Lauren Hammond '77 (Government)

When former Sacramento City Councilmember Lauren Hammond was a student working at Herfy’s Hamburgers and attending government classes, she dreamed of becoming a lawyer. But her passion for neighborhood issues took her in a different direction. Kind of. “I was going to practice law,” Hammond says. “I guess now I just help make them.” Read more»


Carlos Ramos ’86, Director, California Department of Technology

Carlos Ramos ’86 (Communication Studies) originally envisioned a career filing stories in a newsroom and even interned at Sacramento television station KCRA. Today, Ramos sits in an office perched high above the Sacramento skyline where he manages a multibillion-dollar portfolio of the state's largest and most complex technology initiatives. Read more»

Steve Boilard, MA '88 (Government)

Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies has a new director. Steve Boilard, from the state Legislative Analyst’s Office, has been selected for the position. He began in September 2012. Boilard has extensive experience in government and education. During his 14 years in the Analyst’s Office, he has served as the managing principal analyst, director of Higher Education, and a senior analyst. Read more»


James P. Mayer, MPPA '92 (Public Policy & Administration)

By paying attention to every detail, maximizing resources and cultivating strong roots, James Mayer has built a small, but prosperous olive oil company in Yolo County. He’s applying many of the same principles to his work with California Forward with the goal of improving state government. Mayer is a Sacramento State Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for 2014. Read more»

Christina '94 (Geography) & David '94 (Geography) Tomlinson

They each earned geography degrees, but David and Christina Tomlinson know that simply looking at a map doesn’t always result in a successful journey. When it comes to plotting the course for the future of their four children, the Tomlinsons emphasize education and it’s more than just talk. Read more»

Tim Sbranti '97 (Government)

It’s 10 a.m. and although that’s mid-morning for most people, for Mayor Tim Sbranti of Dublin, it’s half way through a long day that started at 4:30 a.m. Up early most mornings reading and responding to emails is how Mayor Sbranti’s day begins followed by teaching at his city’s high school, managing a nonprofit, coaching two varsity teams, taping a weekly sports broadcast and, of course, serving as mayor. Read more»


Brandon Kline '05 (Government)

The capital city was more than just the perfect grooming ground for a young Brandon Kline. At Sacramento State, he was involved in countless activities and racked up a number of impressive accomplishments. But they all take a backseat to Kline’s most memorable encounter as a Hornet. “Rosilynn and I met at Sac State,” Brandon says of his wife, whom he met in a math class in 2001. Read more»

Erike Young, MPPA '05 (Pubic Policy & Administration)

Alumnus Erike Young has received a national safety award, and he credits the skills he acquired in Sacramento State’s Master of Public Policy and Administration program for helping him earn that honor. Young, who got his MPPA in 2005, received the 2012 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year award, during the American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Denver. Read more»

Josh Rosa, MPPA '08 (Public Policy & Administration)

It’s the eve of the primaries, or the Super Bowl as Josh Rosa affectionately calls it. He’s anxiously awaiting news to find out if his “candidates” have won, but more importantly, if his good friends who are running have won. As he sits back in his chair, he smiles and laughs out loud with his buddies as they cheer on the victories of their candidates who have beat out their opponents. This is the Super Bowl, something that Rosa waits—no lives for all year. Read more»

Justin Knighten ’08 (Communication Studies-Public Relations)

There are many words to describe Justin Knighten's ’08 (Communication Studies-Public Relations) role in the Sacramento community: engaged, connected, but perhaps most of all, busy. Read more»

Joshua Wood ’05 (Government)

Occupation: Executive Director, Region Builders, a trade association focused on job creation and maximizing economic growth First Job: Digging fire trenches Read more»


Ryan Harrison, MS ’11 (Criminal Justice)

A labor and employment Swiss Army knife.” That’s how Ryan Harrison, MS ’11 (Criminal Justice) describes his role as principal human resources consultant for the California Senate Rules Committee. Read more»