Joe Navidad, Executive Director, Receives 2011 TCWF Sabbatical Program Award


Joe Receives Award from TCWF President and CEO, Gary L. Yates (Photo by Robert Pacheco)

The Executive Director of People’s CORE, Joe Navidad, was recently honored as an awardee of the 2011 Sabbatical Program of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF).

Joe Navidad is a lifelong community organizer and social worker who began his work in the Philippines. Before coming to the United States, he worked as a rural community organizer and was incarcerated as a political detainee by the Marcos regime. He founded People’s CORE in 1996 and since then People’s CORE has brought together countless community members and volunteers to take action and pursue careers in a similar vein.

(Photo by Robert Pacheco)

The organization’s approach is to empower community members to look at broader social problems and identify the root causes to develop solutions. People’s CORE has been involved in a number of public health and environmental justice issues, including tobacco control and prevention in parks and housing, and addressing in-home environmental hazards, particularly in low-income housing.

As one former colleague noted:

He really challenges us as far as how to be a good organizer in a setting where you’re not going to be recognized for it. He is very much engrained in the Filipino community. But it’s not about him, it’s about the community. This is his life. It’s not just a job or a commitment for him.You take community work out, he wouldn’t be able to breathe. It’s like his air; he wouldn’t be able to survive.

Congratulations, Joe, on this well-deserved award!

Congratulations to all the TCWF Sabbatical Program Award Honorees! (Photo by Robert Pacheco)