Each year, the HKS Alumni Board honors several alumni and an alumni network for their efforts to improve their communities locally, nationally, and globally.
J. Mark Iwry MPP/JD 1976 is one of the nation’s foremost thought leaders and policymakers regarding retirement security, pensions, and saving.
Sara Minkara MPP 2014 is founder/CEO of Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), an international nonprofit disrupting the narrative surrounding disability.
Theodora Skeadas MPP 2016 chairs or co-chairs three HKS alumni groups and works tirelessly to strengthen connections among alumni.
Harvard Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D) is a University-wide network dedicated to connecting and cultivating global leaders.
The Honorable Jerome A. Holmes has given to the HKS Fund consistently ever since he received his mid-career MPA in 2000.
This award, established in 1997 and formerly known as the Alumni Achievement Award, recognizes alumni who have significantly improved the human condition at the local, state, provincial, national, or international level. Recipients will have made a substantial difference for people, organizations, or governments through a single influential act or a series of steps that produced positive societal change. Nominations come from HKS alumni, faculty, and staff. Self-nominations for this award are discouraged.
Jian-Li Yang PhD 2001
James R. McCorkell MPA 1999
Jia Yang MC/MPA 2001
Susan Ople MC/MPA 1999
Robert B. Zoellick MPP 1981
Juan Carlos Navarro MPP 1985
Carol Raphael MC/MPA 1979, S&L 1987
Douglas K. Bereuter MC/MPA 1973
Anne F. Reed MC/MPA 1981
Barbara B. Roberts S&L 1989
Sheila P. Burke MC/MPA 1982
Alan “Scotty” K. Campbell MPA 1949, PhD 1952 (Awarded Posthumously)
Donald Y. Tsang MC/MPA 1982
Linda W. Chapin S&L 1988
Klaus M. Schwab MC/MPA 1967
Ira A. Jackson MC/MPA 1976
Harris M. Mule MC/MPA 1967
Paul N. Ylvisaker MPA 1945, PhD 1948 (Awarded Posthumously)
Mollie H. Beattie S&L 1986, MC/MPA 1991 (Awarded Posthumously)
Ian D. Clark MPP 1972
Paul A. Volcker Jr. HKS 1951
This award recognizes alumni under the age of 40 who have stood out as leaders or catalysts for change and who have made meaningful differences to individuals, organizations, or governments.
Harvard Kennedy School established this honor (formerly known as the Rising Star Award) in 2001. Recipients exemplify the HKS goal of educating enlightened public leaders, generating answers to our most challenging public problems, and taking on complex issues that require entrepreneurial efforts. Nominations come from HKS alumni, faculty, and staff.
Moís Cherem MPP 2009
Ejaj Ahmad MPP 2008
Melodie J. Potts Rosevear MPP 2008
Amit Bouri MPA 2007
Mehmet G. Daimaguler MC/MPA 2005
Raymond M. Jefferson MC/MPA 1989
Nazanin Samari MPP 2002
Jared M. Genser MPP 1998
Jeremy B. Zucker MPP 1997
Gregory H. Zaff MPP 1993
Brett M. Peiser MPP 1996
Claudio Orrego MPP 1995
Established in 2006, 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 who served as both director of HKS alumni programs and chair of the HKS New England Alumni Network. Nominations come from HKS alumni, faculty, and staff.
Rudy Brioché MPP 2000
Karen Kingsbury MC/MPA 1998
Doug Levine MPA 2008
Wendy Feldman MC/MPA 1989
Joseph A. Rieser Jr. MPP 1974
Akiteru Maruta MC/MPA 2003
Robert Xie MC/MPA 1994
Lisa-Joy Zgorski MPP 1993
Established in 2015, this award recognizes one Regional Network or Shared Interest Group (SIG) each year that has significantly strengthened the alumni community within its region or affinity group, and advanced the network’s ties with the School. Nominations come from officers of Regional Networks or SIGs on behalf of their network.
Established in 2017, this award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated long-term commitment to the Kennedy School community through their dedicated annual support of any amount. Each year’s recipient, who embodies the power of alumni participation and philanthropy, has shown that gifts of all amounts can have a tremendous impact on students, faculty, and alumni. Individuals are nominated and selected by members of the HKS Fund Executive Council.
This award, established in 2018, recognizes alumni who have clearly defined a problem and provided a solution that includes metrics to measure impact. Solutions should be sustainable and have the potential to scale. They also must include a digital component. While solutions can be early prototypes, they must have been tested with the end-user community. The award will be given to alumni who have created positive change by solving a complex problem using technology. Strong nominations will show how HKS provided either inspiration or resources, or served as a place where nominees generated or matured an idea. Nominations will come from HKS alumni, faculty, and staff. HKS advisers and partners should use good judgment with regard to any potential conflict of interest.