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: Catharine Burhenne-Sanderson '11

Catharine Burhenne-Sanderson graduated from Scripps College in 2011. While at Scripps, she majored in Hispanic Studies, served as Junior Class President, and worked as a fundraiser for The Scripps College Annual Fund.

While still an undergraduate, she spent one year away from Scripps to work at Google in the San Francisco Bay Area. After Google, she returned to complete her degree in 2011. Upon graduation, she accepted a job at Facebook. While at Facebook, she was responsible for Latin American operations and went on assignment to the company’s European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland to establish a new team. While abroad, she was heavily involved in developing Facebook’s Community Standards and was nominated for a Maverick Award for her innovative work in user trust and safety. Upon returning to the Bay Area, she worked on strategic partnerships for Facebook and Instagram. Most recently, she worked at Twitter, where she led the creation and implementation of a number of strategic projects that drove revenue and enhanced the advertiser experience on the platform.

Catharine is passionate about empowering women to pursue entrepreneurship and careers in technology. She is an advocate of liberal arts degrees as a competitive advantage in the tech sector. Catharine remains dedicated to the college with her involvement with Scripps Career Planning & Resources. Her nominations came from numerous Scripps alumnae who credit Catharine’s mentorship with helping them launch their careers at Google, Facebook, Pinterest, and several other Silicon Valley tech companies.

Today, Catharine resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband David and their dog Biscuit. They enjoy hiking, skiing, and spending time with family.

All Recipients

  Alumna Position
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
1992 Amy Wind '77 Civil Rights Lawyer