Save-the-Date: 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame
November 9, 2018
Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Each year, a group of alumni are inducted into the Hall of Fame, including the Alum of the Year. Stay tuned for more details about the annual event for honoring SF State's outstanding alumni. More details coming soon.
Visit our Flickr account to view images from the 2017 President's Dinner & Alumni Hall of Fame Celebration.
2017 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR
B.A., ’84 Political Science
Jim Wunderman is President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, an organization advocating to make the Bay Area the world’s most innovative, competitive, and sustainable region. Through Wunderman’s leadership the Council has sought to improve the Bay Area’s economy and competitiveness, including: business climate, housing, transportation, workforce, water, energy, communications, education, gender equity and cyber security.
Wunderman, named one of the 2015 Top 100 movers and shakers in California politics, has led the Council’s efforts to advocate for billions of dollars in federal, state and regional funding for major transportation projects, and positioned the Council as a thought-leader by expanding to Sacramento, overseeing offices in China, and partnering with the state to reopen the California-China Trade Office. Wunderman positioned the Council to lead in developing an innovative early education program – Talk, Read, Sing -- and introduce it nationally by partnering with The Clinton Foundation. Under his leadership, the Council’s advocacy helped win important statewide education reform through local control funding. Wunderman continues to play a key role in efforts to achieve consensus-based solutions to California’s water challenges, and is leading the region’s business community to ensure the economy is a primary driver of planning and regional sustainability efforts.
2017 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Mary F. Calvert
B.A., ’88 Journalism
Mary F. Calvert is an independent photojournalist committed to using photography to affect meaningful social change and is known for producing work on under-reported and neglected gender based, human rights issues.
For the past four years Calvert has been focusing her journalistic attention on the continually under-reported relegation and abuse of women and men in the US Armed Forces. Her work “Sexual Assault in America’s Military” was awarded 1st Prize, Long Term Projects in the 2016 World Press Photo Contest and the next chapter of the project, “Prisoners of War: Male-on-male Sexual Assault in America’s Military” was awarded the 2016 Getty Images Grant in Editorial Photography. Calvert is a 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography.
“The Battle Within: Sexual Assault in America’s Military” has been awarded the 2015 and 2014 National Press Photographers Association, Cliff Edom New America Award and the 2013 Canon Female Photojournalist Award. The resulting work was featured in a solo exhibition at the 2014 Visa Pour L’Image, International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France and in 2016, was presented in evening projections at the same festival. In 2014 Calvert was the recipient of the Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant for her project “Missing in Action: Homeless Women Veterans,” and in 2015, she was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Fellowship for her current project “Prisoners of War: Male-on-male Sexual Assault in America’s Military.”
While a staff photographer at The Washington Times, she was a finalist in 2007 for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for documenting the societal stigma of sub-Sahara women afflicted with obstetric fistula after childbirth and a finalist in 2010 for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for her work documenting rape as a weapon of war in The Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2008, Calvert was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in International Photography for her project, “Lost Daughters: Sex Selection in India”, chronicling the social and economic motivations for the widely prevalent practice of eliminating girls in favor of boys. In 1989, while a student at San Francisco State University, she won the Robert F. Kennedy JournalismAward for a class project titled “Helpers in the War on AIDS,” that documented the city’s response to the AIDS crisis. Also in 2008, she was awarded the White House News Photographers Association Project Grant to document rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The resulting project being named as a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography.
B.A., ’93 Economics
Considered by many as the pioneer of modern Moroccan cuisine, Mourad Lahlou emigrated from Marrakesh at 18 to study economics. However, missing his country’s cuisine he began recreating his favorite Moroccan dishes by memory, invention and lessons learned from his mother and grandfather.
Kasbah, his first restaurant, opened in 1996. Eventually becoming frustrated with the formulaic approach to Moroccan establishments in America— belly dancers, table-side hand washing, rosewater sprinkled on diners—he opened Aziza (named after his mother) in San Francisco's Richmond district, creating a more sophisticated Moroccan-inspired dining experience. In 2010, Aziza, became the first-ever Moroccan restaurant to receive a Michelin Star. Five years later, Lahlou unveiled Mourad which received a Michelin star that same year.
Mourad is an advocate of many national food initiatives and policies. He was chosen by the James Beard Foundation and the Department of State to be a Culinary Ambassador as member of the American Chef Corps whose goal is to have Chefs “become vehicles of diplomacy.” He is a spokesperson for Chef Tom Colicchio’s Food Policy Action group aimed at reducing food waste, the 2009 Iron Chef America winner, and his cookbook, Mourad, was deemed by Bon Appétit one of 2011’s best cookbooks.
B.A., ’74 Finance
Mr. Schwartz is President & CEO of Bio-Rad Laboratories, a Fortune 1000 company aiding in peoples’ clinical care by providing products that help scientists in life science research accelerate the discovery process, and laboratorians in clinical diagnostics obtain faster and more accurate results. He has led the company through its $1 billion and $2 billion sales milestones, and expansions in emerging market areas of Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
Mr. Schwartz has held many positions during his more than 40 years working for Bio-Rad, from Corporate Treasurer, responsible for financing, banking and campus facilities development; President of Nippon Bio-Rad where he improved team culture and attained the second highest international sales region; Vice President of Clinical Diagnostics where he directed and initiated a number of programs to better focus product and market direction of the group and improve efficiencies; to Vice President of the Life Science Group, doubling the segment’s sales and substantially improving profits.
He has helped grow Bio-Rad to 8,000 employees worldwide and has helped position it as a leader in many areas including electrophoresis, DNA amplification, and biochromatography as well as diabetes monitoring, quality controls, autoimmune testing, blood typing, and others.
2017 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI SERVICE AWARDEE
Jean & Vince Anicetti
Gale & Don Nasser
Dr. & Mrs. Wong