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.