From beginning to end, community is at the heart of the Momentum Awards. Nominations come from community members who identify the incredible contributions of people in the area. Each year, amazing individuals and groups are lifted up as candidates for the three awards categories:
Social Momentum – Those working in our community to build trust, relationships, a sense of belonging and mutual support across lines of difference.
Economic Momentum – Those who are positively impacting employment, income and/or commerce in ways that tap the power of our community’s diversity.
Civic Momentum – Those attuned to addressing, in the public square, the challenges faced by our diverse community.
Each year, a fabulous committee of community volunteers reviews the nominations, and gathers together to discuss and select the winners for each category. This year’s committee included 21 people from around the county who agreed to review the nominations and participate together in making the final selections. This year’s committee was composed of people working for county government, community members, former Momentum Award winners, and representatives from community-based nonprofits. We extend our profound thanks to Jayne Park and Reemberto Rodriguez, who served as Co-Chairs for the Selection Committee, and for each of the Committee members themselves:
Ana Van Balen, Anil Pereira, Ben Simon, Debbie Spielberg, Evan Glass, Frankie Blackburn, Hope Gleicher, Jewru Bandeh, John Landesman, Lanita Whitehurst, Matthew Braddock, Megan Moriarty, Noelle Halle, Sharon Friedman, Shebra Evans, Sue Lenn, Tiffany Tan, Timothy Warner, and Wendy Enderson.