Valley Vision recognizes young leaders’ contributions to capital region’s vitality

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Three young leaders have been recognized by Sacramento-based Valley Vision for their contribution to the economic, social and environmental vitality of the seven-county capital region.

The three, all younger than 40, are Gina Lujan, founder, director and CEO of the Hacker Lab; Megan Foster, executive director of the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau; and Jake Mossawir, executive director of City Year Sacramento. Selected by Valley Vision’s 27-member VIP board of directors, the three stood out for “demonstrating boundary-crossing leadership, employing innovative approaches to old problems and collaborating with others to achieve a shared vision,” according to a news release.

Valley Vision, an independent, nonprofit organization, provides research, collaboration and leadership services with the goal of making the capital region prosperous and sustainable.

Lujan was selected for outstanding leadership in the economic category. With 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and 14 years in technology, her main job at Hacker Lab is community building, business relations, facility operations and event planning. She was recognized as a leading force in the innovation space movement and has helped launch several new business start-ups. She also has worked with city and county government in economic development, focusing on areas such as science, technology, engineering and math education, workforce readiness and broadband access.

Foster was recognized in the environmental category for her work representing more than 1,200 Farm Bureau members in Yuba and Sutter counties. Her most recent projects include working with local agencies and interested parities on the Feather River Regional Flood Management Plan and coordinating “Ag Week on the Radio,” a weeklong celebration of local agriculture featuring farmers, ranchers and students in Future Farmers of America as guests on the live morning radio programs. She also is a member of Rep. John Garamendi’s agricultural advisory group and a fellow in the California Ag Leadership Foundation’s Class 44.

Mossawir was selected in the equity category. As executive director of City Year, he leads a 70-member team that works to improve student performance in Sacramento schools. He previously was communications director for Moroch, serving on McDonald’s National Public Relations Roundtable and overseeing McDonald’s public relations for Northern California and Nevada. He serves on multiple boards, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, the California Governor’s Mansion Foundation the the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce.

Each of the winners will receive a $3,000 cash grant from the bequest left by Valley Vision co-founder Gordon Schaber that they can direct to a deserving nonprofit organization in their name to extend their legacy of leadership.

The awards ceremony is scheduled May 15 at the California Museum in downtown Sacramento.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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