fbpx 2022 Class Day Awards Ceremony | Harvard Kennedy School

The Harvard Kennedy School community came together Commencement Week for the Class Day Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of extraordinary members of the HKS Class of 2022 and specific HKS faculty members and staff who supported them along the way.

We celebrated deserving and dedicated award winners who were united in their efforts to grow, innovate, and serve. Read their names below. 

To our 2022 Class Day award winners, the HKS community congratulates you!

 

2022 Class Day Awards Ceremony

2022 Class Marshals

A heartfelt thank you to our Class Marshals for their time, creativity, dedication, and hard work to help bring our Class Day Awards Ceremony and Commencement celebrations to life. 

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Rodrigo Pérez-Tejada MPP

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Majd Steitieh MPP

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Priyanka Krishnamoorthy MPA

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Ena Solórzano MPA

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Mariana Jordão MPA/ID

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Nadya Yusyuz MPA/ID

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Brittany Martinez MC/MPA

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John Rota MC/MPA

Introduction and Welcome

Student Government Address

Jaylen Hackett MPP 2022
President, Kennedy School Student Government (KSSG)

Arielle Exner  MPP 2022
Vice President, Kennedy School Student Government (KSSG)

Sue Williamson Spirit Award

For a Harvard Kennedy School staff member, nominated by the graduating class, who significantly enhances the student experience.

Presented by the Class Marshals

Awardees: Rafael Carbonell, Executive Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government; Suzanne Shende, Associate Director of MPA Programs and Director of Edward S. Mason Program

 

Ellen S. Raphael MPP 1982 Award

For a Master in Public Policy student who exemplifies academic achievement and public service.

Presented by Pınar Doğan, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Chair, MPP Program and Cate Lagueux, Director, MPP Program

Awardee: Juliahna Green, MPP 2022

 

Prize for Outstanding Policy Analysis Exercise

Presented by Pınar Doğan, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Chair, MPP Program and Cate Lagueux, Director, MPP Program

Awardees: Callie King-Guffey, MPP 2022 Does The U.S. Comply With The Convention On The Rights Of The Child? – Inspiring Sub-National Reform In The Last Country To Ratify The CRC; Akhil Iyer,Mpp 2022, Biz Peabody, MPP 2022, Ryan Solís, Mpp 2022 Evaluating Foreign Investment Review: Ensuring National Security and Investing in the Final Frontier

 

Carr Center Prize for Human Rights

For outstanding Policy Analysis Exercises or Second Year Policy Analyses in Human Rights.

Presented by Mathias Risse, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs, and Philosophy and Faculty Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Awardee: Callie King-Guffey, MPP 2022 Does The U.S. Comply With The Convention On The Rights Of The Child? – Inspiring Sub-National Reform In The Last Country To Ratify The CRC

 

Student Address | Master in Public Policy

Nandita Nair MPP 2022

Barbara Jordan Award for Women’s Leadership

For a graduating student at Harvard Kennedy School for her/his/their commitment to build community and serve as a role model for women aspiring to be leaders.

Presented by Iris Bohnet, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and the co-director of the Women and Public Policy Program

Awardee: Majd Steitieh, MPP 2022

 

Jane Mansbridge Research Award

For an outstanding research paper—Policy Analysis Exercise, Second Year Policy Analysis, or others—whose analysis of an organization or topic is focused on women or gender.

Presented by Iris Bohnet, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and the co-director of the Women and Public Policy Program

Awardee: Callie King-Guffey, MPP 2022 Does The U.S. Comply With The Convention On The Rights Of The Child? – Inspiring Sub-National Reform In The Last Country To Ratify The CRC

 

Holly Taylor Sargent Award for Women’s Advancement

For a member of the Harvard Kennedy School community (faculty, staff, or student) who has done the most to advance the opportunities, situation, and status of women within the HKS community.

Presented by Iris Bohnet, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and the co-director of the Women and Public Policy Program

Awardees: Hallie Huffaker, MPP 2022; Rigzom Wangchuk, MPAID 2022

 

Student Address | Master in Public Administration

Danielle Levin MPA 2022

Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Award for Excellence in Service

For Harvard Kennedy School community members who exemplify outstanding leadership and commitment to increasing HKS diversity, inclusion, and belonging through scholarship, initiatives, programs, and community building.

Presented by Kim Salas Harris, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Awardee: Will Huang, MPP 2022

 

Manuel C. Carballo Memorial Prize

For an outstanding paper on a topic related to the implementation, management, and evaluation of programs serving disadvantaged populations in the United States.

Presented by David Deming, Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy at HKS , and Professor of Education and Economics at HGSE, and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and Academic Dean

Awardee: Juliahna Green, MPP 2022, Policy Analysis Exercise One Call to Fix it All: Strategies for improving 311 awareness and utilization in the city of South Bend

 

Frederick Fischer Memorial Prize

For an outstanding paper on a topic such as criminal justice; economic and social mobility; workforce development; inequality; education; immigration; social services; or related social policy issues.

Presented by David Deming, Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy at HKS , and Professor of Education and Economics at HGSE, and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and Academic Dean

Awardee: Michael Zanger-Tishler, PhD candidate in Sociology & Social Policy 2022, Seeing Like a Police Agency: How the 21st Century Proliferation of Police Administrative Microdata Has Shaped our Understanding of Community Safety, Crime, and Policing

 

Taubman Center Urban Prize

For an outstanding paper on a topic related to state or local urban issues.

Presented by Rafael Carbonell, Executive Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government

Awardee: Jacob Greenspon, MPP 2022, Policy Analysis Exercise Spatial-skills Mismatch in the Decarbonization Job Transition: A Framework for Policy Responses

 

Susan C. Eaton Memorial Prize

For an outstanding paper on a topic related to human resource management; union leadership; health care quality, management, disparities or inequality; fair wage policies; work-family policies; gender equity, or aging.

Presented by David Deming, Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy at HKS , and Professor of Education and Economics at HGSE, and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and Academic Dean

Awardees: Ayotomiwa Ojo, MPP 2022 & Candidate for Doctor of Medicine 2022, Raquel Sofia Sandoval, MPP 2022 & Candidate for Doctor of Medicine 2022, and Adarsh Shah ,MPP 2022, Policy Analysis Exercise Addressing Payer Segregation in NYC Hospitals: To Tackle De Facto Racial Segregation

 

Prize for Outstanding Second Year Policy Analysis

Presented by Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy and Faculty Chair, MPA/ID Program and Carol Finney, Director, MPA/ID Program

Awardees: James Bien, MPA/ID 2022 & Isabella Rose Soehn, MPA/ID 2022; Eleno Hernan Castro Portillo, MPA/ID 2022 & Randy Kotti, MPA/ID 2022; Maria Fayos Herrera, MPA/ID 2022

 

Raymond Vernon Award for Commitment to International Development

For a graduating MPA/ID student who best personifies the values of the program, namely dedication to international development, good citizenship, academic excellence, and strong potential to lead and contribute to the field.

Presented by Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy and Faculty Chair, MPA/ID Program and Carol Finney, Director, MPA/ID Program

Awardees: Gopal Nadadur, MPA/ID 2022; María del Carmen Hernández Ruiz, MPA/ID 2022

 

Student Address | Master in Public Administration/International Development

Gopal Nadadur MPA/ID 2022

2022 Class Gift

Presented to Douglas W. Elmendorf, Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy by the Class of 2022 Gift Committee: Committee Chair Howaida Barakat MC/MPA 2022, Anandana Kapur MC/MPA 2022, Dilnoza Satarova MC/MPA 2022

 

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Student Teaching

For outstanding teaching fellows and course assistants nominated by the graduating class.

Presented to Douglas W. Elmendorf, Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy

Awardees: Damarcus Bell, MPP 2022; Sophie Hill, PhD Candidate in Government 2023; Benjamin Maluenda, MPA 2023; Graeme Peterson, PhD Candidate in Health Policy 2026; Madeline Ulanow, MPP 2022

 

William Julius Wilson Award 

For an outstanding paper written on a topic that Wilson’s academic research addressed, including race relations, urban poverty and joblessness, segregation,  perhaps with particular attention to macro-level factors driving social phenomena.

Presented by David Deming, Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy at HKS , and Professor of Education and Economics at HGSE, and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and Academic Dean

Awardee: James Reisinger, PhD candidate in Public Policy 2022, for the paper Southernization: The Long-Term Effect of Migration on Racial Prejudice and Political Preferences

 

Donald K. Price Award

For MPA students who embody the strengths of the program—through academic excellence, community-building, or demonstrations of leadership within the class.

Presented by Kessley Hong, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Chair, MPA Programs and Faculty Chair, MC/MPA Summer Program, and Emma Heffern, Director, MPA Programs

Awardees: Alfonsina Bagnarelli; Jamie Elizabeth Mittelman, MPA 2022

 

Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award

For MC/MPA students who embody the strengths of the program—through academic excellence, community-building, or demonstrations of leadership within the class.

Presented by Kessley Hong, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Chair, MPA Programs and Faculty Chair, MC/MPA Summer Program, and Emma Heffern, Director, MPA Programs

Awardees: Rym Baouendi, MC/MPA 2022; Brittany Martinez, MC/MPA 2022; Amanda Le Monde, MC/MPA 2022; Thomas Ramon Bishop, MC/MPA 2022; Mauro Morabito, MC/MPA 2022; Orondaam H. Otto, MC/MPA 2022; Eugenia Taylor Soiles, MC/MPA 2022 

 

Student Address | Mid-Career Master in Public Administration

Hamza Ali Haroon MC/MPA 2022

Manuel C. Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching

For an instructor who best exemplifies, demonstrates, and inspires excellence through teaching, as nominated by the graduating class.

Presented by the Class Marshals

Awardee: Alex Green, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
 

Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Public Service

For a graduating student whose commitment, activities, and contributions to public service are extraordinary.

Presented by Deb Isaacson, Senior Associate Dean for Degree Programs and Student Affairs

Awardees: Ariette Agnew, MPP 2022; Samantha Kahn, MPP 2022
Closing Remarks