The Purpose Prize Jury

About the Jury

Over the past decade, Purpose Prize winners have been selected by an independent group of recognized leaders in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit leadership, grant-making and journalism. Chaired by Sherry Lansing, the 2015 Jury included such luminaries as Jane Pauley, Harris Wofford, Sidney Poitier, Suzanne Braun Levine and Eric Liu.

Sherry Lansing, Chair

CEO, The Sherry Lansing Foundation and former Chairman, Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group

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David Bornstein

Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network

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Conchy Bretos

CEO, MIA Senior Living Solutions, 2010 Ashoka Fellow and 2006 Purpose Prize Winner

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Laura L. Carstensen

Professor of Psychology and Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Professor in Public Policy, and Director, Stanford Center on Longevity

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

C.S. and D.J. Davidson Professor of Psychology, Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, and Co-Director, Quality of Life Research Center

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Michael D. Eisner

Co-founder, The Eisner Foundation, Founder and CEO of The Tornante Company, and former Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company

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Linda P. Fried

Professor and Dean, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

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David Gergen

Public Service Professor of Public Leadership, and Director, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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Jennie Chin Hansen

Chief Executive Officer, The American Geriatrics Society

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Arianna Huffington

Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group

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Christine James-Brown

President and CEO, Child Welfare League of America

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Jo Ann Jenkins


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Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

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Suzanne Braun Levine

Author, editor and nationally recognized authority on women, media matters and family issues

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Eric Liu

Founder and CEO, Citizen University

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Peter Osnos

Founder and Editor-at-Large, PublicAffairs

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Jane Pauley

Veteran journalist and television anchor

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Sidney Poitier

Actor, director, producer

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Katherina M. Rosqueta

Founding Executive Director, The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania

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Kurt L. Schmoke

President, University of Baltimore

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Sree Sreenivasan

Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Lester Strong

Vice President and CEO, AARP Experience Corps

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Erwin J. Tan

Erwin Tan, Director, Senior Corps for the Corporation for National and Community Service

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Linda Watt

Former U.S. Ambassador to Panama, and former COO, The Episcopal Church

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Angela F. Williams

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administration Officer, YMCA of the USA

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Harris Wofford

Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and former CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service

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