Celebrating Leadership in a Changing Region
Our region is changing.
The Sacramento region is seeing a new cast of leaders take on a wide variety of new roles. The issues that these leaders must address are changing as well. Our federal government is adopting a new, different set of priorities. One constant in the midst of this change is that we are a region of remarkable people doing extraordinary things – and this is worth honoring.
Valley Vision is also changing.
We are moving ahead with an innovative 2017 business plan after documenting our widespread community impact in 2016. Our new business plan puts us in the best possible position to pursue connected strategies to make our region the most livable in the nation. Valley Vision is also working on a 10-year initiative to reduce concentrated poverty, which affects 1 in 6 Sacramentans. To ensure that we deliver on these big goals, we have adopted outcome measures to rate our performance, and are reaching out to leaders like you.
That’s why Valley Vision recognizes individuals every year who lead by example in the areas of environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and community equity (the 3 E’s). Trailblazing regional leaders have been honored since 2007 – 30 of them so far – and each stood out for demonstrating boundary-crossing leadership, employing innovative approaches to old problems, and collaborating with others to achieve a shared vision. Valley Vision shares these values and always will.
Let’s continue to honor our region’s best and brightest – join us at the 11th annual Legacy Feast celebration on the evening of May 25 at the California Museum. We also invite you to nominate a deserving leader in your community for a 2017 Legacy Feast Award, and invest as a sponsor to help with our community-building work over the next year. susan [dot] brazelton [at] valleyvision [dot] org (Contact Susan Harris-Brazelton) to secure your sponsorship, or for more information.
In honoring this legacy of leadership, here’s a glance at Legacy Feast award winners over the years:
- 2007 Dan Kennedy, Sacramento Business Journal
- 2008 David Lucchetti, Pacific Coast Builders
- 2009 Larry Vanderhoef, UC Davis
- 2010 Jenine Windeshausen, Placer County
- 2011 Meg Arnold, SARTA
- 2012 Hardy Acree, Sacramento County Airports
- 2013 Dale Carlsen, Sleep Train, Inc.
- 2014 Gina Lujan, Hacker Lab
- 2015 Warren Smith, Sacramento Republic FC
- 2016 Larry Kelley, McClellan Park
- 2007 Illa Collin, Sacramento Board of Supervisors
- 2008 Aimee Rutledge, Sac Valley Conservancy
- 2009 Shawn Harrison, Soil Born Farm
- 2010 Mike McKeever, SACOG
- 2011 Larry Greene, SMAQMD
- 2012 Mike Eaton, Sacramento Business Leader
- 2013 John Di Stasio, SMUD
- 2014 Amber K. Stott, CA Food Literacy Center
- 2015 David Shabazian, SACOG
- 2016 Lundberg Family Farms
- 2007 May Ying, Hmong Women’s Heritage Association
- 2008 Rick Jennings, Center for Fathers and Families
- 2009 Doni Blumenstock, ALF
- 2010 Michele Steeb, St. John’s Shelter
- 2011 Scott Hansen, Hansen McClain
- 2012 Patrick & Bobbin Mulvaney, Mulvaney’s B&L
- 2013 Beth Hassett, WEAVE
- 2014 Jake Mossawir, City Year Sacramento
- 2015 Alex Gonzalez, Sacramento State
- 2016 Roberts Family Development Center
Bill Mueller is Chief Executive of Valley Vision, a civic leadership organization headquartered in Sacramento serving 5 million residents in Northern California.
Adrian Rehn is a Valley Vision Project Associate working in the food system, broadband, and communications portfolios.