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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

Howard Z. Borin
Pediatrician
Delaware

Sydney Chaffee
2017 National Teacher of the Year
Massachusetts

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

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

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

Colin Crowell Kippen
Social Justice Executive
Hawaii

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

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

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

Srinija Srinivasan
Co-founder, Loove Music
California

Grace Tsao-Wu
Partner, Laudi Vidani
Illinois

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

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