Santa Clara University


Alumni Profiles

See what NPI alumni are up to after they graduate and get their insight on how the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative has helped them in their new jobs.

  • Billy BouzosBilly Bouzos

    Year: 2014

    Major(s)/Minor(s): Marketing and Music/Latin

    Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

    Interests/Hobbies: Guitar, Piano, Basketball, Fishing

    How I came to work on NPI and what I’ve learned: I came to work with NPI from its very inception, being a member of the original ELSJ class. I’ve learned to keep an open mind when meeting people, and how to find hidden beauty in the least likely of places. To be honest I’ve learned more about myself than anything else, and I’m thankful for my time with NPI. It’s been well worth the time and effort.

  • Garrett JensenGarrett Jensen

    Year: 2014

    Major(s)/Minor(s): Accounting/Political Science

    Hometown: Portland, OR

    Interests/Hobbies: Travel, Tennis, Basketball, International Cuisine, Laughing

    Activities Involved in On-Campus: ASG Senator and Chair, EMT on-campus, MUN, ACE Program, Peer Advisor, Global Fellow in Turkey, Immersions to New Orleans, Ecuador, and Burma

    How I came to work on NPI and what I’ve learned: I first learned of what would soon become NPI during an information session in fall quarter of my sophomore year. I heard Jackie Schmidt-Posner speak about this new project and the overarching goals, and while I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, I just knew I wanted to be in it. I have been hooked on this “start-up” ever since.

    Throughout my work on many different projects within NPI, I have learned immensely from others. I have learned about the Washington Neighborhood and the amazing leaders that serve within it. I continue to learn about small business development and the many facets of running an efficient and successful business, and I’ve learned to be more patient, as well as discern within myself my passions and career goals. I am committed to continue my involved in downtown San Jose long term.

  • Zachary MorrisZachary Morris

    Year: 2013

    Major(s)/Minor(s): Accounting

    Hometown: Plano, TX

    Interests/Hobbies: Running, Play the Ukulele, Entrepreneurship, Working with the homeless

    Activities Involved in On-Campus: Accounting Association Officer, Football and Softball Intramurals

    Job Title: Deloitte, Audit Assistant, Audit Enterprise Risk Services (AERS)

    How I came to work on NPI and what I’ve learned: I found NPI when I was researching classes to add for my Fall 2013 quarter. I was intrigued by what NPI had to offer because of its combination of both business practices and social work, two interests of mine. This gave me a foundation to explore how my knowledge of business can help others in the community.

    While in NPI, I did just that. I learned how to not only practically apply business strategies and policies but also to apply them in a very imperfect environment. The challenges that NPI presented allowed me to learn how to think critically outside of perfect classroom scenarios. It has given me great life tools and perspective to work with after my college experience.

    Looking Back on NPI and Advice for Future NPI'ers: NPI has given me a different perspective on how I can use my business skills. It inspired me to pursue business ideas that weren't money driven, but were driven by wanting to help the world and showed me how you can take business skills and principles and apply them to helping those less fortunate (and still make money).

    Post-graduation, I have noticed that I continue to have that hunger inside that I felt while working with NPI. Although working long hours for a Big 4 accounting firm, I find the time to brainstorm ways I can make a difference. This has ranged from volunteering my time weekly to starting a restaurant for the homeless. I am sure a lot of you are thinking that you have this desire to help, but also have a desire to be successful and make money. I can tell you that both are possible. Helping others doesn't have a sacrificial requirement to lay down all your belongings and making money in business doesn't require being cutthroat and harmful. The two can co-exist through many avenues from social entrepreneurship to socially minded corporations. It is, however, your choice on how you pursue this.

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