Newport Beach Foundation Hosts its Fourth Distinguished Citizen Program


During the month of May, 2021, The Newport Beach Foundation, a non-profit focused on igniting the next generation of leaders, hosted its fourth (4th) Distinguished Citizen Program, at the Back Bay Hyatt.

The Distinguished Citizen Program (DCP) was created to give civically motivated Newport Beach citizens access to current community leaders from the City (Mayor, Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, Public Works), the business sector, and health and safety (police, fire, and lifeguard). Each participant is hand selected from a pool of applicants. The Foundation prides itself in choosing people who have diverse backgrounds but ultimately a commitment to the wellbeing and success of the City of Newport Beach and its residents.

Image Caption Attached: Distinguished Citizen Program Group Photo

This Springs DCP class was the first in-person event the Foundation held in over a year, and the 4 scholarship recipients participated in the class. These high school seniors were selected out of over 50 other highly qualified applicants. The energy, inquisitive nature and appreciation for the city leaders and their fellow classmates was recognized, and greatly appreciated.

The four high school seniors comprising the inaugural scholars are as follows:

– Ryan Bartz (Corona Del Mar High School)
– Tara Zadeh (Corona Del Mar High School)
– Miles Marquez (Newport Harbor High School)
– Annie Somers (Newport Harbor High School)

The participants embody the future of Newport Beach, bring a lively spirit to the city and exemplify unique leadership qualities, all with the commitment to improving the community. To date, 106 individuals have graduated from the Distinguished Citizen Program. The goal is to have these DCP alumni take on leadership roles within the city, make valuable connections, and continue to make Newport Beach a leader in excellence, community and business. The Foundation hosts special behind the scenes events for the alumni and they belong to an elite group of individuals recognized across the Newport Beach community.

About the Newport Beach Foundation:
The Newport Beach Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization strengthening the current and future community leadership through education, research and advocacy thereby enhancing the quality of life for all residents and visitors. For more information and to get involved, visit:

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