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Alumni of Distinction

Holy Cross alumni have translated their liberal arts education into meaningful careers spanning all fields and industries. These individuals are among our accomplished alumni. 

Bill Abbott '84 - Former president and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks (Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel)

David P. Anderson '51 - Sports columnist, The New York Times; recipient of Pulitzer Prize in 1981

Doug Baker Jr. '81 - Chairman and CEO, Ecolab Inc.

Michael Barrett '84 - CEO, Rubicon Project, a leading technology company automating the buying and selling of advertising

Erika Bearman '03 - Independent consultant in communications and branding; former senior vice president for global communications for Oscar de la Renta

Aimee Bell ’88 - Vice president, editorial director, Gallery Books Group 

Mary G. Berner '81 - President and CEO, Cumulus Media Inc.

Philip Berrigan ’50 – Peace activist and author who, with his brother Rev. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., began the Plowshares Movement protesting weapons of war, and in his lifetime spent 11 years in jail for civil disobedience

Col. Tyree Blocker '74 - 22nd Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police

Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., ’49 – Longest-serving president of Holy Cross (1970-94), recruited a more diverse student body, established coeducation, and guided the College into one of the country’s top liberal arts institutions

Theresa Bresten '78 - Vice president and treasurer, H.P. Hood

Leigh Ann Brodsky '80 - Executive vice president, Discovery Global Enterprises at Discovery Communications

Hon. Peter Brown '84 - Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

James E. Burke ’47 - CEO of Johnson & Johnson from 1976-89; named one of the 10 greatest CEOs of all time by Fortune magazine for his ethics-driven and transparent decisions; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Joseph A. Califano Jr. '52 - Founder and chairman emeritus, Center on Addiction; former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare

Hon. Bob Casey '82 - U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania

Brendan J. Cassin '55 - Co-founder, The Drexel Fund, a national fund providing start-up capital for new, high-quality, financially sustainable faith-based and private schools and founder of Cassin Educational Initiative to establish Catholic college-preparatory middle and high schools in economically-challenged communities throughout the country

David J. Castellani '78 - Senior vice president, New York Life Insurance; chairman of board, QV21 Technologies, a cloud-based software firm

Chris Caswell '99 - CFO of Welch's 

Matt Chmura '03 - Vice president of marketing and communications, Boston Bruins

Alex Clavering ’13 – Founder and organizer of the 2018 March for Our Lives in New York City, part of a national movement calling for new gun legislation in the wake of the Parkland school shooting

Ashley Codianni '07 - Executive producer for social and emerging media, CNN Worldwide

Billy Collins '63 - American poet; former U.S. Poet Laureate; member, American Academy of Arts and Letters

James J. Collins '87 - Termeer Professor of Bioengineering in MIT's Department of Biological Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering & Science; recipient of the MacArthur Fellow in 2003

AnnMaura Connolly '86 - Chief strategy officer and executive vice president, City Year; president, Voices for National Service

Rebecca Connolly '88 - Co-founder and managing partner, Tiger Iron Capital, LLC

Shawn Feddeman Cronin '95 - Vice president of communications, NBCUniversal owned television stations

Bob Cousy '50 - Basketball legend and NBA Hall of Famer; led the Boston Celtics to an unprecedented five straight NBA titles; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Michael Daniels (ret.) '76 - Former senior vice president and group executive, IBM Global Technology Services

Michael Days '75 - Vice president for diversity and inclusion, The Philadelphia Inquirer; former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2010 under his leadership

Deanna de Arango '04 - Director, global marketing, The Estee Lauder Companies

Mark DeSaulnier '74 - Member of U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat from California

Ann Dowd '78 – Emmy-award winning actress whose credits include "The Handmaid’s Tale," "The Leftovers," "Compliance" and "Marley & Me" 

Anthony Fauci, M.D., ’62 - Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Jon Favreau '03 - Political commentator; former director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama

Loren Ferré Rangel ’92 – Chief creative officer, Grupo Ferré Rangel, a 100-year-old media, real estate and social engagement company in Puerto Rico

María​ Eugenia Ferré Rangel ’89 - Chief global stakeholder, Grupo Ferré Rangel, a 100-year-old media, real estate and social engagement company in Puerto Rico, and chairperson of the board of GFR Media 

Anne Fink '85 - President, PepsiCo Global Foodservice

Francis "Chip" Flaherty '86 - President, Londonderry Films; executive vice president, Londonderry LLC

Chris Foley '94 - President, Campbell Meals and Beverages and senior vice president, Campbell Soup Company

Jackie McCauley Ford '91 - CFO, America's Test Kitchen

W. Arthur Garrity Jr. ’41 - Federal judge who issued 1974 order in Morgan v. Hennigan, which mandated that Boston schools be desegregated by means of busing

Joanna Geraghty '94 - President and chief operating officer, JetBlue; chairperson of the board, Concern Worldwide

David J. Grain '84 - Founder and managing partner, Grain Management Group

Stanley E. Grayson '72 - Former vice chairman and chief operating officer, M.R. Beal and Company; former deputy mayor for finance and economic development in Mayor Ed Koch administration

Clint Greenleaf '97 - Co-founder and CEO, Moonshot Brands

Jason F. Hall, M.D., MPH '96 - Chief, colon & rectal surgery, Boston Medical Center

Julie A. Halpin '84 - President of marketing strategy company Next Step Strategic Services; founder and former CEO of Geppetto Group, a youth and family creative agency and strategic consultancy

Jack Hanlon '06 – Global head of data, Reddit

Michael Harrington ’47 – Socialist historian and author of “The Other America,” which is believed to have inspired Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty and other social reforms of the 1960s

​Robert A. Harrington, M.D. '82 - Chair, Stanford University Department of Medicine and the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor of Medicine

Damon Hart '96 - Senior vice president and deputy general counsel, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Pedro Heilbron '79 - CEO, Copa Airlines

Thomas W. Heinsohn '56 - Former Boston Celtics player and coach; fourth person to be elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of fame as a player and a coach

John J. "Jack" Higgins '76 - Editorial cartoonist, Chicago Sun-Times; winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1989

Kristan Higgins '87 - Bestselling and critically acclaimed author of romance fiction

Dave Holmes ’94 – Writer, producer, and television personality; editor-at-large for Esquire magazine and host of a number of podcasts, including “Homophilia” and “International Waters”

Mark G. Holowesko '82 - Founding partner and CEO, Holowesko Partners, Ltd, an investment firm in The Bahamas; co-sponsor of the Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team registered with USA Cycling as a UCI Continental Team

Peter Jankowski '86 - Producer, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Justice," "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D."; president and chief operating officer, Wolf Films

Kate Jhaveri '95 - Chief marketing officer, NBA

Molly Taylor Jolly '88 - Senior vice president, finance and administration for the Los Angeles Angels

Edward P. Jones '72 - Author who was recognized with the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his book "The Known World;" recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004; member, American Academy of Arts and Letters

Thomas P. Joyce ​​Jr. '82 - President and CEO, Danaher Corporation

Carol Donovan Juel '95 - Executive vice president and chief information officer, Synchrony Financial

Helen E. Jurado '98 - Senior director of content sales for Latin America, A&E Television

Susan Jurevics '89 - General manager of Audible; former president of Bare Escentuals Beauty; former CEO and board director, J.K. Rowling's Pottermore 

Brian Kelley '83 - Partner at investment firm Lindsay Goldberg; former CEO of Keurig Green Mountain coffee

Capt. Thomas G. Kelley, USN (ret.) '60 - Recipient of the Medal of Honor in 1970 from President Richard Nixon for his actions during the Vietnam War; president of the Medal of Honor Society

Capt. Joseph P. Kerwin, M.D. USN (ret.) '53 - Physician and former NASA astronaut who was the first physician to be selected for astronaut training and served as science-pilot for the Skylab 2 mission in 1973

​James W. Keyes '77 - Chairman of Wild Oats; former CEO of Blockbuster and 7-Eleven; founder of Education is Freedom Foundation

Marc S. Lampkin '86 - Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Deirdre Latour '95 - Chief corporate affairs officer, Pearson

Paul O. LeClerc '63 - Director, Columbia Global Centers in Paris; former president and CEO, The New York Public Library

Pete Lescoe ’99 – CEO, Plant Snacks; founder, Food Should Taste Good

Edward J. Ludwig (ret.) '73 - Former chairman of the board and CEO, Becton, Dickinson and Company (global medical technology company)

Meg Maggio '82 - Director, Pékin Fine Arts contemporary art gallery

Burke Magnus '88 - Executive vice president of programming and scheduling, ESPN

Cheryl A. Martin '84 - Member of the managing board of the World Economic Forum

Paul Marvin '97 - CEO, Marvin Windows and Doors

Chris Matthews '67 - Journalist and former longtime host of MSNBC's "Hardball With Chris Matthews”

Mary Cahoon McGinnity '77 - Executive director, The Ignatian Volunteer Corps

​Ann McElaney-Johnson '79 - President, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles 

Joseph E. Murray, M.D. '40 - Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990 for the first successful kidney transplant; elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and was a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which advises the Vatican on science issues.

Kevin O'Connor '90 - Host, "This Old House" and "Ask This Old House;" co-host of DIY Network’s "This New House"

Sean O'Scannlain '86 - CEO, Fortune Fish and Gourmet

Jennifer Schneider, M.D., '97 - President, Livongo Health

Joyce O'Shaughnessy, M.D. '78 - Medical oncologist, Texas Oncology-Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center

Hon. Rupal Shah-Palanki '95 - Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

Helen Slottje ’89 – Attorney who helped organize bans against fracking in dozens of New York communities; recipient of the 2014 North American Goldman Environmental Prize

George Paletta, M.D.'84 - Head orthopedic physician, St. Louis Cardinals

James David “J.D.” Power III '53 - Founder, J.D. Power and Associates

Carolyn Risoli '86 - Fashion industry consultant; former president, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Francine Rosado-Cruz ’94 - Chief diversity and inclusion officer at Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP

Paola Rovelo '04 - Partner, Mindshare (WPP advertising agency)

Daniel E. Shaughnessy '75 - Sports columnist, The Boston Globe; author of "The Curse of the Bambino"

Bartlett Sher '81 - Theatre and opera director who won the Tony Award in 2008 for Best Direction of a Musical for his Lincoln Center production of "South Pacific"

Mark Shriver '86 - President, Save the Children Action Network

Bill Simmons '92 - Sports columnist, analyst, author and host of The Ringer, a sports and pop culture website and podcast network

Jim Speltz '97 - President, Luxury Brand Holdings, parent company of Ross-Simons and Sidney Thomas jewelry brands

Steven J. Stack ’94 - Emergency physician, Kentucky Commissioner of Public Health, and past president of the American Medical Association (AMA)

Kieran Suckling '88 - Founder and executive director, Center for Biological Diversity

Kerry Sullivan '78 - President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

K.C. Sullivan '00 - President and managing director, CNBC International at NBCUniversal Inc.

Justice Clarence Thomas '71 - Associate justice of the Supreme Court

Amb. Harry K. Thomas Jr. '78 - Chairperson of the QBS Learning Board; former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe (2016-2018), the Philippines (2010-2013) and Bangladesh (2003-2005) 

Hon. Peter Welch '69 - Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat from Vermont

Theodore V. Wells Jr. '72 - Partner and co-chair of Litigation, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York

Hon. Gary J. White '76 - Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

Maggie Wilderotter '77 - Telecommunications executive; former CEO and executive chairman of Frontier Communications

Robert C. Wright '65 - Founder and chairman, The Suzanne Wright Foundation, founded in memory of his wife Suzanne to accelerate pancreatic cancer research through awareness; co-founder of Autism Speaks with Suzanne Wright; retired vice chairman of the General Electric Company and chairman and CEO of NBC Universal (1986 to 2007)

Tina Ziemek '03 - Founder, Last of Five Game Company