Citizen Leadership Awards Program

Citizen Leadership Awards Program

Thank you for participating in the Aspen Institute’s Citizen Leadership Awards Program.

 The Citizen Leadership Award recognizes individuals whose exemplary leadership and dedication to the betterment of society exemplifies the values that are foundational to the mission of the Aspen Institute. This award is presented to individuals who have answered the call of service in addressing some of the most critical challenges of our time.



by Dan Porterfield

Performance and Remarks

by Condoleezza Rice

Special Remarks

by James S. Crown

Presentation of the Citizen Leadership Awards

Dr. Anthony Fauci

In Conversation with Madeleine Albright

José Andrés

In Conversation with Kaya Henderson

Satya Nadella

In Conversation with James Manyika

Mellody Hobson

In Conversation with Katie Couric

Poetry Reading

by Anna Deavere Smith and Eric L. Motley

Closing Remarks

by Dan Porterfield

The Aspen Institute would like to acknowledge the generosity of the Citizen Leadership Award Program supporters:*


Jackie and Mike Bezos

Bloomberg Philanthropies

The Crown Family

Bonnie M. and Kenneth L. Davis

Ann and John Doerr

Jessica M. and John B. Fullerton

Joan I. Fabry and Michael R. Klein

Melony and Adam J. Lewis

Carrie Walton Penner and Greg Penner

Margot and Tom Pritzker


Ann B. and Thomas L. Friedman

Tori Dauphinot and Ken Hubbard

Soledad and Robert J. Hurst

Jennifer and David Millstone

Dionne and F. Francis Najafi, Pivotal Foundation

Jane and Marc Nathanson

Lynda and Stewart Resnick

Gillian and Bob Steel


Jane and Calvin Cafritz

Sheri Clark Henriksen

The Coretz Family Foundation

Jane and Michael D. Eisner

Idit and Moti Ferder, Lugano Diamonds

Alma and Joseph B. Gildenhorn

Meg and Bennett Goodman

Agnes Gund

Barbara and Gerald D. Hines

Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation

Mary and Thomas James

The John P. and Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation

Diane L. Morris

Lorraine and Mark Schapiro

Kelly and Lee J. Styslinger III

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund


Susannah and Jim Adelson

Mary H. and Paul F. Anderson


Donna and Jim Barksdale

Wilma and Stuart Bernstein

Merilee and Roy J. Bostock

Carolyn S. Bucksbaum

Jim and Yan Curtis

Tobey and Mark Dichter

Thelma Duggin

Ann Frasher Hudson

Casady M. Henry

Sharon and Lawrence D. Hite

Ellen and Irv Hockaday

Judith Z. Steinberg and Paul J. Hoenmans

Lisa See and Richard Kendall

Diana Lady Dougan

Bonnie and Tom McCloskey

Susan and Lee McIntire

Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff

Joanne and Joel Mogy

Clare Muñana

Shannon O’Leary Joy

Margaret and Andrew M. Paul

Sarah Broughton and John Rowland

Monique Clarine and Ralph Wanger

Sherrie and David Westin

Bill Wolfe

Aspen Leaf


Caryn and Michael Bedzow

Ray Benton

Elena Berk

Jill and Jay Bernstein

Laura Bushnell

William J. Bynum

Ruth Carver

Janet F. Clark

Lynne W. Waldera and Tom Coleman

Deborah and Robert Copito

Christopher Deveny

Tori Adams and Jim DuBose

Sylvia A. Earle

Maria Echaveste

Tracy and Bubba Eggleston

Joan M. Fallon

Jendayi Frazer

Russell Goldsmith

Elizabeth Gordon

Lisie and Michael Gottdenker

Shirley Hoogstra

Carol and Mike Hundert

Chonnie and Paul Jacobson

Sylvia Kaufman

Christine Kim

June Kim

David Hamilton Langstaff

Finlay and Willee Lewis

Cristal and Mark Logan

Lawrence Mages

Stephanie Pace Marshall

Nina B. Matis

Ashif Mawji and Family

Stacey Hadash and Terry McDonell

Martha and Richard Melman

Jean Milbauer

Laura J. Peterson

General David H. Petraeus, US Army (Ret.)

Kelly and Larry Pezor

Michael J. Stubbs and Bill Resnick

Florence and Alan Salisbury

Emily and Jim Scheinman

June and Paul C. Schorr III

Alece and David Schreiber

Shannon Schuyler, PwC

Carole B. and Gordon Segal

Andy Cunningham and Rand Siegfried

Karen J. Simon

SmartTribes Institute

Cody Smith

Betsey Solberg

Tony Spadaro

Elizabeth and George Stevens

Anne Kaiser and Robert P. Taylor

Aimee Telsey

Frances Usher

Elizabeth and Peter Vanderslice

Colin Walsh, Varo Bank

Christie and Jeffrey P. Weiss

Sandy and Jon Willen

Jacqueline and Eric Witmondt

Jessie and David Woolley-Wilson

Mei Xu

Alison and Boniface Zaino

Philip D. Zelikow

*As of August 12th


Dr. Anthony Fauci
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio devoted to preventing, diagnosing, and treating infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Dr. Fauci has been a key advisor to six Presidents and their administrations on global HIV/AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As an HIV/AIDS researcher he has been involved in the scientific effort since AIDS was recognized in 1981, conducting pivotal studies that underpin the current understanding of the disease and efforts to develop therapies and tools of prevention. Dr. Fauci was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has helped save millions of lives throughout the developing world.

José Andrés
Founder, World Central Kitchen
Twice named to Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list and recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, New York Times best-selling author, educator, humanitarian, and chef and owner of ThinkFoodGroup, the award-winning collective of nearly thirty restaurants throughout the country and beyond. In 2010, Andrés founded World Central Kitchen, a non-profit specializing in delivering food relief in the wake of natural and humanitarian disasters. Notably, his team served 3.7 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and has since served more than 20 million meals worldwide. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WCK has partnered with restaurants, small farms, and local partners around the country to combat food insecurity. A naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Spain, Andrés has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform and on July 4, 2014 was named by President Barack Obama as that year’s “Outstanding American by Choice.”

Satya Nadella
CEO, Microsoft
Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company. Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings. Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems. Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella lives in Bellevue, Washington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Nadella serves on the board of trustees to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and his alma mater the University of Chicago, as well as the Starbucks board of directors. He is married and has three children.

Mellody Hobson
President and Co-CEO, Ariel Investments
As Co-CEO, Mellody is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for all areas of Ariel Investments outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust—the company’s publicly traded mutual funds. Prior to being named Co-CEO, Mellody spent nearly two decades as the firm’s President. Outside of Ariel, Mellody is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy. She has conducted extensive research on minority investing patterns and pens a column for Black Enterprise Magazine. Her leadership has also been invaluable to corporate boardrooms across the nation. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation; a director of JPMorgan Chase; and a director of Quibi, a short-form video content company. She previously served as Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks Animation until the company’s sale and was also a long-standing board member of the Estée Lauder Companies. Mellody’s community outreach includes her role as Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides area teens with high-quality after school and summer programs. Additionally, she is vice chair of World Business Chicago; co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; and a board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. She also serves on the board at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mellody is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees, and serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute. Mellody earned her AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. In 2019, she was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented annually to a Princeton graduate whose career embodies a commitment to national service. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, St. Mary’s College, and the University of Southern California. In 2015, Time Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People” in the world.

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