Josh Epstein, a former president of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation who has been an active schools supporter for the past several years, will be given the 2020 Golden Apple Award, according to an announcement made Monday by La Cañada Unified Supt. Wendy Sinnette.
The annual award honoring “outstanding community leaders throughout the state,” is sponsored by the Assn. of California School Administrators, and the local winner is selected by LCUSD officials. Epstein and other Golden Apple awardees from this region will be feted at a breakfast ceremony on Feb. 19.
Epstein is currently co-chairing the Committee for La Cañada Schools in an effort to pass Measure LC, the renewal of an existing parcel tax that is on the March ballot. In 2017 he co-chaired the committee that saw the successful passage of a schools bond measure and today serves as vice president of the Measure LCF Bond Citizens Oversight Committee.
In his professional life, Epstein is a theatrical lighting designer and serves on the faculty at the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts.
Almost a dozen years ago he and his wife, Beth, moved to the area from New York City, eventually settling in La Cañada Flintridge. The couple are the parents of three: Iris, a sophomore at La Cañada High School; Leigh, a seventh-grader at LCHS 7/8 and Penny, who is in the third grade at Paradise Canyon Elementary.