NAPE Public Policy Leadership Award

Congratulations to the 2019 Public Policy Leadership Award Winners!

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA)

This two-pronged award recognizes a legislator and an advocate who works in public policy in a nonpartisan capacity to reflect that enacting gender-friendly government policies at a state or national level requires a synergy between the two groups. These recipients have a record of accomplishment in advancing public policy agendas, have served as a mentor to many, and have shown courage to pioneer new ways to promote gender equity despite the risk of resistance.

Purpose: To honor a person who is working to promote access, equity and diversity in government policies at the national or state level.

Eligibility: Any person who works in public policy or the public sector.  He or she does not need to be a NAPE member.

Number Given:  2

Ideal Candidate:  Any person who has accelerated or advanced policy that benefits underserved or underrepresented populations to become better educated and more likely to be self-sufficient.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be judged based on their embodiment of the NAPE values:

  • Collaborative, Diverse: (1) Mentors others above, below and at the same level and (2) develops future leaders in her profession and/or community.
  • Innovative, Non-partisan, Agile: (1) Has a record of successfully motivating community members to advance a public policy agenda; (2) exhibits innovative methods of motivating and mentoring others to promote and advance a public policy agenda; and (3) demonstrates “pioneering efforts” that display courage but do not always have a successful outcome.
  • Outcome Driven: Demonstrates success at implementing or promoting policy initiatives that advance access, equity, and diversity in education and in the workforce.

Past Winners: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (2018), Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) (2018),  Senator Patty Murray(D-WA) (2017),  Senator Maize Hirono (D-HI) (2017),  Senator Maize Hirono (D-HI), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA)  Congressman John Kline (R-MN) (2016); Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) (2016); Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Co-Chairs of Senate CTE Caucus (2016); Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) (2015) and the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (2015); Senator Patty Murray (D-WI) (2014) and Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) (2014);  Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) (2013) and Susan Rees (2013); Senator Barbara Mikulski (2012) and Lisa Maatz, AAUW (2012)