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Alumni Recognition

The Goldman School recognizes an alum at the School's alumni dinner who has made a significant contribution to the field of public policy. In some years, GSPP also gives an additional award for unique contributions to the field. The Alumni Dinner takes place every other year. 

Alumnus of the Year Award Recipients

  • Elizabeth Hill '75 (Alumna of the '70s, Awarded in 1999)
  • Carol Wilkins '83 (Alumna of the '80s, Awarded in 1999)
  • Amy Lemley & Deanne Pearn '98 (Alumnae of the '90s, Awarded in 1999)
  • Dorothy Robyn '78/ PhD '83 (Alumna of the Year, Awarded in 2000)
  • Tom Grumbly '74 (Alumni of the Year, Awarded in 2001)
  • Carla Javits '85 (Alumna of the Year, Awarded in 2002)
  • Ann Veneman '71 (Alumna of the Year, Awarded in 2003)
  • Elisabeth Kersten '71 (Alumna of the Year, Awarded in 2004)
  • Julia Lopez '80 (Alumna of the Year, Awarded in 2005)
  • Carl Patton '75/ PhD '76 (Alumnus of the Year, Awarded in 2006)
  • Gary Pruitt MPP '81/JD /82 (Alumnus of the Year, Awarded in 2007)
  • Mike Genest MPP '80 (Alumnus of the Year, Awarded in 2008)
  • Barbara Chow MPP '80 (Alumna of the Year, Awarded in 2009)
  • Ned Helme MPP ’77 (Alumnus of the Year, Awarded in 2011)
  • Stuart Drown MPP '86 (Alumnus of the Year, Awarded in 2012)
  • Joseph Castro MPP '90 (Alumnus of the Year, Awarded in 2014)
  • Pamela Spratlen MPP '81 (Alumna of the Year, Awarded in 2016)
  • Timothy Uyeki MPP '85 (Alumnus of the Year, To Be Awarded in October 2018)

Special Awards

  • David Harrison MPP '00 (for Public Service, Awarded in 2003)
  • Pamela Davis MPP '87 (for Policy Innovation, Awarded in 2004)
  • Tangerine Brigham MPP '90 (for Policy Leadership, Awarded in 2007)
  • Carmen Chu MPP ’03 (for Urban Leadership, Awarded in 2011)
  • Veronica Irastorza MPP '99 (for International Public Service, Awarded in 2012)
  • Nani Coloretti MPP '94 (for Policy Innovation, Awarded in 2014)
  • Joy Bonaturo MPP '11 (for Innovation, Awarded in 2016)
  • Garance Burke MPP '05 (To Be Awarded in October 2018)

2018 Alumni Awards


2018 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD ~ Dr. Timothy Uyeki - MPP 1985

Chief Medical Officer / Medical Epidemiologist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases, Influenza Division
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Uyeki is Chief Medical Officer for the Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He received a B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College, a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a master’s degree in public health (epidemiology) and a master’s degree in public policy, both from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed residencies in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and in preventive medicine and public health at UCSF-UC Berkeley, and the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service applied epidemiology fellowship program. Prior to joining the CDC, he worked as an attending physician at UCSF SFGH for five years, pediatric critical care transport for UCSF for one year, and as a pediatric hospitalist for 2.5 years. Dr. Uyeki has worked at CDC on the epidemiology, clinical aspects, prevention and control of influenza in the U.S. and worldwide since 1998. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Dr. Uyeki has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization on clinical and epidemiological issues related to seasonal, zoonotic, and pandemic influenza, including extensive international H5N1 (avian influenza) outbreak experience for WHO and CDC in several countries.

As one of the world's foremost influenza specialists, Tim has spent his career-long efforts to address public health outbreaks both nationally and internationally (most notably the avian flu), through the lens of a practicing physician particularly concerned about the impact of these outbreaks on children. He has spent time not only being a scientist, but also doing the field work, the delicate diplomacy, and forging relationships that have led governments to act to save thousands of lives.

Tim is an outstanding representative of the values and attributes of GSPP, dedicating his life to top-notch analysis of critical human problems, and contributing directly to governmental decisions about how to protect and care for the most vulnerable people.



Investigative Journalist
The Associated Press
San Francisco, CA

Garance Burke is an investigative journalist for The Associated Press, where she specializes in reports that reveal vital truths in the public interest. Often driven by data and documents, her work has helped to shape presidential elections, inspired congressional hearings, prompted regulatory changes and triggered state and federal investigations. In recent years, her stories have brought to light plans to set up detention centers for toddlers separated from their parents, the discharging of immigrant recruits from the U.S. Army and the behavior of President Donald Trump toward women on the set of “The Apprentice.” Burke began her career as a reporter for the Mexican daily financial paper El Financiero, then worked for The Washington Post and The Boston Globe until she joined AP in 2005.

Now based in San Francisco, she has worked for AP from Anchorage to Mexico City, with appointments as a supervisory correspondent and data journalist in bureaus including Kansas City, Missouri and Fresno, California. Burke's work has received accolades including the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi national investigative reporting award, a national Edward R. Murrow award, National Headliner Awards and top honors from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Burke previously worked as a policy analyst for the City of San Francisco and as a cross-sector research consultant. She received masters degrees from the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy (2005) and Graduate School of Journalism (2004), where she lectured for three years on how to apply quantitative analysis to deepen journalism’s impact.

This award celebrates Ms. Burke’s unveiling of groundbreaking truths through stellar reporting and data analysis, and how they have affected the public discourse.