Three alums featured in Comstock magazine’s ‘emerging leaders’ issue

Sacramento State graduates make up the heart of the region’s workforce, so it’s no surprise to find three Hornet alumni among the young professionals featured in Comstock’s annual list of emerging leaders in the Sacramento area.

Anne Amaral ’01 (Communication Studies), Patrick Harbison ’06 (Communication Studies), and Rachel Viller ’09 (Business Administration/General Management) are among those the magazine hails as “today’s visionaries, tomorrow’s vision” and professionals who will “shape the Capital region for generations to come.”

  • Amaral is a partner at Downey Brand, Sacramento’s largest and most prestigious law firm, where she was involved in a high-profile legal case that resulted in what is believed to be the largest sanction award issued.
  • Harbison owns the boutique firm Patrick Harbison Public Relations, where he oversees four staff members and manages approximately 25 projects per year. Among his recent projects was handling public relations for the inaugural Sacramento Mural Festival.
  • Zillner began her career in banking as a teller at age 16 before moving to SAFE Credit Union, where she now is assistant vice president of community banking.

In addition to their professional lives, all three are active in their community. Amaral has served on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Harbison helped the LGBT Community Center organize a rally in midtown Sacramento following the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, and Zillner created and manages SAFE’s financial literacy program.

Sacramento State alumni aren’t the only Hornets you’ll find in the latest issue of Comstock’s: Three Sac State students leaders are featured in an advertisement showcasing what it means to be “Made at Sac State.” Look for ASI President Patrick Dorsey, ASI Executive Vice President Kylee Homecillo and ASI Vice President of University Affairs Vanessa Gonzales clad in their green-and-gold gear and flashing #StingersUp.

Read the full article online or pick up the latest copy of Comstock’s.


Author: Jonathan Morales

Writer and content producer at Sacramento State, writing about all things Made at Sac State.

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