Heroes Deploying Medicine and Healthcare to Poor Communities
Insuring Gender Equality and Girls Access to Education
Innovating Food Technologies
Sustaining the Environment
Ensuring Safe Labor Practices and Living Wages
Fighting for Civil Rights
Dignity for People with Disabilities
Bringing Sex Traffickers to Justice
Meet inspiring people who are champions for social missions.
Nancy Lindborg has served since February, 2015, as President of the United States Institute of Peace, an independent institution founded by Congress to provide practical solutions for preventing and resolving violent conflict around the world. She has spent most of her career working in fragile and conflict affected regions around the world. Prior to joining USIP, she served as the assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at USAID. Ms. Lindborg led USAID teams focused on building resilience and democracy, managing and mitigating conflict and providing urgent humanitarian assistance. Ms. Lindborg led DCHA teams in response to the ongoing Syria Crisis, the droughts in Sahel and Horn of Africa, the Arab Spring, the Ebola response and numerous other global crises.
Eduardo Ochoa is currently president to California State University Monterey Bay. The university is a national leader in Service Learning which involves students in local community development through community-focused classes and volunteer activities. CSUMB is the only university in the country to be a two-time winner (2006 and 2010) of the United States President’s Award for Higher Education Community Service. It has been among the top five institutions in the country ever since this award was established. During the 2016-17 academic year, 2, 840 students in 118 courses provided 97,220 hours of service in 350 community agencies and schools throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties. Prior to coming to CSUMB, Dr. Ochoa worked for two years for the Obama Administration as the assistant secretary of postgraduate education. Among the notable programs overseen by the ED’s Office of Postsecondary Education are institutional development programs for minority institutions, teacher development programs, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. As president of CSUMB, one of his key objectives is to make the university a catalyst for cultural and economic development in the region. He is the founder of the Bright Futures Education Partnership, which is a community partnership of diverse members fostering progress in education outcomes for local students, from cradle to career, and improving the pipeline of quality talent within Monterey County, a county with a majority Hispanic population and with low incomes, low employment and stressed livelihoods for substantial numbers of county dwellers. This 2015 partnership has yielded significantly improved results on seven dimensions for large numbers of young children and students, transforming their lives, The seven metrics and progress on these metrics can be seen at https://brightfuturesmc.org/en/7-community-goals.
Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera has served, as pastor, preacher, denominational executive, organization founder, and community builder. In the late-1960s through the 1970s, Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera was Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Sunset Park Re-development Housing Initiatives in Brooklyn. He was Community Coordinator of the Lutheran Medical Center and developed community outreach programs for clergy and community-based organizations. From 1975 to 1984, he was National Executive for the Hispanic Council of the Reformed Church in America. In 1992, he founded the Latino Pastoral Action Center (LPAC), which started as a division of the Manhattan-based NYC Mission Society, the NYC’s oldest and largest social service agency. His vision was to develop an organization that dealt with social justice issues from a holistic perspective. In the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, he worked as an educational advocate and trainer in School Districts No.1 and No. 4 in Manhattan, empowering parents to become partners in the educational process. As a result, parents were elected to school boards, school-based management teams, and other policy committees within educational systems. In 1999, after years as a public education reformer, Rev. Dr. Rivera led a team of community and education leaders to establish the Family Life Academy Charter School.
Mr. C Sreenivas (M Com & M Phil) is a dynamic social worker in Healthcare and Human Development, and for over 40 years has been instrumental in setting up and managing Sri Sathya Sai Hospitals in India. Most recently, he has been a driving force behind the two Sri Sathya Sai Sanjaveeni hospitals which focus on pediatric cardiology. This system has already provided over 5000 corrective open-heart surgeries for children with genetic heart defects and is also providing training and research in this area. A third hospital is set to be opened later this year with a fourth following in 2019. All services in this hospital are done completely free of cost.
Steve Stirling, Chief Executive Officer and President of MAP International. Since 1954, MAP International has provided life-changing medicine and health supplies to people living in resource-poor communities around the world. Recognized for its efficiency and stewardship, MAP International serves people in despair following disasters and those in need of hope who lack access to health supplies. Mr. Stirling is committed to helping disabled children in developing countries. His commitment springs from his own life story as a child who was abandoned at an orphanage when he contracted polio as a young child, in South Korea.
Sanjit “Bunker” Roy is the founder of The Barefoot College in 1972, a solar-powered college for the poor. Roy describes the Barefoot College as “The only college where the teacher is the learner, and the learner is the teacher."
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Sam Vaghar, Executive Director and Co-founder of Millennium Campus Network, a global student network addressing humanity’s greatest challenges. He is a social entrepreneur committed to helping young leaders find their voice and own their power for social impact. Sam’s deeply held belief in youth leadership is informed by programs which have engaged students from 300 universities worldwide. Under Sam’s leadership, the network convenes and trains over 1,000 campus leaders annually through its conference, Fellowship, and campaigns.