2023 Community Change Champions Awards

The 2023 Community Change Champions Awards celebrate Catalysts of Change who propel us toward a democracy and economy where everyone can thrive.

Community Change Champions Awards: Catalysts of Change
Thursday, September 28, 2023

5:30 – 8:30 PM ET / 2:30 – 5:30 PM PT
Long View Gallery (Google Map)
1234 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

7:00 – 8:00 PM ET/ 4:00- 5:00 PM PT
The live streaming room will open at 6:45 PM ET/ 3:45 PM PT.


Catalysts of Change accelerate transformation. They give us the vision of what could be, and they reshape our sense of what is possible. Celebrate with us the extraordinary victories that come out of long struggle and the leaders who build upon the power of organizing, ideas, and politics to bring them to fruition.

Disruptor Change Champion
Accepted by Grassroots Collaborative, United Working Families, and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson

Champion in Movement Building
OLÉ – Organizers in the Land of Enchantment
Board Chair, Heising-Simons Foundation 

Champion in Philanthropic Leadership in Race and Gender Justice
Executive Director, Susan Sandler Fund

Pablo Eisenberg Emerging Change Champion
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ECE on the Move

Sponsors & Hosts

If you have any questions or would like more information about sponsorship, please contact Sandy Elkhoury, [email protected]


Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Naomi Aberly, Lebowitz-Aberly Family Foundation

Deepak Bhargava & Harry Hanbury
Economic Security Project
Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan

Ed & Jan Booth
Jonathan & Connie Heller
Susan Sandler Fund

America Votes
Donna Katzin & Alan Altschuler
Paula & Barry Litt
Raikes Foundation

Boston Trust Walden Company
Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, LLP

Jane Fox-Johnson & Mitchell Johnson


Aaron Dorfman & Geneen Massey
Arlene Holt Baker & Willie Baker
Becky Wasserman & Carlos Jimenez
Boston Common Asset Management
Center for Law and Social Policy
Chuck Muckenfuss & Angela Lancaster
Clifford Chance US LLP
Corridor Partners, LLC
Crystal Hayling
Deepak Pateriya & Pronita Gupta
Diane Feeney
Dianne Yamashiro-Omi
Dorian & Jourden Warren
Family Values at Work
Harold Logan
Jackie Jenkins-Scott
James Cadogan and Maya Martin Cadogan
Jamila Michener
Jeff & Karen Berman
Jim & Suzanne Gollin
Julia Taylor Kennedy
Kiisha Morrow
Lorella Praeli & Timothy Eakins
Manuel Pastor & Betsy Hamilton 
Mary Beth Maxwell
Mary M. Lassen & Martin Liebowitz
Movement Talent
Muneer Ahmad
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Roosevelt Institute
Ryan Young & Matthew Layton
Sherece West-Scantlebury & Joseph Scantlebury
State Innovation Exchange (SiX)
Stephanie Valencia
The Policy Academies
Vivian Chang & Dennis Quirin
Voting Rights Lab


Barbara Picower & Deepak Bhargava
JPB Foundation

Denise Castillo Dell Isola
Program Director, Early Childhood
Irving Harris Foundation

Dr. Felicia DeHaney Russell
Director of Program and Strategy
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Laleh Ispahani
Executive Director
Open Society-U.S

Matthew Desmond
Pulitzer Prize–Winning & Bestselling Author

Naomi Aberly

Hon. Pramila Jayapal
Congresswoman Representing the 7th District of Washington

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.

We’re proud of our legacy to honor champions on the ground. You can watch the 2022 Community Change Champions Awards: Unleashing Power on YouTube.

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.