Alumni Spotlights

Over the past 130 years, more than 77,000 alumni have graduated from Woodbury, becoming trailblazers throughout Los Angeles, California, and the nation.

Three quarters of our graduates have resided in Southern California, but Woodbury alumni can be found in all 50 states and in 49 countries. Notable alumni have built businesses both large and small, led magazines, established accounting firms, become noted fashion designers for film and television, won design competitions, held public office, led non-profit organizations, and much, much more. You are members of an elite group of innovators that has created history and for that you should be very proud!

Henry Cheung
Alumnus

Henry Cheung

Woodbury University alumnus Henry Cheung graduated from the Master of Architecture program (MArch) in 2013. After his graduation he joined Bestor Architecture in Los Angeles and has worked on such high-profile projects as the Beats by Dre headquarters in Culver City, California. Bestor Architecture was founded in 1995 by architect Barbara Bestor. The office engages Southern California as both the site and subject of architectural and cultural production to create contemporary environments.

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Duy Nuygen
Alumnus

Duy Nuygen

Duy Nuygen is a cofounder and creative director of Santa Monica–based GNAH Studios, a design agency specializing in entertainment, branding and licensing. Throughout his career, Duy’s clients have included Universal Studios, the Walt Disney Company, Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinemas, 20th Century Fox, ESPN, Hasbro, Mattel, Simon & Schuster and Warner Bros. Duy’s work has been recognized by the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards, Communication Arts and Print.

Jack McAlpin
Alumnus

Jack McAlpin

Jack McAlpin, MBA 2015, currently works as director of global marketing at OpenDrives in the greater Los Angeles area. As a seasoned marketing professional managing and growing successful tech startups, McAlpin found that Woodbury’s MBA program was the perfect vehicle for bridging the gap between hands-on experience and the theoretical, academic, and strategic underpinnings of business management.

Christine Lara
Alumna

Christine Lara

Woodbury University alumna Christine Lara graduated from the Bachelor of Architecture program (BArch) in 2003. She currently works as the director of infrastructure at Partners In Health in Liberia, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. She is co-responsible for projects in clinical and operations infrastructure and is currently designing a new hospital in the southeast region of Liberia. Previously, she worked on projects across Africa and Asia with Architecture for Humanity, MASS Design, and Build Change.

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Natalie Yaru
Alumna

Natalie Yaru

Woodbury alum Natalie Yaru’s leather clothing brand was recently featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Natalie Yaru’s first leather collection was designed and showcased while attending Woodbury University. Currently Natalie is the CEO and head designer of MANAM, a fashion design brand specializing in luxury leather clothing and accessories. She fully supports American garment industry by running all of MANAM’s production out of Los Angeles, and she strives to bring her customer the finest quality. Her source of leather comes from ethical farms and tanneries. The LA-based fashion designer’s leather pants were worn by actor Gal Gadot a.k.a. Wonder Woman on the cover of Rolling Stone’s September 2017 edition.

April Gabriellé
Alumna

April Gabriellé

April Gabriellé is a 1982 graduate of Woodbury and a San Diego native. She is the proud single mother of two children and the author of “The Myth of the Broken Home – Guidebook for Single Parents.” April also works as a speaker and life strategist. We asked April a few questions about her life and career since her time at Woodbury:

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Shahiedah Palmer
Alumna

Shahiedah Palmer

Shahiedah is a Deputy Counsel with the County of Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Shahiedah completed her MBA degree at Woodbury.  The combination of a JD and MBA gave her a unique set of skills. At the county, she works with client departments to assist in budgets, economic development programs, business regulations, and tax collection.

Alexis Marcy
Alumna

Alexis Marcy

Alexis Marcy comes from a small town, but that didn’t prevent her from harnessing her passion for creativity and fashion and turning it into a highly coveted career developing new red carpet dresses, bridal looks and couture samples for a London-based fashion designer. Read about how, with the help of Woodbury, she turned her love of sewing into a rewarding and successful career.

Chris Sasaki
Alumnus

Chris Sasaki

Chris Sasaki is a character designer and illustrator living in Oakland, California. He works at Pixar Animation Studios and has designed characters for Monsters University (2013) and Inside Out (2015). Additionally, he production designed the original short film, Sanjay’s Super Team (2015) and Weekends (2017). Currently, Chris is art directing on an unannounced Pixar feature. His past clients include LAIKA Entertainment, Blue Sky Studios, Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks, Red Cap Greeting Cards, and Jim Henson Studios. His work has been featured at Gallery Nucleus, on Cartoon Brew, New York Times, and in the Society of Illustrators yearly annual. Chris made his first venture into illustrated books with a short story collection for young adults entitled GHOST.

Ignacio Rodriguez, AIA
Alumnus

Ignacio Rodriguez, AIA

Ignacio Rodriguez, AIA, Principal and CEO at IR Architects, graduated from Woodbury University’s Bachelor of Architecture program in 2007. Upon graduating, Ignacio developed his own distinct style as an architect and knew his goal was to start his own architecture firm. Ignacio realized that dream and at the age of 28 in 2012 started IR Architects where he has quickly become a formidable force in the competitive world of Los Angeles architecture. Find out more about Ignacio and his work through our Alumni Spotlight, as well as through his scholarship fund.