2009 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

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Josefina Mena

Richard Valle

For: Individuals in California who advance innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues, and who show an interest in sharing best practices.

By: James Irvine Foundation.

Winners: Josefina Alvarado Mena, executive director, Safe Passages/Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority in Oakland, for her work with Safe Passages, which works to improve the delivery of violence prevention, mental health and juvenile justice programs; Tim Dang , producing artistic

Luis Santana

Tim Dang

director, East West Players in Los Angeles, for working to bring students of different racial backgrounds together; Kathryn Icenhower, executive director, SHIELDS for Families, Los Angeles, for helping families address substance abuse and related issues; Luis Santana, executive director, Reading and Beyond, Fresno, for leading a network that tutors 600 students; Richard Valle, president, Tri-CED Community Recycling, Union City, for heading a recycling business that provides job opportunities for at-risk youth; and Jennifer Vanica, CEO, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, San Diego, for helping to transform the Diamond neighborhood.

Contact: Jenny Park, (415) 901-0111, ext. 340, jpark@fenton.com.

Jennifer Vanica

Kathryn Icenhower