Tag Archives: Alumni in Focus

Young Leaders

by Brian Becker Each year, San Diego Metro Magazine recognizes 40 of the most influential leaders in San Diego under age 40. Among the awardees are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their profession, industry, and/or community. SD Metro’s 40 Under 40 is a unique program in San Diego. The winners are vetted through a nomination and judging process. The result? A list it’s an honor to join. In the past two years, two young PLNU alumni have been recognized as 40 Under 40…

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Leading with No Excuses: Damen and Dan Lopez

by Sharon Ayala When Dan (B.A. 92, M.A. 96) and Damen (B.A. 94, M.A. 98) Lopez were young, their family moved from Los Angeles to the rural, small town of Julian, Calif., “for a better life.” They had grown up in “situational poverty,” said Dan, living over the town’s market in the only apartment in Julian at the time. Each night, after closing, the family would migrate downstairs to clean the store for extra money. Each night, before the boys would go to bed, their…

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