Kudos: Innovative programs win accolades

San Francisco’s Bank on San Francisco, California Youth Connection and Pacific Forest Trust recently won leadership accolades from the James Irvine Foundation, established in 1937 to fund programs that benefit communities, particularly underprivileged communities.

“At a time when Californians are hungry for new, practical ideas for solving everyday problems, these award recipients represent the gold standard for innovation and leadership,” Irvine Foundation CEO James Canales said.

Bank on San Francisco, with leaders Jose Cisneros, David Augustine, Ben Mangan, Leigh Phillips and Lena Robinson, works with local and regional banks to waive fees and make banking easier for more than 10,000 low-income residents.

California Youth Connection’s Janet Knipe, Tonya Hightower and Tiffany Johnson were honored for their work with foster youth, helping that group of minors provide input on legislative and policy decisions that influence their lives.

Laurie Wayburn co-founded the Pacific Forest Trust, an agency that provides financial incentives for landowners to keep their lands forested, and helps those owners sustain the forests, rather than selling or developing that land.

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