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Alex Barnum

Alex Barnum

Alex Barnum was a Communications Officer at The James Irvine Foundation from 2006 to 2013.

Media Coverage Spotlights Leadership Awardees

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| Mar 07, 2013

The 2013 Leadership Award recipients are making headlines. In the month since the awards were announced, media outlets across the state have been spotlighting the work of these extraordinary individuals who are advancing innovative solutions to some of California’s biggest challenges.

Vida en el Valle, a weekly Spanish language paper serving the San Joaquin Valley, profiled recipients Aida Cardenas (Building Skills Partnership, Los Angeles) and José Quiñonez (Mission Asset Fund, San Francisco), noting that both "have dedicated a substantial part of their lives helping others build their own."

The San Francisco Chronicle featured an op-ed by Quiñonez describing how Mission Asset Fund, through its Lending Circles program, helped a low-income family establish a credit score, build assets and start a small business.

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Restoring the San Joaquin Valley Floodplain

BY Alex Barnum
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| Jan 14, 2013

Five years ago, John Carlon and Tom Griggs were recognized with a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for their innovative work restoring the river ecosystems of the Central Valley while improving protection of populated areas from potentially devastating floods.

Increasingly, farmers are pulling back from the region’s rivers, unwilling to risk planting in these flood-prone areas. Carlon and Griggs’ nonprofit, River Partners, is demonstrating that restoring these areas to their native habitat makes sense for a variety of reasons, including better absorbing flood waters, reducing erosion, conserving wildlife and filtering pollutants.

Now, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that River Partners is leading the “largest, most sophisticated effort yet” to restore the Central Valley’s river corridors. Here is an excerpt from the front-page article: Read more >>

Farming for the Future

BY Alex Barnum
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| Oct 28, 2012

The Center for Land-Based Learning recently graduated the first class of 20 students from its six-month California Farm Academy, the latest of Craig McNamara’s innovative efforts to increase the ranks of young farmers in California.

As the 2012 Leadership Award recipient notes, the state must attract more of these young farmers or risk losing valuable agricultural land from production. And fortunately, the center is having little trouble attracting applicants, thanks to “a growing interest among young people in organic farming, farmers markets and the slow-food movement,” according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.

Since McNamara’s appointment as president of the state Board of Food and Agriculture in 2011, his impact on a range of agriculture-related issues in California has been growing, the Times article notes. Here is an excerpt: Read more >>

Putting Kids First for Over 20 Years

BY Alex Barnum
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Alex Barnum was a Communications Officer at The James Irvine Foundation from 200
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| Oct 10, 2012

Walk into Vaughn Next Century Learning Center and don't be surprised to hear the mostly Latino students conversing in Mandarin. After all, Vaughn's students are expected to take four years of the Chinese dialect, in addition to mastering English and Spanish, before they graduate.

It is just one of the ways this school in the low-income community of Pacoima, in the San Fernando Valley is defying expectations and preparing its students to thrive in an increasingly global economy.

A recent article in the Los Angeles Daily News focused on Yvonne Chan, Vaughn’s principal and the recipient of a 2007 Leadership Award. It describes her 20-year journey of taking Pacoima schools from failing to flourishing. Here is an excerpt: Read more >>

Reinventing Primary Care

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| Jul 15, 2012

At her nurse-run health clinic in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, Patricia Dennehy is offering a model solution to a major dilemma. Within the next two years, some 4 million state residents who currently lack health insurance will be seeking new providers. Yet a growing shortage of primary-care physicians means many of them won’t find the care they need.

Dennehy, who received a 2012 Leadership Award, is proving that nurse practitioners — nurses with advanced training and graduate-level degrees — can help fill that gap. Her innovative approach to providing health care for San Francisco’s poor was the focus of the cover article in California Health Report’s inaugural issue. Here is an excerpt:

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One Woman’s Journey to Help Farm Workers

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| Jul 02, 2012

Dori Rose Inda, recipient of a 2011 Leadership Award, has been improving the lives of workers in the Pajaro Valley for a decade. She and her colleagues at the Watsonville Law Center developed an effective way for agricultural and other low-income workers with job-related injuries to access medical care. The model, which connects to the existing workers’ compensation system, would save taxpayers an estimated $100 million each year if it were expanded statewide.

On the heels of publishing a comprehensive replication manual for the program, Rose Inda spoke with Watsonville Patch about her journey and goals. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

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Nurse Reverses the Odds for Homeless Moms

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| Jun 04, 2012

When Martha Ryan returned from working as a nurse in refugee camps in Uganda and Somalia, she was shocked by the poverty she found here in the United States — especially that hundreds of pregnant women and children were living on the streets. This led her to start the Homeless Prenatal Program, which transforms the lives of homeless mothers in San Francisco. Ryan, who received a Leadership Award in 2011, was recently featured as a Change Agent by The Bay Citizen.

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Solar Power Generating Social Change

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| Jun 03, 2012

“Solar power didn’t just save me money — it saved my life,” says U.S. Navy veteran Elmer Rankin, referring to the solar panels paid for by a California subsidy and installed on his rooftop by GRID Alternatives. Founded by 2010 Leadership Award recipients Erica Mackie and Tim Sears, GRID Alternatives has been helping tens of thousands of low-income California residents like Rankin reduce electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions, while training thousands of workers in solar installation.

In a recent San Francisco Chronicle op-ed article, UC Berkeley professor and renewable energy expert Daniel Kammen makes the case that policymakers should expand models like GRID Alternatives to help even more people. Here is an excerpt from Kammen’s op-ed:

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Why Zero Tolerance is Not the Solution to School Bullying

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| May 16, 2012

In response to high-profile cases of harassment and deaths of LGBT youths, many school-safety advocates have demanded "zero tolerance" for bullies. But Carolyn Laub, founder and executive director of Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the recipient of a 2012 Leadership Award, writes in The Huffington Post about why this is the wrong approach and offers a better way.

Here is an excerpt of her article in The Huffington Post:

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How a Social Entrepreneur is Revolutionizing Senior Housing

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| Apr 30, 2012

Poetry slams. Digital filmmaking classes. Tai Chi. These activities sound more like they belong on a college campus than a senior living facility. But at EngAGE, thousands of seniors experience an affordable living environment based on creativity, growth and programs that promote health. As EngAGE prepares to expand to other parts of the country, Tim Carpenter, the organization’s founder and a 2011 Leadership Award recipient, talked with Debra Ollivier of The Huffington Post about how the EngAGE model works.

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