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Palo Alto Employees Honored for Community Leadership

Two dedicated Palo Alto employees are being honored this week for  their professional leadership and community outreach by non-profit agencies. Police Agent DuJuan Green will be the fifth recipient to receive the Kiwanis Angel Award on Oct. 13, while Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle will be presented the 2016 Athena Award by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 11. Both have long, decorated careers, with Green joining the City in 2004 while Kienzle started  in 2009.

As a child growing up in Palo Alto, Kienzle not only took art classes at the Center she now runs, but she also served as a volunteer in her college years. Today at the helm, she runs a diverse range of exhibitions, public art programs, educational events and art classes. A graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute at the Claremont Graduate University, Kienzle is dedicated to exploring art and museums as tools for communications, community building and expression.

In honoring Kienzle, the Chamber of Commerce recognizes her efforts to expand the Art Center's impact in the community and her approach to programming, which reflects her commitment to diversity. Kienzle is no stranger to recognition for career excellence. In 2012, she received the Silicon Valley NextGen Emerging Leader award, and in 2014 she was selected to attend the National Arts Strategies Executive Leadership Program.

Not only does Kienzle provide her vision for all aspects of the Palo Alto Art Center, she also provides leadership for the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. At the Foundation, she helped raise $4.1 million in a capital campaign and guided the On the Road art installation program and classes while overseeing the Art Center’s building renovation.

Palo Alto Police Agent Green is receiving the Kiwanis Angel Award for his positive impact on youth in the community. Agent Green spent the last three years working as the School Resource Officer for Palo Alto Unified School District, where he left such an impression on students that he was the first police officer ever voted by Paly’s student body to read their names at high school graduation. He returned to patrolling the streets of Palo Alto in June as an Acting Sergeant, but Green continues his involvement in student issues serving as the program manager and lead facilitator for the Parent Project®- a 12 week course giving parents tools and resources to deal with their child’s youth issues.

Green’s career in law enforcement began as an Air Force Police Officer in 1989. He joined the Palo Alto Police Department after a tour of duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and serving as a U.S. Capitol Police Officer during President George W. Bush’s administration. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

The Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto calls his dedication to the challenging issues students and their families face "exemplary" and “compassionate”. Former Palo Alto Councilmember and Kiwanis Club Member Gail Price says, “He is there for everyone and makes a huge difference every day.”

Proceeds from the award ceremony will go to support programs and services for children and youth.

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