UHS alums are game changers! Read about some of them here! Please submit your own nominations and submissions to the alumni office.

Leonard Chung '98

Technologist and entrepreneur who has spent 16 years focused on better ways to manage, analyze, and access insight on a large scale. The technology I've developed, such as Syncplicity, Windows PowerShell and SETI@home, has touched millions of users around the world.

My UHS experience, notably the music program, student government, the school newspaper, and of course very close friendships inspired the breadth and curiosity throughout my career. After UHS, I received degrees in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from U.C. Berkeley, multiple patents, as well as industry recognition and media recognition from groups such as the Computing Research Association, the New York Times, VentureBeat, and TechCrunch.

Why he chose this profession: Find something you are deeply passionate in and pursue it. I didn't choose technology - technology chose me. I've always loved the possibilities and new opportunities that tech creates. I've been lucky that technology is one of the few fields where things are always dynamic, individuals can change the world, and people aren't afraid of change. There aren't many fields that are like this to enable great ideas to have such a large effect in such a smal amount of time. I can't imagine doing anything else. 

Sara Galvin '97 - Project Supervisor

Project Supervisor of four technology teams in the Research and Development division of DreamWorks Animation. Sara earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering and Foreign Language from the United States Military Academy. She spent five years in the U.S. Army with multiple deployments oversears. Once out of the military, Sara spent five years in the D.C. area doing government contracting and is where she got her start in technology project management. The position with DreamWorks allowed her to continue in the tech field and move back home to the Bay Area.

Why she chose this profession: I chose the technology field after getting out of the Army because it allows me to continue to lead and is an almost limitless industry. Similar to the military, as a technical project manager, I make decisions, plan, coordinate, and focus on the bigger picture which allows the technical experts to focus on what they do best. Plus I learn something new every day! 

See also: Military & Public Safety

David Hopkins '02 - Author, Social Impact Entrepreneur

David is the Campaign Director of The GameChangers, a network of the world's top purpose-driven organizations. He is co-author of The Tactics of Hope: How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing Our World, featuring stories and case studies of twenty-seven social entrepreneurs from around the world. He has worked with clients in Hollywood, professional sports, Wall Street, and academia. He speaks professionally on topics including next generation leadership, corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, and intergenerational collaboration. David's work supports the millennial growth of entrepreneurial solutions to social and environmental challenges, while using business as a force for good. Website.

Guru Khalsa '06 - Software Engineer/Founder

First introduced to coding in his senior year at UHS, Guru made and sold a popular humor website (mylifeisaverage.com) while attending UCLA. Since then, he has been working on other projects, including a 2 year stint as a software engineer at radius.com. He is now a founder at the company Zoomforth.com.

Why I chose this profession: I feel like programming is one of the most creative and exciting fields one can enter. There are few barriers in place to being able to learn and build anything you can imagine -- computers give you so much power, and I love learning more and more about how to wield that power.


Harold Mann '84 - IT Consultant

Music major turned tech entrepreneur. Started consulting and software businesses in the 1990's with brother Alex Mann '86 which they continue to run today. Website.

Danae Ringelmann '96 - Social Entrepreneur

Founder of Indiegogo - the world's largest and oldest crowdfunding platform. While I worked at JPMorgan & Cowen & Co prior, I learned to live my values at UHS and as a Morehead Scholar at UNC. So I left finance to change finance, by starting a company (and an industry) that democratizes access to capital. I believe every person deserves an equal opportunity to raise money for their ideas; so I built an open funding engine, where "the people" determine which ideas are born, not gatekeepers. Fund what matters to you here.

Jade Van Doren '94 - CEO/Founder

Jade Van Doren is a serial entrepreneur based in San Francisco, and is currently working on a new company in the social travel space. Jade was most recently CEO and founder of TechForward, creators of the first Guaranteed Buyback® Plans for consumer electronics, which have been sold by Dell, Best Buy, Office Depot, and RadioShack among others. Jade holds an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he won the Parsky and Wolfen fellowships for entrepreneurship, and a B.A. cum laude from Williams College.
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