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2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Cincinnati Sarah L. Weiss

Director Comey and Sarah L. Weiss

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The Cincinnati Division honors Sarah L. Weiss for her leadership in support of civil and human rights while being a valuable partner to the FBI.

As the executive director for Cincinnati’s Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Ms. Weiss actively promotes tolerance, inclusion, and social justice based on lessons from the Holocaust. She has worked closely with the FBI to facilitate understanding and education while fighting against prejudice and hate. Ms. Weiss is also an original member of the Cincinnati Division’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Council (MCAC). Formed in 2008, the MCAC is a partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and serves to strengthen the ties between the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office and local ethnic, religious, and minority communities.

In addition, Ms. Weiss serves as the executive director at the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. In this position, she is engaged in many interfaith outreach efforts to promote tolerance, diversity, and understanding. She is also on the Ohio Holocaust Council, is a member of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, and was on the board of Bridges for a Just Community. In each of her roles, Ms. Weiss, whose paternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors, recalls personal stories of the Holocaust and spurs individuals to take positive action to prevent future atrocities.


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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