Recognize 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, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Nominations for the 2020 award are now open.

We invite you to nominate an elected or non-elected public official in your district, who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and support for the nonprofit sector, especially through the difficult challenges of 2020.

Deadline is September 30 at midnight.

Answer five quick questions on the nomination form and submit today!


About the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award

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

  • Robert White, City Council, At-Large (2019)
  • Najla Husseini, Deputy Chief, School Partnerships, DC Public Schools (2018)
  • The Honorable Brandon Todd, Council Member, Ward 4 (2017)

Montgomery County, Maryland

  • Andrew Friedson, County Council, District 1 (2019)
  • Isiah “Ike” Leggett, County Executive (2018)
  • The Honorable Cheryl Kagan, State Senator (2017)

Prince George's County, Maryland

  • Calvin Hawkins, County Council, At-Large (2019)
  • Derrick Leon Davis, County Council Member, District 6 (2018)
  • PFC LoQune Brown, Police Department (2017)


  • Jennifer McClellan, State Senator, District 9 (2019)
  • Helen McIlvaine, Director, Alexandria Office on Housing (2018)
  • Martin Nohe, Coles District Supervisor, Prince William County, Board of Supervisors (2017)