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2020 BOLD 


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Recognizing, celebrating, and rewarding Head Start bold leadership

2020 BOLD Leadership 

Recognizing how Head Start uplifts our nation’s most vulnerable communities through unparalleled bold leadership.

In partnership with Ford Foundation

NHSA recognizes fourteen extraordinarily bold leaders from across the country with cash prizes of $47,000, provided generously by the Ford Foundation.

There is boldness in everyone.

A panel of five BOLD Alumni Leaders who exemplify Head Start’s long-term impact selected the winners from hundreds of nominations.

Through all of 2020’s turbulence, Head Start leaders boldly faced the challenges and lived up to an unprecedented level of extraordinary leadership. In the midst of chaos, they supported families most affected by the events of 2020, continuing to educate children, partner with parents, and serve as a vital bridge to additional community supports. The National Head Start Association’s 2020 BOLD was created to recognize, celebrate, and reward this bold leadership.

2020 BOLD Alumni Leaders

Five Head Start alumni boldly leading change for a better world in fields critical to our country’s well-being, each of whom is an exemplar of Head Start’s long-term impact. These remarkable BOLD Alumni Leaders selected the 2020 BOLD Prize winners and will each offer leadership their leadership wisdom in 90-minute leadership conversations with the BOLD Leader and GOLD Game-Changer Prize winners. We offer them our deepest gratitude.

Ilham Askia: From Head Start to Gideon’s Promise

Boldly leading to transform the criminal justice system

Dr. Joseph I. Castro: From Head Start to California State University

Boldly leading the nation’s largest and most diverse four-year university

Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack: From Head Start to Harvard

Boldly leading higher education toward greater accessibility and inclusion for lower-income youth

David Medina: From Head Start to Results for America

Boldly leading to help decision-makers harness the power of evidence and data to solve our greatest challenges

Omar Woodard: From Head Start to GreenLight Fund

Boldly leading to transform lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas

Darren Walker: From Head Start to the Ford Foundation

Honorary 2020 Bold Alumni Leader

2020 BOLD Leadership Prizes

14 Head Start leaders who courageously took risks and found bold, game-changing solutions to 2020’s challenge.

2020 BOLD Leader

One prize winner: $10,000

2020 BOLD Game Changers

Six prize winners: $5,000 each

2020 BOLD Thinkers

Seven prize winners: $1,000 each