THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS FOR
JOINING US FOR MHASF’s 70TH ANNIVERSARY
November 9th, 2017
5:30PM – 9:00PM
235 Montgomery Street
Mission Housing Development Corporation
For more information on becoming a 70th Anniversary Sponsor, click here.
Innovations In Mental Health Award Winner
Tomas Alvarez III
Hip Hop Therapy
Tomás is a leading social entrepreneur known for trailblazing work using Hip Hop Therapy to promote mental health and wellbeing among youth of color, for which he was named a CNN Hero, Ashoka Fellow, and NBC Top 20 Latino Innovator.
Tomás is a clinically trained social worker specializing in asset-based, bottom-up approaches that enable young people to direct their care while developing the skills to become change makers in their community and beyond. He founded and served as the CEO of Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc. (BRL) where his vision and leadership helped to establish the organization as a prominent player in the innovative mental health space.
In 2015, he transitioned out of BRL to launch the Hip Hop Therapy Global Institute (HHTGI) and focus his efforts on field-building projects that give rise to collective impact. In 2016, he joined the Children’s Wellbeing Initiative, a joint venture between Ashoka and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at cultivating a culture of wellbeing for all children in the United States.
Tomás is also a SEERS fellow and has served as an adjunct lecturer at Stanford University through the Haas Center for Public Service.
Mental Health Champion Award
Evening News Anchor at CBS Radio
Jeff Bell is an author, mental health advocate, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established Bell as a leading voice for mental health awareness and “Greater Good” motivation. Bell served for eight years as a national spokesperson and board member for the International OCD Foundation, which recently honored him with its Patricia Perkins Service Award. He is also the 2007 recipient of Mental Health America’s forWARDS Award, for “moving the cause of mental health forward.” In 2011, Bell cofounded the nonprofit A2A Alliance, aiming to showcase and foster the power of turning adversity into advocacy; and as cofounder of Beyond the Doubt, Bell and fellow mental health advocate Shala Nicely offer workshops, e-courses, and daily emails to help individuals stay motivated through anxiety treatment. Bell is a 25-year veteran of broadcast news and currently coanchors the KCBS Afternoon News, winner of the 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast in America.
Community Lifesaver Award
Richard L. Corriea
SFPD Commander (Ret)
Esmé Weijun Wang
HONORARY HOST COMMITTEE
Kamala D. Harris
President Pro Tempore of California State Senate
Former State Senator
Sandra Lee Fewer