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.

Robyn Ritter Simon

Robyn Ritter Simon

“Education is the foundation for being successful in life.”

- Robyn Ritter Simon

Jeremy Yamaguchi

Jeremy Yamaguchi

“Being engaged and educated on the issues is everyone's civic duty.”

- Jeremy Yamaguchi

Kim Walesh

Kim Walesh

“A successful economy is the product of a successful business community.”

- Kim Walesh

Kathay Feng

Kathay Feng

“Change is hard, but necessary to move California forward.”

- Kathay Feng

Greg Brucker

Greg Brucker

“Kids are our future. We have to make sure we treat them and train them right.”

- Greg Brucker

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

“California is incredibly diverse. That's where success will lie.”

- Richard Lewis

Bob Brown

Bob Brown

“We need to step back, look at the bigger picture, and manage priorities.”

- Bob Brown

Paul Betancourt

Paul Betancourt

“I want to be a part of giving back to the community that’s given me so much.”

- Paul Betancourt

Heidi Sieck

Heidi Sieck

“It’s not simple. We have to do what we can to get our voices heard.”

- Heidi Sieck

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