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The Harris Alumni Council launched the Alumni Awards program in 2013 to recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to public policy. Nominations are accepted by Harris and broader University of Chicago alumni and friends and are reviewed by the Alumni Awards Committee consisting of alumni, staff, and faculty. 

Nominate an alumni awardee here.

Career Achievement Award

This 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.

  • 2019: Michelle Garcia, MPP'05
  • 2018: Jennifer Tescher, MPP'96
  • 2017: Honorable Mike Quigley, AM’84
  • 2016: Anne Richard, AM’84
  • 2015: Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, AM’87
  • 2014: Dan Tangherlini, AB’90, AM’91

Rising Star Award

This award recognizes Harris alumni within 15 years of graduation who have distinguished themselves as leaders early in their careers and who have made a meaningful difference in policy (public, private, nonprofit sector).

CC DuBois Alumni Service Award

This award recognizes Harris alumni who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the school through their service and work to enhance the life of students, fellow alumni, and the welfare of the school. Alumni who are staff or faculty at the University of Chicago cannot be considered for this award. 

2019 Alumni Awards
2019 Alumni Awards: Michelle Garcia, MPP'05, Career Achievement Award Recipient; Jacob Plummer, MPP'07, MBA'10, Rising Star Award Recipient
2018 Alumni Awards
2018 Alumni Awards: Jennifer Tescher, MPP'96, Career Achievement Award Recipient; Jaime Bellolio, MPP'10, Rising Star Award Recipient; David Garcia-Junco, AM'95 and Gerardo de la Pena, MPP'01, CC DuBois Alumni Service Award Recipients
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.