Success After Evergreen

Evergreen graduates find success in careers, service, and graduate schools across the globe.

Careers in Arts, Media, and Entertainment

Matt Groening—Every Picture Tells a Story

“Every Picture Tells a Story”

Matt Groening ’77
Lynda Barry ’79
Craig Bartlett ’81

Jaime Méndez—Trabajando para Usted

“Trabajando para Usted”

Jaime Méndez ’95

Macklemore—Behind the Awesome

“Behind the Awesome”

Macklemore ’09

Katy Evans ’07

Filmmaking is really connected to the way Evergreen teaches students to think and collaborate, work together.

Katy Evans ‘07, Assistant Director of The Grand Cinema and Tacoma Film Festival

Careers in Law, Government, and Politics

Gil Kelley—Planning Tomorrow’s Cities

“Planning Tomorrow’s Cities”

Gil Kelley ’79
Eric Engstrom ’91

Denny Heck—A Conversation with Denny Heck

“A Conversation with Denny Heck”

U.S. Representative Denny Heck ’73

Ariel Taylor ’11

At Evergreen I learned how to write, how to think, and how to really fine tune how I organize my thinking on a page.

Ariel Taylor ’11, Policy and Communications Director at King County Council

Careers in Environment and Sustainability

Jeff Hardesty—The Conservationist

“The Conservationist”

Jeff Hardesty ’79

Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy.

Kirk Haffner and Dever Kuni—Greening the Region

“Greening the Region”

Kirk Haffner ’88
Dever Kuni ’12
Ben Alexander ’82

Katie Rains ’08

I was jumping through all of the hoops for my degree, but realized that I wasn't really directing my education. When I came to Evergreen I wanted to start driving my college experience more fully.

Katie Rains ’08, Executive Director of GRuB

Careers in Science and Health

Christen Cannon—A Head Start on Influencing the Future

“A Head Start on Influencing the Future”

Christen Cannon ’14
Jana Fischback MES ’14

Brian Footen—Unlocking the Story of a River

“Unlocking the Story of a River”

Brian Footen MES ’01

Danica Parkin ’08

The best nurses are ones that have other passions and experiences that inform their world view.

Danica Parkin ’08, Nurse Practitioner

Careers in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology

Halle Hutchison—Flying High

“Flying High”

Halle Hutchison ’88

Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

Brett Redfearn—The Market Strategist

“The Market Strategist”

Brett Redfearn ’87

Seth Kirby ’01, MPA ’07

Evergreen is where I developed many of my youth leadership skills. There’s nothing more important than investing in our future.

Seth Kirby ’01, MPA ’07, Executive Director of the Oasis Youth Center

Careers in Education, Non-Profit, and Social Justice

Wayne Au—Teaching to Change the World

“Teaching to Change the World”

Wayne Au ’94, MiT ’96

Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner—Rallying the Motherhood Movement

"Rallying the Motherhood Movement”

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner ’91

Ray Goforth—Through the Greener Lens

“Through the Greener Lens”

Ray Goforth ’95

Korbett Mosesley ’11, MPA ’15

It’s an honor to serve people in the community I grew up in and work on initiatives to help low-income families become financially stable.

Korbett Mosesly ’11, MPA ’15, Director of Family Stability Initiatives at United Way of Pierce County

Lynda Weinman founder, Lynda Weinman.

In the News: Lynda Weinman, Techie Entrepreneur

Lynda Weinman ’76 is a respected Web graphics and design veteran who has been at the forefront of Web development since its infancy.

Weinman epitomizes the power of interdisciplinary education. After graduating from Evergreen, Weinman opened two retail shops in California and later became an animator for the movie business. This move led to an early fascination with personal computers, which she embraced for her animation work, and, from there, she began teaching computer graphics and writing how-to books. Finally she started the online learning business, which she recently sold to LinkedIn for $1.5 billion.

What Evergreen teaches is ‘find what you’re interested in and impress us.’ The whole emphasis is on finding your calling, finding what moves you, finding your passion.

Lynda Weinman, founder of

Professional Success

You can find Evergreen alumni everywhere. They work at Microsoft and Apple, as college professors and kindergarten teachers, as legislators and lawyers and political activists, as doctors and vets, in Hollywood, and in field biology research stations.

Graduate School Success

Greeners have gone to graduate programs at a variety of prestigious institutions including Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and MIT.

They’ve gone to medical school at Johns Hopkins and Oregon Health and Science University; to law school at Georgetown and NYU; and to art school at RISD and San Francisco Art Institute.

Many Greeners also go on to get advanced degrees here at Evergreen in Environmental Studies, Public Administration, and Teaching.

More alumni stories can be found in The Evergreen Magazine. The Alumni Entrepreneurs Directory features more than 500 graduates running their own businesses.