Leadership Awards

Congratulations to our 2017 John W. Gardner and Exemplary Leadership Award Winners!

On May 3, 2017, 250 Fellows, Senior Fellows and guests gathered to celebrate ALF’s work over the past year and to celebrate the life’s work of several outstanding Senior Fellows. These honors are awarded to recognize those whose attributes and accomplishments reflect ALF principles and practices.

These leaders:

  • Represent the spirit of ALF by inspiring and motivating other leaders to get involved;
  • Take a networked approach for long lasting positive community impact;
  • Serve as bridge builders between diverse community segments and leaders;
  • Present track records as collaborative leaders who identify and deal with complex and difficult issues;
  • Demonstrate ALF core values of diversity, inclusiveness, civility, engagement, and respect.

2017 Exemplary Leadership Award Honoree:

The Network for Measure A

2017 John W. Gardner Award Honorees

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Bob Brownstein
Class XII

Policy Director, Working Partnerships USA

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Ann M. Ravel
Class XI

Commissioner, Federal Election Commission

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Chris Eyre
Class XVI

Partner Emeritus, Legacy Venture

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Russ Hall
Class XX

Partner, Legacy Venture

2018 Exemplary Leadership Awards Dinner Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Andrea Faiss:
408-554-2006 l afaiss@alfsv.org.

Videos

Watch some videos of our Exemplary Leader Award winners here.

2015 Exemplary Leader Award Recipient – 1st Act Silicon Valley

John W. Gardner Award

Ann DeBusk and John Gardner

Ann DeBusk and John Gardner

John W. Gardner was Secretary of Health Education and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson and founder citizen’s advocacy group Common Cause. He also founded the National Urban Coalition, Independent Sector, the White House Fellows Program and influenced the founding of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), among numerous other organizations. Prior to his White House appointment, he served as president of the Carnegie Corporation. Gardner helped design the national ALF organization and helped develop the Silicon Valley chapter.

He was a leader, activist, author and reformer and a hero to many.

Beginning in 1994, American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley Senior Fellows have presented the John W. Gardner Leadership Award to those among them who best:

  • Represent the spirit of ALF by inspiring and motivating other leaders to get involved;
  • Serve as bridge builders between diverse community segments and leaders;
  • Present track records as collaborative leaders who identify and deal with complex and difficult issues;
  • Demonstrate ALF core values of diversity, inclusiveness, civility, engagement, and respect.

Past Winners:

Nominate:

To nominate a Senior Fellow for the John W. Gardner award, click here.