San Francisco, CA –The San Francisco Foundation has begun a five-year, $300,000 partnership with the Excelsior community to foster the next generation of leadership development and to address key issues that affect the quality of life of residents. On Wednesday, July 18th, at El Patio Español, the Koshland Committee honored 12 outstanding community leaders from District 11 with the Excelsior Fellowship Award. These 12 individuals were chosen after careful consideration of their dedication to the Excelsior community and their determination to promote unity and local leadership.
Nicole Agbayani, Rachel Ebora, and Terrence Valen were three community Filipino leaders who were honored. Nicole Agbayani is the Corridor Manager of the Excelsior Action Group. Rachel Ebora is the Executive Director of the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. Terrence Valen is the Organizational Director of the Filipino Community Center.
Starting in the Fall, the Excelsior Fellows will take part in a six-month leadership training program. This training will be followed by a project planning process to identify an issue of concern to Excelsior residents and designating resources to address this issue.
Supervisor Avalos was at the awards ceremony to present the Excelsior Fellows with awards. Supervisor Avalos said “To be chosen by the Koshland Committee is a true honor. It is a testament to the work we have been doing in the Excelsior to support and develop grassroots leaders and organizations that work collaboratively to overcome our neighborhoods’ most challenging issues”.
Other 2012 Koshland Civic Unity Fellows include Paulo Acosta Cabezas, Jacquie Chavez, Joni Tam Chu, Carlton Eichelberger, Tiffani Marie Johnson, Rene Luna, Beth Rubenstein, Charlie Sciammas, and Alex Tom.