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April 17, 2015

The Riordan Programs to Recognize Outstanding Alumni and Contributors

Secretary of State Alex Padilla Receives Legacy Award

(Los Angeles, April 16, 2015) The Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson School of Management is honoring distinguished members of the program’s community at its annual gala. The proceeds from the event, which will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Aug. 16, 2015, will help support The Riordan Programs, services, scholarships and fellowships

Founded in 1987 by Richard Riordan, former mayor of Los Angeles, and William Ouchi, UCLA Anderson professor and New York Times bestselling author of “Making Schools Work,” the career-based outreach programs serve disadvantaged high school and college students in the Los Angeles area. They connect MBA students with first generation college students to create a diverse learning experience through mentorship, educational workshops and community service

More than 3,000 students have graduated from The Riordan Programs since its inception and many have moved on to study at the nation’s top universities, secured careers at elite companies and become local community and business leaders.

This year’s honorees include the following alumni and contributors:

  • Jordan M. Bender, Goldman Sachs
  • -Ramsey Jay Jr., Alternative Investment Management Industry
  • -Alejandra Campoverdi, #EmergingUS
  • -Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State

Secretary Padilla is receiving the Legacy Award, the highest honor that recognizes program alumni for their outstanding career and personal achievements as well as their exemplary contributions to society.

"I am honored to receive the Legacy Award from The Riordan Programs," says Padilla. "The Fellows Program taught me many leadership and management principles that have helped me be effective.”

In addition to his position as California Secretary of State, Padilla serves as president of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), a non-partisan organization with more than 6,000 federal, state, and local officials who engage and promote civic engagement.

Jordan Bender, managing director at Goldman Sachs and member of the Riordan advisory board, is receiving the Community Champion Award. “It’s flattering to be recognized for many years of service to the UCLA Riordan programs,” Bender says. “I’ve enjoyed working with so many bright and inquisitive young people from all over Southern California. The programs represent the best of what our community offers to underserved communities.

“To succeed in business and in life, we all need inspiring role models, mentors and teachers. The Riordan programs deliver these resources and more to high achieving students from diverse backgrounds. The programs help these students develop and clarify their goals and dreams. It’s a virtuous cycle – as senior mentors help develop the skills of young mentees, the cycle of creating our community’s future leaders is preserved.”

Receiving the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Alejandra Campoverdi, managing editor of #EmergingUS, says, “I am honored to receive award from the Riordan Programs. This award holds special significance for me because I know firsthand how life-altering the programs can be to so many young people chasing their dreams. The Riordan Programs are instrumental in turning those dreams into a reality.”

Ramsey Jay, Jr., director of Alternative Investment Management Industry and motivational speaker, is receiving the Excellence in Civil Engagement & Leadership Award. “I consider it a high honor and humbling distinction to be the inaugural recipient of this award,” Jay says. “It is my hope that my ongoing commitment to empower dreamers to become achievers helps pave the way for future generations to receive this same honor. Moreover, in that spirit, may this recognition leave an indelible footprint for others to exceed my accomplishments and thereby be an extraordinary blessing to others.

“As a 2002 graduate of the Riordan Fellows Program, the academic training, professional guidance and management training that I received was a transformational experience both professionally and academically. In addition to the intellectual value, this program provided me with the foundational framework that I have leveraged in my professional career, both within the financial industry and in my civic leadership endeavors in the community and youth empowerment initiatives through mentorship programs and speaking engagements. The program was a cornerstone, helping me establish a network of likeminded peers and mentors who have provided valuable counsel and wisdom along my journey.”

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