Rose D. and Milton Friedman are founders of the Friedman Foundation for School Choice.
Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science, has been a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1977.
He also is the Paul Snowden Russell Distinguished Service professor emeritus of economics at University of Chicago, where he taught from 1946 to 1976, and was a member of the research staff of the National Bureau of Economic Research from 1937 to 1981.
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988 and received the National Medal of Science the same year.
Rose D. Friedman worked as an economist for the National Resources Committee, the Bureau of Home Economics, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research and collaboration with her husband has produced numerous books, articles and a public television series titled "Free to Choose."
Lo Schiavo, a Jesuit, is chancellor of the University of San Francisco, where he served as president from 1991 to 1997.
Under his leadership, USF launched two capital campaigns that resulted in the purchase of the Lone Mountain campus and the completion of USF's first major building project since the 1960s with the construction of the Koret Health and Recreation Center.
Tilson Thomas assumed his post as the San Francisco Symphony's 11th music director in September 1995. He made his debut with the symphony in 1974 when he was 29.
He also serves as artistic director of the New World Symphony, a national training orchestra for the most gifted graduates of American conservatories, which he founded in 1988.
Previous recipients of the Koret Prize include former Secretary of State George Shultz, Carey Perloff of American Conservatory Theater and the Rev. Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial Church.
United Way of the Bay Area works in partnership with donors to build healthy and safe communities. One of its partner, Link 'n Learn, works to raise academic achievement among 1,500 children in kindergarten through fourth grade in schools that have the lowest student achievement records.