Alumni of the Year Award

About the Award

Established in 2019, the UW Bothell Alumni of the Year Award recognizes outstanding alumni who have exhibited distinguished professional achievements and/or community service since graduation from the University of Washington Bothell. Nominate an individual for the 2020 Alumni of the Year Award today!

Nominations are due March 27, 2020.

Alumni of the Year Award Recipients


2020 Recipients: Priya Frank // David Ryder

The UW Bothell Alumni Council is excited to announce that it has chosen two remarkable alumni as recipients of the 2020 Alumni of the Year Award. Coincidentally, Priya and David have worked together often, both as students in the MACS program and as professionals, dedicated to shedding light on and creating change around issues of social/environmental justice through the arts.

22-priya-frank-750xx3500-1970-0-41.jpgPriya Frank (MACS '11) when Priya Frank entered the MACS program in 2009, she came with a passion for community development and stewardship. The career she'd already begun coupled with the skills she developed at UW Bothell led to her current position as Associate Director for Community Programs at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and recognition as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s (PSBJ) 40 Under 40 this year. 

David-Ryder.jpgDavid Ryder (MACS ’11) has been an independent Seattle photographer and filmmaker for more than 15 years. His portfolio is extensive and includes images for The New York TimesGetty ImagesBloomberg News, and Reuters, Ryder uses theoretical approaches from his M.A. in Cultural Studies (MACS) training. “MACS allowed me time and resources to improve my cultural ‘product." Most recently, David's photo was published on the front cover of TIME Magazine.


2019 Recipient: Stefan Torres

Stefanatevent.jpgStefan Torres (Nursing & Health Studies ’14), who is gaining fame and influence with his Nurse Stefan videos on social media, is the recipient of the University of Washington Bothell Alumni Council’s first Alumni of the Year Award. 

In 2018, Torres won the It Takes a Nurse Video Challenge, a national competition hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. And, he was recognized as one of the UW School of Nursing’s centennial 100 influencers

Read more about Stefan Torres.