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Purpose: Ambassador. Asker. Advocate. Members of Cate’s Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) exemplify these characteristics while acting as governing body of Cate’s Alumni Association (currently 3,600+ alumni worldwide). The overall purpose of the Alumni Leadership Council is four-fold:

  • To increase support by alumni to the School through the Cate Fund and other specific endowment/capital campaigns
  • To serve as the leadership forum for the expression and exchange of alumni ideas
  • To assist in guiding the direction and nature of the Alumni Association and its activities
  • To increase relationships between alumni and the School

The Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) shall make recommendations to the Alumni Association, or to the Board of Trustees, through the Alumni Leadership Council President; and the Alumni Leadership Council may recommend the formation of additional committees as it deems necessary.



Served in 2020-21: Vinette Brown ’93 (Washington, D.C.)


  • Class Agents & Reunion Chairs: A group of over 275 volunteers who help classmates stay connected by attending events and supporting the School through the Cate Fund.
  • Regional Representatives: Volunteers who assist in planning events specific to a given region.


  • 3,600+ members (all those who attended Cate for one full year are recognized as an alumnus of the School, and therefore part of the Alumni Association).

Current Term (Alumni Leadership Council President & Vice President)

Year 1: 2020-2021 (begins July 1, 2020)

Year 2: 2021-2022

Year 3: 2023-2024 (ends June 30, 2024)

Board of Trustee Meetings 2021-2022  

The Alumni Leadership Council President serves on the Board of Trustees. They attend the following Board of Trustee meetings at Cate. The Alumni Leadership Council President provides an update to Trustees on recent and upcoming alumni events and activities.

2021-22 Meeting Dates 

  • October 1, 2021
  • January 14, 2022
  • April 8, 2022

In 1972, Cate’s Alumni Leadership Council honored its first Distinguished Alumnus/a. Incidentally, he happened to be Cate’s very first graduate, Dohrmann K. Pischel Class of 1914. Since then, the Alumni Leadership Council has honored 36 alumni for distinguished service to the School, a distinguished career in business, or exemplary public service. Recipients of the award include a senator, a noted scientist, several long-time trustees, entrepreneurs, a computer scientist, artists, and philanthropists.

Though the award has not been given every year, the Alumni Leadership Council recently voted to make it an annual award. The first few awards were displayed in the McBean Library, but soon they became too numerous to fit into one location. The two most recent recipients are now displayed at the entrance to the Johnson Library, with the previous citations contained in a leather-bound book found inside the Johnson Library. In these more prominent locations, it is hoped that current Cate students will develop a better appreciation of the School’s past and, more importantly, an appreciation of how a Cate education can be put to good use.

Nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award can be submitted until December 31, 2021. Please email all nominations to Alumni Inclusion Manager, Elana Stone.

Below is a list of the Distinguished Alumni recipients.

Regional Representatives

Austin: Grace Gates ’11, Holly Lawson ’90

Chicago: Micah Carr ’99

Dallas: Tim Annick ’12, Barron Fletcher ’85

District of Columbia: Abigail Baum ’04, Amanda Ebling ’15, Walter Douglas ’73

Hong Kong: Mimi Brown ’92, Sebastian Man ’76

London: Doug Lytle ’82, Lauren Suding ’98

Los Angeles: Lauren Craig Albrecht ’89

Minneapolis: Maurice Blanks ’83

Orange County: Emily Horowitz ’02, Whitney Finster Morgan ’95, Lisa Stanson ’92

Palo Alto: John Tarlton ’87

Portland: Fritz Hummelt ’90, Greg Kubicek ’74

San Diego: Chris Maloney ’80

San Francisco: Blair Elliott Paige ’86

Santa Barbara: Dinah Moore Calderon ’90, Ashley Woods Hollister ’03

Seattle: Anne Warjone Bridgeland ’86, Chris Breunig ’82, Jim Crutcher ’48

Seoul: Jeffrey Kim ’19

Singapore: Kenny Li ’94

Taiwan: Patrick Ko ’97

Tokyo: Luke Caffey ’99

Servons.  The motto of the Cate School community, this notion of service is woven into every aspect of life on and off the Mesa. From its founding, Cate has been led by a volunteer Board of Trustees and served in numerous ways by alumni, parents, and friends of the School. Those who volunteer to better the education and experience of our students, faculty and staff do so out of a shared love for the School.

Cate Fund

Invite others to join you in supporting the School by making friendly phone calls and sending encouraging emails. Help your class reach new heights in participation. Become a Cate Fund volunteer and raise vital funds for Cate’s annual operating budget.

Become a Class Agent

Volunteer as a class agent and serve as a peer-to-peer connection to Cate School. Invite your classmates to join you in giving to the Cate Fund. Encourage them to join you at regional receptions, rally a group of peers to attend Camp Cate in a reunion year or attend other regional and alumni-focused events.

Host a Regional Reception

The Advancement Office is always grateful for opportunities to gather Cate friends together – in the comfort of a home, restaurant or other venue – in locations in and outside of the U.S.

For More Information Contact:

To become a Class Agent or Cate Fund volunteer please contact Katie Convoy (805) 684-4127 x 266

To volunteer to host a Regional Reception please contact Elana Stone (805) 684-4127 x 288


The first female students were admitted to Cate in 1981, and since then women have come to represent half the student body and more than a third of all alumni. In order to engage this growing population, Cate Alumnae Network (CAN) was founded in 2012 to provide opportunities for alumnae to connect with each other, current students, and the School.

The purpose of CAN is twofold: first, to establish connections among the many constituent groups of Cate women in order to provide professional and social opportunities; second, to enhance the ways in which women can interact with the Mesa by supporting the School in kind and in deed.

Created with a desire to honor the female Cate community, the Cate Alumnae Network (CAN) provides support to the women of Cate’s extended family. CAN is open to all Cate graduates committed to supporting the alumnae and female students of Cate. Discussion and context is about women and for women.

With nearly 600 members and counting, CAN events have been hosted in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Barbara,  and Washington, D.C. There have been CAN-sponsored Servons events in Chicago and Palo Alto, and CAN presentations and panels, from public speaking to perceptions of beauty, have been held on the Mesa.

Get Involved

  • Mentorships: Connect with a current female student or recent Cate graduate. Students may live in the same city you, be interested in or attending the same college, or beginning a similar career track.
  • Electronic Communication: Help keep a lively stream of activity on the Facebook CAN group page. In addition, encourage your classmates to be involved.
  • Local Community Service: Organize Servons events in your city.
  • Host a CAN Event: Determine the structure, organize, and recruit for an activity that brings together alumnae and female students.
  • Giving: Envision and enact ways to encourage support of Cate through service and/or philanthropy.

Stay Connected

  • Join the CAN group on Facebook.
  • Sign up for Women@Cate Alumni Mentor Circle events.

2021-22 C.A.N. Events


For more information, please contact Alumni Inclusion Manager, Elana Stone.