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Creative Leadership Award Recipients

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation created the Creative Leadership Awards to recognize innovative nonprofit organizations and individuals in the Pacific Northwest who are taking risks and making a meaningful impact in their communities.

The 2013 awardees are:

Lisa Daugaard, founder of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) in Seattle. In 2011, Daugaard created LEAD to give police officers another option before booking low-level drug or prostitution offenders into jail. Instead, through LEAD, officers can refer these individuals to social workers who work to stop the cycle of criminal activity.

Merris Sumrall, CEO of the Library Foundation in Multnomah County, Oregon. Like public libraries across the nation, Multnomah County Library faced a daunting challenge—the lack of stable, dedicated funding. A tireless leader, Sumrall and her organization brought together thousands of library supporters to achieve what some said was impossible – persuading politicians, philanthropists, opinion leaders and voters to support stable, permanent funding for Multnomah County’s award-winning library.

Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, Washington. In the face of system-wide budget cuts, this organization was committed to ensuring the customer experience wasn’t compromised. A team of collection management librarians and customer experience managers worked together to build and maintain a vibrant, relevant and customer-focused collection of books, movies and resources, allowing patrons to find what they want when they want it.

ReUse Works in Bellingham, Washington. This organization protects the environment by keeping appliances out of the waste stream while training and employing low-income workers. The business partners with 15 social service agencies and schools to provide work experience for low-income clients. The trainees help run the business which is 100 percent self-sustaining.

The Foundation looked for individuals and organizations that demonstrate excellence, innovative approaches, and impact. Award recipients are creative, nimble, and bold and have implemented successful strategies to ensure their organization's long-term sustainability. Each awardee’s nonprofit organization will receive a $50,000 award from the Foundation.

The 2012 awardees are: 

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Deputy Director of Education & Public Programs of Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, Washington)
Sandra Jackson-Dumont, who came to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) in 2006, is regarded as a bold, original curator of participatory art experiences for people of all ages. To engage young people who want to invent and share experiences, Sandra produces programs that blend the intellectual and creative with the social.

Deidre Holmberg, Principal at Delta High School (Richland, Washington)
Delta is a public high school funded by three local school districts with supplemental funding from local private/public partnerships. Deidre Holmberg has been part of this successful initiative since she joined the Core Planning Team as a science teacher representative in 2008. She successfully coordinates and nurtures the challenging and sometimes conflicting agendas of these three school districts, while at the same time building relationships to ensure that Delta High School students have experiential opportunities in the field.

Literary Arts (Portland, Oregon)
Literary Arts has thrived amidst the economic downturn by focusing on mission alignment across all of its programs and reinventing itself as a community literary center. Instead of simply scheduling more events, it chose to reallocate resources to sustain and bolster its mission.

Portland YouthBuilders (Portland, Oregon)
In the midst of a major downturn in the construction industry and in a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Portland YouthBuilders (PYB) has positioned itself to weather the economic headwinds and benefit when the economy improves.

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