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Sac State alumni are game-changers—taking risks, finding solutions and making the region a better place to live—all with a common Hornet heritage. Here’s what some of the region’s movers and shakers are saying about their alma mater.

On Sac State's role in the region:

“Sac State is a powerhouse in our city. For today’s graduates, it’s not enough to go to school here. They want to stay and plant roots, to become part of the next great American city.”—Michael Ault ’92 (Communication Studies), executive director of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership

Michael Ault

“As the region’s University, Sacramento State is our resource for talent. If we look ahead at the opportunities that are emerging, we can have graduates who are ready to serve those needs.”Peter Tateishi ’02 (Government), president and CEO of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Peter Tateishi 

“Institutions like Sac State are so well-positioned to prepare people for the workforce. Employers say the University is vital for not just educating people who are knowledgeable but also who can communicate clearly and work effectively in teams.”—Bill Mueller ’90 (Communication Studies/Government), CEO of Valley Vision


Bill Mueller


On Sac State playing a role in entrepreneurs' professional lives:

“My experience in the MBA program at Sac State gave me exposure to local leaders who came into the classroom and were able to share how the concepts being discussed actually played out in day-to-day business. This made it easier to apply what I was learning into my work at VSP.”—Kate Renwick-Espinosa, MBA ’98, president of VSP Global Vision Care

Kate Renwick Espinosa

“I give a lot of credit to Sac State for my success as a professional and entrepreneur. I had a lot of support from counselors who challenged me by asking what I wanted to be and helping me put a plan together.”Michael Casper ’10 (Communication Studies), co-founder, Improve Your Tomorrow

Michael Casper

"I had professors who really challenged me and gave me new ways to think." —Roshaun Davis '08 (Journalism), co-founder of public relations and event planning firm Unseen Heroes.

Roshaun Davis

"Sac State was where I took a class from the best business writing teacher I ever had. What I learned, I use every day."—Kraig Clark '91 (Accountancy), founder and chairman of renewable energy firm JLM Energy.

Kraig Clark

“Sac State put us in the real life scenarios that you deal with every day.”—Maritza Davis ’07 (Public Relations), co-founder of public relations and event planning firm Unseen Heroes

Maritza Davis

“I went to (accounting firm) Coopers and Lybrand right out of school with people from the UC, from the Ivies and it was pretty clear the practical education at Sac State helped me out of the gate much faster and ever since.”—Stacey Powell, ’92 founder and chief creative officer for the Finance Gym

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Stacey Powell