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  • 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.
  • Damon Sperber '81

    Damon Sperber, ‘81, is associate director of the School of Acting at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. After graduating from Brandeis, he attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory, then UCLA. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from the American Conservatory in San Francisco. His acting career has included working in New York and Los Angeles, where he appeared in both theater and television. Currently, Damon is settled back in San Francisco with his partner of 10 years, Kristin, and has just started the next chapter of his Brandeis journey, this time as a proud parent to his daughter, Class of 2027!
  • Victoria Melamed, ‘86

    Victoria Melamed, ’86, attended Lowell High School and continued her education at UCSF where she studied dental hygiene. In 1996 she married her high school sweetheart, whom she met through Brandeis friends. Currently, she’s a busy mother of three living in Redwood City, California. Victoria remains very close friends with four fellow Brandeis classmates who all live in the Bay area. The Brandeis legacy continues through their children who are now close friends as well!
  • Sari Bourne Kaplan, ‘97

    Sari Bourne Kaplan, ’97, is corporate counsel at Genentech. She previously worked at Hogan Lovells, a law firm in Washington, D.C., as a senior associate. She attended Stanford University and Emory University School of Law. Sari married Matthew Kaplan in February, 2018.
  • Julia (Kuznetsova) Danser, ‘02

    Julia Danser, ’02, is a pediatrician with Dignity Health Medical Group in San Francisco. After graduating from Brandeis, Julia attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory, then UCLA, where she earned a B.S. in psychobiology. She continued her education at Touro University California School of Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in osteopathic medicine. In June 2018, she completed her pediatric residency at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, serving as chief resident of the primary care program during her final year. Julia and her husband Tim Danser were married in September 2018 and are renovating their first home together in San Mateo.
  • Justine (Shain) Dvornik, ‘02

    Justine Dvornik, ’02, is currently living in Denver, Colorado and is an account executive at Autodesk. After graduating from Brandeis, she attended high school at Convent of the Sacred Heart. In 2010, Justine earned a degree from the University of Arizona where she majored in business, sociology, and communications. After graduating from college, Justine returned to San Francisco to work for Salesforce for nearly five years, and while there met her husband, Thomas. They were married in 2015 and in November 2018 welcomed their first child, Hailey Sloan Dvornik.
  • Misha Sundukovskiy, ’02

    Misha Sundukovskiy, ’02, turned his life-long passion for storytelling through the eyes of a camera lens into his professional career. After graduating from the prestigious New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Misha worked in New York as a producer for Saturday Night Live. He has recently returned to the Bay area and leads the creative video department for and also runs his own production company helping non-profits tell their unique stories.
  • Doria Charlson, ‘05

    Doria Charlson, '05, attended Aragon High School and went on to graduate from Stanford University in 2013 with a B.A. in history and a minor in drama. She then traveled to Strasbourg, France as a Fulbright Scholar, where she conducted research on Mizrahi Judaism and collected oral histories of North African Jewish immigrants to the Alsace region. Currently, Doria is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, from which she also holds an M.A. in history. She hopes to finish her dissertation—a cultural history of migrant labor and performance in the 20th century—in May 2020.
  • Hannah Safford, ’05

    Hannah Safford, ’05, graduated from Princeton University in 2017 where she earned a master of engineering in civil and environmental engineering and a master in public affairs. She is currently back in the Bay Area and is pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at UC Davis where she is continuing her work in the creation of sustainable environmental policies.
  • Alex Fraknoi, ‘08

    Alex Fraknoi , ‘08, professionally known as Frak, is a Bay Area rapper who released his first album “Bagels” in 2012, when he was a student at Pitzer College in Southern California. Cuts from his new album, “Limewire ‘03,” have been streamed more than 500,000 times. Frak performs regularly at the Elbo Room in San Francisco and is a hip hop educator for Youth Speaks. He also performed at the Brandeis Kindergarten Open House in November, 2018; click here to view a recording of his performance. You can listen to his album on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. 
  • Madeleine Chang, ’09

    Madeleine Chang, ’09, will head to the University of Oxford in the fall to begin her graduate work as a Rhodes Scholar. Madeleine was one of four Stanford University seniors to be awarded the 2018 Rhodes Scholarship. She plans to earn a master’s degree in social science of the internet at the Oxford Internet Institute.
  • Sydney Bradley, ’10

    Sydney Bradley, ’10, graduated from Bennington College in Vermont in June 2018, earning a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in fiction literature. In addition, she was selected as one of only five recipients of the Bennington College Undergraduate Writing Fellowship for her work in fiction. The fellowship allows a select group of undergraduate writers the opportunity to further study their craft during a 1- day residency at Bennington’s MFA in writing program. Sydney plans to eventually earn a M.F.A. in fiction, but before that wants to explore other areas of interest such as holistic healing and service-based work.
  • Lauren Bradley, ‘13

    Lauren Bradley, ‘13, attends the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where she majors in painting. She graduated from Forman School, a small college preparatory boarding school located in Litchfield, CT, where she cultivated a love for athletics, as well as visual and performing arts. Lauren founded Forman’s Jewish Culture Club to bring Jewish holiday traditions and awareness to the school community.
  • Sarah Mitchell, ’14

    Sarah Mitchell, ’14, graduated from Lowell High School in 2018 and now attends New York University. While a student at Lowell, Sarah worked to establish Lowell High School’s Model UN, and was its co-president. In addition, she was instrumental in Lowell hosting the first-ever San Francisco Model UN Conference, in December 2017 and was named its Secretary General.
  • Edan Mor '14

    Edan Mor, ’14, attends UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, class of 2022, where he is majoring in global jazz studies with a focus on saxophone. His studies include playing in various jazz combos and big bands, as well as music theory, keyboard harmony classes, and one-on-one private lessons. After graduating from Brandeis, Edan attended School of the Arts where he split his day between traditional high school academics and music, focusing on the saxophone and playing jazz.