Mission Statement

The mission of the RPAA is to honor the Riordan legacy by supporting its members as they pursue their educational, professional, and charitable endeavors while making a positive impact on the community.


The Riordan Programs Alumni Association (RPAA) was started in 2000 and aims to provide graduates of the Riordan Programs an extension of the professional, educational and personal leadership development gained during the programs. Additionally, we aim to support the Riordan Programs through recruiting, financial and any other collaborative efforts that enhance the ability of the Riordan Programs to continue to develop program participants to be tomorrow’s leaders.

The RPAA has two flagship initiatives:

Saturday Business Academy (SBA) | Learn More »

The RPAA proudly funds and manages the Saturday Business Academy at two Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools. Launched in 2005, the program is designed to prepare traditionally disadvantaged and underserved students with the skills and academic guidance necessary to become California’s future business leaders. Through individual mentorship, college preparatory workshops, and a curriculum that instills a basic competence in financial literacy, SBA has helped the Alliance for College–Ready Public Schools attain its goal of a 100% success rate of students who will graduate ready to enter college. SBA provides an avenue for the RPAA to give back to the community and connect our alumni and other community members to admissions directors from the nation’s top business schools.

Diversity MBA Admissions Conference (DMAC) | Learn More »

The DMAC is held every summer and the nation’s top business schools attend to recruit talented underrepresented candidates. The DMAC gives attendees:

  • Access to the nation’s top business school’s admissions representatives early in admissions cycle
  • Information about the relative strengths and weaknesses of each program
  • Review and tips on the application process
  • Small group access to admissions representatives through roundtable sessions

Additionally, the RPAA produces periodic events which pertain to: Networking opportunities with Riordan Alumni and other like-minded groups, career development, personal finance, MBA application process knowledge/assistance, and community involvement.


Annual Reports

Every year, the out-going Board prepares the RPAA Annual Report that covers events, initiatives and financials for that fiscal year.


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