Husky profile: Catherine Brazil, ’90


Catherine Brazil, Director of the UW’s new Spokane Center, says she loves “waking up and being able to think about purple all day long—and help grow the presence of the UW here in Eastern Washington.”

I’ve loved the UW since I was a little kid,” Brazil said. “I would sit on my grandfather’s lap and watch UW football games. He was graduate from the 1920’s, and my mother was a graduate along with my uncle, so I’m a third-generation Husky.”

Brazil, who graduated in 1990 with degrees in Political Science and Art History, looks back at her years as a UW student as the greatest four years of her life. It may possibly have been the busiest, as well. Besides pursuing two degrees, Brazil was active in the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and Co-Captain of the women’s track team, sprinting in the 100, 200, 400, and 800 meter events.

Today, her goal is to make Spokane’s UW Center a welcoming place for all Eastern Washington Huskies.

“To me the UW has always been a big family that I’ve really loved,” Brazil said. “We want to work on business and innovation projects with the local community, help raise awareness of UW Medical’s many contributions, and be a place for Eastern Washington Huskies to come together. We also want to attract future Eastern Washington Huskies. I have a three year old who already wears her purple dress. She says ‘Go Huskies’ a lot!”