The Center for Public Leadership Invites Nominations for the 2014 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

Nominate someone  an activist and changemaker who you believe has improved peoples' lives and changed communities for the better. The award will be given in November 2014 and includes a $125,000 prize and a specially commissioned sculpture designed by Maya Lin, the creator of the Vietnam War Memorial.

Extended Deadline: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nominations are now open! Please complete the online application and submit supplemental materials to the below address by July 15.

The Gleitsman Program in Leadership for Social Change
Center for Public Leadership
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Mailbox #124
Cambridge, MA 02138


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2012
REBECCA ONIE

cofounder & CEO, Health Leads
2010
SUSAN BURTON

founder, A New Way of Life Reentry Project
2008
BILL SHORE

cofounder, Share Our Strength
2006
RON GRZYWINSKI and MARY HOUGHTON

cofounders, ShoreBank

GLORIA STEINEM

citizen activist extraordinaire 

JULIE STEWART
founder, Families Against Mandatory Minimums
2004
K-12 PUBLIC EDUCATION ACTIVISTS

Christopher Barbic, Yvonne Chan, Michael Feinberg & David Levin, Bertha Lewis, Michelle Rhee, Mark Rosenbaum, J.B.Schramm, Agnes Stevens, Margot Stern Strom and Kevin Sved & Johnathan Williams
2002
MIKE FARRELL

believer in the intrinsic value of each human life, has, in various roles, sought to protect others, particularly those with little voice of their own

MIMI SILBERT

founder, Delancey Street Foundation
2000
DR. JACK KEVORKIAN

a pioneer in end-of-life issues

BRYAN STEVENSON

founder, Equal Justice Initiative
1998
ANTI-TOBACCO ADVOCATES

Dr. Alan Blum, Stanton Glantz, Vice President Al Gore, Washington Attorney General Christine Gregoire, Dr. C. Everett Koop, Janet Carol Mangini, Congressman Henry Waxman, Jeffrey Wigand, Merrell Williams, and Patricia Young
1996
GERALDINE JENSEN

founder, Association for Children for the Enforcement of Support

TANYA TULL

founder, Beyond Shelter
1994
WENDY KOPP

founder, Teach For America

RALPH NADER

citizen activist, who has dedicated a lifetime to issues of public information, health and safety
1992
LOUIS CLARK

Executive Director, Government Accountability Project

WILLIAM WASSMUTH

founder, The Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment
1991
KAREN NUSSBAUM

cofounder, 9 to 5, the National Association of Working Women

ANN WILSON

Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee
1990
SOPHIA BRACY HARRIS

cofounder, Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama

DEBORAH C. McKEITHAN

despite severe personal disabilities, created four national organizations to act as support networks for the disabled

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Past members of the Citizen Activist Award Board of Judges:

David Ager, Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School
Aviva Argote
, Executive Director, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University
Dr. Robert Coles
, Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities, Harvard Medical School
Morris S. Dees, Jr.
, cofounder and Chief Trial Counsel, Southern Poverty Law Center
Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
David Gergen
, Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
Lois Gibbs
, environmental activist
Alan L. Gleitsman
, founder, Gleitsman Activist Awards
Karin Hayes, filmmaker
Caroline Libresco, Senior Programmer, Sundance Institute
Candace Lightner
, founder, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Sarah Newman, Research Manager, Participant Media
J.B. Schramm
, founder and CEO, College Summit, 2004 Gleitsman Award winner
Stanley Sheinbaum
, founding publisher, New Perspectives Quarterly
Gloria Steinem
, feminist and political activist