The annual San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame, established in 1984, is an important and lasting way to recognize the incredible work of women of all ages and walks of life in our community. Every two years a new slate of women, including outstanding high school students, join the ranks of some of San Mateo County’s greatest contributors, an honor roll that today exceeds 250.

We are excited to announce the Honorees for the 2018 Women's Hall of Fame!

Naomi Patridge of Half Moon Bay became the first Asian American elected to public office in San Mateo County, serving a record seven times as Mayor for Half Moon Bay as well as serving in City Council for 25 years. As a child, she and her family lost their family farm when they were interned during WWII; first in San Bruno and then in Topaz, Utah. They came back to the Coastside to rebuild their life and Naomi grew up and had her first experience in government serving on the Parks and Recreation Board in 1973. She established a Girls Softball Program that has endured for 47 years, coached a Championship High School Team and mentored a vast number of young women. She has a trail named after her on the Coastside and has established preservation of land for future generations. 

Erin Tormey of Half Moon Bay founded the Coastside Farmers' Market in Half Moon Bay in 2002. Healthy and sustainable and socially equitable food systems are Erin's passion, so her vision went beyond providing locally produced food for the community and economic opportunity for the many small family farms in the county, to seeking out programs that support lower income residents such as the Senior and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program and CalFresh and bringing them to her markets. She was a pilot partner in MarketMatch, now a state-wide program that doubles participants produce purchasing power, and created LocalMatch, a unique program offered to residents who do not qualify for any form of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs. She’s a founder of the HEAL Project, a Coastside-grown curriculum rooted in agriculture that is delivered to all students in the 2nd and 3rd grades on the Coastside.  Designed teach students where their food comes from and why that matters, The HEAL Project  also provides access to more than 2,500 students throughout San Mateo County to  the 2.5 acre School Farm they established in Moss Beach.   She is a founding member of the San Mateo County Food System Alliance,   was appointed to CDFA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Review Committee for a 5 year term, and was named San Mateo County Farmer of the Year in 2017.

Kalimah Salahuddin of Daly City currently serves as a Trustee for the Jefferson Union High School District Board of Education and is in the second year of her second term. In April 2014 Kalimah was elected as a member of the California School Boards Association's (CSBA) Delegate Assembly to represent her board and region.  She also was recently appointed to the Board of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco where she has been a regular volunteer for the past ten years. Kalimah was the Campaign Manager for Yes on L, the successful renewal of the local funding measure for the Pacifica School District, and Yes on Y and Yes on E, two successful local funding measures for the Jefferson Union High School District.  She also served on the Board of Educate Our State and as President of Saving Pacifica Schools in advocacy of public school systems at the local and state levels. Kalimah is employed as an Executive Assistant at Exelixis and is a mother to three wonderful young adults.



Don’t miss this opportunity to shine a light on a fantastic woman in your life. The next Women's Hall of Fame will be in 2020. Nomination forms will be available in summer 2019.

Questions? Email Interim Director Tanya Beat or call (650)-363-4467.

Guidelines & Instructions

General Rules

  • Nominees for the Women’s Hall of Fame must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Young Women of Excellence nominees must be high school juniors or seniors or equivalent.

  • The Women’s Hall of Fame and Young Women of Excellence Awards are open to all women who live or work in San Mateo County without regard to race, color, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, religious or political affiliation.

  • Current members of the Board of Supervisors, the San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women, the Women’s Hall of Fame Planning Committee and previous recipients are not eligible.

  • Individuals and organizations may submit more than one nominee, including past nominees.

  • Self-nominations will not be accepted for the Women’s Hall of Fame or Young Women of Excellence Award.

  • The official nomination form (or photocopy) must be used. Additional information will not be considered.

  • The nomination form and tips for writing a compelling nomination are available on the Commission’s website at

  • The selection panel is comprised of prominent residents from other Bay Area counties who review nominations without knowing candidates’ names.

  • Awards may be posthumous. All other recipients must be present at the Hall of Fame Ceremony in order to receive the award.

The most recent Awards were presented during the Women’s Hall of Fame Ceremony held on March 24, 2018 at the conclusion of the Women’s Leadership Conference. The next Women's Hall of Fame date in 2020 has yet to be determined. For more information about the Women’s Leadership Conference please visit

Qualities for the Hall of Fame Inductees

The Women’s Hall of Fame honors women of all ages who have excelled in any of the following areas:

Women's Hall of Fame:

  • Achieving leadership in business and community service
  • Helping others
  • Taking risks
  • Striving for equality and peace
  • Pursuing justice

Young Women of Excellence Award:

  • Outstanding volunteer service in addition to school activities.
  • Academic excellence and contributions to the quality of the school environment through extra-curricular activities.
  • Unusual courage or perseverance in daily life.

Evaluation Criteria

Women's Hall of Fame:

  • Impact of major achievements — How has this woman’s contributions improved life in the communities of San Mateo County?
  • Experience — Describe the nominee’s professional or volunteer experience/achievements.
  • What distinguishes the nominee from her peers/colleagues?

Young Women of Excellence Award:

  • Impact of major achievements — How has this young woman’s contributions improved life in the communities of San Mateo County?
  • Experience — Describe the nominee’s volunteer, extracurricular and academic experience/achievements.
  • How has this young woman demonstrated initiative and leadership?