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Welcome back, SDJA Alumni!

Thank you for visiting the SDJA Alumni page. We encourage you to remain connected with the Academy, and our network of over 500 alumni. We’d love to know what you have been up to since graduation, and we hope you will take advantage of the resources and networking opportunities that are available to you.

Ways to Stay Connected:

 

Connect with us and fellow alumni on social media by clicking the links below:

 

Volunteer as a Reunion Class Agent or on an alumni event committee

 

Volunteering is a great way to stay connected with fellow SDJA alumni. Working alongside fellow graduates, you are able to develop alumni programming and events that matter most to you. You can represent your class by volunteering as a Class Agent where you help plan your Reunion, and you can volunteer on an alumni event committee to plan future alumni programs and events.

 

Keep up with SDJA and your fellow classmates by reading and submitting stories and updates for the SDJA Alumni Newsletter

 

 

Attend Alumni Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to regularly update your contact information with us by simply emailing the SDJA Advancement Team at: alumni@sdja.com

 

To learn more about the opportunities and resources available to you as an SDJA alum, or to learn about the ways in which you can get involved, please email us at: alumni@sdja.com.

 

SDJA Alumni Board

Alison “Ali” Adelman ’08

Alison “Ali” Adelman ’08

Ali is an alumna of SDJA’s 2008 class. Ali holds an MS in business from the University of Connecticut, and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law. Ali is currently an associate attorney at Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Moot LLP, a law firm located in downtown San Diego. As a member of the firm’s litigation team, Ali represents both businesses and individuals in employment, business, and personal injury matters. Ali is also being inducted into the SDJA Athletic Hall of Fame this month for her incredible achievements as an SDJA softball player. Through her role on the Board, Ali hopes to encourage involvement, foster new and strengthen old connections, and help create a strong sense of community and pride among SDJA alumni.

Jorge Adler ’10

Jorge Adler ’10

Jorge is a 2010 graduate of SDJA. Jorge graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in business administration and a master’s degree in urban planning. He is currently an associate at the Howard Hughes Corporation where he is responsible for closing property-level financings, strategic acquisitions, dispositions and joint venture opportunities. Through his involvement on the Alumni Board, Jorge hopes to provide insight into the real estate industry and open networking opportunities for current and former students. 

Jaclyn “Jackie” (Gaylis) Kirschen ’09

Jaclyn “Jackie” (Gaylis) Kirschen ’09

Jackie is an alumna of SDJA’s 2009 class. Jackie went on to receive her BA in art history with a minor in predictive health from Emory University. She earned her MS in nutritional science from San Diego State University, and completed her dietetic residency at the VA La Jolla last year. Jackie is currently a full-time bariatric dietitian at Olde Del Mar Surgical, and works part-time as a dietitian at Rady Children’s Hospital, the JCC in La Jolla and her own private practice, Eat Right 4 Life. Jackie has been published in three nutrition articles and has co-authored on two other professional medical journal articles. She is currently working toward her board certification as a specialist in obesity and weight management. Because Jackie is an SDJA “lifer,” she hopes to get more alumni involved in the SDJA alumni community and help create a solid network where old classmates and new SDJA families can meet and work together toward building a solid Jewish foundation for future generations. 

Michele Goldfarb-Shapiro ’09

Michele Goldfarb-Shapiro ’09

Michele is an alumna of SDJA’s 2009 class. Michele attended the University of Redlands where she double-majored in government and religious studies. She received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in Jewish nonprofit management from Hebrew Union College. Michele currently works at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles as the assistant director of public policy, where she is advocating for policy initiatives with local and state officials. She looks forward to bringing her event-planning skills, attention to detail, and continued fondness for SDJA to the Board.

Casey Kroll ’17

Casey Kroll ’17

Casey is a 2017 graduate of SDJA, and is currently pursuing a degree in accounting from San Diego State University. During the summer, Casey works as a Camp Jaycee counselor at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. He is also an aviators ambassador where he helps support San Diego’s local professional tennis team, the San Diego Aviators. As the most recent graduate on the Alumni Board, Casey hopes to offer a unique perspective to the Board as we grow, plan and organize future alumni events and engagement opportunities. 

Taylor Lucas ’06

Taylor Lucas ’06

Taylor graduated from SDJA in 2006. He obtained his BBA in finance and real estate from Emory University and currently works for ecoATM/Gazelle as a senior financial analysis manager where he is leading the company’s international expansion. Taylor hopes to bring a balanced perspective and passion to the Board and looks forward to finding ways to continue the growth and persistence of the alumni network.

Robert “Rob” Shapiro ’13

Robert “Rob” Shapiro ’13

Robert is an alumnus of SDJA’s 2013 graduating class. Robert attended Southern Methodist University where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Jewish studies, and graduated as a member of the Psi Chi national honor society in psychology. In addition to starting law school at SMU this fall, Robert is also the founder and editor-in-chief of WatchMeWatchBlog. Through his involvement as an Alumni Board member, Robert hopes that he can provide a spark of passion that will impact not only the entire SDJA alumni community, but SDJA’s current student body as well.

Jonathan “Jonny” Simkin ’06

Jonathan “Jonny” Simkin ’06

Jonny is an alumnus of SDJA’s 2006 class. Jonny holds a BS in engineering with an economics concentration from Harvey Mudd College. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Swiftly, a mobility operating system that empowers cities to provide more efficient, reliable, and seamless transportation. Prior to founding Swiftly, Jonny was the director of product at Rafter Inc., where he helped 3 million students save over $700 million on college textbooks. Before Rafter, Jonny was the co-founder and CEO of HubEdu, Inc. which was acquired by Rafter in 2012. Jonny looks forward to contributing back to SDJA where he was a “lifer.” He has a passion for entrepreneurship, math, and science, and seeks to further develop opportunities in these domains at the Academy.

Alison “Ali” Tradonsky ’12

Alison “Ali” Tradonsky ’12

Ali is a 2012 graduate of SDJA. She received her BA in economics with a minor in modern Middle Eastern studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently works as a life sciences consultant for Navigant Consulting where she designs market access and reimbursement strategies for biotech and medical device companies. As an SDJA Alumni Board member, Ali hopes to strengthen the existing alumni network through increased alumni participation, and looks forward to building an online alumni-networking platform in the near future.

Bradley “Brad” Tradonsky ’11

Bradley “Brad” Tradonsky ’11

Brad is an alumnus of SDJA’s 2011 class. After the Academy, Brad attended the University of Southern California where he studied economics and business administration and graduated magna cum laude. Brad is currently employed by Evercore, an independent investment banking advisory firm, in San Francisco, CA and works on their biotechnology coverage team. By serving on the Alumni Board, Brad hopes to give back to the institution which had the largest impact on his development as a person and Jew, as well as the school where he formed the majority of his lifelong friends. Additionally, he hopes to strengthen the SDJA alumni community and help better connect it to current SDJA students and faculty. 

 

 

View photos from past Alumni events in our Photo Gallery below:

Alumni Photo Gallery