Humphrey School of Public Affairs Announces 2024 Public Leadership Awards Recipients

June 20, 2024

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards. This prestigious event, now in its 20th year, honors individuals, organizations, and corporations that have made significant contributions to the common good through leadership and service.

The 20th Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards will take place on September 12, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center. This year’s recipients are:

Margaret Chutich

Margaret Chutich, retired justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, for her instrumental role in ensuring equitable representation for all citizens in the legal system. Her groundbreaking status as the first openly gay member of the Supreme Court has inspired countless individuals to see a better future for themselves, thereby fostering a more inclusive and representative democracy.


Portrait of Mukhtar Ibrahim


Mukhtar Ibrahim, founding publisher of Sahan Journal, a nonprofit digital newsroom dedicated to reporting for immigrants and communities of color in Minnesota; for his visionary leadership and influence as an accomplished journalist of Somali background, elevating the narratives of underrepresented groups while fostering greater understanding and empathy among readers across the nation.



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Greater MSP Partnership, the economic development partnership for the 15-county Minneapolis-St. Paul region; for its role at the forefront of driving inclusive economic development and promoting regional prosperity in Minnesota through innovative initiatives that have not only attracted investment and talent to the region, but have also created opportunities for businesses and communities to thrive.


These remarkable recipients join a prestigious list of honorees that includes pioneering scientist and community activist Reatha Clark King, Vice President Walter Mondale, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman, retired Minnesota supreme court justice Alan Page, and longtime Minnesota Public Radio host Gary Eichten. 

See the list of previous award recipients here.

Since its inception in 2003, the Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards have recognized 81 recipients and raised more than $2 million for student scholarships. The awards gala is the Humphrey School’s signature annual fundraiser, with proceeds supporting scholarships for students. 

“We are thrilled to honor these outstanding leaders whose work embodies the spirit of public service and community engagement championed by Hubert H. Humphrey,” said Nisha Botchwey, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. “Their contributions have had a profound impact on our society, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements.”

Tickets and Sponsorship Packages

Tickets for the 2024 Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards are now available. Various sponsorship packages are also offered, providing opportunities for organizations to support the event while gaining visibility and demonstrating their commitment to public service and community engagement.

Event tickets and sponsorships to support student scholarships can be purchased online now.

For additional information on sponsorship packages, visit or contact Angela Haeg at [email protected]