Sacchi Patel ’09, G’11

Sacchi PatelSacchi Patel’s favorite Syracuse University memories are atmospheric and athletic—the first time he saw a professor skiing through the quad to get to class during a snowstorm, and watching SU basketball with his close friends. “Syracuse University means everything to me,” says Patel, former vice president of the NorCalOrange Alumni Club. “SU is where I had such profound experiences that I changed my major, went back for graduate school, and altered my career path to dedicate my efforts to changing our society.”

Patel earned a bachelor’s degree in pre-med psychology from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree in cultural foundations of education and a certificate of advanced study in women and gender studies from SU’s School of Education. He started off his career as an Assistant Dean/Manager of Education and Emergency Response at Stanford University’s Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response. Patel then went on to specialize in technical recruiting at Facebook, Google, and several AI startups including Pilot AI where he is currently Head of Talent. Sacchi takes great pride in hiring some of the world’s best in machine learning and computer vision while staying at the forefront of diversity and inclusion. Sacchi remains actively connected to the SU campus in his role as a board member for the School of Education.

He is also co-founder of, a coalition of individuals working to challenge and change commonly held perceptions of what it means to be male. The organization offers a national speakers bureau, curriculum development, advocacy and programmatic consulting, and guided facilitation. “My occupation is being a social justice activist and educator with the ultimate goal of making positive social change, starting with ending the violence against women,” he says.

Being able to take what he learned in the classroom and translating it into real-world experiences was a hallmark of his SU education, according to Patel. “SU allowed me to gain confidence and increased my comfort in asking questions, helping me to truly learn,” he says. “It gave me the freedom to explore my academic and personal passions. SU is where I shared some of my most meaningful experiences with people who matter the most to me, and it’s where I grew intellectually.”

Patel encourages other Bay Area alumni to maintain their SU connection. “Syracuse isn’t just another few years in school—it’s part of us, and shaped us in some way,” he says. “I think it’s critical for alumni to stay connected and continue to support SU. Because then we can praise what we loved best and help improve areas where we saw the need for change.”