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Whether it be in person or virtually, we are committed to once again gathering together this year to recognize those leading the fight for our communities as we rise to this moment for our movement. The health and safety of our guests is our priority. We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as soon as they are available.

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This Year's Program

Champion in Philanthropic Leadership

Susan Pritzker, Co-Founder, The Libra Foundation  


Champion in Community Organizing

United We Dream Network

Honoree_Clarissa Doutherd2

Emerging Change Champion

Clarissa Doutherd, Executive Director, Parent Voices Oakland

Last Year's Sponsors


  • The Nation
  • SEIU


  • Chris Hughes & Sean Eldridge
  • Marguerite Casey Foundation


  • Jonathan & Connie Heller
  • NEA
  • Petra Foundation
  • Planned Parenthood
  • UFCW


  • AFT
  • America Votes
  • Deepak Bhargava & Harry Hanbury
  • Donna Katzin
  • Ed & Jan Booth
  • IBT
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO
  • Civic Action
  • Nancy & Bart Westcott
  • Naomi Aberly
  • Paula & Barry Litt
  • Progressive Multiplier Fund
  • Quinn Delaney & Wayne Jordan


  • Carol M. Barger
  • Catalist
  • Dorian Warren & Jourden Williams
  • Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg LLP
  • Jane Fox-Johnson
  • Jeff & Karen Berman
  • Sherece West-Scantlebury & Joe Scantlebury
  • Tim Sweeney
  • United Bank


  • Aaron Dorfman & Geneen Massey
  • AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust
  • Alta CPA Group
  • Arlene Holt Baker & Willie Baker
  • Boston Trust Walden Company
  • Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Center for Popular Democracy
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Chuck Muckenfuss & Angela Lancaster
  • Clifford Chance US LLP
  • Community Service Society of New York
  • Deepak Pateriya & Pronita Gupta
  • Democracy Alliance
  • Diane Feeney
  • Esther Lopez
  • Family Values @ Work
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Jackie Jenkins-Scott
  • James Cadogan
  • Jim & Suzanne Gollin
  • Jobs With Justice
  • Judy Patrick
  • Julia Taylor Kennedy
  • Lisa Garcia Bedolla
  • MadWolf Technologies
  • Manuel Pastor
  • Mary Lassen & Martin Liebowitz
  • Mary Morris Willis
  • Peter Colavito
  • Roosevelt Institute
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Stephanie Valencia
  • Voqal USA

Last Year's Honorary Host Committee

Alexis McGill Johnson

Planned Parenthood

Ana Maria Archila & Andrew Friedman

Center for Popular Democracy

Arlene Holt Baker

Community Change Board Chair

Deepak Bhargava & Harry Hanbury

Deepak Pateriya

Community Change Chief of Staff

Donna Hall

Women Donors Network

Dorian Warren

Community Change President

Erica Smiley

Jobs With Justice

Felicia Wong

Roosevelt Institute

Jane Fox-Johnson

Community Change Board

Judy Patrick

Community Change Board

K. Sabeel Rahman


Hon. Karen Bass

Congresswoman Representing the 37th District of California

Katrina vanden Heuvel

The Nation

Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Way to Win

Lily Eskelsen Garcia


Lisa Garcia Bedolla

Community Change Action Board Chair

Liz Simons

Heising-Simons Foundation

Hon. Mark Pocan

Congressman Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Mary Kay Henry


Mary Lassen

Community Change Managing Director

Hon. Pramila Jayapal

Congresswoman Representing the 7th District of Washington

Quinn Delaney

Community Change Board

Randi Weingarten


Sarita Gupta

Tim Sweeney

Community Change Board

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

Last Year's Event Photos

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