County Administrator's Office
For Immediate Release

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Announce the 2016 Jefferson Awards - Nominations are Open

Awards highlight ‘Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement’

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 13, 2016  –  The Jefferson Awards is a national recognition system designed to highlight public service in America.  The Jefferson Awards began as part of the American Institute for Public Service in 1972 and was established by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard, a staffer to the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. 

Locally, the program was adopted by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and was designed to highlight the value of nonprofit organizations, boards, commissions and advisory bodies, as well as individual efforts for ‘Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.’  Some of our past awardees include: Becoming Independent, La Luz Center, Catholic Charities, Herman J. Hernandez, and Matt Martin.

Regionally, media partners such as KPIX-CBS 5 TV and KCBS-AM have been promoting the Jefferson Awards throughout the Bay Area.  Several bay area counties and cities along with many non-profit organizations participate by holding their own local programs and then submitting nominees to the regional competition. 

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chair, Efren Carrillo commented, “The Board of Supervisors invites the community to help identify extraordinary individuals and programs that inspire through action.”

The County is seeking nominations of nonprofits, boards, commissions/advisory bodies, or individuals that demonstrate their ‘excellence in community leadership and civic engagement.’ To obtain nomination criteria, materials and further information please visit the Jefferson Awards homepage.

The final submission date for 2016 Jefferson Award nominations is Friday, August 5, 2016.

For more information please contact the Jefferson Awards coordinator.


Contact Information

Paul Gullixson
Communications Manager
County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235