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Famous Sonoma State University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Sonoma State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Sonoma State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Sonoma State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Sonoma State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Sonoma State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Sonoma State University.

The list you're viewing has a variety of graduates, like Larry Allen and Steven Zaillian, in it.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Sonoma State University?” and “Which celebrities are Sonoma State University alumni?”
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James Ishmael Ford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni

Age: 70

Birthplace: Oakland, California

James Ishmael Ford (Zeno Myoun, Roshi) is an American Zen Buddhist priest and a retired Unitarian Universalist minister. He was born in Oakland, California on July 17, 1948. He earned a BA in ...more
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Gordon Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Ontologist

Age: 55

Birthplace: East Bay, California

He is a person who lives amongst the many!
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Steven Zaillian is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor

Age: 66

Birthplace: Fresno, California

Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, 1953) is an Armenian-American screenwriter, director, film editor, and producer. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award ...more
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Ronald A. Alexander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Public speaker, Psychotherapist, Psychologist

Age: 69

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Cheryl Chase is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Entrepreneur

Age: 62

Birthplace: New Jersey

Bo Laurent, better known by her pseudonym Cheryl Chase (born August 14, 1956), is an American intersex activist and the founder of the Intersex Society of North America. She began using the ...more
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Larry Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 44

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Larry Christopher Allen Sr. (born November 27, 1971) is a former American football guard who played in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons. He was drafted by the Dallas ...more

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Kevin Danaher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Author, Writer, Social activist

Age: 68

Birthplace: New Jersey

Kevin Danaher is an author and anti-globalization activist. With his wife Medea Benjamin and activist Kirsten Irgens-Moller, he co-founded Global Exchange, a social justice and ...more
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D. A. Powell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Poet

Age: 55

Birthplace: Albany, Georgia

Douglas A. Powell (born May 16, 1963 Albany, Georgia) is an American poet.
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Alex Rollin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Alex Rollin Commoning, Commoner

Age: 43

Birthplace: Northern California, California

Alex Rollin (born Jan 30, 1976) is an author and consultant. He currently lives in Bogor, Indonesia.
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Sheila Leslie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni

Age: 63

Birthplace: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Sheila Leslie (born November 6, 1955) is an American politician. Leslie was a Democratic member of the Nevada Senate, represented the Washoe County District 1 from 2010 to 2012. She was a member ...more
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Arthur Leigh Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 59 (1933-1992)

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii

Zodiac Killer is the pseudonym of an unidentified serial killer who operated in Northern California from at least the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The Zodiac murdered victims in Benicia, ...more
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Kate Braverman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kate Braverman (born 1950 in Philadelphia) is an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. She was raised in Los Angeles, which is the focus for much of her writing.
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Nancy Silverton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Chef

Age: 65

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Nancy Silverton is an American chef, baker, and author. The winner of the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef Award in 2014, Silverton is recognized for her role in popularizing sourdough ...more

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Carole Migden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 70

Carole Migden (born August 14, 1948 in New York City) is an American politician from San Francisco who represented the third district of the California State Senate from 2004 to 2008 and the ...more
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Daniel Barone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Daniel Barone Baseball player

Age: 35

Birthplace: San Jose, California

Daniel Edward Barone (born April 24, 1983) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Barone attended Sonoma State University, an NCAA Division II school in Rohnert Park, California. He was an ...more
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Tommy Everidge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Tommy Everidge Baseball player

Age: 35

Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California

Thomas James "Tommy" Everidge (born April 20, 1983 in Santa Rosa, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman who is currently the hitting coach for the minor league ...more
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Laurie MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 65

Laurie MacDonald (born 1953) is an American film producer. She is married to Walter F. Parkes. MacDonald and Parkes helped build the original DreamWorks SKG, where Parkes served as the head of ...more
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Terryl Whitlatch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Terryl Whitlatch

Age: 58

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Terryl Anne Whitlatch (born 1960 in Oakland, California) is an American scientific and academically trained illustrator, known for her creature designs for Lucasfilm and her illustrations in the ...more
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Claire Porter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Claire Porter Choreographer

Age: 76

Birthplace: New Britain, Connecticut

Claire Porter (born December 23, 1942) is an American choreographer/comedian known for blending comedic monologues with dance movement. She is also an award-winning performer, author, and dance ...more
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Sam Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Sam Hernandez

Age: 49

Birthplace: San Jose, California

Sam Hernandez (born November 18, 1968) is a former American football defensive lineman in the Arena Football League. He is from San Jose, California, and played college football at Sonoma State. ...more
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Gary Farrell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Gary Farrell

Age: 66

Birthplace: Pasadena, California

Gary Farrell (born 1952) is a California winemaker, specializing in the production of Pinot noir and Chardonnay from Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. Until 2013 he was producing his luxury ...more
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Scott Sellers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Scott Sellers
Scott Sellers is the founder and owner of 860 Fitness.
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Randall Fontes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Randall Fontes

Age: 73

Birthplace: Hayward, California

Randall G. Fontes is an American psychology professional known particularly for his research in the fields of parapsychology and psychophysics. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and ...more
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Freddie Bradley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Freddie Bradley

Age: 48

Freddie Lee Bradley, Jr. (born June 12, 1970 in Helena, Arkansas) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He played for the San Diego Chargers in 1996. He ...more
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Elliot Werk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Sonoma State University Alumni
Geologist, Engineer

Age: 61

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Elliot Werk (born April 16, 1957) is a Democratic politician from Boise, Idaho in the United States. From 2002 until 2015 he served as the Idaho State Senator from District 17, which is based in ...more