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.
Charisse Bremond Weaver and George Weaver, Brotherhood Crusade, Los Angeles — Substantially improving the academic achievement and health of South Los Angeles youth through a set of tailored programs provided with business and community partners.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Suzy Loftus, Center for Youth Wellness, San Francisco — Developing effective responses for children affected by significant adverse childhood experiences, which are linked to lifelong problems with health, wellness and learning.
Susan Burton, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, Los Angeles — Providing shelter, guidance and support for hundreds of women to promote their successful re-entry into society after incarceration.
J. Eugene Grigsby III and Paul Leon, National Health Foundation and Illumination Foundation, Los Angeles — Pioneering a cost-saving care model for discharging homeless people from hospitals, which leads to better care, fewer repeat visits and successful housing placements.
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Long Beach City College, Long Beach — Greatly increasing community college students’ completion of transfer-level courses through better placement and enrollment strategies.
Mari Riddle, Centro Latino for Literacy, Los Angeles — Using technology and partnerships to achieve literacy among non-literate Spanish speakers, which helps thousands of Californians gain skills necessary to secure a better life for themselves and their families.
We are honored to support their work. We encourage decision makers in the public and private sectors to consider how they can apply lessons from award recipients’ breakthrough solutions to problems facing our state.
For more information about the 2014 recipients, including short videos depicting their inspiring work, please visit www.irvine.org/leadership. We encourage you to share with your networks the news of the awards announcement and especially the awards videos. On Twitter, you can join the conversation using #IrvineAwards, and on Facebook, you can share our post about the awards.
Nominations for 2015 Awards
In addition, we are now accepting nominations for next year's James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. We encourage you to tell us about someone who is successfully addressing a critical issue for the state's future.
The Foundation provides each award recipient with $125,000 to support his or her work and assistance sharing proven approaches with policymakers and practitioners in the field. The website provides additional details about the awards, profiles of past recipients and answers to frequently asked questions.
We are honored to support the outstanding 2014 recipients, and I hope you will consider nominating an effective California leader for the 2015 awards.