The Herbert G. Klein Memorial LEADership Award is presented annually to a member of LEAD’s Impact class who has made significant leadership contributions to our community and has demonstrated the potential to effect further change upon graduation from the program.
2019 Herbert G. Klein Memorial Award
for Exemplary Leadership WINNER
A proud native of Chula Vista, Justin Lipford is currently the Director of Community Engagement at the Youth & Family Services (YFS) branch of the YMCA, an organization that works with marginalized communities and addresses San Diego’s pressing social issues. In addition to community engagement for YFS, Justin utilizes his shared life experiences to mentor runaway, homeless, and foster youth at the Y. Justin has more than 20 years of experience serving families, young adults, and children. He was recently the Program Director of YFS’ Transitional Living Program, which directly provides housing and skill-based training to runaway and homeless youth.
Justin is passionate about connecting disconnected and vulnerable young adults to the resources necessary to flourish. He is a champion of diversity and inclusion and truly understands the hardships and barriers ostracized communities and people of color face on a daily basis. In addition to his community engagement and mentoring work, Justin conducts leadership development workshops to provide guidance for the next generation of difference makers. Justin believes in the power of human connection and relational development as ways to enhance one’s personal and professional development and serve the community.
About Herbert G. Klein
Herbert G. Klein (1918-2009) was the retired Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Copley Newspapers, and a national fellow of the American Enterprise Institute of Washington, D.C., a syndicated columnist and a public relations consultant. He enjoyed a unique career as a newspaperman, broadcast official, media consultant, a senior leader in the White House, and participated in five presidential campaigns. Published by Doubleday, his book Making It Perfectly Clear is acclaimed by critics for its hard-hitting definitive look at the love-hate relationship between the media and the presidents.
In California, Mr. Klein participated in numerous civic activities, ranging from Junior Chamber presidency in Alhambra to directorship in San Diego’s major community organizations. He served on the boards of directors of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Scripps Health Foundation, and the Foundation for the Children of the Californias.
Mr. Klein championed bringing major league sports to San Diego as a co-founder of San Diego’s Super Bowl Task Force and served on the boards of several athletic organizations, including the San Diego International Sports Council, San Diego National Sports Training Foundation, and the UC San Diego Athletic Board. In addition to board membership, he was past President and chairman of the Holiday Bowl year-end football game in San Diego. Mr. Klein was an honorary member of the Alhambra and San Diego Rotary clubs, a Kiwanis “fellow” and a Kiwanian in San Diego, and a member of San Diego’s University Club.