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.

Tandra Johnson

Tandra Johnson

“The community coming together to support our troops and their families means more than you know.”

- Tandra Johnson

Ron Galperin

Ron Galperin

“There’s no better time to put our plans into action, than now.”

- Ron Galperin

Richard Zaldivar

Richard Zaldivar

"Our government should challenge both itself and community members to take on leadership roles."

– Richard Zaldivar

Richard Atlas

Richard Atlas

"The role of government should be an ability to analyze and understand the science of human development."

— Richard Atlas

Lateefah Simon

Lateefah Simon

“California is about having fresh starts and believing in people."

– Lateefah Simon

Mike McKeever

Mike McKeever

“Given the proper tools, citizens will take an active role in government.”

- Mike McKeever

Karen Hill Scott

Karen Hill Scott

"I believe education is our most important investment. "

— Karen Hill Scott

Hugo Morales

Hugo Morales

"My vision for California is that we have a better democracy."

— Hugo Morales

Diane Keng

Diane Keng

"My generation will become the leaders in green energy"

— Diane Keng

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