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Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award Honorees


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

2022 - Mertie and James Shelby, Both have a long history as changemakers in the Sacramento region and beyond.  Mertie Shelby is a highly regarded teacher and administrator and has been inducted into the Education Hall of Fame. James led the Sacramento Urban League, served as a council member and Mayor in the City of Citrus Heights.

2021 - Shonna McDaniels, Executive Director at SOJOURNER Truth Multicultural Art Center/Museum

2020 - Dr. Hazel Mahone, CEO of Vision 2000 and Veteran Educator

2019 - Vivek Ranadivé, Owner, Sacramento Kings and The Sacramento Kings

2018 - Susan Savage, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of the Sacramento River Cats

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