Recognizing public officials who champion the work of nonprofits
The Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award was named in honor of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s former director of advocacy and community relations after her untimely passing in 2003. The award was created to highlight the work of elected and non-elected officials who have gone above and beyond in partnership with the nonprofit sector to ensure more vibrant communities.
Each year, the Center honors four public officials with this award. One official is recognized from each of the jurisdictions the Center supports including, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
Congratulations to our 2021 winners!
District of Columbia: Brianne Nadeau
Brianne Nadeau was elected to the Council of the District of Columbia on November 4, 2014. In her many years of service to the community, she has brought perspectives from a career that has spanned the non-profit, public and private sectors. As Councilmember, Brianne is committed to strengthening our schools, supporting small businesses, increasing affordable housing and public safety, and putting measures in place that allow for government transparency, effectiveness and the highest ethical standards.
Prince George’s County: Angela Alsobrooks
In November 2018, Angela, a proud, life-long Prince Georgian, was elected as the 8th County Executive for Prince George’s County and the first woman to hold the position. Her administration is committed to providing a world-class education system, safe communities and a robust economy that creates jobs and opportunities for all and increases the commercial tax base to ensure residents are provided with the services they deserve.
Montgomery County: Will Jawando
Councilmember Will Jawando is an attorney, activist, and community leader with a lifelong dedication to public service. His career has been crafted by a unique combination of grit, compassion, and integrity. Born in Silver Spring, Maryland to a Nigerian father and white Kansan mother, Will’s bi-racial identity gave him an appreciation for the varied experiences life in America can bring. Raised in a low-income household, he was determined to secure a successful future for himself through the pathway of education.
Virginia: Onassis Burress
After moving to Radford in 2017, Onassis quickly became involved in the community, first as the president of the Radford Chamber of Commerce, before resigning from the position to run for council in the spring of 2020. He was elected to the City Council Member position in May of 2020.
About the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award
For the 2021 award, please fill out this form to complete a nomination.
Each year, the call for Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award nominees opens in August. Members of the nonprofit sector are invited to nominate public officials who have shown great leadership on behalf of the nonprofits in our region, by completing a brief nomination form that includes up to 250 words about why the nominee deserves the award.
After the deadline, nominations are tallied and the winners of each jurisdiction are notified. They receive their award and recognition at the Center’s Annual Celebration.
Meet the winners of the past three years:
District of Columbia
- Laura Zeilinger, Director, DC Department of Human Services (2020)
- Robert White, City Council, At-Large (2019)
- Najla Husseini, Deputy Chief, School Partnerships, DC Public Schools (2018)
Montgomery County, Maryland
- Lily Qi, Maryland State Delegate, District 15 (2020)
- Andrew Friedson, County Council, District 1 (2019)
- Isiah “Ike” Leggett, County Executive (2018)
Prince George's County, Maryland
- Rodney Streeter, Prince George’s County Council Vice Chair, District 7 (2020)
- Calvin Hawkins, County Council, At-Large (2019)
- Derrick Leon Davis, County Council Member, District 6 (2018)
- Justin Wilson, Mayor of Alexandria, VA (2020)
- Jennifer McClellan, State Senator, District 9 (2019)
- Helen McIlvaine, Director, Alexandria Office on Housing (2018)