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.

Jim Bueermann

Jim Bueermann

“If we choose to disregard what we’ve been handed, we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.”

- Jim Bueermann

Patty Chavez

Patty Chavez

“Working together is the only way to create a healthy community.”

- Patty Chavez

Nora Vargas

Nora Vargas

“To have opportunities and quality of life, you have to focus on education.”

- Nora Vargas

Joseph Williams

Joseph Williams

“Involving youth can help make programs and services stronger.”

- Joseph Williams

Celina Rodriguez

Celina Rodriguez

“Every child has an opportunity to succeed—we just have to open the doors.”

- Celina Rodriguez

Tim Murakami

Tim Murakami

“The only way to make a difference is to step up and do something about it.”

- Lt. Tim Murakami

Michele Lew

Michele Lew

“Making a difference in people’s lives—that’s rewarding to me.”

- Michele Lew

Jennifer Waggoner

Jennifer Waggoner

“There is no ‘us’ versus ‘them’ in government. Government is us.”

- Jennifer Waggoner

Lucy Dunn

Lucy Dunn

“Good government recognizes that business creates jobs. Good government turns red tape into red carpet.”

- Lucy Dunn

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