Judy C. Miner is living proof that you do not have to venture far from home to make a lasting impact on the world. Despite recruitment efforts by the likes of Harvard and Yale, Miner opted to attend Lone Mountain College (now incorporated into the University of San Francisco) after graduating from a nearby Catholic […]

In a short span of time, life has already come full circle for Michael Tubbs. He left his hometown of Stockton, California—30 minutes south of Sacramento—and a difficult home life to attend Stanford University. After graduation, he came back home as the prodigal son, intent on lifting his hometown out of years of turbulence—first as […]

Growing up in San Diego, Assembly Member Todd Gloria’s parents taught him an important lesson that continues to motivate him to this day: “If you truly care about something, then you should leave it better than you found it.” This has driven him to improve his community—and now the state of California—throughout his career in […]

  Khaled Hosseini is a former physician and the author of three best-selling novels: The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Hosseini and his family were living in Paris while his father was on a diplomatic mission at the time of burgeoning conflict in their home […]

Carol Corrigan is an associate justice of the California Supreme Court, the highest level court in the State of California. Nominated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, she was confirmed in 2006. Her current role is the culmination of a lifelong love of learning and personal achievement. Justice Corrigan grew up in Stockton, California. The daughter of […]

Congressman Pete Aguilar represents the 31st Congressional District in California, which includes the City of San Bernardino, as well as portions of Rialto and Rancho Cucamonga in the Inland Empire region. As a fourth generation resident of the area, he has a deep understanding of the challenges facing his constituents and the region as a […]

Ben Holmes is a First Sergeant with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force – and a stellar example of how the right college can help a person realize their potential and turn a dream into reality.  He has two Purple Hearts, has been deployed six times (including three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan), was a […]