Award-winning actor Delroy Lindo named 2021 Alumnus of the Year


For more than 25 years, San Francisco State University has recognized outstanding alumni for their countless contributions to the life of the Bay Area and beyond. This year, the University selected four alumni who exemplify the talent and motivation of many Gators to be inducted into the San Francisco State Alumni Hall of Fame. SF State President Lynn Mahoney and the college community will honor the new inductees at a celebration and dinner on Friday, November 12 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco.

“Our inductees have inspired others with their successful careers in journalism, green technology and sports media. These are shining examples of all the places a San Francisco state degree can take you, ”said Nicole Lange, associate vice president of alumni relations and academic engagement. “I am honored that, for the first time since 2019, we are able to celebrate these four remarkable alumni in person. “

Alumnus of the year

Delroy Lindo

BA, Cinema, ’04

Actor Delroy Lindo has appeared in movies, on television and on stage. He has appeared in several films directed by Spike Lee, including “Malcolm X” (1992), “Crooklyn” (1994), “Clockers” (1995) and most recently “Da 5 Bloods” (2020), for which he won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of a Vietnam veteran. Other movie credits include “Get Shorty” (1995), “Ransom” (1996), “The Cider House Rules” (1999) and “Gone in 60 Seconds” (2000). He was recently acclaimed and awarded for his work on the four seasons of the CBS series “The Good Fight”. While in his 50s, he received a BA from SF State and later an MFA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. He returned to SF State in 2021 to deliver the opening speech at the Film School’s graduation ceremony.

Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

Ted griggs

BA, Radio and Television (now Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts), ’84

Ted Griggs has worked at NBC Universal for over 20 years, most recently as Group President and Head of Strategic Production and Programming for NBC Sports. Under his leadership, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, along with its sister network Comcast SportsNet California, became Northern California’s premier source for live game coverage, comprehensive live and online local sports news, debate and analysis. During his tenure, Comcast SportsNet won a total of 60 Local Emmy Awards and Three Beacons, the Cable TV Award for Excellence in Public Affairs. In 2008, the San Jose Mercury News named Griggs one of the “25 Most Powerful Athletes in the Bay Area,” and he has remained in the top five since then.

Emilie Kirsch

BA, Special Major (Sustainable Urban Development), ’08

Emily Kirsch headshot taken outdoors near concrete stairs

Emily Kirsch is an entrepreneur and investor with a particular interest in clean energy and green technologies. She is the Founder and CEO of Powerhouse and Managing Partner of its investment arm, Powerhouse Ventures. The Oakland-based companies, which were launched in 2013, partner and fund companies and investors working in cleantech innovation. Prior to forming Powerhouse, she worked with Van Jones, a former adviser to President Obama, to launch the Green Jobs Corps, Oakland’s first solar jobs training program. She appeared on the San Francisco Business Times 2020 list of “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.”

Doug Menuez

BA, Journalism, ’81

Doug Menuez crossing his arms in front of a sculpture

Doug Menuez is an award-winning photojournalist who has photographed the famine in Ethiopia, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, the AIDS crisis, the drug wars, and presidential elections and campaigns. He has also been commissioned by global brands like Coca-Cola and Microsoft to create portraits of notable people including Mother Theresa and Bill Clinton. From 1985 to 2000, he documented the daily private lives of Silicon Valley innovators such as Steve Jobs. This project became a book, “Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985 – 2000”, which was published in 2014. In 2005, the Stanford University Library acquired its extensive archives from over a million photographs and created the Douglas Menuez Photography Collection. at the Stanford University Library.

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