Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award Recipient

2017 Award Winner

Scott Syphax
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Nehemiah Companies

Scott Syphax is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Nehemiah Companies, a Sacramento, California based social enterprise and real estate development firm. Mr. Syphax led the development team of Township 9 – a 2,500 unit master-planned, smart-growth community in downtown Sacramento. As CEO of Nehemiah, he manages the Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund, which has leveraged over $880 million in projects to spur development in low-income and underserved communities. Through Nehemiah Corporation of America’s former flagship program, The Nehemiah Program, Nehemiah provided more than $1.5 billion in downpayment assistance gift funds to help over 325,000 families achieve their dream of homeownership.




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

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