Forward Thinkers: California’s Everyday Leaders Share

Forward Thinker [Fawr-werd Thing-ker] ? noun: A member of your community who saw a need and is working to fill it.

As the state of California grapples with increasing deficits, high unemployment, and other systemic issues, it has become unable to fill certain community needs. This is where Forward Thinkers come in ? people just like you and me who decided to step up and fill in where the state has fallen short, helping to improve their community, region, or state and inspiring others to do the same. Learn more about these outstanding Californians, and suggest one yourself.

Crystal Brown

Crystal Brown

“I think we can be part of the solution. People are just looking for leaders.”

- Crystal Brown

Larry Powell

Larry Powell

“The genius of America is in the fact that we have always been creative.”

- Larry Powell

Lindsay Bubar

Lindsay Bubar

“Both government and the people must play a role for the state to succeed.”

- Lindsay Bubar

Bruno Serato

Bruno Serato

“We need to make it a priority to feed kids in America.”

- Bruno Serato

Yolie Flores

Yolie Flores

“The key to reforming education is accountability.”

- Yolie Flores

Blair Hamilton Taylor

Blair Hamilton Taylor

“Teens learn best through experiences.”

- Blair Hamilton Taylor

Mary Simon

Mary Simon

"Hands-on education transforms learning and helps students achieve."

- Mary Simon

Raquel Beltran

Raquel Beltran

“Participating in our democratic process is valuable—it’s what sets us apart from other countries!”

- Raquel Beltran

Michael Turnipseed

Michael Turnipseed

“We’ve got to prioritize what’s important!”

Michael Turnipseed

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