Margaret Gordon

Margaret Gordon

Children living near the freeways in urban Oakland, Calif., are hospitalized for asthma at 12 times the rate of youths in the city’s more affluent – and greener – suburb of Lafayette. Years ago, Margaret Gordon didn’t know about how grave the situation was in her...
Sister Ines Pena

Sister Ines Pena

At age 63, Inés Pena, a Carmelite nun with a lifetime of work for the destitute behind her, saw that Puerto Rico’s foster care system was not meeting the needs of young girls. In 1993, with her colleagues in the order, she formed Hogares Teresa Toda, a community...
James Ketelsen

James Ketelsen

Ketelsen created Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) when he was CEO of Tenneco, a Fortune 500 manufacturer of heavy equipment, in 1988. When he retired, he turned his full attention to doing more to help minority and low-income youth graduate from high...
Timothy W. Bilodeau

Timothy W. Bilodeau

As a volunteer working to improve medical conditions in Ecuador, Timothy Bilodeau stood by a mother whose 3-year-old child had just died for lack of 25 cents worth of medicine. The impoverished woman, in agony, had been forced to choose between buying food or medicine...