Multi-talented and driven to succeed, UC Davis alumni are everywhere: climbing corporate ladders in the tech industry, using decades of farming experience to grow things people said couldn’t be grown in California, making connections in the professional sports world, starting up skyscrapers to create affordable housing, or earning a name for themselves by solving some of the greatest challenges of our time. They find success because their alma mater taught them to be committed, aim high, innovate and work hard.

These qualities and experiences are shared by all UC Davis alumni, making them highly desirable on the job market. For these reasons and many others, alumni are inspired to help other Aggies achieve their dreams. So they turn to their alma mater to volunteer, find students to mentor and recruit fellow Aggies for exciting positions.

This page features stories about successful alumni who have made a point to help other Aggies achieve their dreams. Share your exciting career stories or moments of professional connections with other Aggies by using #AggiesAtWork.

Rising Realtor

June 03, 2020

This story originally appeared at magazine.ucdavis.edu.

by Jocelyn Anderson

For Yawar Charlie, M.F.A. ’97, a background in psychology and dramatic art helps a lot in his current profession: selling luxury real estate.

Tops in Tech

June 01, 2020

This story originally appeared on magazine.ucdavis.edu.

by Chris Macias

Opal Franklin ’18 said she felt the odds stacked against her for too many years. She spent much of her upbringing in the foster care system. Some of her closest family members had been incarcerated, and role models were few.

From Econ to Icon

May 12, 2020
Alum reconnects with his alma mater through his profession as an illustrator.

A Front-Office View of Taking a Soccer Team Pro

December 20, 2019
Sacramento was buzzing on April 18, 2019: Major League Soccer (MLS) announced there would be two new expansion teams in the league, and Sacramento Republic Football Club immediately emerged as a frontrunner to be awarded a spot.

A Fourth-Gen Lumberman

February 27, 2019
Since the Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company opened its doors in 1931, the only constant has been change. President and CEO Andrew Cross ’03 –– the fourth-generation owner of the family business –– knew the company next would need to respond to the rapid development and cultural shifts happening in his hometown.

Like Father, Like Sun

May 22, 2018
Alumnus entrepreneur reduces the carbon footprint of Yolo County with affordable solar

Ice Ice Aggie

May 19, 2018
Nolan de Graaff ’05, a Cal Aggie Alumni Association member, always knew he had an entrepreneurial spirit.

Promoting Positive Nutrition

April 19, 2018
Anne Spalding ’84, Premier Nutrition Corporation, has enjoyed staying connected to UC Davis through CAAA.