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Meet the Leadership Awards Team

Selection Committee

Each year, an independent Selection Committee of California leaders identifies four to six recipients of The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. Distinguished for their extensive contributions to California communities and institutions, Selection Committee members work in diverse fields and reflect the ethnic and regional diversity of California.

Joseph I. Castro

Chancellor, California State University

Sheri Dunn Berry

Nonprofit Leadership, Development, and Capacity Building Consultant

Katherine Flores, MD

Director, University of California San Francisco, Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research

José A. Quiñonez

Executive Director, Mission Asset Fund

Julie A. Su

Secretary, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency

Matthew Cate

President, Cate Consulting

Cecilia Estolano

CEO and Founder, Estolano Advisors

Don Howard

President and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation

Virgil Roberts

Founder and Managing Partner, Bobbitt & Roberts

Van Ton-Quinlivan

CEO, Futuro Health

Program Management

The James Irvine Foundation established the Leadership Awards in 2006 and continues to fully fund and support the program. In 2021, the Foundation contracted with the Sacramento-based public affairs firm, Capitol Impact, to manage the Leadership Awards program.

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