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Introducing Pepperdine's 40 under 40 Alumni

Pepperdine 40 under 40 

At Pepperdine, purpose, service, and leadership is more than a mission statement. It's a way of life, reflected in the impact and achievements of more than 100,000 extraordinary alumni around the globe. This year's inaugural 40 under 40 alumni represent just a sample of these incredible stories. Selected from hundreds of nominations, these young entrepreneurs, executives, doctors, lawyers, educators, and public servants are innovating in their fields, inspiring their communities, and leading by example as the next generation of Pepperdine Waves.


Kim Amundson
Kimberly (Mansen) Amundson ('10)

Program Officer, PATH

Seattle, Washington


James Azadian
James Stephen Azadian (JD '01)

Shareholder and Chair of Appellate, Writs, and Constitutional Law Practice, Enterprise Counsel Group ALCLaguna Beach, California


Meri Barnes
Meri Barnes ('04)

Founder/CEO, The Shop Forward

Creative Director, Michael Gerald LTD.

Santa Monica, California


Meredith Benton
Meredith (Sullivan) Benton ('01)

Senior Program Officer, The Healing Trust

Nashville, Tennessee


Tara Bracher
Tara (Lawrence) Bracher ('04, MA '09)

President, Hats Off For Cancer

St. Louis, Missouri


Pierce Brown
Pierce Brown ('10)

Author/Screenwriter, Penguin Random House

Los Angeles, California


Amber Coffman
Amber L Coffman ('04)

Development Director, Best Buddies International

Marina del Rey, California


Todd Dildine
Todd Dildine ('09)

Pastor, Lakeview Church of Christ

Chicago, Illinois 


Elizabeth Edwards
Elizabeth Edwards ('99)

Founder and President, Volume Public Relations

Highlands Ranch, Colorado


Ken Ellsworth
Ken Ellsworth (MBA '10)

Sr. Manager - Customer Analytics and Strategy, Intuit

San Diego, California


Zeke Fortenberry
Zeke Fortenberry (JD '07)

Assistant District Attorney, Collin County District Attorney's Office

Dallas, Texas


Marinela Gombosev
Marinela Gombosev (MBA '12)

Executive Vice President, Operations and Marketing, Evoke Neuroscience

Corona Del Mar, California


Keith Gormley
Keith Gormley (MA '08)

Vice President, Social Marketing and Communication, Prudential Financial

Montclair, New Jersey


Danielle Greg
Dr. Danielle Greg ('01, PsyD '10)

Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice

Calabasas, California


Lori A. Harer
Lori A. Harer (JD '07)

Attorney at Law, The Law Offices of Lori A. Darakjian

Westlake Village, California


Seth Haye
Seth A Haye ('02)

Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Westlake Village, California


Stefan Holt
Stefan Holt ('09)

Anchor and Reporter, NBCUniversal

New York City, New York


Tia Hooper
Capt Justina "Tia"Hooper ('07)

Chief, Recruiting Branch, HQ U.S. Air Force JAG Corps

Alexandria, Virginia


Hope Horner
Hope Horner ('09)

CEO, Lemonlight

Santa Monica, California


Arjun Jolly
Arjun Jolly (MBA '14)

COO/Co-Founder, adQuadrant, Inc.

Irvine, California


Travis Jones
Travis Jones ('11)

Judge Advocate (JAG), United States Navy

Newport, Rhode Island


Anthony Kenneda
Anthony Kennada ('08)

Vice President of Marketing, Gainsight

San Francisco, California


Bounmany "Kyle" Keojampa
Bounmany Kyle Keojampa ('01)

Surgeon, Delrey MD

Los Angeles, California


Rob Khatchadourian
Rob Khatchadourian (MPP '06)

Engineering Program Manager, Apple, Inc.

San Jose, California


Brittney Lane
Brittney Lane (JD '12)

Associate, O'Melveny & Myers

Washington, D.C.


David Mansdoerfer
David Mansdoerfer (MPP '11)

Deputy Chief of Staff, California State Senate

Mission Viejo, California


Alec McNayr
Alec McNayr ('00)

Founder, McBeard

Los Angeles, California


Richard Montano
Richard Montano ('03)

CEO, LIV Capital Group, Inc

San Diego, California


Francisco Montes
Francisco Montes (BSM '16)

Realtor, The Enright Company

Founder, Rundalay

Los Angeles, California


Margaret Moodian
Dr. Margaret Moodian (MA '08, EdD '11)

Board Member and governance chair, Blind Children's Learning Center

Rancho Santa Margarita, California


Merrill Moses
Merrill Marc Moses ('99)

Pepperdine Assistant Water Polo Coach, Pepperdine University

Thousand Oaks, California


Ben Murrie
Ben Murrie ('01)

Director of Contracts and Client Relations, Catharsis Productions

Raleigh, North Carolina


Valerie Neumark Mickela
Valerie Neumark Mickela (MA '03)

Co-Founder & Brand Strategist, Rootid, LLC

El Cerrito, California


Talia Nosrati
Talia Eytan Nosrati (MBA '10)

Senior Manager, Global Brand Marketing, 20th Century Fox

Los Angeles, California


Nduka Nwanko
Nduka Nwanko ('13)

Fixed Income Analyst, Wells Fargo Bank

San Francisco, California


Ashley Rhame
Ashley Rhame ('14)

Head of Marketing and Communications, HoyleCohen LLC, A Focus Financial Firm

San Diego, California


Clare Rice
Clare Rice (MDR '13)

Director of Care, Encounter Bible Fellowship Church

Executive Director, Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement

Ventura, California


Ryan Sawtelle
Ryan Sawtelle ('09)

Founder & Executive Director, White Heart Foundation

Los Angeles, California


Brad Tatum
Brad Tatum (MBA '12, MS '13)

Mechanical/Fluids Department Manager, National Technical Systems

Santa Clarita, California

Amanda Wickramasinghe
Dr. Amanda Wickramasinghe (EdD '16)

Director & Vice President of Education Programs, Einstein Group, LLC

Educational Consultant

Ladera Ranch, California

Meet the Committee
Meet the Selection Committee

Learn more about the seven member committee who made this campaign possible.