A well-respected community leader and a successful entrepreneur Dr. Hsing Kung received 2020 John W. Gardner Award

A well-respected community leader and a successful entrepreneur Dr. Hsing Kung  got 2020 John W. Gardner Award

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Exemplary Leadership Celebration 2020 recognized the 2020 John W. Gardner Award winners, Dr. Hsing Kung and Webb McKinney, and the 2020 Exemplary Award Winner,  the Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County and PACT’s Solidarity Network.

2020 John W. Gardner Award Spotlight: Hsing Kung

Hsing Kung (Class XIII) is one of two individuals receiving the 2020 John W. Gardner Award at this year’s Exemplary Leadership Celebration on September 1st.

Hsing is Managing Partner of Acorn Campus Ventures, a technology venture fund and incubator in Silicon Valley and East Asia. Hsing co-founded Pine Photonics in 2000 and was CEO and founder of Luxnet Corp from 1998 to 2000. He has co-founded and led several other optoelectronics companies after beginning his career at Hewlett-Packard in 1974. In recent years, Dr. Kung has devoted his time to promoting civic engagement among the Chinese American community. He serves on the California State University Board of Trustees as well as the boards of Vision New America, 1st ACT Silicon Valley Arts, and Monte Jade.

His passion as a leader and commitment to serving his community can be seen in the work he has done for various organizations. Previously he served on the boards of Fremont Union High School District, American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, San Jose Repertory Theater, Rotary Club of Cupertino, United Way Silicon Valley and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association.

Since 1994, American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley Senior Fellows have presented the John W. Gardner Leadership Award to those among them who best exemplify the following criteria:

• Represent the spirit of ALF by inspiring and motivating other leaders to get involved;
• Serve as bridge builders between diverse community segments and leaders;
• Present track records as collaborative leaders who identify and deal with complex and difficult issues;
• Demonstrate ALF core values of diversity, inclusiveness, civility, engagement, and respect.

Congratulations Hsing!

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John W. Gardner Awards

Each year American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley Senior Fellows recognize those among them who are doing an exemplary job of inspiring and motivating other leaders, building bridges between diverse communities and its leaders, and demonstrating ALF’s core values of diversity, inclusiveness, civility, engagement and respect.

Past and future honorees include:

2020 (to be honored at 2020 Exemplary Leadership Celebration)

Hsing Kung, Class XIII, Managing Partner, Acorn Campus Ventures

Webb McKinney, Class XV, Retired Executive Vice President, Hewlett Packard


Patricia Gardner, Class XX, CEO, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits

Carol Larson, Class XV, President & CEO, David and Lucile Packard Foundation


Ann Ravel, Class XI, Rabbi, Fellow, New America

Russ Hall, Class XX, Managing Director & Founder, Legacy Venture

Bob Brownstein, Class XII, Strategic Advisor, Working Partnerships USA

Chris Eyre, Class XVI, Partner Emeritus, Legacy Venture


Rabbi Melanie Aron, Class VIII, Rabbi, Congregation Shir Hadash

Luisa Buada, Class XXIII, CEO, Ravenswood Family Health Center

C.S. Park, Class XVIII, Board Chair, Silicon Valley Community Foundation


Roy Hirabayashi, Class XVIII, Founder, San Jose Taiko

Greg Avis, Class XI, Founding Managing Director, Summit Partners


Randy Pond, Class XVII, Executive Vice President, Cisco, Inc.

Erica Yew, Class XV, Judge, Santa Clara Superior Court


Steve Smith, Class XIV, Managing Director (Ret.) Arma Partners Investments

LaDoris Cordell, Class VIII, Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose


Blanca Alvarado, Class III, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Emeritus

Lisa Sonsini, Class XIV, Board President of the Sobrato Foundation


Lata Krishnan, Class X, Vice Chair, American India Foundation

Hermelinda Sapien, Class XVII, President and CEO, Center for Employment Training (CET)


Sharon Chatman, Class XIII, Superior Court Judge, Santa Clara County and Founder, Building Peaceful Families

Robert Saldich, Class VIII, retired President and CEO of Raychem Corporation


Chuck Geschke, Class X, Chairman, Adobe Systems

Martha Kanter, Class IX, Chancellor, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District


Connie Martinez, Class X, Executive Director, The Children’s Discovery Museum

John Morgridge, Class VIII, Chairman of the Board, Cisco Systems


Ned Barnholt, Class IX, President and CEO, Agilent Technologies

Frederick Ferrer, Class XI, Executive Director, Estrella Family Services


J. Richard Braugh, Class XII, Senior Vice President for Investments, UBS

Rolanda Pierre Dixon, Class IX, Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara Co.


Ronnie Lott, Class XII – Founder, All Stars Helping Kids

Linda Williams, Class VI – President, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte


Amy Dean, Class V – Executive Officer, South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council

Peter Hero, Class III – President, Community Foundation Silicon Valley


Esther Medina, Class II – Executive Director, Mexican American Community Services Agency, Inc. (MACSA)

Gib Myers, Class IX – Chairman, Entrepreneurs’ Foundation


Peter Giles, Class IV – President, The Tech Museum of Innovation

Paul Locatelli, S.J., Class II – President, Santa Clara University


Les Denend, Class VII – President, Network Associates, Inc.

Dianne McKenna, Class IV – Former member, Santa Clara Board of Supervisors

Sally Osberg, Class I – Executive Director, Children’s Discovery Museum


Jim Carreker, Class VI – Chairman & CEO, Aspect Telecommunications Corp.

Phil Hammer, Class V – Partner, Hammer & Jacobs


Ken Coleman, Class III – Senior Vice President, Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Becky Morgan, Class VI – President & CEO, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley


Kirk Hanson, Class IV – Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Harry Saal, Class V – Founder & Chairman, Network General Corp.


Jean McCown, Class IV – Former Mayor of Palo Alto

Art Money, Class III – President, ESL, Inc.


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