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Pace University Notable Alumni

Pace University Notable Alumni

About Pace University

Pace University is a private university with three campuses in New York: Pace University in New York City, Pace University in Pleasantville, and Pace Law in White Plains. It was established in 1906 as a business school by the brothers Homer St. Clair Pace and Charles A. Pace. Pace enrolls about 13,000 students as of fall 2021 in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.

Pace University originally operated out of the New York Tribune Building in New York City, and spread as the Pace Institute, operating in several major U.S. cities. In the 1920s, the institution divested facilities outside New York, maintaining its Lower Manhattan location. It purchased its first permanent home in Manhattan’s 41 Park Row in 1951 and opened its first Westchester campus in 1963.

Prominent graduates from Pace University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Pace University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Pace University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn’t necessarily earn a degree from Pace University.

Notable Alumni of Pace University

1. Robert Francis Kennedy Jr. (born January 17, 1954) is an American environmental lawyer and activist, author, and, as of 2020, most notably a vocal anti-vaccinationist. Kennedy is a son of Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former president John F. Kennedy. He is the president of the board of Waterkeeper Alliance, a non-profit environmental group that he helped found in 1999.


2. Michelle Borth (born August 19, 1978) is an American actress who has portrayed characters on The Forgotten and the HBO series Tell Me You Love Me. Borth played Catherine Rollins on the CBS crime-drama Hawaii Five-0.


3. Jarah-Evelyn Makalapua Mariano (born November 23, 1984) is an American model best known for her appearances in the 2008 and 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions, as well as Victoria’s Secret.


4. Kathleen Herles (born November 13, 1990) is a former American voice actress, best known for being the original voice of Dora on Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!.


5. Paul Franklin Dano (born June 19, 1984) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and musician.


6. Alvin “Al” Goldstein (January 10, 1936 – December 19, 2013) was an American pornographer. He is known for helping normalize hardcore pornography in the United States.


7. Diana Elizabeth Scarwid (born August 27, 1955) is a retired American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Christina Crawford in the cult classic Mommie Dearest (1981). She received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Inside Moves (1980), and for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Truman (1995).


8. Poorna Jagannathan is an American producer and actress of Indian descent. She is best known for her portrayal of Safar Khan in the HBO drama miniseries The Night Of, as well for her role as Nalini Vishwakumar in the Netflix teen comedy series Never Have I Ever by Mindy Kaling. She also co-conceived, produced and acted in the play Nirbhaya, written and directed by Yael Farber. Dealing with sexual violence, the play won the prestigious 2013 Amnesty International Award and was called by The Telegraph as the “One of the most powerful pieces of theater you’ll ever see”. It’s also considered one of the most impactful moments in India’s history of women’s empowerment.


9. Vincent Pastore (born July 14, 1946) is an Italian-American actor. Often cast as a mafioso, he is best known for his portrayal of Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero on the HBO series The Sopranos.


10. Jason Charles “Jay” Glazer (born December 26, 1969) is an American sportswriter and National Football League (NFL) insider for Fox Sports. He is also a business partner with mixed martial arts fighter Randy Couture. Glazer trains NFL players in mixed martial arts during the off-season.


11. Stephanie Marie Del Valle Díaz (born December 30, 1996) is a Puerto Rican musician, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 2016. She is the second woman from Puerto Rico to win the Miss World title, after Wilnelia Merced in 1975. She previously won Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico 2016.


12. Joy Mangano (born February 1, 1956) is an American inventor and entrepreneur known for inventions such as the self-wringing Miracle Mop. She was the president of Ingenious Designs, LLC, and appeared regularly on the U.S. television shopping channel HSN until her departure in late 2018. Mangano is the founder and CEO of Clean Boss, a company that develops and sells cleaning products.


13. Stephanie Lee Andujar (born July 15, 1986), nicknamed StephA, is an American actress, director, producer, writer, singer, dancer and songwriter. Known to be a comedic and dramatic actress, her versatility goes far. Starring in the Academy Award-winning film Precious (2009), Pariah (2011), See Girl Run (2012), Babygirl (2013), A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014), and the film Marjorie Prime (2017). Her television career includes CBS’s Blue Bloods (2018), NBC’s Law & Order: SVU (2007), nurse drama Mercy (2010), and Blindspot (2015). Andujar received praise for her performance in Orange is the New Black Season 2 (2014) as young Miss Rosa. Stephanie also starred in theatre performances from The Wiz, The Crucible, and The Good Woman of Setzuan.


14. Zanib Naveed was a beauty pageant title holder from Lahore, Pakistan and living in Pomona, NY. She was crowned Miss Pakistan World on 24 August 2012 in Toronto, Canada.


15. Dominique Fishback (born March 22, 1991) is an American actress and playwright who is best known for playing Billie Rowan on Show Me a Hero and Darlene on The Deuce.

Others include;

  1. Jennifer Lim: An accomplished actress, Jennifer Lim graduated from Pace University. She’s known for her role in the Broadway production of “Chinglish” and has appeared in various TV series and films.
  2. Michael Badalucco: An Emmy Award-winning actor, Badalucco graduated from Pace and is recognized for his role as Jimmy Berluti in the legal drama series “The Practice.”
  3. Ralph Branca: This Pace alumnus was a Major League Baseball pitcher, best remembered for giving up the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” to Bobby Thomson in a 1951 playoff game.
  4. Anthony Noto: A prominent figure in the tech and finance industry, Noto, a Pace University graduate, served as the COO of Twitter and has held significant positions at Goldman Sachs and the NFL.
  5. Diane Neal: Known for her role as Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on the TV series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Diane Neal is a Pace alumna.
  6. Peter Kalikow: A notable real estate developer, Kalikow is an alumnus of Pace University and has held positions such as Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
  7. Alexa Ray Joel: Singer-songwriter and daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel attended Pace University.
  8. Chris Noth: While Chris Noth didn’t complete his degree, he attended Pace University before pursuing an acting career and is widely recognized for his roles in “Sex and the City” and “The Good Wife.”


These alumni, among many others, showcase the diversity and success of individuals who have walked the halls of Pace University, making their mark in various industries and contributing significantly to their respective fields.

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