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Human Resources Department

Commission on the Status of Women

Sonoma County Spirit Award Project

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The annual Sonoma County Spirit Award recognizes five outstanding leaders who improve the lives of women and girls in Sonoma County. Every year, the Commission selects five judges, creates the nomination process with input from the judges, and presents the winners to the public in the fall. Judges select new criteria every year based on what is happening in Sonoma County and across the world. The Commission on the Status of Women created this award to acknowledge how much unpaid work often goes unseen and uncelebrated by leaders of all kinds. Winners receive a small token of appreciation and are listed publicly on our website for years to come.

Nominations for the Sonoma County Spirit Award are open between July and August. Check back then for the nomination form and instructions!

Ad hoc member: Commissioner Caitlin Quinn

2021 Spirit Award Winners:

District 1: Larkin O’Leary, for her work with families with children with disabilities.
District 2: Dennis Pocekay, for his work with migrants and refugees.
District 3: Leslie Graves, for her work with the Women's March and related projects.
District 4: Alma Bowen, for her work preparing the community for emergencies.
District 5: Elizabeth (Liz) Quiroz, for her work with survivors of human trafficking.