Who’s Who of Humanitarians and Philanthropists

Dolores Van Rensalier

Title: Chief Executive Officer, Owner, President, Research Genealogist

Company: Huntoon-Van Rensalier Underground Railroad Foundation

Location: San Diego, California, United States


  • Agency on Aging Monitoring Unit, City of Los Angeles Area (Co-founder, 1977)
  • California State University
  • Huntoon-Van Rensalier Underground Railroad Foundation (founder, president, 2004)
  • Los Angeles Festival in Black Art Exhibition and (Director and Curator, 1972)
  • Monument on Paterson, NJ Historic Vacant Lot (Historic Leader, 1996)
  • National Council of Negro Women, San Diego, CA (2017-Present)
  • National All-American Rose Selection’s (AARS), Watts Senior Center Rose Garden (founder)
  • Rotary Club (1992-1998)
  • Seniors of Watts Oral History Project, Exhibition, Los Angeles City Hall Rotunda, Founder
  • Soroptimist Club (1975-1976)
  • University of Southern California
  • Watts Festival Art Exhibitions (Director and Curator, 1972)
  • Watts Rotary Club, Los Angeles (President, 1996-1997)
  • Watts Senior Citizen Center Rose Garden, smallest in the nation (Founder, 1994)


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2020, 2019)
  • Featured Member, Marquis Millennium Magazine, Marquis Who’s Who (2020)
  • Inductee, Top Professional of the Year (2020, 2019)
  • Inductee, Who’s Who of Professional Women (2019)
  • Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2019)
  • Author, Bridge Street to Freedom (2017)
  • Recipient, Historic Monument Site Award, Chosen Freeholders, Passaic County, NJ (2014)
  • $271,000 Preservation Grant, Historic Parks Grant, Passaic County, NJ (2013)
  • $106,000 Historic Monument Grant, Parking Authority, City of Paterson, NJ (2012)
  • Honoree, Outstanding Leadership Role in Public Culture of Los Angeles, California State Assembly Resolution from Entire State Legislature (1999)
  • More Than 30 Community, City, County, State Awards, Los Angeles, CA (1972-1998)
  • Recipient, Historic Site Preservation Award, New Jersey Historic Preservation Commission (1997)
  • Recipient, Bill Pascrell Jr. Award, Mayors Award, Paterson, NJ (1996)
  • Recipient, Historic Site Preservation Award, Paterson Historic Preservation Commission (1996)
  • Author, Documentation Underground Railroad Essay, Paterson, NJ (1994)
  • Author, Memoir, Hidden Roots: When Racism is Stronger Than Love
  • Co-author, Dolores and Dr. Flavis Alaya
  • Director, “Black Art Exhibition,” City of Los Angeles Festival
  • Founder, “Watts Seniors History Exhibition,” Los Angeles City Hall Rotunda
  • Recipient, California State Legislature Commendation Award

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