Former UW Medicine board chair to receive White House Fellows honor

The White House Fellows Foundation and Association will honor Ann Ramsay-Jenkins with its 2016 Legacy of Leadership Award. The award recognizes leadership, dedicated public service and sustained support to the White House Fellows Program.

Ramsay-Jenkins' record of lifelong achievement demonstrates the highest fulfillment of John Gardner's vision for the program, the organization said.
Since her fellowship, she has served in a range of leadership positions, including in the Office of Management and Budget as well as in senior positions in state government and director of budgets at Harvard University. Ramsay-Jenkins served two terms on the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board.

She has chaired the boards of UW Medicine, a multibillion-dollar health system, and the Seattle Repertory Theatre. She co-founded the Seattle Repertory Foundation and has served on the board of Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.

Perhaps her greatest achievement, the organization said, has been to help thousands of young people from low-income families earn college degrees through the College Success Foundation, which she co-founded in 2000 and co-led for 13 years. Ann was the key architect of the program's non-traditional model of providing social, academic, emotional and financial support to students from middle school through college. Eight thousand students have earned college degrees, helped by over $225 million in foundation scholarships. 
The award will be presented in Washington, DC, in October.


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