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Spring 2023 Alumni Updates

Olivia Nelson is the Assistant Manager of Global PR at Allbirds, maker of sustainable shoes and clothing.



Alyson Smith, who graduated in March, has accepted a position as Marketing & Communications Specialist at the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She was a CIE intern in Public Relations and Digital Marketing for more than two years. 


Miki Dubery has a started a new position as Development Director at Sharaka, a non-profit and non-governmental organization established in 2020 by people from Israel, The United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. It was founded by young leaders from the area to promote peace. 

Grace Kitayama is a Staff Writer at Noozhawk in Santa Barbara. 


Lily Dallow is a Digital Content Creator for News Channel 3-12.   

Lauryn Luescher is an elementary school Special Education teacher for the Lucia Mar Unified School District in San Luis Obispo for the upcoming school year. 

Emily Mahoney has been promoted to Senior Account Executive at Segal Communications in San Francisco.  

Sydney Ozawa is a Marketing Coordinator for Kimley-Horn, a planning and design consulting company.  


Michaela Barros recently started a new position as an International and US Equity Junior Trader at Jefferies, an American multinational independent investment bank and financial services company that is headquartered in New York City.   

Hannah Benson started a new position as editorial assistant for Davina Douthard, Inc., an image & brand management firm specializing in consulting for the entertainment and sports industries and based in Los Angeles.  

Brooke Cashin has started a new position as Public Relations Account Executive at Stanton & Company, a marketing & PR agency focused on healthy, active living and sports 

Kallyn Hobmann is a Morning Anchor for 23ABC (KERO-TV).   

Olivia Nelson is the Assistant Manager of Global PR at Allbirds, maker of sustainable shoes and clothing. 


Yasmeen Arami is an Account Manager at Moxie Communications Group, where she also chairs the Culture Committee. She started at the agency in March 2020. 

Zachary Donnenfield has been promoted to Senior Content Marketing Manager at CreatorIQ, an influencer marketing platform. 

Rachel Showalter is a Visual Reporter for the Bellingham Herald.   


Megan Albee is a Data Analyst at Target and pursuing a master's degree in business analytics at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. 

Monique Belden has been promoted to Account Director at Jarvis Communications, Inc., based in Culver City, CA. Jarvis has been named one of the top 10 wine and spirits-focused PR agencies in the US. She joined the firm as an Account Coordinator in 2018. 

Cara Benson has been promoted to Senior Account Manager, Social/Digital at BOND, an advertising services firm based in Los Angeles. 

Taylor Morhardt was recently hired as Marketing Specialist for I Love A Clean San Diego, an environmental organization that fosters zero waste and zero litter through education and volunteerism. 


Ayrton Ostly is a Video Producer for Gannet, The USA Today Network.  

Kristine Xu has been promoted to Senior Customer Experience Manager at Persefoni, a climate management and accounting platform based in Portland, OR. 


Jonathan Chodzko is doing Corporate Partnerships for the Los Angeles Angels.   


Lisa Diaz has started a new position as Director, Social Data and Insights for the movie and entertainment studio Lionsgate, headquartered in Santa Monica.  

Kat Gore is on contract as a Marketing Consultant for Sonoma County Library, where she worked for four years. She recently became a member of the Marketing Committee at Jacksonville Community Center in Jacksonville, OR.  

Sean McMinn is a Data and Graphics Editor at POLITICO.  


Kristin Kenney was recently promoted to Director, Operations & Insights at Carol Cone ON PURPOSE, a business consulting and services firm in New York, NY. 


Giana Magnoli is the managing rditor at Noozhawk.  She recently joined the Journalism Department Advisory Board. 


Sarah Thien is now Director of External Communications and Annual Giving at Cal Poly. 


John Hubbell is the Executive Editorial and Creative Director for California Story Company. During the winter quarter, he was a lecturer in the Journalism Department, teaching JOUR 203, News Writing and Reporting 

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