Outstanding Recent Alumna Award

The Outstanding Recent Alumna Award was established in 1992 to honor an alumna still in the early stages of her life’s work, but who nonetheless has “used her Scripps education in the quest for personal excellence; demonstrated a willingness to seek out challenges and take risks; and has maintained loyalty to the Scripps community.”

Latest Recipient: Natalie Naylor '02

Natalie Naylor is a queer mom labor leader dedicated to the survival of the urban middle class, public schooling, and housing rights for working families in San Francisco. Natalie began working for union rights during her time at Scripps College when the new food service vendor would not honor the existing union contract. Natalie graduated in 2002 and through Scripps connections got an organizing internship with the AFL-CIO and since then hasn’t stopped working towards the survival of unions. Natalie has now spent most of her adult life working for a small democratically run union in San Francisco bargaining contracts, fighting for fair non-profit wages, organizing and pressuring her International Union to diversify its leadership and promote the education of young leaders. Natalie was elected to lead her union in 2013 and became the youngest labor leader in San Francisco and in the history of her International Union. In her spare time, Natalie manages the social media for her daughter’s Parent-Teacher Organization, volunteers in their fundraising, and recently joined The San Francisco Dyke March Committee.

All Recipients

  Alumna Position
2016 Natalie Naylor '02
2015 Catharine Burhenne-Sanderson '11
2014 Kateri Dodds Simpson '04
2013 Annelise Cohon '07
2012 Veronica Gledhill '06 Fashion Stylist and Editorial Consultant
2011 Vanessa Lee '98 Attorney
2010 Amy Drayer '99 Associate Director, GLBT Community Center of Colorado
2009 Jenny Sedlis '04 Harlem Success Academy
2008 Gina Brownstein '99 Founder and Executive Director, Five 4 Five
2007 Jennifer Minasian Trotoux '92 Architectural historian and historic preservation planner
2006 Kelly St. John Regier '96 Journalist and Documentary Film Maker
2005 Karen Deutsch '97 Humanitarian
2004 Gabrielle Giffords '93 United States Representative (D-AZ)
2000 Yvette Herrera '85 Marketing Executive and Community Volunteer
1998 Karen Tse '86 Human Rights Activist
1997 Johanna Greenberg '85 Veterinarian and Artist
1996 Linda Himmelstein '84 Journalist
1995 Christine Lippert '82 Chef
1994 Victoria Amour-Hileman '79 Lay Missioner
1993 Hannah Nyala '91 Anthropologist