Event Highlights 2016

Thank you for attending our 2016 Change Champions Awards. We hope to see you next year.

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Honorary Host Committee

 2016 Honorary Host Committee

  • Ann Beaudry
  • Anthony Romero
  • Anthony Thigpenn
  • Arlene Holt Baker
  • Bryan Stevenson
  • Chuck Muckenfuss
  • Deepak Bhargava
  • Deepak Pateriya
  • Dorian Warren
  • Esther Lopez
  • Gara LaMarche
  • Gina Womack
  • Jane Fox-Johnson
  • Janlori Goldman
  • Jim Gollin
  • Judith Browne Dianis
  • Luz Vega Marquis
  • Marc Perrone
  • Mary Beth Maxwell
  • Mary Kay Henry
  • Mary M. Lassen
  • Mary Willis
  • Mort Halperin
  • Quinn Delaney
  • Sarita Gupta
  • Susan Sandler


These awards are all about honoring an outstanding group of leaders in the fight for economic equity and social justice. Each year we celebrate social justice heroes – both sung and unsung – who have dedicated their work and, in some cases, their lifetimes to change the lives of low-income people and people of color across the country.

The Emerging Change Champion Award was established by the Center for Community Change and the Petra Foundation to recognize emerging or overlooked champions of change, who work to build power for greater social and economic justice in low income communities, specifically low income communities of color. The application for nominating potential Emerging Change Champions is now closed.


This Year’s Sponsors




Amalgamated Bank


Ed and Jan Booth

Susan Sandler and Steve Philips

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC


Friedrike Merck

Gelman Rosenberg & Freedman

Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, & The Nation

Nia Community Foundation

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan

SCOPE LA (Strategic Concepts in Organizing & Policy Education)

UNITE HERE International Union


Barry and Paula Litt

Democracy Alliance

Hodge, Hart & Schleifer, Inc.

J Hannah Kranzberg

Jeff and Karen Berman

Susan Adelman and Claudio Llanos

Tim Sweeney


Arlene Holt Baker and Willie Baker

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Community Service Society of New York

City First Bank of DC

Diane Feeney

Dorian Warren

Elaine Reuben

Gara LaMarche

Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, LLP

Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Jane Fox-Johnson and Mitchell Johnson

Janlori Goldman and Katherine Franke

Jim and Suzanne Gollin

Judy Patrick

Karen Grove

Karol Barger

Lisa Garcia–Bedolla

Manuel Pastor

Mary M. Lassen and Martin Liebowitz

Morris Family Foundation

Ryan Young and Matthew Layton

Sarah Delaney

Sam Karp and Janie Tyre

Become A Sponsor

The Community Change Champion Awards is a time for activists, allies, organizations and community leaders to recognize the leadership of the honorees and celebrate the work of the Center for Community Change. Join the growing list of supporters for this event by sponsoring today. Questions? Please contact Julia Foster at 202-339-9360 or [email protected]

  • Champion

    $50,000 or more

    • Recognition of your sponsorship from the podium
    • Logo prominently featured on signage at event
    • Recognition in press materials
    • Platinum $25,000–$49,000
    • Gold $10,000–$24,999
    • Silver $5,000–$9,999
    • Bronze $2,500–$4,999
    • Supporter $1,000–$2,499
  • Benefits of sponsorship include:
    • Name featured at the event program and CCC’s annual report
    • Prominent listing as an event sponsor on our website
    • Up to 10 tickets to attend the event

2015 Event Photos

Spirit of the Awards

We celebrate the work that often goes unheralded, and the people and organizations that keep our vision for a just world alive. Too frequently, we focus only on the final outcome of a campaign instead of taking a moment to honor the often-unsung heroes behind the scenes. The Community Change Champion Awards were created to do just that: to recognize the people and organizations whose work is making progress toward social justice a reality. We honor work that reshapes the political landscape and challenges us to press forward toward a better world:

  • The organizers and leaders who inspire people to identify the changes they need and take action to fight for them.
  • The public servants who carry the voices of the people with them into the corridors of power.
  • The artists and thinkers who envision a more just future, and what it will take to get us all there.
  • The donors and philanthropists who help build a broader movement by connecting people with resources that help them fight for change.
  • Our partners in the labor movement, who share CCC’s commitment to rights and opportunity for hard-working people.
  • The organizations that bring people together and build their communities with grassroots power.
  • And the activists who demonstrate bravery, determination and resolve, even when the obstacles seem insurmountable and change seems out of reach.

These people and organizations nourish the social justice movement every day, in every community, in a myriad of ways. You’re invited to join us for our 12th annual Community Change Champions Awards to help us honor these heroes!

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