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Alumni Spotlight - Nathan Rix ('08)


Current City: Portland, OR

Graduation Year: 2008

Major: Organizational Communication, Religion

Occupation: Deputy Director

Organization: Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Share your best college memory: My favorite college memory was studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

What is the most important thing you learned while at Pepperdine? I learned how to apply my Christian faith to improve the world around me

Fun Fact: I am a private pilot and aircraft owner. I was the President of the Flying and Aviation Club while at Pepperdine!


Describe your career path. Immediately after Pepperdine, I joined Teach for America and taught middle school special education in The Bronx with Teach for America. I earned a M.S. in Educational Leadership from the City College of New York, then a Masters in Public Policy at University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy. Currently, I am a strategic executive with nine years' experience managing people in high-risk, public sector programs and large-scale projects, using a multi-disciplinary and collaborative governance approach. Inclusion, authenticity, and integrity are core values that guide my decision making. I am dedicated to modeling servant leadership. Recently I founded the Aviation Youth Empowerment Foundation. The Aviation Youth Empowerment Foundation (AYEF) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 and IRS tax-exempt organization that provides higher education grants to aspiring college students to strengthen racial and gender diversity within science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) college programs and ultimately the industries they join as college graduates. We are an open, active and inclusive organization and strive to become allies with Black, Indigenous, and Latinx folks to make our world a better place for all people.