Judging Panel


Alice A. Huffman

California State NAACP President

Under the leadership of Alice Huffman, the NAACP has become one of the most sought after organizations in California’s policy arena.

Huffman graduated from UC Berkeley with honors in Social and Cultural Anthropology. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has many distinguished awards to her credit including the CA Legislative Black Caucus Heritage and Legends Award; the Grand Marshall California Black Media; The National NAACP Thalheimer Award; and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Civil Rights Leader Award.

She is a current member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP.


Naomi Kelly

City Administrator for the City and County of San Francisco

Ms. Kelly is the first woman and African American to serve as City Administrator of the City and County of San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from New York University, and her law degree from the University of San Francisco. She is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of California.

Ms. Kelly’s career as a public servant began as Special Assistant in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, in the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs under Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. On February 7, 2012, she was sworn in by Mayor Edwin M. Lee to serve as the City Administrator for the City and County of San Francisco for a five year term.


Barbara Lee

U.S. Representative for California’s 13th Congressional District

First elected in 1998 to represent California’s 9th Congressional District, Democratic lawmaker Barbara Lee has established a reputation for principled and independent stands.

Congresswoman Lee began her political career as an intern in the office of her predecessor, former Congressman and former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, where she eventually became his Chief of Staff. Before being elected to Congress, she served in the California State Assembly and in the California State Senate.

Congresswoman Lee’s accomplishments are many, including authoring or co-authoring every major piece of legislation dealing with global HIV/AIDS issues since she was elected to Congress. She has also been a leader in the bipartisan effort to end the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. In 2005, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize along with women from 150 countries as part of the international project – 1000 Women for Peace.

She is the immediate past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and former co-chair of the Progressive Caucus.


David G. Lim

San Mateo Council Member

Currently serving as Deputy Mayor of San Mateo, David was elected to the San Mateo City Council in 2009, his first run for elected office. He has served on the San Mateo Community Relations Commission, and was a member of the San Mateo Neighborhood Watch Board of Directors.

David is also a deputy district attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, a position he has held since graduating from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1999. He has a M.Ed. from the UCLA School of Education, and a B.A. in political science from UCLA.

David was an adjunct professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education, and, prior to that, was a public school teacher in Los Angeles, teaching 7th grade world history.


David Montgomery

Director of Cemetery Development and Memorialization for NorthStar Memorial Group LLC

David Montgomery is widely recognized as the driving force behind the creation and design of one-of-a-kind memorialization monuments and innovative cemetery development designs throughout the United States. Celebrated as a visionary in his field, he is currently Director of Cemetery Development and Memorialization for NorthStar Memorial Group LLC.

Prior to his career in memorialization design, he was a seven-year veteran of the advertising industry, providing concept design and strategic development to many well-known consumer brands including IBM.

David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 from Williams College in Williamstown MA where he was also Captain of Varsity Football.


Rebecca Rolfe

Executive Director for the San Francisco LGBT Center

Rebecca Rolfe is a community activist who has worked on issues of social justice for over 28 years. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director for the San Francisco LGBT Center, Rebecca served as the Center’s Deputy Director for four years. Prior to that she worked at San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) for sixteen years, including eight as Executive Director.

Rebecca has served on the Board of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault for eleven years, seven of them as Co-Chair of the Board. She continues to serve in leadership positions on statewide policy committees and task forces, including the Violence Against Women STOP Task Force and the State Advisory Committee of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.


Neal Schwartz

Associate Professor of Architecture Studies, California College of the Arts

Neal has been involved in teaching for more than 20 years, most recently as Associate Professor in Architecture Studies at the California College of the Arts. He holds dual masters degrees in Architecture and Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Design respectively.

Neal is the principal of the highly respected design firm, Schwartz and Architecture (SaA). His firm has received wide-ranging recognition and has been recently profiled in the New York Times, SF Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle among others.

From 2006 – 2009, he was on the Board of Directors for the National AIDS Memorial Grove located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and was the chair of the Memorial Design Committee.