Head of Seattle-based OneAmerica to receive White House award

The White House on Tuesday will honor Rich Stolz, executive director of Seattle-based OneAmerica, with its "Champions of Change" award for his work on immigration.

Stolz is among 11 people from across the country who will receive the Cesar Chavez award for embodying the spirit of the late farm worker and civil rights leader "and for advocating and organizing around immigration-related issues," the White House said.

Born in South Korea, Stolz grew up in California, and has organized in communities in Maine, Alabama, Arizona, and Washington, D.C. Last June, he was named to head OneAmerica , the largest immigrant-rights advocacy organization in this state.

"These eleven individuals exemplify the core decency and generosity of Americans, by welcoming and giving voice to those that come to our shore," said Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White house to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

By Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times, March 25

Read Rich's statement on the award on the White House Champions of Change website.

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