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This Year's Program

Champion in Philanthropic Leadership

Susan Pritzker, Co-Founder, The Libra Foundation  

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Champion in Community Organizing

United We Dream Network

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Emerging Change Champion

Clarissa Doutherd, Executive Director, Parent Voices Oakland

Sponsors

Champion

  • SEIU

Diamond

  • Chris Hughes & Sean Eldridge
  • The Nation

Platinum

  • Color of Change

Gold

  • Deepak Bhargava & Harry Hanbury
  • Donna Katzin
  • Jonathan & Connie Heller
  • Naomi Aberly
  • Sherece West-Scantlebury & Joseph Scantlebury

Silver

  • Paula & Barry Litt
  • Phone2Action

Bronze

  • Jane Fox-Johnson & Mitchell Johnson
  • Jeff & Karen Berman

Supporter

  • Aaron Dorfman & Geneen Massey
  • Arlene Holt Baker & Willie Baker
  • Becky Wasserman & Carlos Jimenez
  • Deepak Pateriya & Pronita Gupta
  • Diane Feeney
  • Dorian & Jourden Warren
  • James Cadogan & Maya Martin Cadogan
  • Jim & Suzanne Gollin
  • Judy Patrick
  • Jobs With Justice
  • Lisa Garcia Bedolla
  • Lorella Praeli & Timothy Eakins
  • Manuel Pastor
  • Mary M. Lassen & Martin Liebowitz

Host Committee

Arlene Holt Baker

Community Change Board Chair

Deepak Pateriya

Community Change, Managing Director

Dorian Warren

Community Change, President

Erica Smiley

Jobs With Justice

Jane Fox-Johnson

Community Change Board

Judy Patrick

Community Change Board

Lisa Garcia Bedolla

Community Change Action , Board Chair 

Lorella Praeli 

Community Change Action, President 

Hon. Mark Pocan

Congressman Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Mary Kay Henry

SEIU 

Hon. Pramila Jayapal

Congressman Representing the 7th District of Washington 

Sherece West-Scantlebury

Community Change Board

Taryn Higashi

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 public servants who carry the voices of the people with them into the corridors of power.
  • The artists and thinkers who envision a more just future, and what it will take to get us all there.
  • The donors and philanthropists who help build a broader movement by connecting people with resources that help them fight for change.
  • Our partners in the labor movement, who share our commitment to rights and opportunity for hard-working people.
  • The emerging leaders who demonstrate courage, compassion, leadership, and the promise to build a broader movement for change.
  • The organizations that bring people together and build their communities with grassroots power.
  • And the activists who demonstrate bravery, determination and resolve, even when the obstacles seem insurmountable and change seems out of reach.
  • Previous Honorees

    Champion in Community Organizing

    Fair Immigration Reform Movement

    Disruptor Change Champion

    Chris Hughes, Co-Chair of the Economic Security Project and Senior Advisor at the Roosevelt Institute

    Champion in Public Service

    Hon. John Lewis, Representing Georgia’s 5th District

    Champion in Community Activism

    Cecile Richards and the Young Leaders of Planned Parenthood

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