2012 MAP Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Dr. Samuel E. Kelly Award


Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, JD, ‘76 is a UW magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa alumna.  She is also a former Washington State Supreme Court justice and King County Superior Court judge, and a past president of the Superior Court Judges Association. Throughout her long and distinguished career, Bobbe has worked to bring justice and support services to diverse underserved populations, including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Pacific Islanders as well as low-income Caucasians.  She established and helped fund the first court-based child care center at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, WA.  In 2006, she founded the Center for Children and Youth Justice (CCYJ), which has brought her national recognition.  Two years after her retirement from the Supreme Court, she became president and CEO of the CCYJ, positions she still holds.  Through this innovative institution as well as through her many other outstanding professional and community contributions, Bobbe continues to reach out and serve disadvantaged children, youth and families.  Her actions and contributions reflect so many of the ideals and values of the late Dr. Samuel E. Kelly.

Distinguished Alumnus Award


Jose E. Gaitan, JD, ‘76  is a former deputy prosecuting attorney for King County, assistant U.S. attorney for Western Washington, judge pro tem in Seattle District and Superior Courts and adjunct faculty member at the UW Law School.  He is also a fellow in the American Bar Association and has been named a trial master by many of the lawyers who he often faces as an opposite.  His community service contributions and achievements are equally stellar and diverse.  He is a past president of the Hispanic National Bar Association and past chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession.  In 1995, President Clinton appointed Jose moderator of the White House Council on Small Business.  Governor Locke named him chair of the Washington Commission on Accountability in Public Education.  He and his firm, The Gaitan Group, have received several awards for innovation in public problem solving.  He is also the incoming chair of the largest nonprofit organization in the state, the United Way of King County.

Distinguished Alumnus Award


Earl Richardson, MUP ’75, has served as executive director of SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) for the past 18 years.  Under his leadership, more than 1,000 affordable housing units, a major neighborhood inner-city shopping center and numerous mixed-use commercial properties have been responsibly developed.  The impact of his work extends to cultural institutions as well, and SEED has also preserved a performance hall, revitalized a theater and supported an art gallery.  Earl is a member of the Tax Credits Advisory Board of the National Development Council, and he volunteers locally as treasurer of Therapeutic Health Services, a major service provider in the Rainier Valley area.  In the past, he has served on the boards of the Atlantic Street Center and the Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce, and on the Seattle Public Library’s Advisory Committee.  Earl’s accomplishments have made a visible, measurable and lasting difference in the lives of countless individuals from diverse backgrounds in the Rainier Valley and surrounding neighborhoods. 

Distinguished Community Service Award


Sen. Claudia Kauffman, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, is the first Native American woman to have been elected to the Washington State Senate.  (It is notable that the constituency of the 47th Legislative District from which she was elected was less than one percent Native American.)  Currently, she directs intergovernmental relations for the Muckleshoot Tribe.  She has a well-deserved reputation as a champion of diversity and inclusion in public education, and has been a foster care mother to ten children in addition to a special needs child of her own.  Using her experience and influence, Claudia supports the development of scholarship funds and other resources that provide Native and other students of color with increased opportunities in higher education.  She is a prominent community activist who was mentored in the nonviolent protest tradition by the legendary Bernie Whitebear, and her commitments are firmly grounded in many of her civic activities.  In 1999, she served the Oglala Sioux Tribe as coordinator of President Clinton’s visit to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  In 2002, she worked with Iris Friday, a member of the Tinglit Tribe, and founded the Native Action Network, which provides an environment for Native women to learn with and from one another in finding ways to make a difference in their communities.

Distinguished Community Service Award


Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos has served the 37th Legislative District and the people of Washington since 1998.  She chairs the Education Committee, serves on the Community Development and Housing Committee and the Education Appropriations and Oversight Committee, and is a former House minority whip.  She has emphasized equity and education as major themes in her work along with civil rights, women’s rights, economic and environmental justice, affordable housing and quality public education.  Sharon has also demonstrated her leadership in other ways, as a co-founder (with Cindy Domingo) of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum in 1996-7, and as a tireless volunteer for a variety of community-based organizations including the Wing Luke Asian Museum, the Asian Pacific Islander Women’s Center, the Asian Counseling and Referral Service and the Center for Ethical Leadership.  She has received numerous awards for her many contributions in the areas of community and public service.

Diversity Award for Community Building


The Seattle Fandango Project was founded to build a fandango community – a celebration of dance, music and verse -- in Seattle and connect it to the larger movement in other parts of the United States and Mexico. The Seattle Fandango Project has connected master practitioners from Veracruz with such organizations as the UW, Casa Latina, Delridge Community Center, El Centro de la Raza, Raices Culturales, and many first and secondary schools.

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