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Community Woman of Distinction

We are proud to recognize Bertie Bialek Elliott as the 2020 Community Woman of Distinction. We will honor her at the 2020 annual scholarship fundraiser.

Bertie Bialek Elliott

2020 Community Woman of Distinction Honoree

Bertie Bialek Elliott has a long history of community volunteerism and philanthropic support in Monterey County and beyond. She has served on the boards of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Monterey County Symphony Association, Carmel Bach Festival, Community Foundation for Monterey County, and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. She and her three daughters established the Berkshire Foundation in 1996 and have supported many organizations and institutions. In 2017, the National Philanthropy Day of the Central Coast honored them with the Foundation of the Year Award. At CSUMB, Bertie was a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council Advisory Committee. She has had a transformative impact on the CSUMB campus, most recently with a leadership gift for the new science building. She is a nationally known philanthropist but Monterey Peninsula is her home and she is our community’s treasure.

The Women's Leadership Council inaugurated the distinction in 2017 to honor a woman in the tri-county area who:

  • Represents the mission and goals of the Women's Leadership Council
  • Demonstrates support to CSUMB
  • Serves as a model to students
  • Demonstrates a commitment to community service

Members of the Women's Leadership Council nominate and the advisory committee reviews and selects.

Past recipients

  • Helen Rucker (2019)
  • Anna Caballero (2018)
  • Mary Kay Crockett (2017)

2021 Nominations

In early January 2021, we will be sending an invitation to our members to nominate the 2021 Community Woman of Distinction, and will announce the honoree in the spring of 2021. For more information, contact Lisette Miles at 831-582-3346.