About Us

We are America’s gold seal of public service. Like our namesake, we believe engaging in social good inspires purpose - and drives lasting solutions for our communities and the nation. Our five programs accelerate and amplify public service. We deliver tools for collective engagement and empower anyone to make an impact. We train and activate Americans to take action and to be leaders in schools, communities, workplaces and the world. We are the country’s most prestigious and longest standing public service award. With celebration, we say thank you. In sharing the stories of America’s best citizens, we empower them to do more and inspire all to take action.

Our Staff

Think Big Team

These extraordinary young Americans hail from our three youth programs and serve as our youth advisory board.

Our Board of Governors

Our Board of Governors serve as our Board of Directors, governing our mission, strategy, and programs.

Our Board of Selectors

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

  • Douglas C. Adams
  • Norm Asbjornson
  • George L. Ball
  • Alex Beard
  • Hon. Peter G. Bourne
  • Cynthia Clay Briggs
  • Ellen Burstyn
  • Andrei Cherny
  • Cris Collinsworth
  • Hon. Chris Coons
  • Tatiana B. Copeland
  • Joyce Cowin
  • Michael Douglas
  • Kirk Douglas
  • Albert R. Dowden
  • Hon. Harold E. Ford, Jr.
  • 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
  • Bill Milliken
  • Alexandra Nechita
  • Alex López Negrete
  • Kathleen Neville
  • Jorge Plasencia
  • Doug Poretz
  • Hon. Harry Reid
  • Hon. Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
  • Elliott Roosevelt, III
  • 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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