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Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala

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The Boise State Alumni Association Board of Directors invite you to join them in honoring our Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. All six are current Boise City Council members and will be honored during Homecoming week at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala on Friday, Nov. 2, and at half-time during the football game on Saturday, Nov. 3. Each of these individuals has represented their alma mater in admirable and laudable ways in their public careers, and together they represent a significant step in the impact and influence of Boise State and its growing alumni base.

The campus community, alumni, students and the general public are invited to attend the gala but tickets must be purchased in advance. The Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala is sponsored by our valued partners Liberty Mutual Insurance and Mountain America Credit Union.

About the Gala

Date: Friday, Nov. 2, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Stueckle Sky Center, Boise State University
Attire: Business formal

Join us!

Alumni Association members: $65
Non-members: $75
Table of eight guests: $500
Entree Choices: Sauteed jumbo prawns with dungenous crab cream sauce, grilled tenderloin steak with red demi glaze, or mini pumpkin with fall squash and quinoa (vegetarian)

Registration for the Alumni Awards Gala has now closed. For questions or to inquire about registration, please email or call (208) 426-1698.


Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Elaine Clegg

Elaine Clegg ’97

BA, Art

Elaine Clegg is uniquely experienced as an advocate, nonprofit leader and elected representative who brings together diverse stakeholders and viewpoints. She was elected to the Boise City Council in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015.  Elaine currently serves as Boise City Council President Pro Tem. She served as president of the council in 2007-2009 and from 2016-17.

Elaine has advocated for transportation innovative improvements. During her tenure, the city has adopted a master streets map to guide context sensitive roadway design, developed a roadway connectivity measurement, and completed a fully comprehensive plan update. She has also been a leader in completing the integration of transportation and land use via a corridor and new arterial master plans, and extension of the bicycle and pedestrian network citywide. The State Street corridor has been planned as the region’s first bus rapid transit corridor. Clegg has twice brought initiatives to provide additional funding for more and better transit service resulting in longer hours of services and improved frequency of service on Boise highest ridership routes. Additionally, she is focused on the update of the various city zoning code sections currently underway.

Learn More About Elaine

Elaine has worked for Idaho Smart Growth (ISG) since 1998, where she specializes in providing community assistance by working directly with over two dozen Idaho communities.  She has completed policy, zoning and pedestrian/bicycle action plans that support smarter growth through land use and transportation integration in areas around the State including a comprehensive plan update for the City of Dover. Elaine has facilitated the “Idahoans for Transportation Choices” coalition for ISG working with Idaho congressional leaders to ensure that transportation reauthorization reflects the concerns of Idahoans where she was instrumental in gaining Senator Crapo’s support for the original federal Safe Routes to School Program.

Elaine has been asked to share her broad experience via service on several boards. She represents the City of Boise on the Board of the region’s MPO – the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS), serves as the past chair of the Valley Regional Transit Authority Board and represents the Boise region as President of the Association of Idaho Cities board. Nationally, Elaine is Past-President of the Board of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.  She is also on the Policy Steering Committee for Transportation and Infrastructure for the National League of Cities and on the Advisory Committee for the Transportation for America Initiative of Smart Growth America.

Elaine volunteered for many years with Girls Scouts, little league, Y-ball, as and art mom, and has served on numerous local non-profit boards. Elaine has a bachelor of arts degree (visual arts) from Boise State University. She and her husband Brett have five children and ten grandchildren.

Scot Ludwig

Scot Ludwig ’82

BBA, Performance Management

Scot M. Ludwig has served on the Boise City Council since January of 2015 when he was appointed to fill a council vacancy by Mayor David Bieter. Scot was re-elected to the council in November of 2015. He has an extensive background in litigation representing thousands of individuals in family law matters, business and real property litigation. His practice covers the entire State of Idaho.

Scot founded the law firm of Ludwig Shoufler Miller Johnson, LLP in 1994 and the firm has grown substantially into the finest family law and litigation firm in Idaho.

Learn More About Scot

Scot arrived in Boise in 1979 on a basketball scholarship, graduating from Boise State University in 1982.  He then attended the University of Idaho School of Law and was awarded the Langroise Scholarship, graduating ahead of his class.

Scot is managing partner of Broad Street Properties, LLC, a downtown development company.

Scot has been involved in the Boise community for 35 years where he has been blessed with his education, career, family, friends and health. His hope is that by serving the citizens of Boise he can give back a small portion of what he has received. He urges others to give back in some way also. Scot has pledged his entire salary as a councilmember to four charities and will continue to rotate those charities annually.

Scot and his wife Christina (a Gonzaga alumna) are the parents of four children; Isabella, Nikolaus, Porter and London.

Lauren McLean

Lauren McLean ’02

MPA, Environmental Policy

Lauren McLean has served on the Boise City Council since January 2011 and was elected to a second term in 2015.

In January 2017, she was selected to serve as council president by her peers on the council after serving two years as president pro tem.  Her focus on economic development, community justice, and conservation reflects her belief that sustainability and resiliency are necessary ingredients for a city’s long-term success

Learn More About Lauren

Lauren received her BA with honors from Notre Dame where she was on the rowing team and led the Center for Social Concerns Experiential Learning team. She received an MPA in environmental policy from Boise State University.

In addition to her City Council position, Lauren runs a small business and currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the new School of Public Service at Boise State University as well as on the Board of Governors at the Andrus Center at Boise State. Lauren is a past recipient of the Idaho Business Review’s 40 Under 40 leadership award, the Boise Chamber Leadership Award for Social Responsibility, and a two-time recipient of the Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year.

Lauren focused her efforts on passing Boise’s non-discrimination ordinance, launching sustainability and clean energy programs, encouraging downtown development, sponsoring the LIV district in downtown Boise’s Central Addition and securing a grant to explore Pay for Success opportunities to support Boise’s homelessness and pre-k initiatives.

When not at City Hall or in the office you’ll find Lauren running or biking Boise’s trails and exploring Idaho’s beautiful backcountry by foot or ski with her husband Scott and children Madeleine and Aiden.

Lisa Sánchez

Lisa Sánchez ’07

BA, Communication

Lisa Sánchez is the first Latina to campaign for and win a seat on the Boise City Council.  Lisa’s new role as a Boise City Councilwoman is providing her the opportunity to bridge the City of Boise to the diverse community it serves.

Since 2015, Lisa has worked for a non-profit providing legal services to low-income people who need help escaping domestic violence and child endangerment as the bilingual paralegal/case coordinator. Prior to 2015, Lisa worked for the Idaho Human Rights Commission for five years as a bilingual civil rights investigator.

Learn More About Lisa

From 1999 to 2007, Lisa worked for the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council (GSSSC) in development, membership and marketing. Lisa currently serves on the GSSSC Board of Directors, and this year she was appointed to Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Lisa was also recognized by the Women’s and Children Alliance as one of 49 Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) honorees for 2018.

Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Boise State University, where she was the first Latina elected student body vice -president and president. Lisa is a member of the newly founded Latino Chapter of the Boise State University Alumni Association.

Lisa credits her mother, former Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs Commissioner, Janie Espinosa Ortiz, with nurturing her passion for public service work.

Lisa lives in Boise with her 15-pound cat Murray, and she enjoys hiking in the Boise Foothills and she loves the arts.

TJ Thomson

TJ Thomson ’00

BS, Political Science

TJ Thomson was elected to the Boise City Council in November 2009 and reelected by Boise voters in 2013 and 2017.

TJ is a proud Idaho native and Air Force Veteran. Following military service, TJ attended Boise State University, becoming heavily involved in both the Boise community, through volunteer service activities, and the university policy-making process, as Boise State Student Body President. TJ graduated with a bachelor of science degree in political science and then continued his studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, earning a master of public affairs (MPA) degree in policy analysis and public management. TJ is also a certified internal auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Learn More About TJ

TJ has more than 15 years of experience as a steward of fiscal responsibility at the federal, state, and private levels. At the federal level, with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington D.C., he worked as a Space Policy Analyst on NASA programs — focusing heavily on finding taxpayer savings on costly government initiatives, as well as improvements to Space Shuttle safety. While working in Washington DC, TJ also served as a Human Rights Commissioner, was trained as a community mediator, and helped organize the annual Martin Luther King Celebration. Upon returning to Idaho, TJ worked for the Idaho Office of Performance Evaluations (OPE) as a Program Evaluator. OPE is a nonpartisan, independent office that serves the Legislature by evaluating whether state government programs and agencies are operating efficiently, could operate more cost-effectively, and are achieving intended results.

Presently, TJ works for Idaho Power Company as a Regulatory Compliance Sr. Technical Advisor, assisting the company with compliance efforts associated with NERC/WECC operations and planning requirements. Prior to his present position, TJ worked for over a decade at Idaho Power as a Certified Internal Auditor — a role that focuses on the efficient use of resources and the integration of controls to promote ethical and open company practices.

An engaged citizen, TJ lives in West Boise with his wife, Alisha, and their daughter, Sena. Together, they enjoy the many wonderful aspects of living in Idaho, including: fishing, skiing, and biking and hiking in Boise’s beautiful foothills with their three dogs. The couple also enjoys camping all across Idaho in the great outdoors.

Holli Woodings

Holli Woodings ’07

BA, English

Holli Woodings was elected to the Boise City Council in November of 2017 and began her term in January 2018.

Holli believes that Boise is a great place to raise a family, start or grow a business, and inspire the next generation of young leaders. Keeping our community strong and sustainable is what drives her to give back through public service.

Learn More About Holli

A graduate of Boise State University, she served as a State Representative for District 19 in Idaho’s 72nd Legislature. Prior to that, she helped develop and finance Idaho’s largest wind energy farm, founded Woodings Group, a consultancy specializing in startup energy companies and co-founded the Idaho Clean Energy Association. In 2013, Holli was honored as one of Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year and is a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Leadership Award.

Holli’s other community service includes serving as Board Chair for Girl Scouts of Silver Sage, a board member of the Boise State Foundation, and on the board of advisors for Idaho Women in Leadership. Her past volunteer service has included a term as president of the North End Neighborhood Association, where she helped craft “Blueprint Boise” and the urban agriculture ordinance as the neighborhood association representative. She has also volunteered for many local organizations including Boise State Venture College, NEW Leadership Idaho, and the 2012 Yes! For Boise Schools campaign.

She lives in East Boise with her husband, Ryan, and their two children. They enjoy walking and biking the Greenbelt and foothills, using the Library!, paddling at Esther Simplot Park, and the vibrant arts and cultural events around the city (usually on their bikes).

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Liberty Mutual Insurance is the proud sponsor of the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala and is a long-standing affinity partner with the Boise State Alumni Association. Liberty Mutual has partnered with the Alumni Association to offer alumni exclusive savings on Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Insurance. Liberty Mutual offers personalized coverage, Multi-Car and Multi-Policy Discounts, 24-Hour Claims Assistance and more. Liberty Mutual is trusted countrywide for quality coverage and exceptional service.

For alumni who live in the Boise area, please call (208) 323-7755. For alumni outside of Idaho, visit the Liberty Mutual Website directly or call (800) 524-9400 (mention client #4020).


Mountain America Credit Union

Mountain America Credit Union is a proud title sponsor of the Boise State Alumni Association. Mountain America is a full-service financial institution, founded in the 1930s. They are community focused with six branches in the Boise area and more than 90 across the mountain west. Mountain America provides a variety of personal and business financial services designed to help members achieve their financial dreams including Auto Loans, Mortgages, SBA Loans, Youth Accounts, and Retirement Planning. Becoming a member is easy – ask how you can join! Learn more at Mountain America Credit Union.

When you take advantage of your alumni membership benefit savings by choosing Liberty Mutual Insurance and Mountain America Credit Union, those dollars help fund legacy scholarships, and quality events and programs that ensure the success and enrich the experience that is Boise State University.