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Seven Bay Area Leaders Chosen to Nominate Candidates for Fifth Annual San Francisco Chronicle 2019 Visionary of the Year Award

/EIN News/ -- SAN FRANCISCO , Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For its fifth consecutive year, the San Francisco Chronicle, Northern California’s largest newspaper, is pleased to announce the nominating committee of its VisionSF program. The committee is made up of seven exemplary Bay Area leaders, including three Bay Area mayors. The committee is responsible for identifying local changemakers and potential nominees for the Visionary of the Year Award.  

VisionSF recognizes leaders in the Bay Area who strive to make the world a better place by employing new, innovative business models and practices.

“I am so thankful to have been chosen as the 2018 Visionary of the Year,” said Sal Khan, founder and CEO, Khan Academy. “To have been recognized alongside some of the Bay Area’s most innovative and impactful leaders was an absolute honor.”

The full selection committee consists of:

San Francisco Chronicle Publisher Bill Nagel, Editor in Chief Audrey Cooper and Editorial Page Editor John Diaz will select the winner.

From January 2019 to April 2019, the San Francisco Chronicle, in print and online ( will recognize the six finalists for the award. The 2019 Visionary of the Year will be announced on March 27, 2019 at a private award dinner. There will be a dedicated VisionSF special section, featuring the winner, nominees and award dinner, both in print and online April 7, 2019.

Past Visionary winners include Khan Academy founder, Salman Khan; Chan-Zuckerberg co-founder Priscilla Chan; Watsi co-founder and CEO, Chase Adam; and Education Superhighway CEO and founder, Evan Marwell.

VisionSF was established by The San Francisco Chronicle. For additional information on the nomination committee, previous winners, or the VisionSF Program, please visit the VisionSF site on

About The San Francisco Chronicle 
The San Francisco Chronicle ( is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast. Acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2000, The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence. With name brand voices and a keen editorial eye, the Chronicle is an authority that still surprises. Follow us on Twitter @SFChronicle.

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