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.

Chair: Maggie Williams

Director, Institute of Politics

Kristin Soltis Anderson - NFN Committee

Kristin Soltis Anderson

Co-founder of Echelon Insights; Fellow, Institute of Politics Fall 2014

Ranny Cooper

Ranny Cooper

President & COO, Weber Shandwick Public Affairs, former Chief of Staff for Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Mo Cowan

The Honorable William “Mo” Cowan

Chief Operating Officer, ML Strategies, Former United States Senator (D-MA); former Chief of Staff, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

Dan Fenn

Dan Fenn

Former member of President John F. Kennedy staff, former Director of the John F. Kennedy Library

Tina Flournoy

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 - New Frontier Award Committee

Vivien Li

President and CEO, Riverlife

Kika Matos

Kica Matos

Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, Center for Community Change;
2005 Recipient, New Frontier Award


Kristin McSwain

Executive Director, Boston Opportunity Agenda


Jack Schlossberg

Grandson of President John F. Kennedy

Barbara Souliotis

Barbara Souliotis

Former State Director, Office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy