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.

Lois Carson

Lois Carson

“We all prosper when all of us do well.”

- Lois Carson

Lidia S. Martinez

Lidia S. Martinez

“Our people – with their vision and innovative ideas - are California’s greatest strength.”

- Lidia S. Martinez

Erik Bruvold

Erik Bruvold

“Creating jobs are the pathways to a healthier California.”

- Erik Bruvold

Jon Nachison

Jon Nachison

“It’s really the community coming together that makes things happen.”

- Jon Nachison

Tom Soto

Tom Soto

"What matters is saving this planet."

- Tom Soto

Deb Nankivell

Deb Nankivell

"To achieve our goals, we must understand that we're all in this together.”

- Deb Nankivell

Bill Mahoney

Bill Mahoney

"There are 38 million of us ... that's a lot of effort we can put together to try to make a difference."

— Bill Mahoney

Dino Giacomazzi

Dino Giacomazzi

"We need the government to view the businesses and farmers in California as partners and not adversaries."

— Dino Giacomazzi

Jackie Johnson

Jackie Johnson

"Everyone should know where to turn when they need help."

— Jackie Johnson

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