Jump to:Page Content
Created and endowed in 2007, this award recognizes alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the HKS community by volunteering their 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.
Wendy Feldman MC/MPA 1989 | 2013 Recipient
Wendy Feldman is currently coordinator (special projects) at the Ontario government’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in Toronto. She has also worked as director of research, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and served as a foreign service officer for Canada. Feldman has shown exceptional dedication to HKS as a member of the Alumni Executive Council from 1997 to 2001, including one year as vice chair. She has been a member of the Harvard Club of Toronto Executive since 2002, representing HKS. Feldman has helped to increase HKS’s understanding of the needs of international students, acting as a liaison between HKS and the Harvard Club of Toronto to create enduring programs. Her work with the US Consul General in Toronto to support Harvard activities and to reach out to newly admitted HKS students, faculty, and alumni communities is a model of ingenuity, creativity, and connection. In addition to her HKS MC/MPA, Feldman received her BA from the University of Ottawa.
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.