About Us

OUR MISSION: To power others to have maximum impact on the things they care about most.

WHAT WE DO: Through celebration, we inspire action. Our programs and partnerships drive Americans to change their communities and the world.

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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