Celebrating innovation and impact

The Harris Alumni Council launched the Alumni Awards program in 2013 in effort to recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to public policy. The Alumni Council seeks nominations from all members of the Harris community during an open nomination period and selects the final slate of recipients based on the criteria for each category listed below.

Awardees will be notified by the Awards committee and will be honored at a ceremony that takes place during Harris’ Alumni Weekend which takes place on May 4-5, 2018. Deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 Alumni Awards fall on January 15, 2018.

Alumni Service Award

This award was launched in 2017 in effort to recognize alumni who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Harris Public Policy through service and work to enhance the life of students, fellow alumni, and the welfare of the school.

Career Achievement Award

Recognizes Harris alumni who have achieved a position of significant leadership in the public, private or nonprofit sector and built a robust track record of meaningful accomplishments that have positively influenced their organization and/or society.

Rising Star Award

Recognizes Harris alumni under 40 who have distinguished themselves as leaders early in their careers and who have made a meaningful difference in policy (public, private or nonprofit sector).

We will celebrate our award winners and their important work during Harris Alumni Weekend each spring.

The deadline for submissions is January 15.

Nominate Your Peers

The Harris Public Policy Alumni Awards recognize alumni and policy leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to public policy.

2017 Alumni Awards
2017 Alumni Awards: Career Achievement award winner Congressman Mike Quigley, MA’85; Rising Star award winner Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, MPP’01; MiPPS 15th Anniversary Alumni award winner Monica E. Horton, MPP’01; and Colm O'Muircheartaigh, Professor and former Dean of Harris.
2016 Alumni Awards
2016 Alumni Awards: Dean's Award winner Ivo Daalder; Career Achievement award winner Anne Richard AM'84; Rising Star award winner Elizabeth Kneebone, MPP'03; Dean Daniel Diermeier; and Alumni Council President Chad Williams.
2015 Alumni Awards
2015 Alumni Awards: Career Achievement award winner Hilarie Kaplow-McAdams, AM'87, and Rising Star award winner Lisa Ellman, MPP'05, listen as they are honored for their achievements.
2014 Alumni Awards
2014 Alumni Awards: Dean Colm O'Mercheartaigh; Rising Star Beth Swanson, MPP'02; Dean's Award winner Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson; Career Achievement awardee Dan Tangherlini, AB'90, AM'91.