Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award Honorees

2018 Award Honoree

Susan Savage
Chief Executive Officer and Owner of the Sacramento River Cats

Susan, a native of Amarillo, Texas, and graduate of UCLA, is entering her ninth season as the sole majority owner of the Sacramento River Cats. Susan and her late husband, Art Savage, purchased the Triple-A franchise and moved the team from Vancouver to the River City in 2000. For 10 years, they co-owned the River Cats, bringing baseball back to Sacramento after a 23-year absence.

In 2012, Susan was nominated to be Minor League Baseball’s Female Executive of the Year, and was selected as the Sacramento Businesswoman of the Year. She has also been recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the Leaders of the Year. She serves on the boards of the California Chamber of Commerce,  River Cats Foundation, Crocker Art Museum, and the Sacramento Host Breakfast Committee.

Susan and the River Cats family strive, on a daily basis, to make Raley Field the number one venue for entertainment in the Sacramento area.  Her vision, as was Art’s, is to offer the best fan experience possible and to make customer service top priority


The award is presented annually to an outstanding community member who exemplifies the essence of Dr. King’s dream.

2017 – Scott Syphax, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Nehemiah Companies

2016 – Chet P. Hewitt, CEO and President, Sierra Health Foundation

2015 – Darrell Steinberg, Former Senate President Pro Tem, California State Senate

2014 – Vance W. Raye, Presiding Justice of the Third District Court of Appeal

2013 – Dr. Alan Rowe, Founder the United College Action Network

2012 – Grantland Johnson, Former Sacramento County Supervisor

2011 – Carlotta Walls LaNier, President, Little Rock Foundation

2011 – Bishop Emeritus Francis A. Quinn

2010 – Velma Stokley Flournoy, Founder of the Miss Black Sacramento Scholarship Pageant

2009 – Derrell and Tina Roberts, Co-Founders, Roberts Family Development Center

2008 – Honorable James Long, Superior Court of Sacramento County

2007 – C.C. Yin, President, Yin-McDonald’s

2006 – Allen Warren, President, New Faze Development

2005 – Fahiza Alim, Journalist (co-recipient)

2005 – Fran Barker, Community Activist (co-recipient)

2004 – Angelo Tsakapoulos, Chair, AKT Development Corporation

2003 – Dr. William Lee, Founder and Publisher of THE OBSERVER Newspapers

2002 – Fred Teichert, Executive Director, Teichert Foundation