John W. Gardner, American statesman and founding chair of Independent Sector, was the ultimate builder of ideas, people, and causes. Each year, we honor his spirit by recognizing an American visionary whose body of work has empowered constituencies, strengthened participation, inspired movements, and improved the community of life on our planet.Bryan Stevenson, Recipient of the 2016 John W. Gardner Leadership Award
Bryan’s passionate advocacy for reform in the criminal justice system began years before it became a topic of national debate and discussion. He has argued before the Supreme Court five times and was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015. He is the author of several books, including the most recent New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which focuses on the work of EJI and its clients.
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