After the Academy
Alumni travel and move around the world: to Manhattan to open a jazz club, to Egypt to study Arabic, and to the White House to work on Barack Obama’s security detail. They build apps for Apple and design for Pixar in California, work toward global food security in Africa, and write for The Economist in Europe.
They also return to Albuquerque to build the city where they grew up by teaching at the Academy and in public schools, starting their own businesses, starring in indie films, practicing law and medicine, and working for community nonprofits.
As one faculty member said, “It seems that our students go out and do whatever it is they want to do in life.” And that’s exactly what we want for our students. To live rewarding lives, whatever that means for them. To feel proud of their accomplishments and their efforts to make the world a more humane, exquisite place. Click the blocks below for more on what Academy alumni are doing.
Women’s Health Advocate
Abigail Lanin Eaves ’94 opened Dar a Luz, a nonprofit birth center in Albuquerque. The Center provides well-woman, prenatal, labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care. Patients pay only what they can afford. She’s working to open more licensed birth centers across New Mexico.
First Round Draft Pick
After breaking records on the baseball field at Albuquerque Academy, Alex Bregman ’12 was drafted the summer after his senior year by the Boston Red Sox, but elected to attend Louisiana State University. In his three years in Baton Rouge, he was named an All-American twice and was the 2013 National Freshman Player of the Year. Alex was selected again in the 2015 MLB draft, this time in the 1st round as the second overall pick by the Houston Astros, the highest of any New Mexico player. Alex made his Major League debut on July 25, 2016 versus the New York Yankees.
U.S. Navy Commander
After Graduating from Albuquerque Academy, Andrew “Drew” Thompson ’92 earned his master’s degree in national security studies and served aboard numerous ships. He is now the commander of the USS Destroyer John Paul Jones.
Neuroscientist and Author
As a neuroscientist, David Eagleman ’89 has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is known for his work on neurolaw, time perception, and synesthesia. As a writer, he’s published books about these topics as well as a New York Times bestselling work of fiction. In 2015, David hosted a TV series on PBS that explored the wonders of the human brain.
Assistant to the President
After graduating from Albuquerque Academy, Adrienne Harris ’99 earned her law degree from Columbia University. She is now the Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.
Goldman Sachs CIO
R. Martin Chavez ’81 is the Chief Information Officer for Goldman Sachs. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 1993, he was Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Quorum Software Systems from 1989 to 1993. Martin serves on the Harvard Board of Overseers, the Board of Trustees of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Board of Directors of Friends of the High Line. He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. In April 2016, Martin was featured in this New York Times article.
Three Academy alumni have received Rhodes Scholarships in the past 15 years. The most recent, Rachel Kolb ’08 is a Stanford graduate currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Born deaf, Rachel aspires to become a writer, scholar, and disability advocate. To watch a short video based on her essay, “Seeing at the Speed of Sound”, click here.
The other two Rhodes Scholarship recipients were Elizabeth Kistin ’00 and Justine Schluntz ’05.
National Champion Athlete
While attending Duke University, Curtis Beach ’09 earned multiple NCAA Champion, All-American, and All-ACC titles for track and field. He also competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, where he placed 11th in the men’s decathlon. In 2015, Curtis became a member of the Nike Track & Field team and made his professional debut at the 45th Annual Mt. Sac California Invitational.
Executive Editor of Politics
After graduating from Albuquerque Academy, Rachel Smolkin attended Brown University. After beginning her career as a reporter in Washington, she became the Managing Editor at the American Journalism Review. After stops at USA Today and POLITICO, she was named the Executive Editor for CNN Politics Digital in 2015.