2006 New Frontier Award recipient Jane Leu, November 20, 2006.

Background

Jane Leu, 37, Founder and Executive Director of Upwardly Global, a nonprofit organization that helps legal immigrants reclaim their professional careers in the United States and assists employers in tapping into the talents and skills of foreign-born professionals, was honored with the 2006 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award for a non-elected individual whose contributions in the realm of community service, advocacy or grassroots activism have had a positive impact on a broad public policy issue or challenge. Since its establishment in 2000, Upwardly Global has provided job-search tools and training to immigrants, refugees and political asylees from more than 65 countries. The organization has also forged relationships with more than 70 major American employers seeking to diversify their workforces, including Google, Cisco, and J.P. Morgan Chase. Based in San Francisco, Upwardly Global recently opened a second office in New York City. A social entrepreneur whose creative vision, pragmatism and tenacity have powered the success of Upwardly Global, Leu has dedicated her career to opening the doors of opportunity for immigrants and refugees. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. from Columbia University.