Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards

The Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards presented by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs honor individuals who have contributed to the common good through leadership and service. This year's awards recognize remarkable leaders who have dedicated their lives to addressing the world's most pressing problems, and to building hope and opportunity for future generations.

2016 Public Leadership Award Recipients

Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, Apple, for her pursuit of sustainability and equity, and responsible stewardship of our environment

Thomas Pickering, Former Ambassador to the United Nations, for his lifelong commitment to addressing global challenges and promoting peace and security through diplomacy

Alan Page, Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, for his esteemed career in the judiciary, and his tireless promotion of equal opportunities for students of color through the Page Education Foundation

David Durenberger, Former United States Senator, for his promotion of bipartisan solutions to our most challenging social issues, and civility in the public discourse

Sia Her (MPP '07), Executive Director, Minnesota State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, for her work to strengthen and build a more inclusive community across socioeconomic, gender, and generational lines

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Past Award Recipients


Walter F. Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the United States
Center for Victims of Torture, international nonprofit organization
Imam Sharif A. Mohamed, Islamic Civic Society of America/Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque and Cofounder, Open Path Resources
3M Company, corporate citizen dedicated to access to justice
Andrew M. Luger, United States Attorney, District of Minnesota
Katherine Siggerud (Humphrey School MA '87), Managing Director of Congressional Relations, Government Accountability Office
Melvin W. Carter III (Humphrey School MPP '11), Executive Director, Minnesota Children's Cabinet and former Saint Paul City Councilman


Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Former President and CEO, National Urban League
Howard H. Baker, Jr., Former U.S. Senator (R−TN) and U.S. Ambassador to Japan
General Mills
Chanda Smith Baker, President and CEO, Pillsbury United Communities
Sherri Knuth (alumni recipient), Policy and Outreach Manager, League of Women Voters Minnesota


Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carlson
Daniel Glickman and Chris Policinski, on behalf of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
The Honorable Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Former Prime Minister of Portugal
Trista Harris (alumni recipient), Executive Director of Headwaters Foundation for Justice


Alice Rivlin and Peter V. Domenici, on behalf of the Bipartisan Policy Center
MayKao Hang (alumni recipient), President and CEO of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Walter F. Mondale, Former Attorney General for Minnesota, U.S. Senator, Vice President of the U.S., and U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Kim Nelson, Senior Vice President of External Relations, General Mills, and President of the General Mills Foundation


Bill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Nina Archabal, Retired Director, Minnesota Historical Society
Arlen Erdahl, Former Member of Congress and Associate Director of the United States Peace Corps
Anita Patel (alumni recipient), Vice President of Racial Justice and Public Policy, YWCA of Minneapolis
Roger Wilkins, Civil Rights Leader, Journalist, and Professor Emeritus of History


Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr., and Paul Kirk, Jr., Co-chairmen of the Commission on Presidential Debates during the 2008 presidential election
David B. Laird, Jr., Retired CEO, Minnesota Private College Council, Fund, and Research Foundation
John M. Harrington, Saint Paul’s 39th Chief of Police
Barbara Sigford, MD, Pioneer in developing protocols for the treatment of veterans with polytrauma
Barbara Sporlein (alumni recipient), Director of Planning, City of Minneapolis


Mike McCurry, Former Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton
Lou Bellamy, Founder and Artistic Director, Penumbra Theatre
James R. Campbell, Former CEO, Wells Fargo
Mary Lee Dayton, Community Advocate for Women and Children
Kiyoshi Nakasaka (alumni recipient), President and CEO, Washington CORE, LLC


Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr., Public Broadcasting Leader and Co-founder of AFS Intercultural Programs
Jane C. Freeman, Former First Lady of Minnesota
The Honorable Al Quie, Former Governor of Minnesota


John C. Danforth, Former U.S. Senator(R–MO), Ambassador to the United Nations, and Author of Faith and Politics
Harlan Cleveland,* Former Ambassador to NATO, Former President of the University of Hawaii, and Former Dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
Josie R. Johnson, Civil Rights Leader and Educator
Eugene C. Sit,* Chairman, CEO, and Global Chief Investment Officer, Sit Investment Associates, and Co-founder of the Minnesotan’s Military Appreciation Fund


George J. Mitchell, Peace Envoy and Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
Kathleen Blatz, Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice
Gary L. Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer, NorthPoint Health and Wellness
Geri M. Joseph, Former Ambassador and Community Leader


Lee H. Hamilton and James R. Thompson, on behalf of the 9–11 Commission
Ann Ellwood, Founder and Former Executive Director, MELD
Nancy Eustis, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
David McCauley, Former Anoka County Commissioner


Madeleine K. Albright, Former Secretary of State of the United States
Marge Anderson, Chief Executive, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Nathan Garvis, Vice President of Government Affairs, Target Corporation
Judge Gerald W. Heaney,* Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals


Elmer L. Andersen,* Former State Senator and Governor of Minnesota
Roberta Cordano, Former Assistant Attorney General for Minnesota and Former Director of Disability Services, University of Minnesota
Pakou Hang, Former Deputy Political Director for the Late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone
Walter F. Mondale, Former Attorney General for Minnesota, U.S. Senator, Vice President of the United States, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Walter F. Mondale remarks, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Leadership
Humphrey at podium
I believe that each of us can make a difference. That what is wrong can be made right.
Hubert H. Humphrey