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Josephine and Frank Duveneck Humanitarian Awardees
Present & Past



Honorees will be announced in the coming months. Please check back to see the exciting slate!


Dave Roos
Long-time Hidden Villa friend, veterinarian, and supporter

Kathy Kwan
Local philanthropist advancing education, equity and inclusion, job training, and safety net services

Raj Patel
Award-winning author and activist currently working on Generation Food Project


Abby Ginsberg
Documentary Filmmaker focused on issues of justice

Matt Flannery
Co-founder of Kiva making microlending accessible

Leila Madrone
Roboticist engineer working to make solar more affordable


Audrey Rust
Leader in Open Space Preservation and former president and CEO of Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST)

The Noble and Lorraine Hancock Family
Compassionate philanthropic investors in the next generation through partnerships with nonprofits

Sibella Kraus
Founder of the entrepreneurial nonprofit Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) and local food pioneer


Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein
Pioneers in open-sourced solutions, seed-stage social activists, and founders of Level Playing Field Institute

Rue Mapp
Leaderin initiatives to connect underserved youth to the outdoors and founder of Outdoor Afro

Bill Somerville
Nationally recognized expert on creative philanthropy and innovative safety nets


Susan Ford Dorsey
Family foundation president dedicated to civil transformation and environmental conservation

Sid Espinosa
Mayor of Palo Alto, Director of Corporate Citizenship, specialist in corporate community involvement

Norman Mineta
Formerly U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Commerce, public servant and environmental activist


Susan, Franklin, Katy, David and Kathryn Orr
Leaders in philanthropy, education, and technology with notable civic service records

Chris Bischof and Helen Kim
Co-founders of East-Side College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto

Eboo Patel
Founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core


Jim and Becky Morgan
Philanthropy, industry and government leaders. Jim was CEO of Applied Materials; Becky was a State Senator

Richard Louv
Author of Last Child in the Woods and chairman and co-founder of Children and Nature Network

Van Jones
Founder of Green For All; Co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change


Kavita N. Ramdas
President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, focusing on advancing human rights for women

Lisa Sobrato-Sonsini
Established the Sobrato Foundation to work with disadvantaged youth and develop civic leadership

Charles Knowles
Executive Director and co-founder of Wildlife Conservation Network



Felicia Markus
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Trust for Public Land

Emily and Jim Thurber
Los Altos residents and dedicated community volunteers with strong connection to social justice

Melineh Avanesian
After School Program Coordinator at Taft School in Redwood City


Delores Huerta
Social activist; Co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez

Nan and Chuck Geschke
Local philanthropists, activists and dedicated community leaders; Chuck is a co-founder of Adobe Systems

Kristina Underdal
Teacher, 4th/5th grade Spanish immersion class at Castro School in Mountain View


Byron Sher
Retiring California State Senator. Leader in local environmental issues

Keith Gutierrez
Redwood Grove naturalist, local environmental education, Native American story teller and teacher

Steven and Michele Kirsch
Philanthropists, community activists. Co-founded a family foundation for environmental health issues


Joan Baez
Renowned folk singer, social activist, community leader with ties to many social justice issues

Bill Johnson and Terri Lobdell
Bill is the publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly, Terri is a long-time community volunteer

Paul and Liz Nyberg
Community volunteers and publishers of the Los Altos Town Crier


Alice Waters
Founded Chez Panisse Restaurant. Developed The Edible Schoolyard and the slow/local food movement

John Francis
U.N. Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador to the World’s Grassroots Communities

George Chippendale
Community volunteer and activist


William McDonough
Internally renowned green/sustainable architect; won the Presidential Medal for Sustainable Architecture

Mary Curtis Davey
Founder of Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Marthelia Hargrove
Principal of Constano School in the Ravenswood School District who developed after school care programs


Robert Glenn Ketchum
Award winning landscape photographer dedicated to addressing issues of natural resource management

Cathrine Sneed
Founder of the Garden Project for prisoners in San Francisco County Jail

Bob and Jan Fenwick
Built a home with the goal to bring people together to share ideas and support for nonprofit organizations


Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani
Minister and poet respectively, associated with the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco

John and Tashia Morgridge
Educational volunteers; John was the CEO and is now the Chairman of Cisco Systems

Christy Holloway
Leader of environmental groups including Peninsula Open Space Trust, Environmental Volunteers


Michael Pritchard
Comedian and former probation officer dedicated to working with children and teens

Pat and Jim Compton
Volunteers on the boards of local and international environmental preservation organizations

Hon. LaDoris Cordell
Judge and strong community leader; developed many programs for underserved youth


Carl Anthony
Founder, Urban Habitat and former director of Earth Island Institute

Dianne and Regis McKenna
Tireless workers on behalf of children; together spearheaded he County Children’s Shelter campaign

Sharifa Wilson
East Palo Alto Mayor; Co-founder of Children’s Preservation Network


Denis Hayes
Environmental leader who organized the first Earth Day; President of the Bullitt Foundation

Joan, Mel, Bill and Jean Lane
Owners of Sunset Magazine for years; long history of support for environmental and humanitarian causes

Luella and Keith McFarland
Friends of and activists with the Duvenecks; devoted to human justice and environmental causes