Our Alumni Network

JSA builds leadership skills, fosters respect for different perspectives, and helps students find their voice. We currently have over 170,000 alums all over the country. JSA alums now fill roles as entrepreneurs, activists, lawyers, elected officials, and more.

Politics & Government

The Honorable Ayanna Pressley

Member, US House of Representatives, Massachusetts 7th Congressional District

(Francis Parker High School, 1992)

The Honorable Leon Panetta

Former US Secretary of Defense and White House Chief of Staff

(Monterey High School, 1966)

The Honorable Zoe Lofgren

Member, US House of Representatives, California 19th Congressional District

(Gunn High School, 1966)

The Honorable Eric Garcetti

Mayor of Los Angeles, California, US Ambassador to India-designate

(Harvard-Westlake School, 1988)

The Honorable Mark Takano

Member, US House of Representatives, California 41st Congressional District

(La Sierra High School, 1979)

Jennifer Palmieri

Former White House Director of Communications, current contributing Editor to Vanity Fair

 (Aptos High School, 1984)


The Honorable Karen Clopton

Former Chief Administrative Law Judge, California Public Utilities Commission and current Commissioner, San Francisco Human Rights Commission

(Jack & Jill - San Francisco/Alain Leroy Locke High School 1976)

Darcy Olsen

Founder GenJustice.org, former Chief Executive Officer, The Goldwater Institute

(Pine View High School, 1989)

The Honorable Beth Labson Freeman

United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California

(Ravenswood High School, 1972)


Charles R. Schwab

Founder; Charles Schwab Corporation

(Santa Barbara High School, 1955)

Anne Raby Gates

Former President at MGA Entertainment, and former Executive Vice President

CFO of The Walt Disney Company's Consumer Products Division

(Cubberley High School, 1977)

Timothy Ingrassia

Co-chairman of Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Goldman Sachs

(Washington-Lee High School, 1982)


Len Apcar

Former Editor, The New York Times; Founder of www.detectfakenews.com

(San Carlos High School, 1972)

Ethan Watters

Co-founder, San Francisco Writers Grotto, writer for The New York Times Magazine, Spin, Details, Mother Jones, Glamour, GQ, Esquire, and the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine

(Chico High School, 1982)

Michael Edelstein

Former President, International Television Production, NBC Universal

(University [Los Angeles] High School, 1986)