Featured Alumnae

Dr. Shira Lipton

Castilleja Alumna
Class of ’90
Board Certified Dermatologist

Shira developed a fascination with skin when she was a little girl, and by the age of 10, already knew she wanted to pursue a career in dermatology. She credits Castilleja with instilling in her both the confidence to pursue her dream, and the importance of giving back. “From a very early age, Castilleja encouraged us to think about service, and that’s where my commitment to our community began.” Today, she keeps Palo Altans healthy as a doctor and can be found offering free skin checks to underserved patients in the community.



Dr. Shanti Perkins

Castilleja Alumna
Class of 1990
Internal Medicine

While a student at Castilleja, Shanti developed a passion for science along with a desire to connect with others and give back to her community. She knew that a career in internal medicine would allow her to pursue these passions while building long-term relationships with patients. When she’s not practicing medicine, she volunteers with Girls to Women, a non-profit that provides after-school and summer youth development programming to underserved girls in East Palo Alto, Shanti’s hometown.



Julia Ishiyama

Castilleja Alumna
Class of 2009
Second Year Law Student at Stanford Law School

While a student at Castilleja, Julia spent time volunteering at Walter Hayes Elementary School and later as a member of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s Student Advisory Board, where she helped compile policy recommendations for the Congresswoman. As a current student at Stanford Law School, she is focusing on issues of gender equity – a passion she credits to Castilleja. “Seven years of all-girls education gave me an incredible appreciation for how rare and wonderful it is to have strong female voices in every classroom, female leads in every play, and women running (student) government.”