Accolades & Books

Guaranteeing Better Lives

Lisa M. Jones, BS 85

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Lisa M. Jones, BS 85, program manager at the Department of the Treasury, received a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in the Citizen Services category. The award celebrates Jones’ efforts to help low-income communities gain access to investment capital through a long-term bond guarantee program—at no cost to taxpayers. Since 2013, the program has made available $852 million in loans to finance small businesses, affordable rental housing, day-care centers, senior living facilities, charter schools, and healthcare facilities.


Alumna with Influence

April Underwood, MBA 07

April Underwood, MBA 07

April Underwood, MBA 07, VP of product at workplace collaboration platform Slack, was named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list for 2016. The annual ranking notes the most influential young people in business. Underwood was noted for her software development skills. She helped triple the number of Slack’s active users to 3 million in her first year and has a vision that involves an $80 million fund to invest in software startups that complement Slack’s offerings. As well, she co-founded #Angels, an all-female team of investors, in her spare time.


Cover Story

Catherine Atzen, BCEMBA 07

Catherine Atzen, BCEMBA 07

Catherine Atzen, BCEMBA 07, the founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic Skin Care, was recently featured on the cover of Dermascope Magazine, a leading aesthetics and skin care periodical. Atzen was recognized as a legend for her decades of contributions to the field. She’s had a successful career as a skin care entrepreneur and is credited with coining the term “day spa.”


California’s Best

Mark Sievers, MBA 83

Mark Sievers, MBA 83

Il Fiorello olive oil company, owned by Mark Sievers, MBA 83, was awarded the Best of California award for its olive oil at the California State Fair. The award is one of more than 60 local and international accolades the company has received in competitions since 2009. In 2013, it was named as one of the best olive oil producers in the world at the New York International Olive Oil Competition.


Leading the Experience Economy

Trevor Traina, MBA 96

Trevor Traina, MBA 96

Trevor Traina, MBA 96, founder and CEO of IfOnly, received a 2016 San Francisco Business Times Tech & Innovation Award, which honors entrepreneurs who are providing high-tech solutions to real-world problems. IfOnly, a marketplace to buy and sell unique experiences, often with local experts, was honored for blazing a path in the “experience economy.” Each experience or product IfOnly sells benefits a charitable cause. Since its inception, IfOnly has expanded beyond the Bay Area to Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and Mexico.

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