The Facing the Challenge Award

Congressman Mike Honda | 17th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives

Since 2001, Congressman Mike Honda has represented the 17th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district includes Silicon Valley, the birthplace of technology innovation and the leading region for the development of the technologies of tomorrow. First as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, then as an educator for over three decades, later as a San Jose Unified School Board member, Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, and California State Assemblyman - Mike's commitment to public service is unparalleled and unwavering. Along with serving as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Mike is Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, after having served as Chair for an unprecedented seven years.

As an appropriator he continues to champion educational equity by securing funding to convene 27 of the nation's foremost leaders in education to serve on the Equity and Excellence commission.