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David Brandon Received Community Boards’ Raymond Shonholtz Visionary Peacemaker Award

Award honors the significant contributions of those who make San Francisco a city of healthier, more just and more respectful neighborhoods and communities.

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San Francisco – The JAMS Foundation is pleased to announce that David Brandon has been honored with Community Boards’ Raymond Shonholtz Visionary Peacemaker Award. This award was presented at Community Boards' 14th Annual San Francisco Peacemaker Awards on June 7 at The City Club of San Francisco.

This award is part of Community Boards’ San Francisco Peacemaker Awards, which acknowledge and honor the significant and tireless contributions of individuals who make San Francisco a city of healthier, more just and more respectful neighborhoods and communities. They recognize both those with proven track records of peacemaking and restorative justice and the next generation of peacemakers.

Everyone who knows David—and even those who have not yet had the privilege of working with him directly—understands his commitment to improving the lives of those around him. I couldn’t think of a more deserving individual to be recognized by this award.

- Chris Poole, JAMS CEO

Mr. Brandon has served as managing director of the JAMS Foundation for over 10 years and has worked in the ADR industry in various roles—including mediator, facilitator and case manager—since 1990. In his role at the JAMS Foundation, he oversees various initiatives, such as the Community Mediation Mini-Grant Program, which provides funding for multiple pilot projects in specific areas of demonstrated need and creates resources for more than 400 local centers across North America.

The work that David does both at the JAMS Foundation and for community mediation is essential and highly regarded by everyone he encounters. David is a passionate advocate for helping communities take advantage of the tools of mediation, and we are thrilled to be presenting him with this honor.

- Darlene Weide, executive director of Community Boards

Community Boards operates the longest-running nonprofit conflict resolution and restorative justice center in the United States, which has been offering resources to the public since 1976. It offers a range of affordable conflict resolution and restorative justice programs and services to residents, businesses, schools and communities throughout San Francisco. 

More information about Community Boards can be found here.

About the JAMS Foundation

The nonprofit JAMS Foundation was established in 2002 by JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. The mission of the JAMS Foundation is to provide financial assistance for conflict resolution initiatives with national and international impact and to share its dispute resolution expertise for the benefit of the public interest.

The Foundation is funded entirely by contributions from JAMS neutrals, executives and associates, and a substantial annual donation from JAMS. To uphold the company's core value of neutrality, the Foundation accepts no donations outside of JAMS. The Foundation currently comprises 300 principal benefactors and has provided more than $12 million in grant funding since its inception.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 450 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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