Wieckowski to recognize four honorees at 7th Annual African American Heritage Leadership Awards

February 6, 2018

Union City – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognize the work of four local awardees making important contributions to the 10th Senate District at his 7th Annual African American Heritage Leadership Awards program.  The awards program is at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 8 in the Union City Council Chambers, 34009 Alvarado-Niles Rd.  Doors open at 3 p.m.

This year’s honorees are Dr. Arlando Smith, superintendent of the New Haven Unified School District; Dr. Emmet Carson, the chief executive officer and president of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Jean Morgan, community outreach director of Abode Services; and the Eden Rose Chapter of The Links, a mentorship organization designed to make a difference in the lives of adolescent girls in the community.

“These are outstanding individuals who are working hard every day to educate our youth, provide housing for the homeless and address social equity and economic security issues,” Wieckowski said. “The Links and each of the individuals have touched thousands of people’s lives in positive ways through their dedication to improving the quality of life in the Bay Area and beyond.”

Dr. Carson is the founding CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), which he has built into the largest community foundation in the world. In the past decade, SVCF has awarded over $4.3 billion in grants and $2.3 billion of that total has gone to assist charities in the Bay Area region.  Dr. Carson is recognized as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the United States.  He is a recognized expert on philanthropy, African American giving and social justice issues.   

Dr. Smith was awarded the Association of California School Administrators Region 6 Administrator of the Year Valuing Diversity Award in 2014 and 2016.  He believes all students have a civil right to a high quality education.  Prior to joining the New Haven staff, he was assistant professor of educational leadership at San Jose State University and has worked as a school reform facilitator through UCLA, Stanford and WestEd.  He has mentored new principals and served as a principal at the high school and middle school levels.

At Abode Services, Morgan has recruited, trained and organized more than 1,000 volunteers to assist one of the region’s leading nonprofits in its drive to provide housing to the homeless. She has more than two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector.  As the community outreach director, Morgan also serves as a liaison for Abode and helps sustain its relationships to cities in Alameda and Santa Clara counties.  She also serves on the Ohlone College President’s Advisory Committee and is a sought-after speaker in the region.

The Links is one of the oldest and largest volunteer organizations of predominantly African American women committed to service programs. It works to improve the self-esteem of adolescent girls and to give them practical tools for daily living to help instill values such as self-assuredness, honesty and resourcefulness. The girls interact with a professional network of adults who serve as mentors and role models.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.  Please RSVP to my office at (510) 794-3900 or email senator.wieckowski@senate.ca.gov.

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.