The James Irvine Foundation 2015 Leadership Awards

The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize Californians who are implementing effective solutions to critical state issues. The awards advance innovative, proven and replicable solutions, and contribute to better public policies and practices in the field. Learn more at

Recipients of the 2015 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards:

Sandra Gutierrez, Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, Los Angeles

“We can create better outcomes for our kids by engaging parents. Students, schools and society gain when parents can be strong partners in education.”

Jody Lewen, Prison University Project, San Quentin

“Providing quality educational opportunities to people in prison is a win-win. Students are prepared to re-enter the mainstream as educated, productive members of society. This promotes healthy families and communities, improves public safety, and cuts costs to California taxpayers.”

Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney's Office, Oakland

“Victims of child abuse deserve our protection. And their adult exploiters – who take all the money and commit all the violence – must be held to account.”

Bill Pace and Beth Sirull, Pacific Community Ventures, San Francisco

“Small businesses are the engines of job creation. But half of them fail, and when they do, those jobs go away. This is especially hard on low-income communities. We’re working to change that.”


Panel Conversation: Leaders on Leadership
Moderator: John Myers
Panelists: The Hon. Bob Huff, The Hon. Anna Caballero, The Hon. Christopher Cabaldon