Alumni News

The Department of Economics held the inaugural Economics reception at the University of San Diego Degheri Alumni Center on April 27th. The students, pictured above, received playful “I’m statistically significant” t-shirts commemorating their time in the department. Alumna Ciara Allen ’15 shared her insights on the job search and provided reassuring advice to the graduating seniors. The department also took the opportunity to recognize outstanding students for their leadership and scholarship during their time at USD.


Business Economics Outstanding Scholarship Awards

  • Timothy Berend, Ryan Salz, Derek Stephens

Economics Outstanding Scholarship Award

  • William Cen Lam, Gregory Dreyfus, Therese Fazio, Katherine Quinn

Leadership and Service Award

  • Madison Stevens

Phi Beta Kappa Inductees
Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society that recognizes the best and brightest liberal arts and sciences undergraduates.

  • Samantha Baker, William Considine, Maria Dimachkie, Gregory Dreyfus, Therese Fazio,    Caitlin Foote, Aidan Kennedy, Jason Peugh, Katherine Quinn, Sean Rooney, Derek Stephens

Omicron Delta Epsilon Inductees
Omicron Delta Epsilon is an international honor society for Economics.

  • Katelyn Allende, Samantha Baker, William Considine, William Cen Lam, Keegan McMillan, Katelyn Pascucci, Matthew Pinheiro, Morgan White


Additional News

Gregory Dreyfus presented his Senior Seminar paper entitled, “An Examination of the Role of Race, Age, and Gender of Offenders and Victims in Nationwide Arrest Decisions,” at the Academy of Economics and Finance in Charleston, South Carolina in February 2017. Gregory received a $500 Travel Grant from the Department of Economics to assist with the cost of this travel.

Gabe Nakashima (’09), the Founder and CEO of the Charter Substitute Teacher Networkwas selected for the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education. On April 6-8, eight members of the School of Business Student International Business Council (SIBC) traveled to Chicago, Illinois, to present a marketing campaign to Gabe and his co-Founder.

Laura Johnson (‘14) launched You & Yours Distilling Co. in downtown’s East Village in March 2017. She is one of just a handful of female head distillers in the country and the first in Southern California

Selected Alums and Students’ Post-Graduation Plans

Graduate School

  • School of Law – Georgetown University , University of Southern California, Belmont University, Pepperdine University, University of San Diego, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • PhD in Marketing, University of Washington
  • MS In Economics, New York University


  • Federal Reserve Board – Research Assistant
  • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco – Reports Specialist
  • FDIC – Financial Institution Specialist
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics – Economist


  • Peace Corps
  • Fulbright


  • Apple – Content Analyst
  • McKinley Advisors – Associate
  • Visa – Financial Analyst
  • Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management – Financial Advisor
  • The Walt Disney Company – Corporate Financial Planning Analyst
  • Google – Account Strategist
  • Tesla – Associate Sales Operations Analyst
  • BofI Federal Bank – Data and Automation Analyst
  • FactSet – Senior Analytics Consultant, Fixed Income Consultant
  • You & Yours Distillery – Founder
  • Noble Audio – CoFounder
  • Northrop Grumman – Program Analyst
  • Adobe – Sales Operations Manager, Program Manager, Associate Customer Success Manager
  • First Republic Bank – Credit Analyst
  • McKinsey & Company – Junior Associate
  • GEICO – Management Development Program-Liability
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers – Assurance Associate, Auditor
  • Memorial Healthcare System – Business Systems Analyst
  • Target – Planning Analyst
  • Wells Fargo Securities – Investment Banking Analyst
  • Software Equity Group – Investment Banking Analyst
  • Citigroup – Investment Banking Analyst
  • Farmers Insurance Group – Commercial Product Analyst
  • Cisco – Financial Analyst
  • Fisher Investments – Client Operations Analyst
  • HP, Inc – Business Intelligence Analyst
  • General Atomics – Buyer, Inventory Analyst
  • Barney & Barney Insurance Services LLC – Client Executive
  • Seaton Education Partners – Operations Analyst