The Awards recognize notable leadership, characterized by:
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.
The leader is advancing an innovative strategy that directly improves people’s lives. The work represents an entirely new approach, an approach that is not widely recognized, or applies a proven approach in a new way or within a new context. Discuss how the nominee’s work is different from or an improvement upon usual practices in the field.
The leader has been highly effective in achieving positive change. Their work has a measurable record of accomplishment.
The leader helps build bridges among people with differing viewpoints or different backgrounds. The leader brings diverse experiences to their work.
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.
The leader is well-positioned and prepared to take the next step in advancing change.
- Be an individual or a pair of leaders
- Work in any sector (nonprofit, public, or private)
- Work in any field (such as education, health, public safety, housing, economic development, or the environment)
Nominees must be residents of California.
We especially encourage nominations that reflect the diversity of California’s population and regions.
Before nominating, we ask nominators to carefully review the selection criteria, nominations questions, and additional details provided in our Frequently Asked Questions.