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.
2022 Herbert G. Klein Memorial Award
for Exemplary Leadership WINNER
Ellyn Caprara is a Recovery Care Coordinator for the Navy Wounded Warrior Program, assisting disabled active duty service members successfully transition out of the Navy into civilian life. Previously, she worked in the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Recreation department, leading the Food and Beverage Program for the Southwest Region. Ellyn attended Cal Poly Pomona on a full ride scholarship for Tennis and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality. She also graduated in 2011 from USD Paralegal School.
Ellyn has more than 15 years of hospitality experience, transitioning her skills to social work and helping those disabled active duty service members successfully start their lives in the civilian world.
Ellyn enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, playing tennis, running, and is currently training for a marathon.
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.