Alumni Awards Gala

On November 3, 2018, we will come together to celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding alumni and friends at the Alumni Awards Gala. Buy your tickets for this exciting evening »

USF's 2018 Alumni Award Recipients

Dolores McKever Donahue

Dolores McKeever Donahue LMA '52,
Alumna of the Year Award

Presented to a graduate who has exceptional and prolonged service to the University of San Francisco.

A graduate of the San Francisco College for Women, Dolores has always had a passion for community and service. After retiring from a 25-year career in real estate, Dolores became President of The O’Shea Foundation, an organization established by her uncle and aunt that supports community-based organizations dedicated to education and social outreach. Dolores is a USF trustee emerita, has served on the University of San Francisco Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Board of Directors, the Sacred Heart Alumnae Association, and chaired the Lone Mountain Alumnae Association Scholarship Committee helping the association establish the Lone Mountain Legacy Scholarship.

 

Anisha Weber

Anisha Weber MBA ’97,
Alessandri Alumni Service Award

Presented to an graduate who has provided distinctive service to Alumni of the University of San Francisco.

A Bay Area Peninsula native, Anisha is COO at Primitive Logic, a woman-owned business in San Francisco, that has been solving digital business strategy challenges for over thirty years. As a student and eventually graduate of USF’s MBA program, Anisha was highly involved in various boards and committees at USF. She is a Past President of the Alumni Board of Directors, and Past President of the MBA Alumni Society, among others. Anisha continues to give back to her community as a San Mateo County Commissioner on the Status of Women focusing on relevant topics such as STEM for Young Women, Human Trafficking, and Women’s Leadership.

 

Jason Trimiew

Jason Trimiew MA ’07,
Professional Achievement Award

Presented to a graduate who has brought distinction to the University by exemplary achievements or service in their chosen profession.

For nearly two decades, Jason has worked at the intersection of the marketplace and social impact in international microfinance, community and economic development, and venture philanthropy. In 2016, Jason joined Facebook to launch and lead the company’s supplier diversity program. Before joining Facebook, Jason was Managing Director at REDF venture philanthropy, and founded the Trimiew Strategy Group, a consultancy that helps clients create products and programs that produce results for good. Prior to joining Facebook, Jason designed and delivered the community impact initiatives for Super Bowl 50, resulting in more than $20 million in grants for Bay Area nonprofits and contracts for local, diverse-owned businesses.

 

Mayor Ed Lee

Ed Lee,
Public Service Award

Presented to an individual who distinguishes himself in the arena of public service.

Son to Chinese immigrant parents, Ed Lee graduated from Bowdoin College and UC Berkeley’s Boalt Law School. As an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus, he represented workers, seniors and other members of the community in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Ed began working with San Francisco’s city government in 1989, and in 2011, was appointed as San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor. Mayor Ed Lee dedicated his life to public service until his sudden passing in December 2017. He championed for the advancement of women, immigrants’ rights, expanding access to affordable housing, collaborative leadership, and equal opportunity. His award is being accepted posthumously by his family.

 

Mi’ Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Mi’ Jan Celie Tho-Biaz MA ’03 EdD ’13 ,
Fr. Stephen A. Privett Living the Mission Award

Presented to a graduate who is living the mission of USF through their professional or volunteer work.

An oral historian and cultural leader, Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D., has a passion for narratives of personal transformation and community social change. She led the Steinem Initiative's public policy digital storytelling pilot at Smith College and was a visiting scholar at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics at Columbia University. Mi’Jan served as a documentarian-in-residence in Essential Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts, a presenter at Carnegie Hall, and a resident at the Banff Centre.

 

Bill F. Kenney

Bill F. Kenney,
Cable Car Award

Presented to individuals who promote the mission and goals of USF and are “alumni” in spirit.

Bill Kenney is a lifelong resident of San Mateo and worked as an attorney, trying civil and criminal cases to verdict. He is a firm believer in the value of education and served two terms on the San Mateo-Foster City School Board. In 2001, Bill established the USF James F. Kenney Memorial Award, in honor of his late brother, Jim Kenney ’55 who died months before graduating. The award is given to a USF student who has overcome significant obstacles in their life. Currently, Bill sits on the Board of the Self Storage Association’s Foundation, the Guideposts Foundation, and the San Mateo Rotary Club.

 

The 2017 Alumni Awards Honorees

Contact Info

Office of Alumni Engagement

M–F, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

101 Howard Street
Downtown Campus
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
(800) 449-4873