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The 2009 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards Honor Extraordinary Californians for Innovative, Practical Solutions
Date:6/9/2009

Six Californians Win $750,000 for Inspiring Work on Green Jobs, Substance Abuse, Literacy Programs, Asian American Theater, Youth Services and Community Revitalization

Elected and Appointed Officials to Honor Recipients Today at a Sacramento Event

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The James Irvine Foundation will hold an event today in Sacramento to announce and honor the recipients of the 2009 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. Now in its fourth year, the awards celebrate extraordinary leaders who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues. The awards are intended to publicize proven solutions that can inform policymaking and better the lives of more Californians.

The six recipients - further described below - will each receive $125,000 and additional support from the Foundation. Presenters at the event will include California elected and appointed officials such as:

  • Controller John Chiang;
  • Treasurer Bill Lockyer;
  • Assemblywoman Julia Brownley;
  • Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin;
  • Kim Belshe, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency; and
  • Dale Bonner, Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Recipients will also participate in a roundtable discussion about the ways California might adopt the successful models they've created in their communities.

"While tough economic times can exacerbate some of our most pressing problems, they also present an opportunity to adopt new approaches so we are using scarce resources as wisely as possible," said Jim Canales, President and CEO of the Irvine Foundation.

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