Keystone Leadership Awards — Past Recipients

Since 1994, the Keystone Policy Center has proudly honored exemplary leaders and decision-makers who embody Keystone’s mission in action. Honorees are selected for their leadership, vision, outstanding problem-solving skills, and efforts to seek collaborative solutions to challenging issues.

The awards are presented annually at a dinner ceremony in Washington, D.C., attended by prominent leaders from industry, government, and the NGO community.


  • Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), U.S. House of Representatives
  • Jay Faison, Founder, ClearPath
  • Duane Highley, CEO, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
  • Norah O’Donnell, Anchor and Managing Editor, CBS Evening News
  • Hon. Willie Phillips, Chairman, U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


  • Wolf Blitzer, CNN Anchor
  • Scott Gottlieb, MD, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Diane Regas, President and CEO, Trust for Public Land
  • Frederick W. Smith, Executive Chairman, FedEx
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow, United States Senator, Michigan


  • Ben Fowke, Executive Chairman, Xcel Energy
  • Paula R. Glover, President, Alliance to Save Energy
  • Steve Mitnick, Executive Editor, Public Utilities Fortnightly
  • Bob Woodward, Associate Editor, The Washington Post


  • Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, ABC News
  • The Honorable, Jeanne Shaheen, United States Senator, New Hampshire
  • Victoria Vasques, Founder and CEO, Tribal Tech
  • World Central Kitchen


  • Senator Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senate (R-Alaska)
  • Thomas R. Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute
  • Bianna Golodryga, Contributor, CNN
  • Luis Benitez, Vice President, Government Affairs & Global Impact, VF Corporation (Former Director, Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry)


  • The Hon. John Bel Edwards, Governor of Louisiana
  • Paula Gold-Williams, President and CEO of CPS Energy
  • Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News
  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute


  • U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
  • Kees Kruythoff, President, Unilever North America
  • Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO, ComEd
  • Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy
  • Chris Wallace, Anchor, Fox News Sunday


  • Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
  • John Echohawk, Native American Rights Fund
  • Judy Woodruff, PBS News Hour
  • The 51st State– an Initiative of SEPA, Wildlife Habitat Council, General Motors, Toyota
    North America


  • Doyle Beneby, CPS Energy
  • Governor Jack Markell (D-DE)
  • The Honorable Ernest Moniz, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ariela Rozman, The New Teacher Project
  • Chuck Todd, NBC’s Meet the Press
  • Cargill, Greenpeace and McDonald’s


  • Jennifer Howse, March of Dimes
  • Muhtar Kent, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Tom King, National Grid
  • Anthony Malkin, Empire State Realty Trust
  • Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)


  • Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Sandy Reisky de Dubnic, Apex Wind Energy
  • Paul Hudson, AstraZeneca
  • Arne Sorenson, Marriott International


  • Drew Altman, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Marilyn Black, Air Quality Sciences, Inc. & GREEN
  • GUARD Environmental Institute
  • Louis R. Chênevert, United Technologies
  • Robert N. Downey, Goldman Sachs
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)


  • Christine Eibs-Singer, E + Co
  • Administrator Lisa Jackson, U.S. EPA
  • Joel I. Klein, News Corporation
  • John W. Rowe, Exelon
  • Clinton A. Vince, SNR Denton


  • Terrance Carroll, Speaker of the House
  • Michael T. Duke, Wal-Mart Stores
  • Gwen Ifill, Washington Week
  • Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
  • Robert Socolow, Princeton University


  • Hugh Grant, Monsanto
  • David Rockefeller, Sailors for the Sea
  • George Stephanopoulos, ABC News
  • Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)


  • Paul W. Hansen, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jim Lehrer, PBS
  • Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD)
  • Jeffry Sterba, PNM Resources
  • Gerald Wheeler, National Science Teachers Association


  • John Hofmeister, Shell Oil Company
  • Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
  • Carlo Parravano, Merck Institute for Science Education
  • Peter A. Seligmann, Conservation International


  • John H. Adams, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Rodger Bybee, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
  • Peter A. Darbee, PG&E Corporation
  • Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT)
  • Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-KA)


  • Anne H. Ehrlich, Stanford University
  • Congresswoman Nancy Johnson (R-CT)
  • Jane Nelson, Harvard University
  • Nicholas L. Reding
  • James E. Rogers, Cinergy


  • Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI)
  • Jonathan Lash, World Resources Institute
  • Ralph Peterson, CH2M HILL Companies


  • Thomas C. Jorling, International Paper
  • Teresa Heinz Kerry, Heinz Family Philanthropies
  • Congressman James L. Oberstar (DFL-MN)
  • William K. Reilly, Aqua International Partners


  • Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)
  • Daniel Ritchie, University of Denver
  • Paul V. Tebo, DuPont
  • Russell E. Train, World Wildlife Fund
  • Marilyn Ware, American Water Works


  • Archie Dunham, Conoco
  • Edward M. Gabriel, Former Ambassador to Morocco
  • Patrick F. Noonan, The Conservation Fund
  • Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA)
  • Helge Wehmeier, Bayer USA


  • Bruce Alberts, President, National Academy of Sciences
  • George Archibald, International Crane Foundation
  • Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI)
  • Responsible Care Initiative of the Chemical Manufacturers Association


  • Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY)
  • John Brown, BP Amoco Corporation
  • Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Sidney Taurel, Eli Lilly & Company


  • Kathryn S. Fuller, World Wildlife Fund
  • Senator John Glenn (D-OH)
  • Donald Kennedy, Stanford University
  • Stephan Schmidheiny, ANOVA Holding Ag
  • John F. Smith, Jr., General Motors Corporation


  • Bob Burt, FMC Corporation
  • Senator John Chafee
  • Mildred McClain, Citizens for Environmental Justice


  • Mayor Norman Rice (Seattle, WA)
  • John Sawhill, The Nature Conservancy
  • Congressman William J. Tauzin (R-LA)
  • Edgar S. Woolard, DuPont


  • Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-NM)
  • H. Laurance Fuller, Amoco Corporation
  • Professor Florence Taylor Robinson


  • Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary
  • Frank Popoff, Dow Chemical
  • Gustave Speth, U.N. Development Administrator