The Katherine Delmar Burke School Distinguished Alumna Award is given each year to an alumna who embodies the values at the heart of the school’s mission to educate, encourage, and empower girls. The recipient exemplifies a life of learning, service to community, individuality, and the ability to make a difference in the world.

Our 2019 Distinguished Alumna: Ebony Frelix Beckwith '91

Ebony Frelix Beckwith '91 is the EVP and Chief Philanthropy Officer at, where she leads the company’s strategic philanthropic work and its global employee community engagement activities. In her role, she is responsible for engaging more than 36,000 employees in volunteer opportunities, as well as administering millions of dollars in grants to improve communities around the world.

Ebony has been recognized as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business, as well as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Beyond the Check award recipients two years in a row.  As a champion for women and girls, Ebony currently serves on the board of Women’s Funding Network, Women Who Code Advisory Board, along with Hamilton Families. She an executive sponsor for the Salesforce Women’s Network whose vision is to build a global women’s network to empower, support, and invest in a global community of women.

Ebony holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Golden Gate University.

Nominate a Distinguished Alumna

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Alumna. Nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Alumna closed in mid-November 2019, and we look forward to announcing the recipient in the new year!

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  • Burke's Distinguished Alumna Award Recipients

    Ebony Frelix Beckwith '91

    Mary Shen O'Carroll '90

    Zoe Duskin '97

    Robin Hauser '78e

    Erica Howson Fortescue '89

    Lareina Yee '87

    Nancy Bibbero Cherney '70

    Pauline Moffit Watts '66

    Rachel Skiffer '88

    Vendela Vida '85

    Jean Afterman ’75

    Ann Blumlein Lazarus ’67

    Dr. Mary Maillard Piel ’73

    Mary Lowrey Gregory ’71

    Dr. Bella Shen Garnett ’89

    Nancy Hellman Bechtle ’55

    Heather Martinez Zona ’81

    Elisa "Bambi" Escamilla Schwartz ’56 
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

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