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.

Aitan Grossman

Aitan Grossman

“My dream for California is that our state someday will be completely powered by sustainable energy."

— Aitan Grossman

Wornel Simpson

Wornel Simpson

"I want to see all Californians able to pursue their goals and dreams."

- Wornel Simpson

Brandon Shamim

Brandon Shamim

“At the end of the day, it’s about preserving and protecting our quality of life.”

- Brandon Shamim

Rebecca Quintana

Rebecca Quintana

“Anyone can make a difference in their community.”

- Rebecca Quintana

Diana Ramos

Diana Ramos

To make a difference in your community, you must first take care of yourself.

- Diana Ramos

Luz Herrera

Luz Herrera

"Courthouses and community resource centers can be intimidating."

- Luz Herrera

Karin Wang

Karin Wang

"The legal system is not always just."

- Karin Wang

Gisselle Acevedo

Gisselle Acevedo

“Where you grow up matters. It is a pivotal component of whether a child will thrive or sink."

- Gisselle Acevedo

Luis Rodriguez

Luis Rodriguez

"Words, books, and art are life-changing tools."

- Luis Rodriguez

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