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The Commission on Presidential Scholars

The Commission on Presidential Scholars is a group of eminent private citizens appointed by the President to select and honor the Presidential Scholars. Commissioners are selected from across the country, representing the fields of education, medicine, law, social services, business, and other professions. The Commissioners make the final selection of the 161 Presidential Scholars. The Scholars demonstrate exceptional accomplishments in academics, the arts, career and technical education and an outstanding commitment to public service.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars

Marina C. McCarthy
Commission Chair
Educational Consultant
Associate, Davis Center, Harvard University
Massachusetts

José M. Amaya
Director of Team Member Inclusion & Diversity
ACT, Inc.
Iowa

Howard Z. Borin
Pediatrician
Delaware

Michael Caplin
Executive Director, Tysons Partnership,
Chairman, Global Advisory Board of the George Mason University Center for Social Entrepreneurship,
President, New York Center for Children
Virginia

Martha Darling
Retired Senior Manager, Boeing, Inc.
Michigan

Alan H. Fleischmann
Principal and Board Member, Albright Stonebridge Group
Co-founder, Board Member, and Managing Director, ImagineNations Group
Maryland

Frankie M. Freeman
Retired attorney
Missouri

Judy Gaynor
Co-founding Member, Chicago Committee of Human Rights Watch
Member, Advisory Committee of the Children's Rights Division
Illinois

Peter C. Groff
Principal, MCG2 Consulting
Virginia

Jahana Hayes
2016 National Teacher of the Year
Connecticut

Richard P. Herman
Educational Consultant
Retired Founding Director, Windsor Mountain International
New Hampshire

I. King Jordan
President Emeritus, Gallaudet University
Maryland

Colin Crowell Kippen
Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness
Chair, Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness
Hawaii

Reginald Lewis
Executive Director, Newark City of Learning Collaborative
Rutgers University-Newark's Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies
New Jersey

Yvette Lewis
Creator/Performer, SO THIS IS OPERA
Teaching Artist, Maryland State Arts Council and the Strathmore Hall Performing Arts Center
Maryland

Choco Gonzalez Meza
Founder, CGM Consulting
Texas

Sondra Myers
Senior Fellow, International, Civic and Cultural Projects, University of Scranton
Director, The Schemel Forum, University of Scranton
Pennsylvania

Alapaki Nahale-a
Senior Director, Regional Strategies for Kamehameha Schools
Hawaii

Jackie Norris
President and CEO
Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa
Iowa

Sheldon Pang
Vice Chairman, Freepoint Commodities
Board Trustee, Carmel Academy
Member, China Advisory Council, Brown University
Connecticut

Carol Pensky
Board of Directors Member, DC Prep
Board of Directors Member, Wendt Center for Loss and Healing
Advisory Board Member, Woodley House, Inc.
Washington, DC

Ross Romero
Vice President of the Community Development Group, Zions Bank
Utah

Robert Saltzman
Associate Dean, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Police Commissioner, Los Angeles Police Department
California

Jeanne Unemori Skog
President & CEO, Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.
Chair, Economic Alliance of Hawaii
Hawaii

Srinija Srinivasan
Co-founder, Loove Music
California

Cynthia Ann Telles
Director, UCLA Spanish Speaking Psychosocial Clinic, Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, UCLA School of Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine
California

Tamara Toussaint
Co-owner, Ultimate Image Coach
Illinois

Grace Tsao-Wu
Partner, Laudi Vidani
Illinois

E. Faye Williams
Chair, National Congress of Black Women
Washington, DC

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