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Nomination Deadline Extended to April 9

BY Catherine Hazelton
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| Apr 04, 2014

You’ve asked and we are pleased to oblige – Irvine is extending the deadline for the Leadership Award nominations. Originally set for today, the new deadline is Wednesday, April 9. So take the weekend, but then please do submit your nominations by Wednesday!

The $125,000 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award advances the work of individuals and pairs who are implementing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues. Nominees may be working in any field - such as education, health, public safety, economic development or the environment - and in the public, private or nonprofit sector. We seek nominees who have demonstrated inclusiveness and leadership in their fields and whose work is ready to be shared with policymakers and other practitioners The nomination process is easy. We’ll ask you to provide a few details about the nominator and nominee as well as a short narrative about the nominee’s work. For the narrative, please include the following elements:

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Spotlight on 2014 Leadership Award Recipients

BY Catherine Hazelton
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| Mar 28, 2014

The 2014 Leadership Award recipients are making headlines. In the month since the awards were announced, media outlets across the state have been highlighting the work of these extraordinary individuals and pairs advancing innovative solutions to some of California’s biggest challenges.

The Los Angeles Daily News featured an op-ed by Susan Burton describing how A New Way of Life Reentry Project has helped hundreds of formerly incarcerated women rebuild their lives in Los Angeles.

Recipients Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Suzy Loftus of Center for Youth Wellness were the focus of a San Francisco Chronicle article for developing effective responses for children affected by significant adverse childhood experiences.

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Irvine Leadership Award Recipients are all the Buzz!

BY Joyce Sood
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| Mar 07, 2014

The 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award recipients were recently announced at a luncheon held in Sacramento. This year's class of leaders offered innovative solutions to some of California's most critical challenges. Here are some highlights from the conversation happening over Twitter.

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Announcing the 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

BY Don Howard
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| Feb 27, 2014

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. The awards recognize Californians who are implementing effective solutions to critical state issues. This year’s recipients demonstrate how innovative partnerships across sectors and institutions often are a key part of successfully tackling our state's challenges.

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Nominations for our $125,000 Leadership Award are Open

BY Amy Dominguez-Arms
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| Jan 16, 2014

We’re now seeking nominations for the 2015 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards, which will be our tenth class of California leaders recognized for implementing proven approaches to addressing critical state issues.

We have been tremendously heartened over the years to learn of the many ways in which Californians are contributing to a better future for our state. Each round we find out about hundreds of individuals working in a range of fields – from education to health, from public safety to economic development, and other arenas – who are achieving positive outcomes. We have been privileged to share their approaches and help them expand or replicate their projects for greater impact.

Past recipients have worked on issues as diverse as providing mental health care for returning veterans, increasing the skills and education of low-wage workers, reducing youth recidivism and installing solar panels in low-income communities. In addition to the $125,000 award from the foundation and assistance in sharing their effective approaches with policymakers and others, many award recipients have benefited by connecting with other innovators through the alumni network.

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Leadership Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to April 10

BY Catherine Hazelton
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| Apr 05, 2013
Hot off the heels of Irvine’s 2013 Leadership Awards announcement, nominations are pouring in for the class of 2014. We can’t wait for the review process to start. Year after year we are wowed by the innovative nominees and how well they are addressing important challenges in their communities.

But it looks like we’ll have to wait just a few more days as we have extended the nominations deadline to April 10. If you haven’t yet nominated that terrifically effective leader who wows you, now is the time.

The $125,000 Leadership Award advances the work of individuals and small teams who are implementing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues. Nominees may be working in any field - such as education, health, public safety, economic development or the environment - and in the public, private or nonprofit sector. We seek nominees who have demonstrated inclusiveness and leadership in their fields and whose work is ready to be shared with policymakers and other practitioners.

We have simplified the application to make it easier to nominate someone for a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. The application has two parts:

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Media Coverage Spotlights Leadership Awardees

BY Alex Barnum
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| Mar 07, 2013

The 2013 Leadership Award recipients are making headlines. In the month since the awards were announced, media outlets across the state have been spotlighting the work of these extraordinary individuals who are advancing innovative solutions to some of California’s biggest challenges.

Vida en el Valle, a weekly Spanish language paper serving the San Joaquin Valley, profiled recipients Aida Cardenas (Building Skills Partnership, Los Angeles) and José Quiñonez (Mission Asset Fund, San Francisco), noting that both "have dedicated a substantial part of their lives helping others build their own."

The San Francisco Chronicle featured an op-ed by Quiñonez describing how Mission Asset Fund, through its Lending Circles program, helped a low-income family establish a credit score, build assets and start a small business.

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Announcing the 2013 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

BY Jim Canales
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| Feb 04, 2013

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. The awards recognize Californians who are implementing innovative, effective solutions to critical state issues. This year’s recipients are particularly collaborative in their approaches and excel at building upon the resourcefulness and determination of California’s residents to improve the future of our state.

They are:

Aida Cardenas, Building Skills Partnership, Los Angeles — Aida leads a unique labor-management collaboration that is increasing opportunity for thousands of low-wage workers while improving the competitiveness of their employers.

Karen Christensen, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, Capitola — Karen is bringing together landowners, environmental groups and government agencies to craft innovative solutions that protect water and other natural resources.

Stuart Cohen, TransForm, Oakland — Stuart champions innovative regional planning to create affordable, vibrant communities that improve our quality of life and help the environment.

Jeff Oxendine, Health Career Connection, Oakland — Jeff leads efforts to strengthen California’s health workforce and expand opportunity for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to launch rewarding careers in the state’s growing health industry.

José Quiñonez, Mission Asset Fund, San Francisco — José helps low-income families build assets and establish credit scores by turning informal lending practices into recognized financial activity.

Jill Vialet, Playworks, Oakland — Jill offers a unique approach to recess at hundreds of California elementary schools that improves student learning and behavior, and reduces bullying.

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Restoring the San Joaquin Valley Floodplain

BY Alex Barnum
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| Jan 14, 2013

Five years ago, John Carlon and Tom Griggs were recognized with a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for their innovative work restoring the river ecosystems of the Central Valley while improving protection of populated areas from potentially devastating floods.

Increasingly, farmers are pulling back from the region’s rivers, unwilling to risk planting in these flood-prone areas. Carlon and Griggs’ nonprofit, River Partners, is demonstrating that restoring these areas to their native habitat makes sense for a variety of reasons, including better absorbing flood waters, reducing erosion, conserving wildlife and filtering pollutants.

Now, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that River Partners is leading the “largest, most sophisticated effort yet” to restore the Central Valley’s river corridors. Here is an excerpt from the front-page article: Read more >>

Nominations Open for 2014 Leadership Awards

BY Catherine Hazelton
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| Jan 08, 2013

Today we kick off an exciting month for the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. We are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2014 Leadership Awards. And in just a few short weeks, we’ll announce the recipients of the 2013 Leadership Awards. It’s going to be a celebratory, inspiring month!

Each year the Leadership Awards recognize four to six leaders who are tackling big issues in California and offering breakthrough solutions that can contribute to a better future for our state. We welcome nominations of leaders from all corners of the state and from any field – such as education, health, public safety, economic development or the environment – in the public, private or nonprofit sector.

Past recipients have worked on issues as diverse as providing mental health care for returning veterans, building vibrant communities for seniors, reducing youth recidivism and installing solar panels in low-income communities. What these leaders have in common is that they are advancing innovative, effective solutions to significant issues in California.

Please take a moment to tell us about someone who is improving California and nominate him or her for a 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. The deadline for nominations is April 5, 2013.

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