California League of Conservation Voters Honors Environmental Champions at Annual Awards Gala


*Press Release*
June 27, 2013                            Contact: Jenesse Miller, CLCV – 510.844.0235

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (June 27, 2013) – The California League of Conservation Voters—the nonpartisan political action arm of California’s environmental movement—celebrates a theme of partnerships and several of California’s leading environmental champions at its annual Environmental Leadership Awards gala event in San Francisco today. Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson will be on hand to present one of the awards at the event.

“CLCV is proud to honor these inspiring individuals who, through their partnership with one another and the larger environmental community, are making California a national leader in conservation and environmental justice,” said CLCV chief executive officer Sarah Rose.

CLCV presents the Environmental Leadership Awards to these partners for environmental progress:

Steve Blank and Alison Elliott:

Steve Blank spent 21 years in Silicon Valley startups, authored The Four Steps to the Epiphany and The Startup Owner’s Manual and now teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, and for the National Science Foundation. He is a CLCV board member, a California Coastal Commissioner, former board member of Peninsula Open Space Trust and former chairman of Audubon California. Alison Elliott is the interim Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A former trustee with the California State Parks Foundation, Alison currently serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund and the Peninsula School Endowment and Trust Fund.

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Green For All:

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is the Chief Executive Officer of Green For All, a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy. Under her leadership, Green For All has become one of the country’s leading advocates for a clean-energy economy, and one of its most important voices on the intersection of economics and environment. Phaedra has led Green For All to several groundbreaking policy victories and innovative pilot projects at the federal, state, and local levels, while redefining the face of environmentalism through youth engagement and partnerships with popular hip-hop artists.

Jim and Becky Morgan

Jim and Becky Morgan founded the Morgan Family Foundation to support organizations in the areas of youth, education, the environment, and regional stewardship. They are co-founders of the Northern Sierra Partnership, a collaborative initiative to conserve, restore, and enhance the magnificent natural landscape of the northern Sierra Nevada. Jim Morgan was formerly Chairman of the Board and CEO of Applied Materials. Becky Morgan served as a California State Senator and is the former President and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley. She is the catalyst behind the California Stewardship Network, which develops solutions to pressing economic, environmental, and community challenges.

“As tonight’s honorees demonstrate, there’s no one right way to be a champion for our environment. There are instead many different entry points to the conservation movement,” said Chair of the CLCV Board, Rick Zbur. “It is at their intersection that we turn individual ideas into a partnership and a real movement for change.”

More information about the event, including biographies of all of the honorees, can be found online at

About the California League of Conservation Voters:

The political muscle of the environmental movement in America’s leading environmental state, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental political action organization. CLCV uses sophisticated campaign tools to help elect pro-environment officials – and to hold them accountable for passing legislation to protect health, communities and the environment. CLCV publishes the annual California Environmental Scorecard, which rates the actions of every state legislator and the governor on the state’s environmental priorities each legislative year. For more information, visit



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