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Outstanding Practitioner Award

2016: Andrea Paluso, Family Forward Oregon & Family Forward Action – Portland, OR

Nominator:  Alice Gates, University of Portland

Comment from nomination letter:

Andrea Paluso Executive Director of Family Forward Oregon,  a statewide policy advocacy organization focused on promoting economic security for women and families in our state. As a lead partner in the Raise the Wage coalition, Family Forward successfully brought together economic and racial justice organizations to pass a bill creating (at the time) the highest single statewide minimum wage in the country. Raising the minimum wage is the latest in a series of policy victories for Family Forward. Under Andrea’s leadership, the organization has also led efforts as part of a broad-based coalition to end racial profiling in Oregon and pass a bill providing basic protections for domestic workers. Currently, Family Forward is the lead coalition members in an effort to win paid family and medical leave for all workers and create affordable childcare for Oregon families.

2014: Outstanding Practitioner Award - Jeff-Neal Singer

2013: Tom O'Brien (Nominator - Dr. Mark Chupp – Case Western Reserve University)

He has become a nationally recognized leader in engaging grassroots activists through his work in the city of Cleveland. Early in his career at Slavic Village, he redefined community organizing from strength based approach based on appreciative inquiry, which resulted in a new the publication of a new manual to help other communities adapt the model. At the Neighborhood Connection, a small grant program of The Cleveland Foundation, he expanded the program for community empowerment by creating a network of grantees to share ideas, support each other, and work on related policy issues. Tom was able to secure additional funding to establish an organizing program and office in the Greater University Circle Initiative, which has engaged thousands of residents and institutional leaders in the past few years to break down barriers, build trust, and begin a wealth building initiative.

2006: Barbara Peppey

2005: Christopher Valley

2003: Paul Castelloe

2002: Sister Mary Alice Murphy