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Created and endowed in 2007, this award recognizes an alumna or alumnus who has made an exceptional contribution to the HKS community by volunteering time, creativity, and energy and by advancing the spirit of volunteerism and service to the School. It honors the memory of Julius Babbitt MC/MPA 2001, a member of the HKS Alumni Board of Directors who served both as director of HKS Alumni Programs and chair of the HKS New England Alumni Association.
Joseph A. Rieser Jr. MPP 1974
As a member of Harvard Kennedy School’s first Executive Council, Joseph A. Rieser Jr. MPP 1974 helped expand the Council by opening up elections to all alumni. He has made significant contributions to rewrite the bylaws and identify nominees, and chartered initiatives to expand alumni giving, create local chapters, connect alumni, grow the alumni board, and bridge the professional gap between students and alumni. His actions, which were foundational to building the HKS Alumni Association, represent a significant contribution to the HKS alumni community worldwide.
Akiteru Maruta MC/MPA 2003
Robert Xie MC/MPA 1994
Mr. Xie’s foundational work to organize the HKS China Alumni Association, providing information about China’s culture, governance, industries, and markets, as well as his efforts in organizing major events and supporting networking activities have greatly expanded the HKS community and the School’s outreach.
Lisa-Joy Zgorski MPP 1993
Elected in 2004 as president of the HKS Washington DC Alumni Network, which serves the largest concentration of HKS alumni in the world, she served in that position until 2007. Previously she had been an active volunteer with the DC alumni group and a two-term member of the HKS Alumni Board, serving three years on the board’s Executive Committee.