Schools, Communities, Workplaces

The Jefferson Awards Foundation is committed to tapping into the incredible capacity and spirit of young people. Through our Students In Action, LEAD360 Challenge, and GlobeChangers programs we support, train and empower today’s youth to be leaders, problems solvers, entrepreneurs and impactful global citizens. We identify and celebrate local unsung heroes who serve in communities across the country through our vast network of media partners. We have also partnered with prestigious corporate and university Champions, as well as a host of national partners to build a culture of service in workplaces and communities across the country.

Our Staff

Our Board of Governors

The Jefferson Awards Foundation’s 11 member Board of Governors serve as our Board of Directors, governing our mission, strategy, and programs.

Our Board of Selectors

Our 61-member Board of Selectors chooses the annual Jefferson Awards National Ceremony winners. Comprised of leaders in every field of endeavor, from business, the arts and education to entertainment, sports and government, the Board includes notable public figures such as Laura Bush, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Lesley Stahl, Ronnie Lott, Michael Douglas, Neil Simon and Whoopi Goldberg.

  • Hank Aaron
  • Douglas C. Adams
  • Norm Asbjornson
  • George L. Ball
  • Susan H. Ball
  • Hon. Julian Bond
  • Hon. Peter G. Bourne
  • Cynthia Clay Briggs
  • Ellen Burstyn
  • Laura W. Bush
  • Andrei Cherny
  • Cris Collinsworth
  • Hon. Chris Coons
  • Tatiana B. Copeland
  • Joyce Cowin
  • Kirk Douglas
  • Michael Douglas
  • Albert R. Dowden
  • Hon. Harold E. Ford, Jr.
  • Lily Eskelsen García
  • Patrick J. Geraghty
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Earl Graves, Sr.
  • Paula M. Grigsby
  • Teresa Heinz
  • Roger Horchow
  • Pamela Jacobs-Vogt
  • Dr. Mary King
  • Thomas B. King
  • Peter Klein
  • Rita Benson LeBlanc
  • Hon. Trent Lott
  • Ronnie Lott
  • Hon. Richard Lugar
  • Paul Maslansky
  • Peter Max
  • Hon. Mitch McConnell
  • Charlene McMann
  • Bill Milliken
  • Alexandra Nechita
  • Alex López Negrete
  • Kathleen Neville
  • Jorge Plasencia
  • Doug Poretz
  • Trish Regan
  • Hon. Harry Reid
  • Hon. Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
  • Elliott Roosevelt, III
  • Stefanie Nicole Saperstein
  • Scott Seaman
  • Neil Simon
  • Lesley Stahl
  • José Antonio Tijerino
  • Hon. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
  • Cynthia Ekberg Tsai
  • R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Troy D. Vincent, Sr.
  • Chris Wallace
  • Hon. Harris Wofford
  • Jeffrey P. Yarbro

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