• Ann Ramsay-Jenkins (1972-73) Receives 2016 Legacy of Leadership Award
    The White House Fellows Foundation and Association is pleased to announce that Ann Ramsay-Jenkins (1972-73) has received the 2016 Legacy of Leadership Award. This is the highest award presented by the WHFFA, given in recognition of proven leadership, dedicated public service, and sustained support to the White House Fellows Program. Ann’s record of lifelong achievement demonstrates the highest fulfillment of John Gardner’s vision for the program.

    In the years since her fellowship Ann has served in a range of leadership positions, including in the Office of Management and Budget, as well as in senior positions in state government, including as First Deputy Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for six years as Director of the Office of Budgets at Harvard University. Ann has also served two terms on the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. She has chaired the board of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, co-founded the Seattle Repertory Foundation, and has served on the board of Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. In the field of public health Ann has chaired the board chair of UW Medicine, a multi-billion dollar system of hospitals, clinics, and medical education. And yet, perhaps her greatest achievement has been to help thousands of young people from low-income families earn college degrees through the College Success Foundation (CSF), which she co-founded in 2000 and co-led for 13 years. Ann was the key architect of the program’s non-traditional model of providing social, academic, emotional and financial support to students from middle school through college. Eight thousand students have earned college degrees, helped by over $225 million in CSF scholarships.

    Ann’s dedication to the White House Fellows Program has been equally impressive. Over the past four decades she has served at the forefront of all three alumni fundraising campaigns aimed at strengthening the program. Her recent leadership, as one of the Tri-Chairs of the Campaign for the White House Fellows, was crucial to its success. Additionally, Ann served as president of the alumni association from 1978-79 and was the first president to serve as an ex officio member of the President’s Commission, a tradition that continues to this day. Ann’s engagement has been at all levels – reading applications, hosting class trips to Seattle, and attending annual meetings. As one Fellow summed it up, “In my 51 years as a Fellow…I have never known any Fellow who has been more devoted to the program than Ann Ramsay-Jenkins.”

    We will present the Legacy of Leadership Award to Ann during our Annual Leadership Conference in Washington DC, October 20-22, 2016.

    posted: August 17, 2016
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