Cal State LA has more than 245,000 alumni, many of whom are prominent leaders in their fields today. From state legislators and innovative classroom teachers, to muralists, leading engineers, CEOs, and highly regarded healthcare providers, Cal State LA alums are a guiding force in the direction of their communities and industries of work.

Some of Cal State LA’s most notable alumni include:

  • Lucille Royball-Allard ’65, U.S. Representative
  • Michael D. Antonovich ’63, ’68, former Los Angeles County Supervisor
  • James A. Bell ’97, retired CFO and Corporate President of The Boeing Company
  • Warren Bryant ’71, Board Member at Dollar General Corporation
  • James Butts ’80, Mayor of Inglewood, formerly Santa Monica Chief of Police, Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles World Airports, Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Inglewood
  • Steve Cooley ’71, 41st Los Angeles County District Attorney
  • Elizabeth Devine ’85, former CSI: Miami Producer
  • Samuel T. Durrance ’72, ’74, astrogeophysicist and two-time payload specialist on NASA spacecraft missions
  • Alan J. Fohrer ’81, former CEO of Southern California Edison Company
  • Leonor Gaviña-Valls ’74 and Francisco Gaviña ’69, ’72, Vice Presidents of Gaviña Coffee
  • John Huerta ’65, Co-founder of the National Hispanic Bar Association
  • Billie Jean King, world champion athlete and global advocate for social justice
  • Art Leahy ’74, CEO of Metrolink
  • Rosario Marin ’83, 41st U.S. Treasurer
  • John D. Petersen ’70, former President of the University of Tennessee
  • Beatriz ’80, Raul Jr. ’84 and Margarita ’85 Porto, owners of Porto’s Bakery
  • Terrence Roberts ’67, one of the Little Rock Nine who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, AR, in 1957
  • Ralph M. Terrazas ’95, Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department
  • Nat Trives ’68, former Mayor of Santa Monica
  • Kent Twitchell ’72, muralist
  • Joseph Wambaugh ’60, novelist and bestselling author
  • Maxine Waters ’71, U.S. Representative
  • Diane Watson ’67, former U.S. Representative
  • Willie Zuñiga ’86, President of Grifols Biologicals, Inc.


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