George Washington University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of George Washington University. The list includes people like Elizabeth Warren, Alec Baldwin, Eliza Dushku, Colin Powell & Kerry Washington. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as leaders, miscellaneous, writers, musicians and media personalities etc.
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Jackie Kennedy
(First Lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963)
Jackie Kennedy
51
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States
Died: May 19, 1994

Jackie Kennedy was a literature editor, photographer, and socialite who was once married to the former American President John F. Kennedy. She became the First Lady of the United States when her husband became the president. She was known for her iconic fashion style. She is considered one of the most popular and recognizable First Ladies in American history.

 2 
Casey Affleck
(Actor and Filmmaker Best Known for His Academy-Award Winning Film 'Manchester by the Sea')
Casey Affleck
26
Birthdate: August 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Falmouth, Massachusetts, United States

Actor and director, Casey Affleck has been active in the entertainment industry for over three decades. He developed a love for acting while in school and appeared in many school plays. Encouraged by his drama teacher, he decided to become an actor. After struggling for a few years, he established himself successfully in Hollywood.

 3 
Kerry Washington
(Actress and Producer Famous for Her Portrayal of ‘Olivia Pope’ in the Drama Series ‘Scandal’)
Kerry Washington
35
Birthdate: January 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States

American actress, Kerry Washington, attained fame when she starred in the television series, Scandal, which ran from 2012 to 2018. She was also commended for her role in the television film, Confirmation, and for the miniseries, Little Fires Everywhere. She has also acted in films like The Last King of Scotland, Django Unchained, Our Song, The Dead Girl and American Son.

 4 
Colin Powell
(The First African-American Secretary of State)
Colin Powell
61
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 18, 2021

A veteran politician who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State. A member of the Republican Party, he was an army man prior to entering politics. He was a  four-star general at the time of his retirement. After leaving politics, he pursued a career as a public speaker.

 5 
Rooney Mara
(Actress Best Known for Her Films: 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and 'Carol')
Rooney Mara
40
Birthdate: April 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bedford, New York, United States

Rooney Mara is a well-known actress who won the Cannes Film Festival Award for her performance in the movie Carol. Apart from being an actress, Rooney is also an animal rights activist. Also known for her charity work, Rooney supervises the Uweza Foundation, which supports programs for children in Nairobi. She is also the founder of Hiraeth Collective, a vegan clothing line.

 6 
Bob Woodward
(Journalist)
Bob Woodward
7
Birthdate: March 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Geneva, Illinois, United States
 7 
Eliza Dushku
(Best Known for Her Drama Series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and its Spin-off Series ‘Angel’)
Eliza Dushku
25
Birthdate: December 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Watertown, Massachusetts, United States

Eliza Dushku is an American actress and model. She inspired a lot of people to stay sober by sharing her story of struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. Also a well-known activist, Dushku has raised funds for several charitable causes. She also works closely with the THRIVE-Gulu organization, which works towards helping the survivors of war.

 8 
Karen Allen
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Marion Ravenwood’ in the Film ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’)
Karen Allen
11
Birthdate: October 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Carrollton, Illinois, United States
Karen Allen is best known as Marion Ravenwood from the Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. She has also performed on Broadway and directed both stage and screen projects. She now owns a textile company, and spends her time teaching at a college and knitting.
 9 
Kellyanne Conway
(Senior Counselor to the Former US President, Donald Trump (2017 - 2020))
Kellyanne Conway
55
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atco, New Jersey, USA
Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway, the pollster and political consultant, served as counselor to the president in Donald Trump’s administration from 2017 to 2020. Earlier, she was Trump's campaign manager in 2016. She is the first woman to have run a successful US presidential campaign. Conway has been embroiled in a series of controversies and has been accused of violating public office norms.
 10 
T.J. Miller
(Actor)
T.J. Miller
16
Birthdate: June 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA
 11 
Tammy Duckworth
(United States Senator from Illinois )
Tammy Duckworth
18
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand

A war veteran who lost both her legs during the Iraq War, Tammy Duckworth is a symbol of courage and resilience. Her never-say-die spirit enabled her to become the first woman with a disability and the first Thai-American woman to earn a seat in Congress. She is the first member of Senate to give birth while in office.

 12 
Brian Williams
(American Journalist and Television News Anchor)
Brian Williams
19
Birthdate: May 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States
Brian Williams is best known for his 10-year stint as the host of NBC Nightly News. In 2015, he was suspended for his controversial coverage of the Iraq War back in 2003. The Walter Cronkite Award-winning jorunalist was later demoted and worked as a breaking news anchor on MSNBC.
 13 
Patch Adams
(Physician)
Patch Adams
11
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Patch Adams is an American physician, clown, comedian, author, and social activist. Credited with founding the Gesundheit! Institute, Adams advocates an alternative health care model. He also organizes volunteers who travel to various countries every year in order to bring a smile to the faces of patients, orphans, and other people.

 14 
Billy Mitchell
(Military General)
Billy Mitchell
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: February 19, 1936
 15 
Daniel Inouye
(Former United States Senator from Hawaii (1963 - 2012))
Daniel Inouye
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: December 17, 2012

Daniel Inouye was a US Senator from Hawaii. He was the highest-ranking Asian-American politician until 2021 when Kamala Harris of Indian origin became vice president. Inouye is also known for his participation in World War II where he lost his right arm. For his bravery in World War II, he was honored with the United States’ highest military award, the Medal of Honor.

 16 
Mark Felt
(2nd Associate Director of the FBI Who was Known for His Role in the Watergate Scandal)
Mark Felt
16
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 17, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Twin Falls, Idaho, United States
Died: December 18, 2008

Mark Felt served as the FBI associate director from 1972 to 1973. He was widely suspected of being Deep Throat, the anonymous source who provided The Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein vital information regarding the Watergate scandal, and eventually owned up a few years before his death.

 17 
Scott Wolf
(Actor)
Scott Wolf
2
Birthdate: June 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 18 
Hal Moore
(Former lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965, during the American War in Vietnam)
Hal Moore
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bardstown, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 10, 2017
 19 
Ina Garten
(Author and Host of the Food Network Show ‘Barefoot Contessa’)
Ina Garten
12
Birthdate: February 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, United States

Ina Garten is an American author and TV host best known for hosting Food Network's cooking show, Barefoot Contessa. Over the years, Garten has released several best-selling cookbooks, including The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home.

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Merce Cunningham
(Dancer and Choreographer)
Merce Cunningham
3
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: April 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Centralia, Washington
Died: July 26, 2009
American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham was at the forefront of American modern dance for more than 50 years.  Cunningham was honoured with Japan's Praemium Imperiale and a British Laurence Olivier Award. He was also named Officier of the Légion d'honneur in France. A documentary titled Cunningham was made on his life in 2019.
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Kevin Peter Hall
(Actor)
Kevin Peter Hall
10
Birthdate: May 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: April 10, 1991
Height: 7'3" (221 cm)
 22 
Alec Baldwin
(American Actor Known for His Versatile Performances and Comic Work)
Alec Baldwin
66
Birthdate: April 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amityville, New York, United States

A member of the prominent Baldwin family, Alec Baldwin is an actor, comedian, and producer. Beginning his career in the 1980s, he has appeared in many TV shows, theater productions, and films. He also started hosting podcasts in the 2000s. A generous philanthropist, he has donated millions of dollars to various causes.

 23 
Dana Bash
(Journalist)
Dana Bash
13
Birthdate: June 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Dana Bash is an American journalist. Currently working as a chief political correspondent for CNN, Dana Bash has played a major role in the success of the TV channel. She became one of the few women to be honored in a 2014 event called Women in Washington Power List, which was organized by Elle magazine.

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Red Auerbach
(Basketball coach)
Red Auerbach
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 20, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 28, 2006
 25 
Kate Bolduan
(Journalist and News Anchor for CNN)
Kate Bolduan
14
Birthdate: July 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Goshen, Indiana, United States
The youngest morning show anchor on any major TV network, Kate Bolduan is an eminent American broadcast journalist for CNN. She covered the 2016 U.S Presidntial campaign for a global audience, as the anchor of CNN international program called State of America with Kate Bolduan.
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J. Edgar Hoover
(1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924 - 1972))
J. Edgar Hoover
34
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 1, 1895
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: May 2, 1972

J. Edgar Hoover was a law enforcement administrator who played a key role in founding the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He remained FBI's director until his death in 1972 and has been credited with instituting many modernizations to police technology, thereby helping FBI become an efficient crime-fighting agency. Hoover was one of the most influential personalities in the USA.

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Yvonne Orji
(Actress)
Yvonne Orji
7
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Rivers State Rivers, Nigeria
 28 
Jeremiah Denton
(Politician)
Jeremiah Denton
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA
Died: March 28, 2014
 29 
Huma Abedin
(Political Staffer and Vice Chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign)
Huma Abedin
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Political staffer, Huma Abedin, is known for being one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides. She was the vice-chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for president of the United States. An alumnus of the George Washington University, she first started working with Clinton in 1996 and has since been a trusted advisor to her. She considers Clinton her mentor. 

 30 
Manish Dayal
(Actor)
Manish Dayal
5
Birthdate: June 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA
 31 
Mark Esper
(Politicians)
Mark Esper
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uniontown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
 32 
Ross Martin
(Actors)
Ross Martin
5
Birthdate: March 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gródek, Poland
Died: July 3, 1981
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 33 
David Eisenhower
(Writer and Grandson of Former American President Dwight D. Eisenhower)
David Eisenhower
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States

Author, academic, and public policy fellow David Eisenhower teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted book Eisenhower at War: 1943-1945, he is the grandson of former U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower and the son of John Eisenhower. He is also the son-in-law of Richard Nixon.

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Virginia Hall
(American Secret Agent Who Worked in France During World War II)
Virginia Hall
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: July 8, 1982
Virginia Hall worked as a spy, with the U.K. and the U.S., in France during World War II, under the alias Marie and Diane. Her main objective was to conduct espionage for the Allies, against the Nazi regime and the Axis powers. After the war ended, she joined the CIA.
 35 
Michael Avenatti
(Lawyer)
Michael Avenatti
12
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 36 
William Barr
(United States Attorney General)
William Barr
11
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
 37 
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
(President of Croatia (2015 - 2020))
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
23
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rijeka, Croatia
Best known as the first female president of her country, politician Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović also became the youngest Croatian to assume presidency, at 46. The former Fulbright scholar made headlines during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when she went to Russia in economy class to cheer her team.
 38 
Syngman Rhee
(Statesman)
Syngman Rhee
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 26, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haeju
Died: July 19, 1965
South Korea’s first president, Syngman Rhee, plunged into politics fighting for independence from Japan. His PhD from Princeton made him the first Korean to get a U.S. doctorate. Faced with the April Revolution and the Second Republic of Korea, he resigned and spent his final years exiled in Honolulu. 
 39 
John Foster Dulles
(Former United States Secretary of State)
John Foster Dulles
8
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 25, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died: May 24, 1959
 40 
Tony Dokoupil
(Known for his work as a co-anchor of CBS Mornings)
Tony Dokoupil
0
Birthdate: December 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Connecticut, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 41 
Mark Warner
(United States Senator from Virginia and Former Governor of Virginia)
Mark Warner
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 42 
Lee Kun-hee
(South Korean Entrepreneur and Businessperson)
Lee Kun-hee
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uiryeong-gun, South Korea
Died: October 25, 2020
 43 
Fred Grandy
(Former United States Representative, Actor)
Fred Grandy
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 44 
Ken Starr
(Lawyer)
Ken Starr
4
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vernon, Texas, USA
 45 
Haddaway
(Singer, Musician)
Haddaway
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port of Spain
 46 
Aldrich Ames
(Former CIA Officer & Agent for the Soviet Union & Russia)
Aldrich Ames
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: River Falls, Wisconsin

Aldrich Ames is a former CIA officer who later became a KGB double agent. He was convicted of spying and is currently serving a life sentence. He allegedly worked as a Soviet spy and revealed classified CIA data. He inspired the 1998 film Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within.

 47 
Chuck Todd
(Journalist)
Chuck Todd
10
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA
 48 
William Peter Blatty
(Novelist)
William Peter Blatty
2
Birthdate: January 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: January 12, 2017
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 49 
John Warner
(Former United States Secretary of the Navy)
John Warner
5
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: May 25, 2021
 50 
Rachel Zoe
(Fashion Designer)
Rachel Zoe
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Commonly known as GW, George Washington University is a private research university located in Washington D.C. Being the largest institute of higher education in the District of Columbia, the university comprises of ten distinguished schools and colleges that provide an incredible learning opportunity to the enrolled students. It finds itself in the highest tier of “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” according to the Carnegie Classification. With numerous significant research centers and institutes the university lives up to this name by always buzzing with research activity. With programs in Arts & Science, Nursing, Law, Business, Nursing and so many more, the university is a home to a diverse set of students hailing from over 130 countries. The total student body comprises of over 26,000 graduate and undergraduate students who go on to achieve great things in life. George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management is the only school of applied politics in Washington. GW was also ranked 51 in a recent list of the world’s top 100 universities producing millionaires as per The Times Higher Education. Being a politically active college, the Princeton Review has ranked GW in the list of the top 10 most politically active colleges. Many of the esteemed faculty comprise of past and current political figures as well. George Washington University has produced various eminent alumni’s who’ve out shined in their areas of study such as Colin Powell, Kerry Washington, Harry Reid and John Foster Dulles. Keep reading to know more esteemed personalities who attended college in George Washington University.