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Karen Mack: Wilmers Integrity Prize Finalist

As we kick off Women’s History Month, we would like to spotlightLA Commons’ Founder and Executive Director, Karen Mack! She was one of three finalists for the Robert G. Wilmers Integrity Prize, which recognizes individuals who are actively working to make a positive impact in their community. 

This recognition was announced at a reception for 65 inaugural donors to the Wilmers Integrity Prize, a nonprofit established in 2019 to support individuals working in the United States with exceptional integrity to better our world through their actions and advocacy. Integrity in leadership and service to the community are at the forefront of the Prize's search, and individuals working in the arts, education, environment, law, medicine, nutrition, social justice, and social reform are eligible.

This year, the 2023 Prize was awarded to Edafe Okporo, a former asylum seeker and founder of Refuge America, , a nonprofit committed to strengthening America as a welcome place for displaced LGBTQ+ people. Okporo, along with our Executive Director, Karen Mack, and Cheri Garcia, Founder and CEO of Cornbread Hustle, were finalists under consideration for this prize. 

"Challenges persist," said Okporo, "but with support like this Prize, we can work toward a more inclusive and compassionate society that welcomes and empowers those in need of refuge. Many individuals arrive with hopes of a better life, only to be confronted by a multitude of barriers. My motivation springs from a deep-seated desire to extend a helping hand to these vulnerable souls, aiding them in navigating the labyrinthine US immigration system and providing the essential support they require to rebuild their lives." Refuge America helps with obtaining legal asylum status, securing housing, finding access to education and employment, and facilitating their smooth integration into new communities.

We’re honored that the Prize has recognized the impact of Karen’s visioning and LA Commons’ impactful programming! To learn more about the Prize, please visit

SOURCE Robert G. Wilmers Integrity Prize


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