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The McNulty Prize

Over fifteen years of galvanizing efforts to address the foremost social, economic, and environmental challenges of our time.


The John P. McNulty Prize honors breakthrough leaders for their moral courage, bold vision, and deep, lasting impact. Created in 2008 by Anne Welsh McNulty in honor of her late husband, the Prize is awarded in partnership with the Aspen Institute and has recognized over 50 leaders working in over 25 countries.

Each year three winners receive $150,000 and support to amplify their efforts. They are selected by an international jury that includes international statesman Olara Otunnu, international development expert Brizio Biondi-Morra, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey.

A New Vision

Meet Our Laureates

Over 50 Laureates are working in more than 26 countries, using their entrepreneurialism and professional expertise to move the needle on seemingly intractable challenges in their communities.

The Laureates

Meet Our Jurors

A distinguished international jury, including Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, international statesman Olara Otunnu, Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey, and development expert Brizio Biondi-Morra, select the winners. Previous juries have included the late Madeleine Albright, Mary Robinson, Bill Gates, Sr., and Sir Richard Branson.

The jury

The McNulty Prize has honored the kind of entrepreneurial, grassroots leadership that is values-based, rooted in community, and an antidote to the cynicism of our time.

Madeleine Albright


The McNulty Prize was created in honor of John P. McNulty to recognize his leadership, his creativity, his energy and the spark he carried and ignited in others.

Explore Our Leadership Case Studies

Explore the pivotal moments that catalyzed McNulty Prize Laureates into action, and hear their stories of struggle, determination and ultimately success.

McNulty Prize Catalyst Fund

Building on the success of the McNulty Prize, the Catalyst Fund was established to provide support for high-potential ventures at earlier, critical junctures on their path to impact.