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AECOM, CSU Long Beach and Entrepreneur Brian Lee to be honored by LAEDC at 2016 Eddy Awards

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 Eddy Honorees Tackle Big Challenges, Having Meaningful Impact on L.A., Community and World

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 22, 2016) – The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) today announced that Brian Lee, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of The Honest Company, along with AECOM and California State University – Long Beach will be the 21st Annual Eddy Awards® individual, corporate and education honorees.

This year’s honorees share a conviction that commercial responsibility is tied to community responsibility, and that economic and education leadership are inextricably linked to community leadership.  To this end, each honoree is inspiring new models for doing business that are making a significant difference to people here in L.A. County and around the world.  From skills development, to job creation, to delivering infrastructure essential to a thriving region, these honorees have set a standard for vision, achievement and social excellence.

The Eddy Awards gala dinner will be hosted by LAEDC on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the Beverly Hilton. (LEARN MORE)

“This year’s honorees are each powerful examples of what visionary individuals and organizations can do to create stronger economies, healthier lives and more equitable societies,” said LAEDC CEO Bill Allen.

Brian Lee

Brian Lee is CEO and Co-Founder of The Honest Company, which he launched alongside Jessica Alba in 2012 with a mission to inspire and empower people to live a healthy, happy life.  He exemplifies the best of the L.A. entrepreneurial spirit. Through his vision and hard work he has created jobs and fostered the growth of an impactful and thriving employer here in L.A. County. Mr. Lee and The Honest Company play a strong philanthropic role in the L.A. community, donating over 900,000 products and over 9,000 employee volunteer hours to help more than 150,000 children and over 95,000 families.  As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Lee also co-founded LegalZoom, and launched ShoeDazzle, both of which add to the vitality of the Los Angeles high tech sector.

Mr. Lee graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics and Business from UCLA and received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. He was named among the 25 Most Notable Korean-American Entrepreneurs by Forbes in 2009 and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014. Under Mr. Lee’s leadership, The Honest Company has been honored with ACG Award for Social Responsibility, and the 2015 Pioneer in Sustainability Award by the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles.


AECOM  designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets in over 150 countries.  With more than 90,000 employees worldwide, and over 2,400 employees in L.A. County, this Fortune 500 organization is the largest publicly traded company headquartered in the City of Los Angeles and one of the largest in L.A. County.  By levering a strong relationship between infrastructure and economic development, AECOM manages large regional projects throughout the county such as the L.A. Community College District’s $6 billion construction program, Metro rail line extensions and improvements, and the new Tom Bradley international terminal at LAX, among others that create vital jobs and economic impact.  Beyond the physical infrastructure assets AECOM has been involved with, the company takes a holistic approach in developing solutions that makes it a genuine asset to our region.  For example, AECOM actively promotes contracting opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses through community-based contracts and boot camp trainings that help local businesses learn to bid competitively for construction projects.  In addition, AECOM’s innovative solutions to the challenges facing cities incorporate resilient and sustainable design and planning concepts for the benefit of current and future generations.

California State University, Long Beach

CSULB is nationally recognized for its partnering role in pioneering a seamless educational pathway model with The Long Beach College Promise, which is increasing graduation rates and helping thousands of economically disadvantaged students realize their dreams, and which served as the inspiration for President Obama’s America’s College Promise. The Promise is transforming economic opportunity by placing higher education within reach for all, and aims to fulfill the academic potential of all youth by offering guidance and continuous support along every step of the student experience, from pre-K through college and onto career and life. The Promise creates a culture of college expectation, increases college readiness, improves graduation rates among Long Beach students and raises the education attainment rates of the entire Southern California region.

CSULB serves more than 37,000 students, and takes great pride in the diversity of its student body, and in fact there is no ethnic majority on campus. Equally as diverse is the breadth of high-quality academic offerings, and students graduate with degrees from a range of studies such as criminal justice, engineering, business and the arts. The university also prepares the most nurses as well as elementary, secondary and special education teachers of any CSU. Growing in number by more than 10,000 each year, CSULB’s 300,000-plus alumni are transforming communities for the better throughout Southern California.

In addition to celebrating these three honorees, the Eddy Awards event will include the live announcement of the 2016 Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County Award.

About the Eddy Awards®

The Eddy Awards were introduced by LAEDC in 1996 to celebrate exceptional contributions to economic development in the L.A. region, consistent with LAEDC’s focus on increasing shared prosperity for our residents and communities. The Eddy Awards gala dinner, where our region’s leaders come together, also includes California’s only “business-friendly city” award, highlighting programs and services that are a factor in job-creation. For sponsorship or tickets, contact Rick Moelis at (213) 236-4812 or [email protected].


Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) is focused on raising standards of living for residents of L.A. County by increasing economic opportunity and regional prosperity.  Through collaborative economic development leadership the LAEDC promotes a globally competitive, prosperous and growing L.A. County economy to improve the health and wellbeing of its residents and communities and enable those residents to meet their basic human need for a job.  Offering objective economic research and analysis, strategic assistance to government and business, and targeted public policy, LAEDC is guided and supported by the expertise and counsel of its business, government and education members and partners. LAEDC was established in 1981 as a private, non-profit, public benefit corporation.    Media contact: Lawren Markle, LAEDC, 213-236-4847, [email protected]

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