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.

This year's PCN Award winners are:

Montgomery County: Andrew Friedson, County Council, District 1
Prince George’s County: Calvin Hawkins, County Council, At-Large
Virginia: Jennifer McClellan, State Senator, District 9
Washington, DC: Robert White, City Council, At-Large

They will also be recognized at the 2019 Annual Celebration. Come meet these local political leaders who support the nonprofit sector.


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

  • Najla Husseini, Deputy Chief, School Partnerships, DC Public Schools (2018)
  • The Honorable Brandon Todd, Council Member, Ward 4 (2017)
  • The Honorable Elissa Silverman, Council of the District of Columbia (2016)

Montgomery County, Maryland

  • Isiah “Ike” Leggett, County Executive (2018)
  • The Honorable Cheryl Kagan, State Senator (2017)
  • Nancy Navarro, Council Member (2016)

Prince George's County, Maryland

  • Derrick Leon Davis, County Council Member, District 6 (2018)
  • PFC LoQune Brown, Police Department (2017)
  • Lupi Quinteros-Grady, Board of Education, District 2 Member (2016)


  • Helen McIlvaine, Director, Alexandria Office on Housing (2018)
  • Martin Nohe, Coles District Supervisor, Prince William County, Board of Supervisors (2017)
  • Patricia J. Roher, Long Term Care Program Manager, Fairfax County Health Department (2016)