We are thrilled to announce that TransForm’s Executive Director, Stuart Cohen, was selected as a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation 2013 Leadership Award. Stuart earned this prestigious honor for over fifteen years of impact as a champion for innovative regional planning to create affordable, vibrant communities that improve quality of life and help the environment.
Now in its ninth year, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize and support individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant issues in California. Nominees may be working in any field — such as education, health, public safety, economic development or the environment — in the public, private or nonprofit sector.
The Foundation provides each award recipient with $125,000 to support his or her work benefiting the people of California and assists recipients in sharing their promising approaches with policymakers and practitioners in their fields. Stuart was honored along with the other recipients at a formal awards ceremony in Sacramento on February 4. Senate President Pro Tem Darell Steinberg, author of SB 375, California’s groundbreaking Sustainable Communities law, presented Stuart his award.
Watch the video showcasing Stuart and TransForm's work:
We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the supporters, partners, and allies who have made this work possible. Click here to learn more about getting involved with TransForm, or contact Sara Marcellino at 510-740-3150 x325 for more information.
Stuart co-founded TransForm in 1997 and has since led the organization in building broad coalitions and championing innovative planning efforts that improve the quality of life for communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and, increasingly, throughout California.
Through innovative programs like GreenTRIP, which certifies new housing developments that are designed to rely less on cars, and hard-hitting advocacy campaigns that have made a splash everywhere from local city councils to Washington, D.C., TransForm is dedicated to building a movement to redefine transportation in terms of choices, sustainability, and health. You can learn more about our 2013 priorities here.