San Diego, CA, December 13, 2013: On December 3, the Harvard Business School (HBS) Club of Northern California Community Partners presented Sally Ride Science Vice President of Marketing Jim Mills with “The Jim Stocker Award for Volunteer Excellence” for his pro bono work as a marketing consultant for non-profit organizations over the past 10 years.
Most recently, Mr. Mills, a 1986 HBS graduate, helped the San Jose, CA, Mayor’s Office and the Santa Clara County Office of Education brainstorm programs and plans to grow its SJ2020 program, which aims to eliminate the achievement gap among K-12 students in San Jose by the year 2020.
In addition to the SJ2020 project, Jim was recognized for his roles in three HBS Community Partners pro bono consulting projects, including a 2003 marketing study for Strybing Arboretum (now known as the San Francisco Botanical Garden), an earned income plan for the Oakland Museum of California in 2004, and a strategy and organizational assessment for Ceiba Charter Schools in Watsonville, CA, completed earlier this year.
“Jim brought incredible knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to each project in which he participated,” said Nancy Huang, Executive Director of the HBS Community Partners Program. “He inspired his team members and served his clients with grace and passion. His commitment to serving his community is exemplary.”
Each year, the San Francisco chapter of HBS Community Partners presents an award to an HBS alumnus who has contributed time and talent through Community Partners and whose positive attitude and professional example inspire others to do the same. The award also honors Jim Stocker, the co-founder of Community Partners, who served as the Chair of its Steering Committee during its first ten years, and continued to inspire the organization over time. The award is presented at an annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, which took place December 3rd at the University Club in San Francisco.
“I am honored to have received this award,” said Mr. Mills. “I’ve learned so much from the clients and organizations we have served, and those experiences have complemented the work my colleagues and I do at Sally Ride Science. The projects with the San Jose Mayor’s Office and Ceiba Charter Schools were all about giving more students an opportunity to participate more productively in our 21st Century economy. All of our young people have contributions they can make, and taking better advantage of their talents is one of the biggest challenges facing our society.”