September 29, 2022

Our movement has been built over multiple generations, and in 2022 we are Unleashing Power to create a thriving America.

Thank you for attending the 2022 Community Change Champions Awards: Unleashing Power. You can now view and share the awards program on YouTube. 

This September, we gathered to celebrate how our movement builds on the work of many generations. Our movement has the power to move policies from radical theories to mainstream conversations. Our power builds, making change slowly and then all at once. And in 2022, we will continue to counter rising threats and create a thriving America.

Thank you for celebrating our unleashed power.

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Together we will recognize those who blazed a path in 2021,  showing us how to unleash the power of our movement, and we will lean into the opportunity of 2022 in our larger fight for a more just, equitable, and inclusive world.

This year, register for the 2022 Community Change Champions Awards: Unleashing Power and join us to witness the power of our amazing champions.

Champion in Philanthropic Leadership

Crystal Hayling

Champion in Community Organizing

Make the Road New York

Disruptor Change Champion

Aisha Nyandoro, PhD

Emerging Change Champion

Osyrus Bolly

Sponsors & Hosts

Do you want to support the power that has been unleashed?
Become a supporter of Champions, continue to build power from the ground up, and gain exclusive access to  hear from our awardees at the VIP Reception. 

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Chris Hughes & Sean Eldridge
Economic Security Project
Susan Pritzker

Naomi Aberly, Lebowitz-Aberly Family Foundation

Blue Shield of California Foundation
Deepak Bhargava & Harry Hanbury
Donna Katzin & Alan Altschuler
Jonathan & Connie Heller
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

MadWolf Technologies
Paula & Barry Litt
The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Wallace Global Fund

Boston Trust Walden Company
Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, LLP
GRF CPAs & Advisors
Jane Fox-Johnson & Mitchell Johnson


Aaron Dorfman & Geneen Massey
Alta CPA Group
Amalgamated Foundation
Arlene Holt Baker & Willie Baker
Becky Wasserman & Carlos Jimenez
Boston Common Asset Management
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Center for Law and Social Policy
Christina Greer 
Crystal Hayling
David R. Jones
Deepak Pateriya & Pronita Gupta
Diane Feeney
Dianne Yamashiro-Omi
Dorian & Jourden Warren
Harold Logan
Jackie Jenkins-Scott
Jamila Michener
Jeff & Karen Berman
Jim & Suzanne Gollin
Judy Patrick & Candice Dickinson
Julia Taylor Kennedy
Kelly Brown
Lake Research Partners
Lisa García Bedolla
Lorella Praeli & Timothy Eakins
Lynn Kanter & Janet Coleman
Manuel Pastor & Betsy Hamilton 
Mary M. Lassen & Martin Liebowitz
Ryan Young & Matthew Layton
Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, PhD
The Economic Opportunities Program and Ascend at the Aspen Institute 

Meet Our 2022 Host Committee

Ellen Dorsey, Wallace Global Fund

Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Judge

Susan Pritzker, The Libra Foundation

Javier H. Valdés, The Ford Foundation

Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, PhD, The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

spirit of
the awards

We celebrate the work that often goes unheralded, and the people and organizations that keep our vision for a just world alive. Too frequently, we focus only on the final outcome of a campaign instead of taking a moment to honor the people and organizations working behind the scenes to transform their communities and our country. The Community Change Champions Awards were created to do just that: to recognize the people and organizations whose work is making progress toward social justice a reality.

The organizers and leaders who inspire people to identify the changes they need and take action to fight for them.

The artists and thinkers who envision a more just future, and what it will take to get us all there.

Our partners in the labor movement, who share our commitment to rights and opportunity for hard-working people.

The organizations that bring people together and build their communities with grassroots power.

The public servants who carry the voices of the people with them into the corridors of power.

The donors and philanthropists who help build a broader movement by connecting people with resources that help them fight for change.

The emerging leaders who demonstrate courage, compassion, leadership, and the promise to build a broader movement for change.

And the activists who demonstrate bravery, determination and resolve, even when the obstacles seem insurmountable and change seems out of reach.