Past Recipients: Outstanding Recent Alumna

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.” The award each year is presented during Reunion Weekend.

Latest Recipient: Alison Omens ’06

Alison Omens is the chief strategy officer at JUST Capital, a nonprofit focused on creating a more just, equitable form of capitalism. She is responsible for setting and implementing strategy to achieve mission impact for the organization. Her work includes overseeing programs, revenue, partnerships, development, and strategic engagement with companies, investors, foundations, and nonprofits. She has orchestrated program collaborations with the Aspen Institute, Harvard Business School, PayPal, PolicyLink, and others.

Alison was most recently an advisor for private sector engagement to US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, where she managed the inclusive capitalism strategy for the Secretary and with the Obama White House. She was also responsible for engagement on the department’s future-of-work efforts and its ESG investing guidance. Previously, she was vice president at Outreach Strategies, an environmental strategic communications firm, and the director of media outreach for the The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Alison is on the board of directors of JobsFirstNYC, which expands opportunities for out-of-work and out-of-school youth and on the advisory council of NextGen Chamber of Commerce, a business organization for millennial business owners, and LitWorld, which promotes youth literacy through storytelling. She is also the co-founder of Smash Squad, a network for women focused on doing well by doing good.

Alison received her Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and BA from Scripps College in politics. At Scripps, she was the president of Scripps Associated Students and the president of the Democrats of The Claremont Colleges.

Past Recipients

Year Alumna Position
2020 Eun Ji Chung ’06 Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California, the Karl Jacob Jr. and Karl Jacob III Early Career Chair
2019 Eli Winkelman ’07 Founder, CRAFT; co-founder, Challah for Hunger
2018 Jess Heaney ’08 Community Organizer
2017 Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik ’02 Artist and Educator
2016 Natalie Naylor ’02 Labor Leader
2015 Catharine Burhenne-Sanderson ’11 Co-Founder of Ask the Dentist and Reelgood
2014 Kateri Dodds Simpson ’04 Founder, East Oakland DREAMers
2013 Annelise Cohon ’07 National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN)
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