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2012 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award Winners



Meet the Grantees:

Patricia Dennehy

Glide Health Services

As health agencies grapple with how to provide care to millions of uninsured Californians, Patricia Dennehy is leading a nurse-managed health center that serves as a model for delivering high quality, cost-effective care to a low-income population. 

Christa Gannon

Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Christa Gannon is reducing juvenile crime and saving taxpayer dollars through an innovative program that every year leads hundreds of at-risk, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth back into school and toward a positive future. 

Olis Simmons

Youth UpRising

In the heart of one of California’s most poverty-stricken urban areas, Olis Simmons directs a comprehensive “youth transformation center” providing thousands of youth each year with leadership training, job services and educational support.

Carolyn Laub 

Gay-Straight Alliance Network

At a time when tens of thousands of California students are being bullied because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, Carolyn Laub empowers youth with the tools and leadership skills they need to create safe campus environments. 

Craig McNamara

Center for Land-Based Learning

On hundreds of farms and ranches across California, Craig McNamara is introducing a new generation to agriculture by providing hands-on training to aspiring farmers and thousands of school-age students.