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.

Mica Guillen-Campos

Mica Guillen-Campos

"Nobody has to look very far to identify opportunities to help others in their community."

— Mica Guillen-Campos

Felecia Gaston

Felecia Gaston

"I see caring, compassionate people in powerful positions who reach out to help the underprivileged."

— Felecia Gaston

Cristina Garcia

Cristina Garcia

"What makes a populace successful is its creativity from an intellectual perspective as well as a cultural perspective."

— Cristina Garcia

Kerry Doi

Kerry Doi

"People should ask themselves, what have I done today to make the world a better place?"

— Kerry Doi

Sylvia Barnard

Sylvia Barnard

"We are pioneers in a lot of areas. We’re creative thinkers. We try to maximize resources when resources are limited."

— Sylvia Barnard

Nyeisha DeWitt

Nyeisha DeWitt

"Our role is to make a space at the table even if there isn’t one made for us."

— Nyeisha DeWitt

Jack & Cora Peterson

Jack & Cora Peterson

"Volunteers help fill gaps and improve the lives of those with special needs."

- Cora Peterson

Millicent “Mama” Hill

Millicent “Mama” Hill

"I can’t see myself sitting and doing nothing when the resources are there for me to help thousands of people every month."

— Millicent “Mama" Hill

Donna Myrow

Donna Myrow

I told the students, "in 6 weeks we would publish our first edition of L.A. Youth - And we did.”

- Donna Myrow

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