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Join New Leaders Council Silicon Valley to celebrate progressive innovators that have made an impact in our community at #PartyforProgress. The 2016 NLC Fellows are hosting the 6th Annual Fellows Fundraiser to pay it forward to next year's class and support the movement to develop progressive leaders to transform our Silicon Valley communities. Every investment helps us get closer to our goal of $15,000 to fund next year's NLC Institute and continue to train and support young progressive professionals.
Trailblazer of the Year Awards | Dance | Live Music
Featuring: Mitchell Lujan and Bennett Roth-Newell Band
Honorees: Greta Hansen, Daniel Garcia, Christa Gannon, Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, and Razelle Buenavista
Keynote Speaker: Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Board President

Emcee: Kieran Kelly & Viviane Nguyen, 2016 NLC Fellows

We hope you can join us for an evening that is sure to be unforgettable. Get your tickets today for $45!
Trailblazers of the Year Awards:
Greta Hansen, Good Government Innovator Award
Deputy County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara, California

Greta successfully funded mental health services for
children across California. Greta also served as co-lead
counsel in a trial against the former manufacturers of
lead paint, which resulted in a $1.15 billion judgment to
pay for abatement of lead that continues to poison
thousands of California children each year.
Daniel Garcia, Visual & Performing Arts Innovator Award
Cultivator for Content Magazine
As an artist and community leader, Daniel brought his two
passions together to create Content Magazine, a visual guide
to the residents of San José and how they live, work and
express themselves.
Christa Gannon, Criminal Justice Innovator Award
Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)

Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fresh
Lifelines for Youth, Inc. (FLY). After being asked what
would prevent other youth from entering into the juvenile
justice system, Christa (a Stanford Law student at the
time) helped design FLY. FLY’s mission is to prevent
juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education,
leadership training, and one-on- one mentoring.
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, Tech & Education Innovator Award
Founder & CEO of DREAMers Roadmap
Founder and CEO of DREAMers Roadmap, a mobile
app platform that helps undocumented students navigate
the necessary resources to access higher education. This is
Sarahi’s latest project in a longer trajectory of activism
within and for the undocumented community, which
have placed her in the spotlight of continued
conversations centered on national immigration policy.
Razelle Buenavista, Public Health Innovator Award
Managing Director of Clinical Services for Asian American Recovery Services, a program of Healthright 360

Managing Director of Clinical Services for Asian
American Recovery Services, a program of HealthRIGHT
360, where she oversees the overall operations of the
Santa Clara County region. Razelle has been credited for
changing numerous lives, as well as developing a new
generation of social workers dedicated to improving the
lives of the most disadvantaged members of our


6:00 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM Performance by Mitchell Lujan
7:30 PM Awards Ceremony
Welcome from 2016 NLC Fellows, Kieran Kelly and Viviane Nguyen
Keynote Address by: Santa Clara Country Board President Dave Cortese
Presentation of Trailblazer of the Year Awards
8:15 PM Performance by Bennett Roth-Newell Band: Bennett Roth-Newell on keys, William Bohrer on bass, Kosuke Okamura on drums
9:00 PM Evening Concludes

Donations & Sponsorship

Can't join us, or interested in making a donation or contributing as a sponsor? Click hereYour contribution helps us continue our mission of recruiting, training and promoting the next generation of NLC Silicon Valley Fellows to turn their passion into impact. With your donation, we will be able to give young entrepreneurs the resources for prolonged success. In the past nine years, we have grown to 40 chapters across the country and trained well over 2,000 alumni. Established in 2011, our local chapter NLC Silicon Valley has trained 97 Fellows! NLC is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations to NLC may be tax deductible. All sponsors will get their name displayed at the event. 

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Bronze $250+

Bronze sponsors will receive one ticket to the event.



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May 17, 2016 at 6pm - 9pm
Corinthian Grand Ballroom
196 N 3rd St
San Jose, CA 95112
United States
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