Outstanding GPS Alumnus or Alumna Award

GPS seeks to recognize alumni for success in their careers and contributions to society. Each year, through nominations from alumni, faculty and staff, one person is selected by their peers as the School's "outstanding" alumnus or alumna. This honor is given to those who exemplify the positive contributions alumni make through their careers, volunteer work and community involvement. Meet last year's winner, Tamar Koosed, MPIA ’09.

Nominees should possess outstanding achievements in at least one or more of the following categories:

  • Professional achievement
  • Humanitarian impact 
  • Volunteer work
  • Service to GPS

Prior Awardees

2017: Tamar Benzaken Koosed, MPIA ’09
2016: Yiru Zhou, MPIA ’03
2015: Scott Park, MPIA ’90
2014: Jorge Blandon, MPIA ’01 and Kahori Matsui, MPIA ’99
2013: Emily Murase, MPIA ’90
2012: David An, MPIA ’07
2011: Richard Boly, MPIA ’92 and Mark Spalding, MPIA ’92
2010: Gary Bremermann, MPIA ’91
2009: Brooke Partridge MPIA ’91
2008: Gigo Alampay, MPIA ’96, Jodi Finkel, MPIA ’92 and Kevin Trepa, MPIA ’05
2007: Kama Dean, MPIA ’01 and Chris Pesenti, MPIA ’01
2006: Paul Lamb, MPIA ’95

Nomination and Selection Process

Alumni, faculty, staff and current students are invited to submit nominations by March 18.

An alumni selection committee—comprising alumni who represent the alumni board, different regions as well as different degree programs—will review the nominations and determine the award recipient. The committee encourages entrants to provide detailed examples of their nominee’s achievements as this will serve as the sole source of information for that nominee.

Upon the committee’s decision, the awardee will be highlighted on the GPS website and in our quarterly alumni e-newsletter. The award will officially be presented on Saturday, June 2 as part of the School’s alumni weekend celebration.