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Outstanding Public Servant Awards

Outstanding Public Servant Awards 2023

The SBF Outstanding Public Service Awards are intended to highlight and encourage the “next” generation of transformative servant leaders in the following five categories:

Girmay Zihalay

The Norman B. Rice

Community Development and Public Service Award


Presented to:

Girmay Zahilay

King County Councilmember

Michael Pamphlet

The Trish Millines Dziko

Diversity in Technology Award


Presented to:

Michael Pamphlet

Director of Academy Strategy & Design at Year Up

Josephine Howell

The Patrinell Wright

Excellence in the Performing

Arts Award


Presented to:

Josephine Howell

Leading Northwest Vocal Artist

Maxine Mimms

The Maxine Mimms

Educational Empowerment Award


Presented to:

Dr. Maxine Mimms

Educator/School Founder

Lyle Quasim

The Lyle Quasim

Social Justice & Activism Award


Presented to:

Lyle Quasim

Secretary WA State DSHS (Retired)

SBF Outstanding Public Servant Awards 2022

The inaugural Songs of Black Folk Production, June 19, 2022, included the presentation of three Outstanding Public Servant Awards, in three distinct categories.  Each award was given for Lifetime Achievement in that initial presentation. However, all future presentations of the respective Outstanding Public Service Awards will be given in the name of the original recipient and presented to individuals who represent the “next” generation of leadership.

Norman B. Rice Award
Norm Rice receiving his Family Lifetime Achievement

The 2022 SBF Outstanding Public Servant Award recipient for COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICE was:

The Honorable Norman Rice, former Mayor of the City of Seattle.

The 2022 SBF Outstanding Public Servant Award recipient for DIVERSITY IN TECHNOLOGY (Creating access for people of Color) was:

Trish Millines Dziko, Co-Founder of Technology Access Foundation (TAF)

Trish Millines Dziko Award
Trish getting her Lifetime Achievement
Patrinell Wright Juneteenth 2022 Award
Pat Wright getting her Lifetime Achievement

The 2022 SBF Outstanding Public Servant Award recipient for EXCELLENCE IN THE PERFORMANCE ARTS was: 

Rev. Patrinell Wright, Founder of the Total Experience Choir

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