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.

Hyepin Im

Hyepin Im

"Bridges must be built between immigrant groups and decision makers."

- Hyepin Im

Luis Santana

Luis Santana

"Reading is the key to a child's future."

- Luis Santana

Leroy Huff

Leroy Huff

"Everything starts from a community."

- Leroy Huff

Janet Berry

Janet Berry

"The community has to pay attention."

- Janet Berry

Maria Quezada

Maria Quezada

“Language is a key to success.”

- Maria Quezada

Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

"Make your voice heard to have a say in legislation and the direction of your community."

- Jose Rodriguez

Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson

“Our morality is probably the biggest challenge that I see.”

- Josh Thompson

Pete Dunbar

Pete Dunbar

- Pete Dunbar

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