After an extensive national search, 29 leaders were named national finalists in the 2005 Leadership for a Changing World awards program.
Leadership for a Changing World is a program of the Ford Foundation in partnership with the Advocacy Institute and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. The program recognizes extraordinary leaders or leadership teams across the United States who are changing lives and transforming communities — often against great odds.
Nahar Alam, Executive Director, Andolan—Organizing South Asian Workers - Jackson Heights, New York
John Barros, Executive Director, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative - Roxbury, Massachusetts
Bruce Dorpalen, Director of Housing Counseling, ACORN Housing - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gary R. Grant, Executive Director, Concerned Citizens of Tillery - Tillery, North Carolina
Larry Howe-Kerr, Director, Office of Social Justice, Diocese of Pueblo - Pueblo, Colorado
Gwen Lachelt, Executive Director, Oil and Gas Accountability Project - Durango, Colorado
Linda B. Martin, Director, Challenge West Virginia - Charleston, WV
Kica Matos, Executive Director, JUNTA for Progressive Action - New Haven, Connecticut
Jon Orcutt, Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign - New York, New York
Sgt. Brett Parson, Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit - Washington, DC
Brigette Sarabi, Executive Director, Western Prison Project - Portland, Oregon
Roey Thorpe, Executive Director, Basic Rights Oregon - Portland, Oregon