SIGNIFICANCE The leader's work addresses an issue that is critical to California's future, and the issue is anticipated to affect the quality of life of a substantial number of Californians into the future.
EFFECTIVENESS The leader has been highly effective in achieving positive change. His or her work has a measurable record of accomplishment.
INNOVATION The leader is advancing an innovative strategy that directly improves people's lives. The work represents a leap in creativity or a fundamental departure from usual practice.
INCLUSIVENESS The leader helps build bridges among people with differing viewpoints or different backgrounds.
TIMING OF RECOGNITION The leader's project is at a stage at which this recognition could substantially enhance its probability to inspire replication, and/or the relevant policy environment is conducive to progress at this time.
FIELD LEADERSHIP The leader has demonstrated an interest in sharing his or her model within the field and informing policymaking on related issues.Nominate a Leader for 2017
February 18, 2016
Nomination period opens for the 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards.
May 6, 2016
Nominations period closes.
The Selection Committee meets to discuss nominations and selects approximately a dozen finalists. Finalists are notified.
Irvine program staff and an expert in each finalist's field of work meet with finalists individually to further understand his or her work and its impact on California.
The Selection Committee meets to review reports of the site visits and to select four to six award recipients. Recipients and other finalists are notified.
Award recipients are announced.
(Chair) Member, Board of Directors, The James Irvine Foundation
Executive Director, Sustainable Conservation
Joseph I. Castro
President, California State University, Fresno
Executive Director, California State Association of Counties
Oscar E. Cruz
President and CEO, Families In Schools
Dr. Katherine Flores
Director, UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research
President and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation
Thomas S. Sayles
Senior Vice President, University Relations
University of Southern California
Julie A. Su
California Labor Commissioner
Organizational affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.Nominate a Leader for 2017
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The Foundation provides each award recipient with $200,000 to support his or her work benefiting the people of California. The Foundation also assists recipients in sharing their promising approaches with policymakers and practitioners in their fields.
Nominated leaders may be:
Nominees must be residents of California. We seek nominees who have not been extensively recognized for their work through other awards.
We seek to recognize leaders who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to critical issues facing California, and whose work is making a significant difference to the future of our state. We ask nominators to review the six selection criteria carefully before nominating.
We welcome nominations from people who are well acquainted with the nominated leader or leadership team and can attest to their qualifications. The nominator must be someone other than the nominee or a family member. We encourage nominations from persons not employed by the nominee. Nominators do not need to collaborate with a nominee in preparing the nomination, nor do they need to keep the submission confidential.
Most nominees have only one nominator, although we will consider multiple nominations for the same leader. The information in the nomination submission, rather than the number of nominators, determines whether the nominee will advance to the next stage.
Yes. Several past award recipients were nominated in multiple years.
We discourage posthumous nominations. The awards are designed to provide an opportunity for recipients to educate policymakers and practitioners in their field about the solutions they have implemented, thereby expanding the number of Californians who benefit from their work.
When James Irvine established the Foundation in 1937, he stipulated that its funds “shall be used for such charities that do not enjoy substantial support through taxation.” As a result, we may only make a grant to a publicly-funded organization if the grant supports a specific project that does not receive most of its funding from public dollars. For the Leadership Awards, if a recipient’s organization receives more than 50 percent of its total revenue from government sources, the award funds would need to be applied to a specific project that is not supported in majority by government funds.
The nominations deadline for the 2017 awards is May 6, 2016, 11:59 p.m. PDT.
No, references are not necessary.
The Foundation will contact you by late summer 2016 to notify you of the status of your nomination.
This timeline explains the selection process throughout the year:
February 18, 2016 Nomination period opens for the 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards.
May 6, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PDT The nominations period closes.
August 2016 The Selection Committee meets to discuss nominations and selects approximately a dozen finalists. Finalists are notified.
August–October 2016 Irvine program staff and an expert in each finalist’s field of work meet with finalists individually to further understand his or her work and its impact on California.
November 2016 The Selection Committee meets to review reports of the site visits and to select four to six award recipients. Recipients and other finalists are notified.
February 2017 Award recipients are announced.
We anticipate publicly announcing the award recipients in February 2017.
Yes, the online process is designed so that you can stop and save your work at any time. Simply revisit the nomination site and log back in using the email address and password with which you created an account. Please note that once you have submitted your nomination, however, you will no longer be able to edit it.
Once you have completed the online form and uploaded your letter of nomination, you will then be asked to “Submit” your nomination. Once your nomination has been submitted, a message will appear confirming it was received, and you will also receive a confirmation email sent to the email address designated as your User ID.
Contact the California Democracy program with any technical questions about submitting nominations and other questions about the awards.
Call 1.866.586.6465 (toll-free)