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Welcome, Social Sciences Alumni!

We are a powerful network with the largest number of alumni of all the divisions at UC San Diego. However, success is not measured by numbers alone - we are most proud of the variety of areas in which our alumni make a difference and lead fulfilling lives in academia, private industry, public service and nonprofit organizations.

We are eager to connect our alumni with the campus, students and faculty through cutting-edge programs and engagement opportunities showcasing the many highly-ranked departments and the global, national and local impact of fellow alumni. Suggestions and feedback regarding our programs are always welcome.

For questions, please contact Jenelle Dean, Director of Alumni Affairs, at jmdean@ucsd.edu or (858) 246-0232.

2014 Alumni Visionaries

Gary Patton, Marshall ’77 (Urban Studies and Planning)

Gary Patton spent more than 30 years as a city planning professional in the San Francisco Bay Area. He worked in seven urban and suburban municipalities over the course of that time. He served as the director of city planning for the cities of Albany and Livermore. Patton was the deputy director of planning and zoning for the City of Oakland from 2000-2010. Throughout his work, he saw through the vision of UC San Diego's Third College (Marshall College): to return to your home community and provide leadership in public service that makes a difference. In his various leadership roles over 30 years, he facilitated the growth and development of the Bay Area's physical environment. As senior planning staff member in various agencies, Patton was responsible for complex policy recommendations to elected officials related to land use, urban design and the environment. In addition, he hired and trained young city planning professionals who have gone on to assume high level leadership roles with public agencies all around the Bay Area.

Joanna Mendoza, Warren ’87 (Economics and Political Science)

Joanna Mendoza is an attorney with the Law Offices of Joanna R. Mendoza, a professional corporation. She is one of the trustees on the California State Bar Board of Trustees, elected to a three-year term that began last October, representing District 3 (23 northeastern-most counties of California), in charge of regulating admissions and the practice of law in order to protect the public in California. The board is engaged in making ground-breaking changes in the practice of law, admissions, bringing legal services to the underserved and other major policy issues affecting the judicial system in California, those who operate within it and those it serves. Mendoza finds serving on the board an honor and an incredible responsibility.

Do you know a visionary alumni leader? The Division of Social Sciences is looking to recognize alumni who, through professional accomplishments and/or public service, have demonstrated outstanding visionary leadership. We want to know who is out there making a difference and how they are doing it!

Who are outstanding visionary leaders?
- change agents building a better world through professional and/or public service endeavors
- alumni using their social sciences degree in a unique way to make a difference
- young alumni demonstrating potential to become leaders in their field
- inspirational role models for current UC San Diego students

Have someone in mind? Nominate him or her today and help us celebrate the distinguished service and achievements of our Social Sciences alumni community! Self-nominations are encouraged.

Questions? Please email jmdean@ucsd.edu.

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UC San Diego Alumni Events

Triton Job and Internship Fair, January 14, 2015 – This is your opportunity to meet employers who are looking to recruit UC San Diego student and alumni talent.

Triton Connect, February 18, 2015 – Tap into your Triton network with Triton Connect, a series of customized alumni networking events hosted by UCSD Alumni. Please join us at LinkedIn in Mountain View, Calif., for a Women in Leadership alumni panel and the opportunity to connect with many other alumni professionals in diverse careers and industries. Event is from 5-8 p.m. For more information, email jmdean@ucsd.edu.

Social Sciences Supper Club, February 26, 2015 – What does “design” mean at UC San Diego? Probably not what you think it means. Join Don Norman, director of the Design Lab and professor emeritus of Cognitive Science and Psychology at UC San Diego, as he discusses what the Design Lab will do to make design “important and exciting” at UC San Diego. Until then you can read this Q&A with Norman in the U-T.

Triton Educators Unite – Calling all alumni educators! Join the Educators Alliance to connect with fellow Triton leaders in our schools and request UC San Diego items for your classroom. UCSD Alumni is outfitting alumni teachers in local schools with classroom gear to help students see UC San Diego in their future.


Regional Clubs - There are more than 25 UCSD regional alumni clubs around the world. Maximize your alumni network by joining a club near you!

Professional Groups - Check out the Communication Professionals Network, Financial Professionals Network, Capitol Tritons, Educators Alliance and more!

Cultural Groups - The core mission of each of the UCSD alumni cultural groups is leadership, advocacy, service and philanthropy. Join and make a difference today!


Share your time and talent through volunteering with UC San Diego. Whatever your passion, we have an opportunity that's right for you.

  • Student mentoring
  • Internship opportunities
  • Leadership roles
  • Campus volunteering

View all the exciting volunteer opportunities.

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Alumni support is vital to the continued success of UC San Diego and its students. Every gift, no matter its size, has the power to impact future generations.

Invent the Future

The Division of Social Sciences wishes to thank our alumni and friends who continue to make a positive impact. View the 2012-2013 Impact Report [PDF].

Did you know?

There are over 148,000 UCSD alumni*...

Including over 59,000 social sciences alumni*!

Over 17,000 alumni stay connected with UC San Diego through countless engagement opportunities.

This year, over 9,500 alumni (over 3,800 social sciences alumni) made gifts to support scholarships, research, discovery and more!

*Living alumni as of 2013

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