Each year, in partnership with Governor Jared Polis and all living former Colorado governors, CiviCO, a nonprofit that cultivates civic-minded leaders, awards Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals to citizens and organizations who inspire excellence and public service. Gov. Polis announced six recipients for 2022 who will be honored on January 26, 2023 as part of Colorado Leadership Month.
The medals, established in 2015 and inspired by the Presidential Medal of Freedom, represent the highest honor recognizing significant contributions to communities across Colorado. Each of the 2022 medal recipients shares the same values: they are people who put people first.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize the recipients with this award and highlight all you have done for Colorado. The important award categories allow us to select recipients from different sectors that all play a unique role in uplifting our communities through innovation and hard work. The recipients truly embody leadership and are driven to make Colorado an even better place to live,” said Governor Polis. “On behalf of all Coloradans, thank you for your dedication to building a Colorado that can be enjoyed for generations to come.”
The 2022 categories and six recipients are:
Vanguard Legacy Award—Federico Peña
Emerging Community Leader Medal —Mitchell Mauro
Public and Community Service Award—Ed Perlmutter
Growth and Innovation Award—Amy Schwartz and Kelly Leid, Founders of the STEAD School
Corporate Citizenship Medal —Ball Corporation
Colorado Mountain Leader Medal —Clela Rorex (posthumous)
“The 2022 medal recipients are emblematic of CiviCO’s vision to support people who put people first,” said Jennifer Landers, executive director of CiviCO. “We are honored to partner with Governor Polis and former governors to celebrate these outstanding leaders who have devoted so much to our beloved state.”
To learn more about the Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals and past honorees, visit https://www.theeventcgcm.org/.
CiviCO is the premier nonprofit that cultivates civic-minded leaders to improve the state of Colorado. By providing access to leadership programming and a vast network of community role models, mentors and thought leaders, CivicCO fosters community-driven, multi-generational leaders who purposely change our communities across the state through positive actions. CiviCO’s signature programs include: Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals, the Governors Fellowship, Colorado Young Leaders and the “What’s Your Story” exhibit at the History Colorado Center. To learn how an organization or individual can create positive action for a better Colorado or become a member of the CiviCO community visit' www.livecivico.org' or contact Info@LiveCiviCO.org.