Richard E. Cone Award: For Emerging Leaders in Community Engagement

The Richard E. Cone Award recognizes an exemplary early-career individual who is an emerging leader in the field of community engagement, whose work has had a positive impact on campus and in the community, and who is guided by the best practices of community-campus partnerships. It is the hope of California Campus Compact that this award will inspire all higher education institutions to consider ways to deepen their efforts to institutionalize and sustain authentic community-campus partnerships. As it often has been said, a community’s character is reflected in the people it selects to honor.

From 1999-2016, the award was bestowed annually upon an individual who made significant contributions to the development of partnerships between communities and institutions of higher education – partnerships through which student learning and the quality of life in communities are simultaneously improved. In 2017, we moved to honor Dick Cone’s work to support and mentor emerging leaders in the field.

2020 Richard E. Cone Award Nomination

Now accepting applications for the January 2020 Cone Award.
Please download the Call for Nominations. Nomination deadline is November 5, 2019.

Richard E. Cone

Dr. Richard E. Cone (simply and fondly called “Dick” by his colleagues) has been a voice in the national dialogue on experiential education, civic engagement and service-learning since the 1970s. He has provided a guiding spirit and voice in the development and evolution of California Campus Compact since its beginnings more than 20 years ago. In 1999, California Campus Compact presented Dick Cone with the first Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education.

2018 Richard E. Cone Award for Emerging Leaders Recipient

California Campus Compact selected Fernando Enciso-Márquez, M.P.A., as the recipient of the first California Campus Compact 2018 Richard E. Cone Award for Emerging Leaders in Community Engagement. The Richard E. Cone Award recognizes an exemplary early-career individual who is an emerging leader in the field of community engagement, whose work has had a positive impact on campus and in the community, and who is guided by the best practices of community-campus partnerships.

“The Richard E. Cone Award is important because it emphasizes the partnership. There are lots of awards out there for outstanding faculty member, outstanding community partner, outstanding student – but this awards gives you a much broader perspective of the importance of partnership and the reciprocal benefit. It calls attention to the components and best practices of high-quality community-university partnerships.”

Kathy O’Byrne, Former Director
Center for Community Learning
University of California Los Angeles
Honored in 2004


“California Campus Compact is at the forefront of the national dialogue on experiential learning, civic engagement and service learning. By collaborating with California Campus Compact, the University of San Diego is better equipped to prepare students to be ethical leaders and compassionate citizens who build partnerships for positive change and reinvigorate higher education for the public good.”

Carol Wilkinson, Former Service-Learning Coordinator
MiraCosta College
Honored in 2007

“Fernando is a passionate and skillful community leader who has worked quietly and tirelessly to promote social justice, service learning and community engaged scholarship to administrators, faculty, students and community partners, with impressive results,” said Elaine Ikeda, Ph.D., Executive Director of California Campus Compact. “We are grateful for Fernando’s leadership in furthering our work in the Bay Area and we are excited to recognize and highlight his exemplary work in the field of service learning and civic engagement by presenting him with our first 2018 Richard E. Cone Award for Emerging Leaders.”

Fernando holds a Master of Public Administration from University of San Francisco (USF), and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Jose State University (SJSU). In his five year tenure at USF, he has contributed in the administration of all of the Leo T. McCarthy Center’s local-to-global undergraduate programs, running service learning programs with a strong social justice emphasis, developing and delivering curriculum on diversity, inclusion, public service and civic engagement; and building and maintaining partnerships with Bay Area non-profit, advocacy, and government agencies. He is also involved in shaping the evolution of new programs at the McCarthy Center which promise to enhance student learning and contributing to advancing equity and social change.

David Donahue, Director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good writes in his recommendation, “As someone who has been involved in the field of community engaged teaching and learning for 25 years as a professor, scholar, and director {of the Center}, I can think of no one in the field who better exemplifies the four criteria you are looking for in an award winner. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to work with Fernando. Early on in my tenure at the McCarthy Center, I recognized Fernando as a person of exceptional gifts and talents and unlimited passion and commitment for community engagement. His connections across USF and the City of San Francisco and beyond are wide AND deep. One of the things I best love about working in education is the opportunity every so often to meet those individuals that you know – as you learn about what they think, what they value, and what they do – can do anything and that whatever they do is going to leave this world a better place. Fernando is that kind of person.”

Fernando has been a longstanding advocate of community service and social justice. He worked at SJSU’s Mosaic Cross Cultural Center, the San Francisco Public Defenders Office and its community-building initiative in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, and for the Washington, DC Office of U.S. Congressman Mike Honda. He continues to serve on many nonprofit boards and organizations, including the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the SFUSD Public Education Enrichment Fund Community Advisory Committee. He is also honored to serve on the Board of Advisors for two USF community partner agencies, Breakthrough San Francisco and Faithful Fools Street Ministry.

Evaluating Fernando’s role in community engagement, his USF colleague Star Plaxton-Moore describes what Fernando brings to the Advocates for Community Engagement (ACE) program and every project he leads, “As a life- long San Francisco resident, local activist and passionate educator, Fernando has shaped our programs in ways that allow us to more authentically engage students and community. Specifically, our student leadership curriculum and community-engaged activities now reflect a deeper social justice orientation because of Fernando’s expertise and experience as an activist and organizer who is extremely knowledgeable about pervasive and intersecting justice issues in the Bay Area and beyond. The entire institution has benefited from Fernando’s authentic and sustained connections with nonprofits, advocacy organizations, local leaders and city agencies. He has advised faculty, staff and students searching for community partnerships, and has leveraged his personal and professional connections to build USF’s network of community partners.”

USF Sociology professor Dr. Evelyn Rodriguez writes, “Fernando is already a leader on our campus and in our San Francisco community, and has already shown that he is nurturing and preparing ‘the next generation of civic leaders.’ His work makes USF a better institution, because the community engagement he supports is truly in service of our mission to ‘educate leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world,’ and is aligned with our core value of advocating for ‘learning as a humanizing, social activity.’ I have no question that he will only continue to make more meaningful contributions at the McCarthy Center and at USF.”

Richard E. Cone Award for Emerging Leaders in Community Engagement: Honorees

Fernando Enciso-Marquez
2018 Recipient
Assistant Director, Community Engaged Learning
University of San Francisco

Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership: Honorees

Christopher Nayve
2016 Recipient Director
Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center Assistant Provost, Community Engagement University of San Diego

Pilar Pacheco 
2014 Recipient
Associate Director, Center for Community Engagement
CSU Channel Islands

Megan Voorhees
2012 Recipient
Director, Cal Corps Public Service Center
University of California, Berkeley

Gerald Eisman
2010 Recipient
Director, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
San Francisco State University

Carol Wilkinson
2007 Recipient
Service Learning Coordinator
MiraCosta College

Tony Mueller
2005 Recipient
Director, Community Service Learning
University of Redlands

Jose Calderon
2004 Recipient
Associate Professor, Sociology and Chicano Studies
Pitzer College

Annie Bolick-Floss
2002 Recipient
Executive Director, Youth Educational Services
Humboldt State University

Judy Rauner
2001 Recipient
Former Director, Office for Community Service Learning
University of San Diego

Dick Cone
1999 Recipient
Former Director, Joint Educational Project
University of Southern California

Cheryl McKnight
2015 Recipient
Director, Center for Service Learning, Internships and Civic Engagement
CSU Dominguez Hills

Seth Pollack
2013 Recipient
Director, Service-Learning Institute
CSU Monterey Bay

Laurie Laird
2011 Recipient
Associate Director, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Santa Clara University

Kevin Grumbach
2009 Recipient
Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Julie Fox
2006 Recipient
Coordinator of Service-Learning
California State University, Stanislaus

Kathy O’Byrne
2004 Recipient
Director, Center for Community Learning
University of California, Los Angeles

Nadinne Cruz
2003 Recipient
Former Director, Haas Center for Public Service
Stanford University

Maureen Rubin
2001 Recipient
Founding Director, Center for Community Service Learning
California State University, Northridge

Chris Fiorentino
2000 Recipient
Director, Students for Community Service
California State University, Fresno