2013 President's Gala Media Kit
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Biography for Mike Nevin
In keeping with Notre Dame de Namur University’s (NDNU) commitment to promoting the values of social justice through community engagement, NDNU established the Community Spirit Award. This award publicly recognizes, on an annual basis, citizens who “live” these values, and who have given selflessly of their time, energy and resources to improve the quality of life for others.
This year, we are honored to present this award posthumously to an outstanding member of our Bay Area community, Michael D. Nevin (1943-2012). Mike exemplified the mission of Notre Dame de Namur University through his distinguished history of community and civic involvement, which included serving as a law enforcement officer, a respected politician, and executive director of a non-profit organization.
A dedicated public servant for five decades, Mike was a force in regional politics and a mentor to a generation of Peninsula officials — but he was known above all for his love of family and friends and for championing the causes of those in most need. He passionately fought injustice and worked tirelessly to bring comfort and support to our community’s most vulnerable residents. At the time of his death, Mike was serving as executive director of the Service League of San Mateo County, helping nonviolent offenders turn their lives around, secure stable housing, and find employment.
An inspirational leader, Mike was elected to the Daly City Council in 1982 and served as mayor of Daly City in 1984 and 1989. Mike was a member of the Daly City Planning Commission from 1979 to 1982. From 1989 to 1992, he served on the Criminal Justice Council of San Mateo County and the Narcotics Task Force, a subcommittee of the Criminal Justice Council. He was a board member on numerous community and nonprofit boards and commissions.
Above and beyond all of his accomplishments, Mike’s greatest sources of pride were his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, his sons Mike Nevin, Jr. and Tim Nevin, his daughter Michelle Nevin Levine, his father Edward J. Nevin, and five grandchildren.
Previous recipients of the Community Spirit Award include Joseph W. Cotchett, Marie Gallo ’57, Mary Lou ’79 and Joe Putnam, Peter Brusati, Pamela G. Clarke, Dennis Pettinelli and Sr. Roseanne Murphy, SND.