When we launched the Civvys to honor people working to overcome America’s divisions, we knew we’d get many worthy nominations. But we weren’t ready for the scale and scope of the nominations received, which have been both inspiring and somewhat overwhelming! Despite what the media may feature, the Civvys are evidence that Americans are doing amazing things to get beyond what divides us and strengthen communities at the local, state and national level.
Our Civvys nominees are as creative, tenacious, diverse and wonderful as our nation itself. They include elected officials with the courage to work across the aisle and technology gurus harnessing cutting edge tools to heal the country they love. They range from high school teachers to corporate CEOs, inside the beltway experts to youth volunteers – Republicans, Democrats and Independents. The full list is below. Learning more about these remarkable people and organizations is the perfect way to rekindle civic faith and see what’s possible when we emphasize the values we share rather than just what divides us.
Every one of these nominees deserves recognition and a shout out. They’re on this list because people impacted by their work were inspired to step up and express deep appreciation. If their work resonates with you, let them know – or even better, offer to help out.
We now face the difficult task of picking finalists. How are we going to do it? It’s not about determining which nominees are “better” or “more deserving," but rather about looking to the Civvys evaluation criteria and assessing the degree to which each submission is aligned with those principles. To that end, we’re evaluating these remarkable individuals and initiatives on the following core attributes: scalability, impact, stakeholder diversity, commitment to civility, and metrics. Over the next few weeks, our review committee will use these same criteria to choose the inaugural Civvys awardees from among the finalists.
In the meantime, we want to celebrate the entire nomination list – and thank everyone who submitted a nomination. Our group of nominators was as diverse and accomplished as the nominees themselves and included elected officials, foundations, corporate leaders, students, professors and civic renewal thought leaders. This program is only possible because of your efforts and passion!
The Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation Civvys Team
2017 Civvys Nominees
Amy Curran | Generation Citizen
Amy Koch, Brian McDaniel, Javier Morillo, Carin Mrotz | Wrong About Everything Podcast
Anne McEnerny-Ogle | Councilmember, City of Vancouver, Washington
Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact | 92nd Street Y
Beth Lewis | Save Our Schools Arizona
Betsy Newmark | Raleigh Charter High School
Bob Heisse and Chuck Hughes | Civility Counts and Northwest Times of Indiana
Brad and Lynn Ketch | Rockwood Community Development Corporation
Bridge The Divide
Bruce Mallory, Michele Holt-Shannon | New Hampshire Listens
Cindy Elias, Jan Phillips, Kathy Leighton | Green Dot Lewiston Auburn
Dr. Clyde Rivers
Craig Freshley | Make Shift Coffee House
Curtis Miller | Connect Battle Ground
Emily Schoephoerster | Westbrook-Walnut Grove Schools
Erin McIlraith | Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement
Hunter Buxton | First Vote NC
Jeff Clements | American Promise
Jeff Girvan, Prince William County Schools, and Delegate Richard Anderson, Virginia House of Delegates
John Gables and Joan Blades | AllSides
Junior State of America Student Leaders
Ken Nwadike | Free Hugs Project
Lewena Bayer | Civility Experts Worldwide
Liz Joyner | Village Square
Maria Hadden | Participatory Budgeting Project
Michelle Holmes | Alabama Media Group
Montevallo Junior City Council
Pedro Silva | Living Room Conversations, First Congregational Church
Peter Weichlein | U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Representative Helene Keeley | Delaware State Legislature
Rob Fersh | Convergence
Sam Novey | Foundation for Civic Leadership
Senator Diane Allen | New Jersey State Senate
Sheila Sydnor | Principal, Penn Alexander School
Steve Lakis, Ted Celeste, Jody Thomas | State Legislative Leaders Foundation, National Institute for Civil Discourse, National Foundation for Women Legislators
Student PIRGS (several campuses represented: Rutgers, Oregon State University, University of California Berkeley)
Tim Cook | CEO, Apple Inc.
William Jackson and Quinton McGirt| The Justice Project
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