The Catlin Gabel alumni board recognizes distinguished alumni through an annual awards program. In 2008, the alumni board revised the annual awards program to honor three alumni with diverse professional, civic, and service achievements. The honorees are recognized at the Celebration of Leadership and Service event each fall. Anyone who attended Catlin Gabel or one of its predecessor schools can be nominated for a Distinguished Alumni Award.
Cynthia Johnson Haruyama ’77
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Granted to Catlin Gabel graduates or former students for significant accomplishments in business or professional life.
Cynthia Johnson Haruyama is recognized for raising the quality of life in Portland through decades of leadership in developing and managing public gardens. She currently serves as Deputy Director of the Portland Japanese Garden, where her primary focus over the past five years has been creation of the recently completed Cultural Crossing, a project that added five acres of new gardens and four new buildings. Previously, Cynthia served as Executive Director of Lan Su Chinese Garden (2008-12) and Hoyt Arboretum (2001-08), where she led financial turnarounds that enabled both institutions to flourish. Her interest in public gardens and non-profit management began after practicing corporate and business law with Davis Wright Tremaine, followed by her role as General Manager and Sales Director for garden equipment manufacturer A.M. Andrews Co. Cynthia graduated with honors in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and received a law degree from Columbia University.
Se-ah-dom Edmo ’94
Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Granted to Catlin Gabel graduates or former students for extraordinary service to their community, state, nation, or the world.
Se-ah-dom Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock, Yakama, Nez Perce) is a published author, scholar, and program designer with over 10 years of experience in creating, developing, and implementing, program activities related to Tribes, and empowering underrepresented groups in the fields of education, medicine, science, and public policy. Her writing and work are centered around action research and engagement, including her most recent book, American Indian Identity: Citizenship, Membership and Blood. (2016). Se-ah-dom was instrumental in Oregon’s successful ban of race-based Native American sports names in K-12 schools, as well as the campaign to win the Freedom to Marry in Washington State. She currently serves as the Movement Building Director at the Western States Center, and previously was Director for the Oregon Tribal Histories and Sovereignty Curriculum Design Project, helping to create a state-wide Indian Histories and Sovereignty curricula aligned to Oregon curriculum standards.
David Recordon '04
Distinguished Younger Alumni Award
Granted to Catlin Gabel graduates or former students who have achieved much in the arena of professional accomplishments or social service before the age of 40.
Since graduating from Catlin Gabel, David Recordon has built and led engineering teams in a variety of organizations, including Facebook and the White House. He joined Facebook in 2009 and served as Engineering Director until 2014, when he was appointed as the first Special Assistant to the President and the Director of White House Information Technology by President Barack Obama. In this role, David led the teams responsible for all of the technology used by the President, Vice President, and White House to support the American people. This work included major modernization efforts, such as upgrading from 2011-era BlackBerries to iPhones, deploying Wi-Fi, migrating to broadband internet aboard Air Force One, and replacing almost all computers and phones. Since leaving the White House, David has returned to Facebook where he now leads the software engineering teams engaged in bringing internet access to the un- and under-connected parts of the world.
Aminata R. Sei
Joey Day Pope '54 Volunteer Award
Granted to a Catlin Gabel community member in appreciation of outstanding service to the school.
Aminata R. Sei (Mimi) is a Sierra Leonean-born writer, activist and parent of Juma (‘18), Kenya (‘20), and Niah (‘23). She is currently working on a compilation of short stories that will chronicle her lived experiences, from Africa, America, and Asia. She has showcased essays and written for Huffington Post and is a member of the critically acclaimed Stanford Alumni Writers’ Critique Group. She is Vice President of the Catlin Gabel School Parent/Faculty Association and sits as a member of the school’s Board Inclusion and Diversity Committee. A graduate of Anderson Schools of Management of the University of New Mexico. Mimi lived in China for four years and was President of the Parent/School Partnership at the Dalian American International School. She is passionate about Inclusion and Equity efforts, especially at educational institutions and is vested in creating safe and welcome spaces to facilitate insightful dialogue and exchange.
“Mimi originated the role of Parent Inclusivity Coordinator for the PFA, a role she has developed and grown to be nearly a full-time job. In this role Mimi works with host families, oversees parent affinity groups, runs the Reading and Reflection series, sits on the Diversity Action Council and on the Board Inclusivity and Diversity Committee, She sat on fall and spring work groups for the strategic planning process and partners with the Director of Equity and Outreach on multiple inclusion initiatives. Mimi also originated and oversees one of our newest tradition at Catlin Gabel: Heritage Day – a whole community celebration of culture. While all of this takes hours and hours of time and is worthy of the Joey Pope Award, I would like to nominate Mimi additionally for the numerous invisible roles she plays on campus.
Mimi is one of the most genuine, giving, generous, and active volunteers at this school and a true ambassador for everyone in this community."
- Jasmine Love, Director of Inclusion and Outreach
In 2013, the athletic hall of fame launched to celebrate Catlin Gabel's exceptional alumni athletes. The people who have inspired our community with their dedication and skills and who serve as role models for today's student athletes. We aim to increase awareness and pride in Catlin Gabel's athletes past and present. Go to Athletics for information and to submit a nomination. Go Eagles!