Distinguished CUNY Alumni


Joseph Abajian Joseph Abajian
Philip Alfonso Berry Philip Alfonso Berry
Walter H. BarandiaranWalter H. Barandiaran


JOSEPH ABAJIAN LaGuardia Community College 1992, Founder and President of Fatbeats, a hip-hop/rap music company.

ALFRED W. ALBERTS Brooklyn College 1953, Bio materials scientist with Merck Pharmaceuticals who discovered the process to create Lovastatin, the first cholesterol-lowering statin drug.

STEVEN ALI Brooklyn College 1976. Early proponent of LASIK Eye Surgery and co-founder of Manhattan Vision Associates and Executive Director of the Institute for Vision Research LP.

ROCKY AOKI New York City College of Technology 1963, Founder of Benihana restaurants.

KENNETH ARROW City College 1940, Nobel prize in Economics 1972.

RUSSELL M. ARTZT Queens College 1968, Cofounder and Vice Chair, Computer Associates International.

JILL BARAD Queens College 1973, Former President and chief operating officer, Mattel.

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

SOL J. BARER Brooklyn College 1968, CEO of Celgene, one of the world’s largest biotech companies, who developed path-breaking techniques in chiral chemistry, including a better tolerated version of Ritalin and the use of thalidomide to treat leprosy and multiple myeloma and other forms of cancer

PHILIP ALFONSO BERRY Borough of Manhattan Community College 1971, Queens College 1973, leader in creating workplace diversity, President Philip Berry Associates management consulting; Former Vice President at Colgate-Palmolive; Vice Chairperson CUNY Board of Trustees.



Wellington Z. ChenWellington Z. Chen
Robert Catell Robert Catell
Yvette C. BurtonYvette C. Burton




YVETTE C. BURTON John Jay College M.A. 1994, CEO of the Arcus Foundation, Former global business development executive at IBM.

ROBERT CATELL City College 1958, Chairman of National Grid US.

WELLINGTON Z. CHEN City College, Executive Director of the Chinatown Partnership Development Corporation.

HELEN KINNEY COPLEY Hunter College circa 1945, chair/CEO, Copley Press.

TRACY CLOHERTY Kingsborough Community College, Vice President of Talent, Black Entertainment Television – BET.

JULIE DASH City College 1974, writer, producer, and director, Daughters of the Dust, the first feature length film by a black woman to be a national commercial release.

MARIA DEL TORO York College 1972, Vice President, Public Affairs, Y.M.C.A. of Greater New York.

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

CHRISTINE DEVITA Queens College 1977, President, The Wallace Foundation.

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.

EDITH BRENNER EVERETT Brooklyn College 1949, Vice President, Gruntal & Co; Co-founder, Everett Public Service Internship Program.


Nadja FideliaNadja Fidelia
Lawrence N. Field Lawrence N. Field
Susan FarkasSusan Farkas



SUSAN FARKAS Journalist. Veteran of CBC, NBC News, the United Nations. Now President of Farkas Media.

SANDRA ABRAMOWITZ FELDMAN Brooklyn College 1960, civil rights activist; President United Federation of Teachers and American Federation of Teachers.

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

LAWRENCE N. FIELD Baruch College 1952, real estate entrepreneur.

MOE FONER Brooklyn College 1936,Union leader, Activist, and Founder of Bread and Roses, the cultural organization of Local 1199, Service Employees International Union.



Lowell HawthorneLowell Hawthorne
Andrew Grove Andrew Grove
Kaye I. Foster CheekKaye I. Foster Cheek


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

DR. ELI A. FRIEDMAN Brooklyn College 1953, Pioneering nephrologist with SUNY Downstate Medical Center and inventor of the “suitcase kidney,” the first portable dialysis machine.

DEBRA FRASER-HOWZE Hunter College,President/CEO, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.

PATRICIA A. GENTILE LaGuardia Community College 1980. Administrator, Jamaica Hospital Home Health Agency and Brookdale Hospital Certified Home Health Agency.

KIMBERLY GLASSMAN Hunter College 1984. Senior Vice President for patient care services, NYU Langone Medical Center.

BARBARA KYDD GRAVES Brooklyn College 1957, Educator; Vice President and General Manager, Earl G. Graves, Ltd.

ANDREW GROVE City College 1960, Founder of Intel.

LOWELL HAWTHORNE Bronx Community College,President, Golden Krust Bakery.

JOAN HELPERN Hunter College 1947, Entrepreneur; President/CEO, Joan and David Helpern, Inc.

CAROL HOCHMAN Queens College 1971, President at RHH Capital & Consulting, Former President/CEO, Danskin.


Max KupferbergMax Kupferberg
Vullnet Kolari Vullnet Kolari
Florence HoweFlorence Howe



FLORENCE HOWE Hunter College, Founder of Women’s Studies and Founder/Publisher of the Feminist Press/CUNY.

MARSHA E. JONES Lehman College 1972, First African-American woman to become Managing Director of Merrill Lynch’s private client office.

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.

STANLEY H. KAPLAN City College 1939, Founder of Kaplan Educational Services.

RHODA HENDRICK KARPATKIN Brooklyn College 1951, President, Consumers Union of the United States, Inc.

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

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

PAUL KOVI New York City College of Technology 1953, Co-owner, The Four Seasons Restaurant.

BEATRICE KRAUSS CUNY Graduate Center, 1979, Executive Director of the Hunter College Schools of the Health Professions (SHP) Office of Research and Grant Support and director of SHP’s Center for Community and Urban Health.

MAX KUPFERBERG Queens College 1942, Manhattan Project physicist; Chairman of electrical company Kepco.


Dov C. SchleinDov C. Schlein
Jack Rudin Jack Rudin
Evelyn LauderEvelyn Lauder



EVELYN LAUDER Hunter College 1958, Executive Vice President, Estée Lauder; Philanthropist; Founder, Breast Cancer Research Fund.

ROBERT LEE New York City College of Technology 1981, CEO Raulerson Hospital.

DR. ROBERT A. LEVINE Brooklyn College 1963, Clinical Professor of Laboratory Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and inventor of many important point-of-care diagnostic tests for both human and veterinary medicine.

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

JOAN MARREN Hunter College. Chief Operating Officer, Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

DELIA MCQUADE-EMMONS Brooklyn College 1973, Vice President, American Stock Exchange.

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.

DINA PERRY Queens College 1967, Portfolio Counselor and Director, Capital Research and Management Company; President, Fundamental Investors.

CHARLENE PROUNIS Queensborough Community College 1976. Co-President and Managing Partner at Flashpoint Medica, a full-service marketing and advertising agency that specializes in health care.

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

JACK RUDIN City College 1941, Chairman, Rudin Management Company, Inc.

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

FRANK J. SCIAME City College 1974, Architect and Founder of F. J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.



Myrna RiveraMyrna Rivera
Seymour Sternberg Seymour Sternberg
Iyanla VanzantIyanla Vanzant


STEPHEN B. SHEPARD City College 1961, Former Editor of Business Week and the Dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

LEON V. SHIVAMBER 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 City College 1965, Chair and CEO, New York Life Insurance Company.

LINDA KAPLAN THALER City College 1972, Co-founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer, The Kaplan Thaler Group.

ROCHELLE RATCHICK UDELL Brooklyn College 1966, President, Internet Division, Fairchild Publications; Former Senior Vice President, The Limited, Inc.

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

CHARLES B. WANG Queens College 1967, Co-founder of Computer Associates International with Russell M. Artzt (Queens College 1968); Now Chairman Emeritus; Majority Owner, New York Islanders hockey team.

GEORGE WEISSMAN City College, Chairman and CEO Phillip Morris; Chair, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Stephen B. ShepardStephen B. Shepard
Sherry Yard Sherry Yard

SHERRY YARD NYC College of Technology 1989, Executive Pastry Chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, Beverly Hills.

LAURIE YOUNGER Queens College 1973, President, Buena Vista Worldwide Television.