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GRD Leavey/MBA '76
White, Kelly
Kelly White MBA ’76 is part of a new commercial lending team that has joined the Bank of the Pacific, expanding its presence in Salem, Oregon. White specializes in commercial real estate lending. He has spent 20 years in banking, the last 15 of which were in Oregon. Kelly has a strong diversified background in banking, most recent as a commercial real estate lender serving the Willamette Valley. He has been an active member of the Salem Rotary Club for the past 17 years.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:14P
GRD Law '76
Price Jr., Curren

After serving seven years in the California Legislature (51st Assembly District and 26th Senate District) Curren D. Price Jr. J.D. '76 has returned to public service in Los Angeles. In June 2013, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, 9th District. On the council he chairs the Economic Development Committee and serves on the ad hoc committee to oversee and coordinate the city's bid and participation in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. He is married to businessswoman and social activist Del Richardson, and they have two grown children and three grandkids.

submitted Aug. 28, 2015 4:19P
GRD Law '76
Pichon, Risë
On Jan. 1, Risë Jones Pichon '73, J.D. '76 became Santa Clara County’s first minority presiding Superior Court judge.
Pichon, 62, said she got to the top of her legal career by taking chances outside her comfort zone and learning how to deal with obstacles tied to her race. Today she brings to her new position a lifelong understanding of race relations.
“Having lived when I lived gives a person a great understanding of how people feel, how they feel when there’s only one of them in a group,” said Pichon.
“The fact that they can feel powerless and some can abuse their power. … It’s given me the courage at this point of my life to make sure people are treated fairly. I can’t say it’s best to treat everyone the same because that’s no longer true. Justice is not blind.”
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submitted Jan. 9, 2015 3:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '76
Paxton, Larry

Larry Paxton '76 was recently elected as president of the American Geophysical Union's Space Physics and Aeronomy Section. Larry is the head of the Geospace and Earth Science Group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. In July, he met Dr. Frank Drake of the Drake Equation. Dr. Drake had presented a lecture on project Ozma to the physics majors in 1974. That lecture and Larry's experience as an undergraduate researcher and participation in the Honors Program at Santa Clara shaped Larry's later life and career.

Contact Larry
submitted Jul. 20, 2015 5:54P
GRD Law '76
Hamilton, Phyllis

Phyllis Hamilton J.D. ’76 has been appointed chief judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Hamilton is the first African-American woman in the court’s history to fill this position.

“Having enjoyed my work in court governance in many capacities over the years, I look forward to working with my colleagues and the bar and staff of this court to continue the court’s traditions of innovation and excellent service,” Judge Hamilton said.
Judge Hamilton received her BA from Stanford in 1974 and her JD from Santa Clara Law in 1976. Her judicial career has included appointments as an administrative judge for a federal agency, a magistrate judge of this court, and a district judge of this court from 2000 to the present. Since 2010, she has served in the Oakland Division.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:06P
GRD Leavey/MBA '76
Gilbert, Richard

Richard Gilbert MBA ’76 has been brought on as executive vice president of business development and as a member of the board of directors for Wialan Technologies Inc., a next-generation wireless telecommunications provider.

submitted Mar. 20, 2015 9:56P
GRD Leavey/MBA '76
Giebel, Kenneth

Kenneth Giebel '69, MBA '76 has been appointed director of homeownership at California Housing Finance Agency by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. California Housing Finance Agency provides home mortgage financing to first-time homebuyers and renters in California. It also provides mortgage insurance; permanent financing for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of existing or new construction of rental housing; and multifamily rental development properties management services. Giebel, 68, of Lincoln, has served as acting director of single family lending for the agency since 2012 and was director of marketing from 2002 to 2012. He was director of promotions and ethnic advertising at the California State Lottery from 1994 to 2002. Prior to the Lottery position, Ken worked in marketing, advertising, and promotion positions for a number of Fortune 500 Companies.

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:48P

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