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Brenda Soto P'19

Gresham Riley Award

Brenda Soto P'19 is the recipient of the Gresham Riley Award. She has been a CC employee for 33 years and has served in the following areas: Finance and Administration, Academic Departments and Programs, Student Life, and Advancement. Soto has been the Director of College Events for the last five years. During her tenure at Colorado College, she has hosted more than 25 exchange students and has been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters as a mentor for high school students.

She has served on numerous campus committees, as Staff Council chair for four years, on several Block Projects, and on the search committee for President Kathryn Mohrman. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including an Institutional Achievement Award from the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International in 2013 for her exceptional work on the Waldo Canyon Fire evacuee placement; Committee Member of the Year award in 2010 from the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, where she was appointed the Annual Conference chair in 2004 and 2008; and she has been recognized with the Mentor of the Year Award from Colorado College students every year since 2006.

In addition to coordinating countless major and minor events on campus, she is married to Craig Soto and they are the proud parents of five children: Andrea, Craig John, Angello, Angelica, and Antonio ’19.

She attended the University of Phoenix, earning a bachelor of science degree in 1998 and a master’s degree in computer information systems in 2000.