Jumpstart co-founder and CEO Shawn Landres has been named the recipient of the 2013 NextGen Award by the Liberty Hill Foundation. The award is given each year to an inspirational leader who invests time and raises funds to advance social justice in Los Angeles.
“Shawn is one of L.A.’s outstanding young leaders,” said Kafi D. Blumenfield, president and CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation. “He understands the urgency of now and generously deploys his many talents to advance justice here in Los Angeles.
Landres, a Santa Monica native and current resident, recently was appointed to public service on the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission, whose mission is to provide advice, innovative ideas, assistance and support to the County’s elected officials, managers, and employees to promote the effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of County public services.
“I’m very pleased that Shawn has agreed to serve as my new appointee to the County’s Quality and Productivity Commission,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who nominated him to represent the 3rd District. “For more than 20 years, his professional focus has been innovation, collaboration, and thinking outside the box both in solving problems and in improving the way we work. He’ll be a great addition to our panel.”
Landres is also the co-founder of Jumpstart, a philanthrhopic research and design lab established in Los Angeles in 2008. In his work, Landres has empowered more than more than 3,000 community leaders and more than 150 Jewish and interreligious initiatives around the world.
.In 2012, the White House featured Shawn as a “spotlight innovator” and speaker at its Faith-based Social Innovators Conference.
Landres serves as advisor on faith-based and interreligious innovation to Nexus: Global Youth Summit on Innovative Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship. His commitments include serving as charter co-chair at-large of the Clinton Foundation Millennium Network Leadership Council and as a member of the Liberty Hill Advisory Council, the Program Committee for the American Academy of Religion, and the Sh’ma Advisory Committee.
Landres will receive his award from the Liberty Hill Foundation at Change L.A., on Sun. September 8. Tickets are available at http://libertyhill.org/changela.