Chirag Bhakta gestures toward his parents from the stage of Brava Theater, during the 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Awards. Photo by Tony Bear!
The Koshland Committee of The San Francisco Foundation selects Chirag Bhakta for the 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Award; forms a five-year partnership with the Koshland Program
The Koshland Committee of The San Francisco Foundation has selected Chirag Bhakta, Community Engagement Coordinator for Mission Housing Development Corporation, as a recipient of the 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Award. The award honors his contributions to the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco and forms a five-year partnership with the Koshland Program.
In celebration and recognition of his community work, Bhakta receives a personal award of $1,000. He will also collaborate with other neighborhood Fellows and the Koshland Committee in the allocation of approximately $300,000 over the next four years toward projects and efforts improving the quality of life in the Mission.
Bhakta and eleven others were feted in a ceremony at Brava Theater on June 28, 2017.
“To be honored in such a way, all this prestige along with a cohort of people I can honestly say I look up to,” Bhakta said in his remarks from stage. “I am humbled, I am elated to work with you all for the next half a decade”
“Half a decade for us to learn from each other, bond with each other, and build something together.”
“Chirag has a great deal of passion and love for our community, which fuels the great work he is doing at Mission Housing,” said has selected Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services. “He is matched-up with a very well-rounded, like-minded group of leaders. All of them are not afraid to fight for what is right and speak for those who can’t do it on their own.”
“Congratulations to all the Fellows. Their passion to make the Mission better inspires me!”
In recognizing community leaders, the Koshland Committee seeks to promote civic and community unity by building mutual respect among diverse elements of the community and encouraging collaboration in addressing neighborhood problems. The Koshland awards are given annually to recognize outstanding Bay Area community leaders who are not only risk-takers but also social innovators working to build healthy and productive neighborhoods.
About The Koshland Civic Unity Award
The award commemorates Daniel E. Koshland, a founder of The San Francisco Foundation. As a businessman and philanthropist, he committed both his resources and his energy to making the Bay Area a better place to live. He was also the founder of San Francisco’s Council for Civic Unity, which sought to alleviate injustices and discrimination by bringing together influential private and public sector leaders to solve community problems.
Information from The San Francisco Foundation contributed to this post
The 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Fellows (left to right): Nadia Conrad, Jon Jacobo, Diana Martinez, Sandra Sandoval, Marilyn Duran, Lorena Melgarejo, Lara Kiswani, Eric Cuentos, Celina Lucero, Chirag Bhakta, Marisela Esparza, Dairo Romero. Photo courtesy SF Foundation
2017 Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Fellows
|Chirag Bhakta, |
Community Engagement Coordinator, Mission Housing Development Corporation
|Nadia Conrad, |
Teen Programs Coordinator, Jamestown Community Center
|Eric Cuentos, |
Director of Parent Partner Program, Mission Graduates
|Marilyn Duran, |
Community Organizer, PODER
|Marisela Esparza, |
Program Manager, San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network
|Jon Jacobo, |
Land Use Committee Member, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District
|Lara Kiswani, |
Executive Director, Arab Resource & Organizing Center
|Celina Lucero, |
Executive Director, Horizons
Coordinator of Parish Organizing, Archdiocese of San Francisco
|Diana Martinez, |
Mission SRO Collaborative Manager, Dolores Street Community Services
|Dairo Romero, |
Community Planning Manager, Mission Economic Development Agency
|Sandra Sandoval, |