It is true that lives of impact begin at Westridge...



The form that impact takes is wide and varied, and an entire book could be filled with stories demonstrating how our students and alumnae are making their marks on the world. Below, we feature just a few Westridge alumnae change-agents – as well as a few "ones to watch" who are (or until very recently were) Westridge students. Read more on these student profiles, which provide insight into the many ways girls begin their lives of impact while at Westridge.


MARY LOWTHER RANNEY
FOUNDER OF WESTRIDGE
Education Pioneer

Founding head of Westridge who believed in preparing girls for college at a time when most high schools for girls were finishing schools.


JONI MOISANT WEYL
CLASS OF 1972
Art World Pioneer

Art dealer, business woman, owner, and operator of one of New York's finest art galleries, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Weyl, currently in its 28th year.


SUSANA SMITH BAUTISTA
CLASS OF 1984
Art historian, museologist, curator

Expert on museums, digital technology, and the arts, with Ph.D. in communication. Executive Director at Pasadena Museum of California Art.


DIANA JUE RAJASINGH
CLASS OF 2005
Social Entrepreneur

One of Forbes' 2015 "30 Under 30" for co-founding Essmart, a rural distribution company that brings life-improving technologies to poor areas in India.


ALLISON MARTINEZ-DAVIS
CLASS OF 2009
Human Rights Strategizer

Multilateral Partnership Officer in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) at the United States Department of State.


MAGGIE FRITZ
CLASS OF 2016
Peer Counselor

Founding member of Westridge's peer-to-peer counseling program, launched online support group, and aims to break the stigma surrounding seeking mental help.


MIA S.
CLASS OF 2017
Cultural Conversation Starter

Founding Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Culture Magazine, a literary/visual arts journal on Chinese culture, language, and experience.


GENNA RAE McNEIL
CLASS OF 1965
Thought Leader

Author and professor at UNC, Chapel Hill specializing in African-American History with an emphasis on race, law, and social movements.


BONNIE DEAN
CLASS OF 1975
Business Leader & OBE*

International business leader focused on innovation/ business development in technology. Inducted into *Order of the British Empire for design and innovation.


SEEMA AHMAD
CLASS OF 1999
Deputy Federal Public Defender

Human Rights Institute fellow. Trial attorney with Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles and Board Chair of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.


KATE McANDREW
CLASS OF 2005
Investor

Fosters innovation through investment in early stage start-ups. Founded Women in Hardware, a nonprofit bringing together females in connected hardware.


RACHEL DILLMAN
CLASS OF 2016
Environmental Activist

Inventor of EZPZ Composters, volunteer for environmental causes, and presenter at LA Compost, Los Angeles Natural History Museum, and USC communities.


SHAYANA S. & ERICA W.
CLASS OF 2016
Volunteer Choir Directors

Volunteer choir directors at Cleveland Elementary School after budget cuts forced the school to drop its choir program. Taught grades 4-5.


CHLOE D.
CLASS OF 2019
Competitive Fencing Champion

Won a bronze medal after competing in International Cadet World Competition. Was just one of 20 U.S. fencers selected to compete.


JULIE FRANTZ
CLASS OF 1967
Judge and Social Justice Advocate

Advocate for individual rights and advancement of women and minorities in the legal profession. Past President of the National Association of Woman Judges.


JENNIFER CHENG
CLASS OF 1978
Arts Advocate

Combines dance training through the Royal Academy of Dance with knowledge from her BA in Art History, JD, and MBA to lead community arts organization.


LAUREN GIBBS
CLASS OF 2002
Olympic Silver Medalist (Bobsled)

Silver medalist at 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang for women's bobsled. Two-year member of the USA Bobsled National Team with two World Cup medals.


ALEXANDRA CHANDRIS
CLASS OF 2009
Legal Advocate

Student Attorney at DC Law Students in Court and volunteer at the Innocence Project, a non-profit that works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted.


MADDIE EMSLIE
CLASS OF 2016
Campus STEM Pioneer

Integral to Westridge student involvement in STEM and Team American Rocketry Competition. Currently helping build Mars Rover models at Jet Propulsion Lab.


LAURENCE D.
CLASS OF 2017
Social Engineer

Designed, built, and installed a solar power water desalination system in her family's village in Senegal after being inspired by a backpacking trip.


WESTRIDGE STUDENTS
CLASS OF 2023
Change Agents In Training

Made an impact of their own with a year-long project called "Think. Care. Act." Raised money for various causes and volunteered within the community.

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