diego, where he manages capital markets and structuring and advises private wealth management programs.

Randolph Ortlieb
Randolph Ortlieb

Lawyer
Pomona College Class of 1983

Randolph Ortlieb is the founder of Palomar Law Group. After graduating from Pomona with a BA in philosophy, he attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He is also a philanthropist and volunteer to many organizations throughout San Diego County, and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Escondido Charitable Foundation.

Bernice Yu
Bernice B. Yu

Lawyer
Pomona College Class of 2010

Bernice B. Yu is an associate at Cleary Gottlieb in New York. Her practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions. She joined the firm in 2014 after receiving a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where she served as Diversity and Membership Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Ms. Yu received an undergraduate degree, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Pomona College in 2010. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in French.

Juan Pablo Flores
Juan Pablo Flores

Educator
Pomona College Class of 2003

After graduating from Pomona, Juan received a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Education from the Claremont Graduate University and has been teaching middle school students in the city of Compton, CA for the past 12 years. Though he has also earned an Administrative Services Credential, he’s found purpose in his work as an educator, which has been gained through the understanding of ethical, socio, existential, epistemological and religious points of view. He loves what he does, and is grateful for having studied philosophy. He wishes you all the best.

Hal Jakle
Hal Jakle

Physician
Pomona College Class of 2007

After graduating with a BA in philosophy at Pomona, Hal attended University of California Irvine’s medical program to become a physician. He is currently completing his residency at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, CA and is practicing medicine in their emergency department.

Tamara Zakim
Tamara Zakim

Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice
Pomona College Class of 2003

Tamara Zakim is Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, where she represents California's natural resource and environmental agencies in state and federal court. Previously, she was an associate attorney at Earthjustice, a national nonprofit law firm that enforces and defends environmental laws, pro bono, on behalf of environmental organizations, community groups and other nonprofit clients. Tamara sits on the Board of Directors for OUT for Sustainability, a nonprofit that works to mobilize the LGBT community for environmental and social action, and she is the former co-chair of Pride Law Fund, a non-profit that funds new leaders and civil rights lawyers in the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities. While at Pomona she won two SCIAC championships as a member and team captain of the women's basketball team, and she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010.  She lives in Oakland, California.

Eliot Frost
Eliot Frost

Manager
Pomona College Class of 2013

Eliot graduated from Pomona College with a BA in philosophy and a minor in economics and politics. He currently works as the risk & operations manager for the financial service organization McKinsey & Company in the greater New York City area.

Lynda Obst
Lynda Obst

Producer
Pomona College Class of 1972

After graduating from Pomona College with a BA in Philosophy, Lynda Obst became one of the most prolific female producers in the film industry. Her hit films including Flashdance, The Fisher King, Sleepless In Seattle, One Fine Day, Contact, Hope Floats, and How to Lose A Guy In Ten Days, have received critical acclaim, and combined have amassed two Oscar wins, an additional eleven Oscar nominations, four Golden Globe wins and an additional eleven Golden Globe nominations. Obst is also a well-known commentator and best selling author, frequently writing and speaking about both the industry and issues surrounding women in entertainment. 

Greg Hickey
Greg Hickey

Author/Screenwriter
Pomona College Class of 2008

Greg Hickey graduated from Pomona with a BA in philosophy, and then attended University of Illinois in Chicago to receive a Master’s degree in forensic science. He has written three novels, one screenplay, and has his own blog, where he discusses a variety of issues at the intersection of health, fitness, sports, philosophy and society.

Danielle Joseph
Danielle Joseph

Businesswoman
Pomona College Class of 2010

Danielle Joseph graduated from Pomona with a double major in Philosophy and Politics and a minor in Religious Studies. She then attended the University of Connecticut for accounting, and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business for her MBA. She currently works at Venture Capital & Private Equity in Palo Alto, CA.

Brian Schatz
Brian Schatz

Senator
Pomona College Class of 1994

Brian Schatz grew up in Hawaii and attended Pomona College to earn his BA in philosophy. After graduating, he moved back to Hawaii and became active in the community. He served as CEO of Helping Hands Hawaii and director of the Makiki Community Library and of the Center for a Sustainable Future. In March 2010, Schatz stepped down from Helping Hands to run for lieutenant governor. He currently represents Hawaii in the U.S. Senate.

Will Beach
Will Beach

International Economist
Pomona College Class of 2003

After graduating from Pomona with a BA in philosophy, Will Beach attended the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for is Master’s in Business Administration in finance and economics. Will currently works for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s office of Europe and Eurasia. 

Owen Wiseman
Owen Wiseman

Writer
Pomona College Class of 2005

Owen went to Pomona College and graduated in 2005. While at Pomona he studied philosophy, writing, and Japanese. At Pomona, Owen completed his first novel called Seeds, a science-fiction piece that explores basic definitions of humanity and consciousness. Owen has written over a dozen screenplays, the last of them being Samurai's Blood, which is currently in development at Benaroya Pictures.

Nicolas D’Andre
Nicolas D’Andre

Investment Analyst
Pomona College Class of 2011

Nicolas graduated from Pomona with a BA in philosophy, and is currently studying at Yale University to receive his Master’s in Business Administration. He currently works at McKinsey & Company Investment Office as a multi-billion dollar manager and invests on behalf of the McKinsey & Company Partnership.

Alumni Who Continued in Philosophy

Jim Bogen – Pomona 1957
Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh

John Roth – Pomona 1962
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College

John McCumber – Pomona 1967
Professor of Germanic Languages, UCLA

David Hunt - Pomona 1974
Professor of Philosophy, Whittier College

Christopher Gowans - Pomona
Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University

Rachel Cohon – Pomona 1975
Professor of Philosophy, SUNY-Albany

David Braun – Pomona 1978
Professor of Philosophy, SUNY Buffalo

Deborah Smith – Pomona 1990
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Kent State University

Guy Rohrbaugh – Pomona 1990
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Auburn

Shelby Weitzel – Pomona 1990
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross 2002-2009. Currently High School Engagement Coordinator at Treehouse for Kids

Sheldon Smith – Pomona 1991
Professor of Philosophy, UCLA

Luca Struble – Pomona 1997
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Pomona College

Jorah Dannenberg – Pomona 2001
Assistant Professor of Philosophy Department, Stanford

Jennifer Nado – Pomona 2004
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Lingnam University-Hong Kong

Philipp Koralus – Pomona 2005
Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow, St. Catherine's College, Oxford

Stephen White – Pomona 2005
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University