Notable Business Alumni

The graduates of California Southern University are a diverse and successful group of accomplished individuals. They represent a wide variety of professions and educational experiences, they also share the challenges of balancing careers, personal lives, and education.

CalSouthern is known for providing an adult approach to higher education. Our goal is to serve the individual needs of our student's lifestyles through online distance learning, providing the individual attention they need to ensure success.

We welcome you to view the profiles of just some of our many outstanding business graduates below.

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Brandi Powell-Espiritu, MBA

Executive Director
San Diego, CA
Master of Business Administration, ’13

My CalSouthern Experience

I’ve been with CalSouthern for multiple degrees and many of the faculty, advisors and staff are like family now. I will always appreciate and be grateful for the love, guidance and support I’ve received from the university. I am blessed that my real family believes in me and is so supportive in everything I do, but it’s nice to know that the CalSouthern community is there for me, as well.


Professional Summary

Brandi Powell-Espiritu is the executive director of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at both Rice University in Houston, Texas and the University of California, San Diego. She is a fellow, as well as an honorary global advisory board member. She also is a member of the Project Management Institute and has certifications as both a master project manager and an international project manager.

Brandi has worked with professors from several universities, spearheading multiple national and international conferences. In 2010, she co-organized the International Conference on Biological Physics (ICBP), which hosted four Nobel Laureates, including Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu.

Before completing her Master of Business Administration with a focus in project management at CalSouthern in 2013, Brandi attended CalSouthern for her Bachelor of Business Administration. Prior to deciding to go into business administration, she attended Southern California University for Professional Studies (SCUPS), earning her AA in criminal justice administration. In 2005, Brandi attended Cal State Long Beach and earned a certification in forensic science.

Brandi lives in San Diego, California with her husband, daughter and son. In their spare time they love to go to Disneyland and simply spend quality time together.


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