100% of Riordan Scholars Program participants have gone onto college.

Over the past 27 years, Riordan Fellows have obtained advanced degrees from the top graduate business programs in the nation.

Notable Alumni

Alex Padilla, California State Senator
M.I.T. B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1994

Senator Padilla is one of three children of Santos and Lupe Padilla, both of whom emigrated from Mexico before meeting and marrying in Los Angeles. Padilla grew up in the community of Pacoima in Los Angeles and is a graduate of San Fernando High School in the northeast San Fernando Valley. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. After graduation, he moved back to Pacoima and briefly worked as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft, where he wrote software for satellite systems.

Today, Padilla is a California State Senator. In December 2008, Senator Padilla was named Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. In addition to chairing the Energy Committee, Senator Padilla serves on the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee; the Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on Revenues and the Economy; the Education Committee; the Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee; the Natural Resources and Water Committee; the Public Employment and Retirement Committee; the Revenue and Taxation Committee; and the Government Organization Committee. He also Chairs the Select Committee on Obesity & Diabetes and the Select Committee on College and University Admissions and Outreach.

Cesar Alvarado, Partner - Archer Norris
UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1997
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1994

In 1987, Cesar Alvarado was an ESL (English as a Second Language) student from El Salvador at Belmont High School in downtown Los Angeles. He was invited to attend the Riordan Scholars Program at UCLA's school of business. Cesar took away two things from that program - "One, a t-shirt with a license plate in the back saying "1MBA2B" - none of my friends could figure out what that meant. Two, a desire to go back to UCLA, one day, as a student."

Today, Cesar is a partner at Archer Norris, a law firm in Walnut Creek, California. His practice involves complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on multiparty complex environmental toxic tort litigation, products liability, premises liability and general litigation. He received a JD from UCLA in 1997.