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  • Adi Alouf ‘09

    Adi Alouf moved to New York City after graduating from Jewish Community High School to attend List College, which is part of Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and enables students to pursue a unique joint degree program with Columbia University. Adi earned a BA in Religion from Columbia, a BA in Talmud and Rabbinics from JTS, and an MA in Jewish Ethics from JTS. This fall Adi will return to San Francisco to take on a new role - Director of Student Life at her alma mater, Jewish Community High School, where she will also teach Jewish Studies. 
  • Alina (Sivorinovsky) Wickham ’81

    Alina (Sivorinovsky) Wickham ’81 and her family immigrated from Odessa, Ukraine in 1977, and she enrolled at Brandeis as the second Russian-speaking student at the school. She received her B.A. and M.A. in broadcast communications at San Francisco State University. She is a New York Times best-selling author of romance and mystery. She has been a writer, producer, and skating researcher for ABC, NBC, TNT, ESPN and Lifetime TV. Brandeis featured her book “The Nesting Dolls” as the inaugural Brandeis Connects book club selection. Currently, she lives in New York City with her family.
  • Doug Wachter ‘05

    Doug Wachter is the assistant director of Major League Operations for the 2021 World Series Champion Atlanta Braves. In his role he contributes to the team’s pitching game planning and run prevention. Following his time at Brandeis he attended Lick-Wilmerding High School and the University of Michigan, where he majored in Sport Management and minored in Applied Statistics. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife.
  • Anna Schecter Zigler ‘94

    Anna Schecter Zigler ‘94, is an award winning journalist with the NBC News investigative unit. Prior to working at NBC News she worked for ABC News where she received a Peabody award, a George Polk award, and two Emmy awards among others. For her reporting on human rights abuses in China, she received an Overseas Press Club Citation for Excellence. Schecter completed her graduate work at the Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Center in Nanjing, China. After completing her studies at Brandeis, she received her bachelor’s degree in Mandarin and French from Middlebury College in Vermont where she graduated summa cum laude. She currently lives in New York City with her family.
  • Teresa Strasser ‘82

    Teresa Strasser ‘82, is an Emmy Award winning writer, television host and radio personality. She is a regular contributor and columnist for The LA Times, AZ Central, and Jewish Journal, as well as author of the bestselling memoir, "Exploiting My Baby.” After graduating from Brandeis, Ms. Strasser attended Lick-Wilmerding high school and New York University, where she earned a degree in acting and journalism. Ms. Strasser made a guest appearance at the spring fundraiser in 2021, ‘Here Comes the Sun,’ offering a direct appeal to support the tuition assistance program at Brandeis. “You want students from different backgrounds to learn from each other and live in different communities and have different socioeconomic backgrounds. That is one of the things that makes Brandeis what it is. There is no way I could have gone to Brandeis without financial assistance. My life was forever changed.” Teresa, her husband and two children currently live in Arizona. 
  • Emma Tick-Raker ‘14

    Emma Tick-Raker ‘14 is in her fourth year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and was recently elected President of Hillel San Luis Obispo. In August, she graduated from the Jewish Changemakers Fellowship through The Jewish Federations of North America.  Emma’s goal during her leadership includes, “I want to first and foremost inspire others. I want to be a leader that ignites passion in others and encourages people to speak their own truth, as I learn to speak mine. Furthermore, I want to leave a legacy for Hillel when I graduate in June. One that emphasizes diversity and inclusion and hones in on interfaith work and the greatness that comes from learning from those who are different.”
  • Maya Menachem ‘15

    Maya Menachem ‘15 was elected Student President for SF Hillel at San Francisco State. Maya shared what inspired her to take on a leadership role at SF Hillel, “The Jewish values I was taught during my time at Brandeis continue to inspire me to push myself and find ways I can best support my community—whether that's my school community, the Jewish community, or the greater world. I wanted to join the Hillel leadership team so that we could continue to create that safe space that would enable students to connect with one another and feel connected on campus. I especially wanted to ensure that Jewish students on campus are heard and supported. It is my hope that my efforts as President will help create an even more inclusive environment at SFSU.”
  • Rafael Mandelman ‘88

    Supervisor Mandelman lives in the Mission District and grew up in San Francisco. He attended The Brandeis School of San Francisco and Lick-Wilmerding High School, prior to earning a B.A. in History from Yale College, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Currently he is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 8. 
  • Samantha Schireson ‘04

    Samantha Schireson ‘04

    Samantha Schireson ‘04 attended School of the Arts, where she majored in technical theater. Following high school, she graduated with a degree in art history from Chatham University. She worked at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh before pursuing a master’s of library and information science with a specialization in archives management and preservation from the University of Pittsburgh. Following graduation, Samantha interned in the library at Trinity College in Dublin, before landing in Washington, D.C. She is currently a library technician at the Library of Congress.
  • Brian Goldman '97

    After graduating from Brandeis in 1997, Brian attended San Francisco University High School and then Yale University. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 2010 and become a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Brian then moved to Washington D.C., where he served as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and then as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina justice of the Supreme Court. Following his year as a clerk for Justice Sotomayor, Brian moved back to San Francisco, where he is a partner at the law firm, Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP.

Alumni Updates News Feed

  • Wes Wellner '15 was named one of 2021 Muni Artists of the Year. This celebrated and highly competitive program supports local artists, enhancing the transit experience for San Francisco's 700,000+ daily riders through the Muni Art program; converting Muni buses into rolling art galleries, reigniting a successful relationship between local art and local transit.
  • Zachary Cinti ‘06 earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and went on to complete a master’s degree in medical science from Marshall B. Ketchum University.  Zachary is a Physician Assistant at South San Francisco Kaiser in the Department of Orthopedics and Surgery. His fiance Jennifer Clark is a Physician Assistant at the San Francisco Kaiser Department of General and Plastic Surgery, and they are busy planning a July wedding in Washington State. Members of the bridal party include Zachary’s best man (and brother) Jason Cinti ’08, and groomsman Isaac Goodman ‘06.
  • Jason Cinti '08 is completing his 4th year of medical school and currently waiting for his match in Emergency Medicine for his residency program. 
  • Jenna Waldman ’08 attended The Urban School of San Francisco, Brown University, and law school at UC Berkeley. She is now serving as a law clerk for the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Kailee Shlipak ’15 spent this past year living in Israel and working at the Volcani Agricultural Research Center.  
  • Kaira Shlipak ’18 is actively involved with “JFCS Impact Year” along with Gabriela Levin-Meer ‘18 and Julia Kos ‘18, and all three participated in the month-long ROOTS Israel trip this past summer. 
  • Kyan Shlipak ’18 is a champion of environmental justice and active with the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit. 
  • Gabe Castro-Root ‘17 is a freshman at American University in Washington, D.C., and writes for the AU newspaper, The Eagle.

Have news to share? We want to hear from you and celebrate our Brandeis alumni. Updates can be sent to alumni@sfbrandeis.org or shared with Damon Sperber ‘82 in the Development Office at Brandeis.