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2014 Legacy Feast Award Winner Trio Announced

SACRAMENTO, MARCH 3, 2014 – Three young leaders topped Valley Vision’s list this year for having a significant impact on the economic, social, and environmental vitality of the seven-county Capital Region.

The trio, picked by Valley Vision’s 27-member VIP board of directors, stood out for demonstrating boundary-crossing leadership, employing innovative approaches to old problems, and collaborating with others to achieve a shared vision.  Each of them also happen to be under 40.

In the Economic Category – Gina Lujan, Founder/Director & CEO, the Hacker Lab.

With 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and 14 years in technology, Gina’s main job functions at Hacker Lab are community building, business relations, facility operations, and event planning. Gina has been a leading force behind the innovation space movement in our region and has successfully been the launching pad for several new business start-ups. Gina also works with local city and county government in the areas of economic development, focusing on areas such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, workforce readiness, and broadband access.

In the Environmental Category – Amber Stott, Founder & Chief Food Genius, California Food Literacy Center.

In 2013, she was named ”Food Revolution Hero” by Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. She was also awarded the 40 under 40 Award by Sacramento Business Journal. She blogs about living la vida locavore at Awake at the Whisk, a lifestyle guide about food that’s good for you and good for the planet and she writes for Edible Sacramento magazine and Sacramento Press. She’s a steering committee member and Chair of the Sacramento Region Food System Collaborative, a coalition of public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders working to inform and influence policy initiatives relevant to the regional food system in the 6-county Capital Region. With 13 years of nonprofit fund development, management, and marketing experience, Amber has raised $5.5 million for local charities including WEAVE, Freedom from Hunger, and Women’s Empowerment. She holds several first place honors from the Sacramento Public Relations Association for her nonprofit work, and recently served as President-Elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals California Capital Chapter Board.

In the Equity Category – Jake Mossawir, Executive Director, City Year Sacramento

A former Gubernatorial appointee, Jake serves as Executive Director of City Year, where his team of 70 work each day to improve student performance in Sacramento schools. Prior to City Year, Jake was Communications Director for Moroch, serving on McDonald’s National Public Relations Roundtable and overseeing McDonald’s PR for Northern California and Nevada.  He serves on multiple boards including Ronald McDonald House Charities, the California Governor’s Mansion Foundation and the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Leadership Sacramento and the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program. Named “40 under 40” by the Business Journal, Jake is a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and attended UC Davis earning degrees in Political Science and African American Studies.  Jake was an Academic All-American while captain of the UC Davis football team. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Drexel University.

Each of these winners will receive a $3,000 cash grant from the bequest left by Valley Vision co-founder Gordon Schaber that they can direct to a deserving nonprofit in their name that will extend their legacy of leadership.   

The awards ceremony is set for the night of May 15 at the California Museum in downtown Sacramento as part of Valley Vision’s Legacy Feast 2014.  Now in it’s seventh year, Legacy Feast features a mercifully short and entertaining awards ceremony MC’d by Jim Pelley of Laughter Works, local foods by Chef Patrick Mulvaney, and a VIP guest list. 

The event is sponsored in large part by Sutter HealthAT&T and Western Health Advantageand many other corporate citizens and organizations.

To learn how you can participate, contact Valley Vision at (916) 325-1630 or visit https://valleyvision.org/about/legacy-feast.

Valley Vision is an independent, 501c3 nonprofit headquartered in Sacramento, CA, that provides research, collaboration, and leadership services to make California’s Capital Region prosperous and sustainable.  To learn more, visit www.valleyvision.org 

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