POSTED APRIL 26, 2017
Introducing Cal State East Bay’s 40 Under 40 Awards
The university prepares to honor 40 alumni at an inaugural ceremony April 28
An Emmy-winning newscast producer. A world-renowned composer. The minister of agriculture of a foreign country. They’re just a few of Cal State East Bay’s inaugural 40 Under 40 Alumni Award recipients, who will be honored by the university Friday, April 28 at Lake Chalet restaurant in Oakland. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a cocktail reception followed by the awards presentation.
“Cal State East Bay produces many talented young alumni who make substantial contributions to their communities and professions,” said Richard Watters, executive director of alumni and constituent engagement. “Our 40 Under 40 recipients are great role models for the university’s current students, and shining examples of how Cal State East Bay helps elevate the region and the state.”
Award honorees encompass Cal State East Bay alumni from all colleges and career paths, including educational leaders, entrepreneurs, social justice advocates, tech and marketing gurus, health care professionals and civil servants. While many universities in the area claim the same successes among their alumni, according to Jennifer Case, president of the Alumni Association, the achievements of Cal State East Bay graduates frequently hold deeper meaning and greater value, both for the individuals and those who helped them along the way.
“We know that many Pioneer alumni are first-generation college students and most worked their way through college with at least one job, sometimes two or three,” Case said. “Our alumni often persevere through challenging situations to complete their degrees and support their families and communities. Knowing that [these honorees] are age 40 or under, we look forward with excitement to see what’s next on the horizon.”
Cal State East Bay is honored to announce its 2017 class of 40 Under 40 Alumni Award recipients including:
Shaun Tai (B.A. ’02, Digital Art), Executive Director, Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center
Tai is the executive director of Oakland Digital, which he co-founded in 2009. He dedicates himself to enhancing tech literacy and opportunity among entrepreneurs and students. Tai also leads the direction and product strategy for BRIDGEGOOD, a web application that connects early stage creatives to professional opportunities. The platform is funded by Google.org and the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation. In 2015, he was named Cal State East Bay’s Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year.