Award Committee

A distinguished bipartisan committee of political and community leaders annually selects the New Frontier Award recipients based on their contributions to the public and their embodiment of the forward-looking public idealism to which President Kennedy hoped young Americans would aspire.


Mark D. Gearan, Director, Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics
Steven M. Rothstein, Executive Director, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Committee Members

Terence Burke, Vice President of Communications Strategy, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Carolyn Casey,  Founder and Executive Director of Project 351

Lieutenant Sam Cohen, United States Navy

Ranny Cooper, Special Projects, Weber Shandwick Public Affairs, former Chief of Staff for Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Dan Fenn, former member of President John F. Kennedy staff; former Director, John F. Kennedy Library

Tina Flournoy, Chief of Staff, Office of President Clinton, The Clinton Foundation; Fellow, Institute of Politics, Fall 2009

Rachel Kaprielian, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; 1999 Recipient, Fenn Award

Vivien Li, former President and CEO, Riverlife

Kristin McSwain, Executive Director, Boston Opportunity Agenda 

Steven Olikara, Founder and President, Millennial Action Project

The Honorable Doug Palmer, former Mayor, Trenton, NJ (1990-2010)

Aneesh Raman, Senior Advisor on Economic Strategy and External Affairs to California Governor Gavin Newsom; former Speechwriter to President Barack Obama; former War Correspondent, CNN

Jack Schlossberg, Grandson of President John F. Kennedy 

T.W. Shannon, President, Bank2; former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives; IOP Fellow (Spring 2017)