30 Under 30
Meet USF’s 30 Under 30
They are artists and entrepreneurs.
They work in movie and television studios, on the baseball field and the basketball court.
They work for health and for healing, for learning and for justice.
They are 30 graduates who are changing the world.
A NASA weather scientist needs help predicting superstorms? Brad Kenstler can help with that. A football coach wants to know the probability of this wide receiver making that catch? Kenstler can do that, too.
Oprah owns one of her paintings. So does Tarell McCraney, who wrote the screenplay for Moonlight. “My mom says that I lead an enchanted life, and sometimes I believe her when things start to line up that way,” Taylor Smalls says.
"When Black trans women are free, everyone will be free." Alex Binsfeld has been a transgender rights activist since high school, and has done so professionally since graduating from UC Hastings law school in 2019.
Ebraheem Alghafees thought he’d major in physics and engineering at USF and become an engineer. But after learning he had stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he decided life was too short for a path he felt pressured into by his parents.
India Buckley is proud that her outgoing personality makes her an anomaly as a software engineer. "There is no mold you have to fit to be an engineer. You can make your own mold," she says.
Growing up, Selenne Alatorre lacked access to grocery stores with healthy food choices. Now, she provides underserved kids with resources to make healthier choices.
After earning an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, Danae Robinson had a thought: “If I had to wake up and do this every day, is it something that I really want to do?” she says. She switched gears and enrolled in law school at USF.
“Perseverance” is the word Frankie Ferrari uses when asked to describe his long and bumpy journey from high school basketball player to point guard in Spain’s top basketball league.
NBC named Brenna Malloy one of five women in Female Forward, a program that gives female directors a chance to direct an episode of an NBC show. Since then, she has directed three episodes of Chicago Fire at NBC plus one episode of 9-1-1 at Fox.
Lucas Waldron produces videos, writes investigative stories, and teaches at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. "I'm teaching students about my favorite part of what I do, the intersection of news and video."
As a kid growing up in California’s Inland Empire, Laura Flores would listen to her family discuss politics over the dinner table. She wasn’t quite sure how government worked, but she knew she wanted to be a part of it.
Tian Rong Liew
While pursuing a master's in computer science at USF, Tian Rong Liew had an idea to build a network for coders to connect, share their knowledge, and find jobs. Showcase, the startup Liew founded before graduation, goes a step further.
When Alyssa Nakken became the first woman to work as a full-time coach in Major League Baseball, the league directed its 30 teams to create locker-room space for women.
In her career, Vanessa Barba has advocated for domestic workers, restaurant workers, and garment workers. “But I always find myself going back to domestic workers because they need help the most,” she says.