The Civvys Nominations Are In

Posted by on September 26, 2017 at 11:37 AM


By Brian Clancy, Founder and CEO, Big Tent Nation

When we launched the Civvys to honor people working to overcome America’s divisions, we knew we’d get many worthy nominations. But we weren’t ready for the scale and scope of the nominations received, which have been both inspiring and somewhat overwhelming! Despite what the media may feature, the Civvys are evidence that Americans are doing amazing things to get beyond what divides us and strengthen communities at the local, state and national level.

Our Civvys nominees are as creative, tenacious, diverse and wonderful as our nation itself. They include elected officials with the courage to work across the aisle and technology gurus harnessing cutting edge tools to heal the country they love. They range from high school teachers to corporate CEOs, inside the beltway experts to youth volunteers – Republicans, Democrats and Independents.  The full list is below. Learning more about these remarkable people and organizations is the perfect way to rekindle civic faith and see what’s possible when we emphasize the values we share rather than just what divides us.

Every one of these nominees deserves recognition and a shout out. They’re on this list because people impacted by their work were inspired to step up and express deep appreciation.  If their work resonates with you, let them know – or even better, offer to help out.

We now face the difficult task of picking finalists. How are we going to do it? It’s not about determining which nominees are “better” or “more deserving," but rather about looking to the Civvys evaluation criteria and assessing the degree to which each submission is aligned with those principles. To that end, we’re evaluating these remarkable individuals and initiatives on the following core attributes: scalability, impact, stakeholder diversity, commitment to civility, and metrics. Over the next few weeks, our review committee will use these same criteria to choose the inaugural Civvys awardees from among the finalists.

In the meantime, we want to celebrate the entire nomination list – and thank everyone who submitted a nomination. Our group of nominators was as diverse and accomplished as the nominees themselves and included elected officials, foundations, corporate leaders, students, professors and civic renewal thought leaders. This program is only possible because of your efforts and passion! 

Warm regards,

The Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation Civvys Team

2017 Civvys Nominees

Amy Curran | Generation Citizen

Amy Koch, Brian McDaniel, Javier Morillo, Carin Mrotz | Wrong About Everything Podcast

Anne McEnerny-Ogle | Councilmember, City of Vancouver, Washington

Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact | 92nd Street Y

Beth Lewis | Save Our Schools Arizona

Betsy Newmark | Raleigh Charter High School

Bob Heisse and Chuck Hughes | Civility Counts and Northwest Times of Indiana

Brad and Lynn Ketch | Rockwood Community Development Corporation

Bridge The Divide

Bruce Mallory, Michele Holt-Shannon | New Hampshire Listens

Cindy Elias, Jan Phillips, Kathy Leighton | Green Dot Lewiston Auburn

Common Good


Craig Freshley | Make Shift Coffee House

Curtis Miller | Connect Battle Ground

Dr. Clyde Rivers

Emily Schoephoerster | Westbrook-Walnut Grove Schools

Erin McIlraith | Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement

Essential Partners

Hunter Buxton | First Vote NC

Jeff Clements | American Promise

Jeff Girvan, Prince William County Schools, and Delegate Richard Anderson, Virginia House of Delegates

John Gables and Joan Blades | AllSides

Junior State of America Student Leaders

Ken Nwadike | Free Hugs Project

Lewena Bayer | Civility Experts Worldwide

Liz Joyner | Village Square

Maria Hadden | Participatory Budgeting Project

Michelle Holmes | Alabama Media Group

Montevallo Junior City Council

Pedro Silva | Living Room Conversations, First Congregational Church

Peter Weichlein | U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress

Representative Helene Keeley | Delaware State Legislature

Rob Fersh | Convergence

Sam Novey | Foundation for Civic Leadership

Senator Diane Allen | New Jersey State Senate

Sheila Sydnor | Principal, Penn Alexander School

Steve Lakis, Ted Celeste, Jody Thomas | State Legislative Leaders Foundation, National Institute for Civil Discourse, National Foundation for Women Legislators

Student PIRGS (several campuses represented: Rutgers, Oregon State University, University of California Berkeley)

Tim Cook | CEO, Apple Inc.

William Jackson and Quinton McGirt| The Justice Project