In a virtual and in-person event on Friday, the North Bay Leadership Council recognized the recipients of its 2022 Leaders of the North Bay Awards.
The council is made up of people and companies from the region.
Keith Woods, a current member of the advisory board of the Santa Rosa-based Exchange Bank and former executive director of the North Coast Builders Exchange, was recognized as a United We Stand, Community Building honoree for his “work rebuilding after the devastating fires” in the region; Partnered with the CTE Foundation, SCOE and SRJC to form the North Bay Construction Corps; implementation of CHOICES, a program to prevent early school leaving; and he served as “Sonoma County’s MC,” where he has volunteered hundreds of hours to help nonprofit organizations raise money,” the NBLC said.
Paint the Community Green, Environmental Stewardship was this year’s award presented to The Climate Center, a citizen group focused on climate issues and based in Sonoma County.
Under its efforts, the center has “played a key role in the tremendous growth” of Community Choice Aggregation Agencies (CCAs) in the state over the past six years, the council said. There are now 24 CCAs providing an average of 88% greenhouse gas-free electricity to over 11 million residents in more than 200 cities and counties.
Recognized for strengthening the Latino community, the leadership within the Latino community was Canal Alliance in Marin County.
Noting that the San Rafael canal area has relatively poor internet connectivity, the council recognized the Alliance for working with the government and other community groups to raise funds to provide “a free outdoor wireless network and a COVID-19 -Community website to provide e-learning services and for residents to access important information and services. Under the leadership of the core group, design, communication, installation and digital literacy combined to provide not only access but also Chromebooks and digital literacy training.”
The “From Red Tape to Red Carpet, Leadership in Government” award went to Dr. David Wain Coon, Superintendent and President of the College of Marin since 2010.
Coon has overseen the expansion and modernization of the community college’s facilities, addressed diversity issues at the institution, and “worked extensively to partner with the local community and businesses, including supporting numerous nonprofit organizations,” including on the Board of Directors.
As the recipient of the Murray Legacy Leadership, named for current NBLC CEO Cynthia Murray, the group tapped Steve Page, who served as President and General Manager of Sonoma Raceway for three decades.
“The Raceway has raised nearly $7 million for charity. Food donations, blood donations, charity drives, disaster relief training grounds – the route was made available to help the community,” explained, adding, “Steve Page is known for his inclusive leadership style, sharp mind and big heart. Whether it’s going through all sorts of innovations and improvements, helping local charities, leading community efforts, or embracing change, Steve is the guy to start with in North Bay.”