USF students, faculty, administrators and staff work together within the framework of the Jesuit ideal to create the university community. Our alumni help to extend the borders of this community throughout California, across the United States, and around the world. USF alumni are prominent educators, scientists, and outstanding members of the legal and medical professions; they are also corporate officers, athletes, and artists.

For 150 years, University of San Francisco alumni have left a legacy of service and accomplishment that is one of the hallmarks of Jesuit education. Our graduates have shaped the world through dedicated service in political office, government, business, education, health care, and law. More than 150 University of San Francisco alumni serve as judges in courts throughout the United States, including state superior and appellate courts, the U.S. District Court and the California Supreme Court.


Notable alumni include:

  • Iwo Jima photographer Joseph Rosenthal '46
  • Former Commissioner of the National Football League Pete Rozelle '50
  • Pro Football Hall of Famers Gino Marchetti '52, Ollie Matson '52, Bob St. Clair '52, and Burl Toler '52
  • Former Lieutenant Governor of California Leo McCarthy '55
  • Business leader and philanthropist Gordon Getty '56
  • Boston Celtic greats and NBA Hall of Famers Bill Russell '56 and K.C. Jones '56
  • Former San Francisco City Treasurer Mary Callanan '62, MBA '70
  • California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming Chin '64, JD '67
  • Former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo '71
  • President of Intel Corporation Paul Otellini '72
  • Former Chief of Staff to Senator Robert Dole, and Undersecretary for American Museums, Programs and National Outreach at the Smithsonian Institution Sheila Burke '73
  • Former San Francisco Mayor and Chief of Police Frank Jordan '75
  • Pearson Publishing CEO Marjorie Scardino '76
  • Former Chicago Bulls Head Coach Bill Cartwright '79
  • San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong '79
  • Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey '81

The USF Alumni Association actively promotes involvement of its 100,000 members with the University after graduation by sponsoring year-round professional networking, educational and social opportunities for alumni. Alumni serve the University and themselves in many ways, from serving on regional councils and hosting alumni events to volunteering with and mentoring current students. The Alumni Association also sponsors social activities such as Reunion Weekend, Alumni Day at AT&T Park and the Spring Gala Awards Banquet. All of these opportunities contribute to the effort to bring alumni together and honor those whose work helps to strengthen the USF community.