The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber recently held their Gala Dinner & Business Leader of the Year award and honored The Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship Recepients.
Also part of the evening was the Keynote Address by Diana S. Dooley, Secretary of California Health and Human Services, a Fund-A-Need Auction, Recognition of Outgoing and installation of Board of Directors and some remarks by the 2012-13 President Dr. Darrick Lawson.
The Chamber’s 2012 Business Leader honored was Brian McMartin. According to information from the Chamber, McMartin has been a Sacramento area Realtor since 1986. In 2003, he founded McMartin Realty, building it to 35 Realtors and five staff before merging with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Mason-McDuffie in 2011. McMartin is past president and lifetime Member of Masters Club of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, which represents the areas top 10% selling Realtors. He is a founding member of the Rainbow Chamber and has overseen its annual elections since its founding. He is a former President of HIV/AIDS organization Breaking Barriers and a long time member of the Stonewall Democratic Club.
Siddarth Puri grew up in Los Angeles and attended UCLA for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art history where he focused on performance art of the the hijra (transgender) communities of northern India. He lived in India for 2 years as a Fulbright Scholar and as a health worker for the WHO.
He is currently a third year medical student at UC Davis where he is pursuing his MD with hopes of continuing his work with the LGBT community in the areas of either psychiatry, surgery or anesthesia. He volunteers at the free UC Davis student-run clinics catering to IV drug-users, sex-workers, and the transgender population.
Ma is currently finishing up classes at American River College in preparation to transfer to UC Davis in the Fall of 2013. He is planning to receive a Bachelor degree in Human Development at UC Davis before pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant. He is now going to school full time and working part time in conjunction with volunteering as a Medical Assistant at CARES, a HIV clinic in midtown Sacramento. He says he works very hard to keep himself busy and trying to give back to the community in the process.
Jon Cana was born and raised on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. Just before turning 13, his family migrated to the United States of America seeking better opportunities. Jon didn’t take his mother’s efforts to migrate his family for granted, seizing every opportunity to advance his future upon his arrival here. In high school, Jon was heavily involved in extracurricular activities, ranging from coordinating community service events, to tutoring children at a local after-school program. Jon’s efforts were recognized as he gained acceptance to the University of California, Berkeley, where he intends to major in Media Studies. In the future, Jon hopes to work in the field of journalism, focusing on pressing yet underrepresented issues from around the world.
Michael Mendez has over 10 years of legislative and governmental relations experience in the public and private sectors, including working for the California State Legislature. Michael most recently served as the legislative director for the University of California, Office of the
President, focusing on environmental policy, technology transfer andUniversity-industry relations. He holds two degrees in environmental
planning and community economic development, including a graduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Michael has also served on several local boards and commissions, and was most recently theVice Chair of the Sacramento City Planning Commission. He is currently a Ford Foundation and UC Chancellor’s Fellow and Ph.D. student at UCBerkeley in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Michael’s research focuses on science and technology studies (STS), environmentalpolicy and community development.