Jane Bagley Lehman Award

2014 WINNERS ANNOUNCED: JBL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC ADVOCACY

The Advisory Board of the Jane Bagley Lehman Awards, housed at Tides, proudly recognizes the following 2014 JBL Award recipients. The 2014 awardees are working diligently to expand access, equity and opportunity in education. They have organized and mobilized educational resources or personnel to affect policy or education systems and will be honored with a $10,000 cash prize each.

AUREA MONTES-RODRIGUEZ Community Coalition, Los Angeles, CA.

A tireless activist, community organizer and public policy advocate with a passion for strategic education action campaigns and developing homegrown leadership and empowerment among South LA youth.

DANA MORTENSON World Savvy, Minneapolis, MN.

A social entrepreneur and champion for education reform who is preparing students to thrive as global citizens in the 21st century through her dedication to making global competence education a foundational part of teaching and learning in the United States.

EDGAR ARANDA-YANOC Legal Aid Justice Center and Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations, Arlington, VA.

A leader in mobilizing immigrant communities in Virginia, coordinating state-wide actions, and removing barriers to educational equity for undocumented immigrant students.

YASMIN SECADA Participatory Action Research Center for Education Organizing, New York, NY.

An education justice organizer who is working to structurally increase education access by catalyzing community stakeholders to impact policy around equity and diversity in Uptown Manhattan, NY.

JBL Awards for Excellence in Public Advocacy

The Jane Bagley Lehman Awards "JBLs" seek to recognize individuals who have exhibited a deep commitment to the public interest and whose work demonstrates innovative approaches to social change.

An ideal nominee would be someone who has sought to share their experiences and findings with as wide an audience as possible, and who has worked to bridge the gap between those at the grassroots level and those who make policy.  The nominees should be chosen for a body of work, rather than a specific accomplishment, and they should be respected not only by peers, but also by fellow workers and employees.

Jane Bagley Lehman was one of the founders of the Tides Foundation in 1976, and the Chair of the Board until her death in 1988.  An unconventional philanthropist, her insatiable curiosity was matched by a willingness to take risks. Jane was most intrigued by the approaches and strategies of advocates and organizers and their willingness to challenge traditional assumptions. She also cared deeply that the results of these efforts be translated into the broader area of public policy.

It is in this spirit that the Jane Bagley Lehman Awards for Excellence in Public Advocacy were established.  It is our hope that the awards will reflect Jane’s spirit as well as her commitment to issues of social justice..