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Krista Foundation Honors Local Change Leaders

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Krista Foundation honors local change leaders

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(Seattle, WA) Feb 7, 2012— The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship of Seattle announced the 2012 Global Citizen Awards to Trise Moore, Federal Way, and Joseph Whinney and Sharon London, both of Seattle. Global Citizen Awards are presented in three areas: Urban United States, Environment, and Developing World. They honor mid-career professionals in the Puget Sound region whose lives of service leadership are making a ripple effect locally and globally.

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship empowers young adults to transform service experiences into lives of service leadership. Through mentoring, a colleague community and re-integration services, the Krista Foundation helps young adults fully understand and employ what they have learned in their service experiences. The Global Citizen Award honorees each apply lessons from experiences of service, and contribute to ripple effects locally and across the world.

Sharon London, Strategic Initiatives Director at EarthCorps, is a leader in the pioneering field of “citizen science.” Drawing upon global service experiences that shaped her understanding of environmental and economic disparities, London empowers community leaders and young adults from the U.S. and over 75 countries to do scientifically grounded environmental education and restoration. Their efforts are making a ripple effect with communities across Puget Sound becoming equipped to assess, advocate for and care for their local natural areas.

Trise Moore, Family and Community Partnership Advocate for the Federal Way School District, is a leader in education. Implementing innovative strengths-based approaches, Moore navigates intercultural and adaptive challenges, dismantling barriers and empowering parents to become effective partners in student academic success. Led by Moore, the District’s model of family engagement is gaining national recognition and making a positive ripple effect in Federal Way and beyond.

Joseph Whinney, Founder and CEO of Theo Chocolate, is a leader in fair trade business. As young adult conservation volunteer, Whinney recognized opportunities to improve the environmental and economic livelihood of farmers in the cacao industry. Through Whinney’s service leadership, Theo Chocolate is making a ripple effect: improving conditions for farmers, educating chocolate consumers, and gaining recognition as leading model of conscious capitalism.

“Service that transforms communities is not a one-way path of giver to receiver,” says Krista Foundation Executive Director Valerie Norwood. “It must be mutually transformative. The Krista Foundation is delighted to honor Sharon London, Trise Moore, and Joseph Whinney for their leadership in urban U.S., for the environment, and in the developing world. The Ripple Effect event is an opportunity for the people of Puget Sound, and for the young adults in Krista Foundation programs, to celebrate the power of service leadership to confront the challenges of our communities and the world.”

The 2012 Krista Foundation Global Citizen Award recipients will be formally announced and honored at a public event on Sunday, March 4th, 7:00 pm in the Campion Ballroom at Seattle University. The three honorees demonstrate the event theme: “The Ripple Effect: Service changes you. Service changes the world.” Tickets for the event are available by contacting The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship at 206-382-7888 or

About the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship: Founded in 1999, The Krista Foundation honors the life and vision of Krista Hunt Ausland who died at age 25 while volunteering with her husband in rural Bolivia. Through mentoring, a colleague community and re-integration services, the Krista Foundation helps young adults fully understand and employ the learnings from their service experience. A service year, when nurtured, becomes a life of service leadership. The Krista Foundation provides ongoing program connections for more than 200 Krista Colleagues and offers program development resources and services, including The Global Citizen journal, for local universities and volunteer service organizations.

For information contact: Destiny Williams 206.683.7888 or