Awards and Appreciation

CDCR earns State Agency Recognition Awards

CDCR earned honors at the recent 21st annual State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA).

The program honors state departments, small business (SB) and disabled veteran business enterprise (DVBE) advocates, and state leadership for outstanding achievements in the fiscal year 2019-20.

CDCR honors and/or individuals recipients honored are as follows:

Notable Achievement Award goes to CDCR

CDCR was one of 36 honorees for achieving 30 percent or more SB participation, and 5 percent or more DVBE participation

State agency awards includes CDCR as Agency of the Year

CDCR received the honor for their best practices, creativity and outstanding achievements to advance the state’s SB and DVBE programs. The department demonstrated its commitment and success across the areas of outreach efforts, performance measurements, and notable improvements.

CIM, CAL receive Angel Carrera Leadership award

This award is in memory of Angel Carrera Jr., Chief of the Certification and Outreach Branch at DGS who passed away in 2019. The award recognizes and celebrates a leader in state procurement who, like Angel, supports SBs and DVBEs in state procurement and is a tremendous leader.

CDCR honorees were:

  • Imelda Cadigal, California Institution for Men (CIM)
  • Shea Jolley, California City Correctional Facility (CAL)

Secretary’s Special Achievement Award

This award is given to the state department, agency or individual whose best practices, innovation, and advocacy efforts have allowed them to go above and beyond in exceeding the state’s SB and DVBE enterprise contracting goals.

Nina Martinez, CDCR, Office of Business Services received this year’s honor.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 21st annual SARA was pre-recorded and was not a live event. You can watch the pre-recorded event at

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