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 or 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.

Annually, the Center asks its membership to nominate a public official in their respective jurisdiction who has shown exemplary work on behalf of nonprofits during the year. Awards are presented each fall at the Center's Annual Celebration.

Call for nominations for the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award go out in August.

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About the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award

How do I nominate someone?

The process for nominating candidates for the Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award is through membership voting. During the nomination process, we ask each of our member organizations and prior winners to nominate one public official who has shown great leadership on behalf of the nonprofit sector.  We also ask that nominations include up to 250 words about why the nominee deserves the award.

How are winners determined?

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. In the cases of a tight nomination, the Center will send out a second run-off ballot to determine the winner.

Who has won in the past?

Meet the winners of the past two years:

District of Columbia

  • The Honorable Brandon Todd, Councilmember, Ward 4, District of Columbia (2017)
  • The Honorable Elissa Silverman, Council of the District of Columbia (2016)

Montgomery County, Maryland

  • The Honorable Cheryl Kagan, State Senator, Montgomery County, Maryland (2017)
  • Nancy Navarro, Councilmember, Montgomery County Council, Maryland (2016)

Prince George's County, Maryland

  • PFC LoQune Brown, Police Department, Prince George's County, Maryland (2017)
  • Lupi Quinteros-Grady, Board of Education, District 2 Member, Prince George's County, Maryland (2016)


  • Martin Nohe, Coles District Supervisor, Prince William County, Board of Supervisors, Virginia (2017)
  • Patricia J. Roher, Long Term Care Program Manager, Fairfax County Health Department, Virginia (2016)