The Common Good American Spirit Award

The American Spirit Award was created to honor the remarkable individuals who have contributed compassionately to the betterment of our nation and our democracy. It highlights individuals in the arts, public service, activism, and thought leadership.

List of Awardees

2008

  • President Jimmy Carter - Distinguished Public Service

2011

  • Ruth Gruber - Citizen Activism

  • Henry Chalfant and Tony Silver - Activism in the Arts

2013

  • Nicole Hockley - Citizen Activism

  • David Gergen - Distinguished Public Service 

  • Edith Windsor - Citizen Activism

2014

  • Lily Ledbetter - Citizen Activism

  • Arnon Milchan - Activism in the Arts

  • Jose Antonio Vargas - Citizen Activism

2015

  • William Pope.L - Activism in the Arts

  • Judge Jed Rakoff - Distinguished Public Service

  • Andrea Pino and Annie Clark - Citizen Activism

  • Bob Woodruff - Citizen Activism

2016

  • General (ret.) David Petraeus -  Distinguished Public Service

  • Brandon Stanton - Citizen Activism

  • Congressman John Lewis - Distinguished Public Service

  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy - Activism in the Arts

2017

  • Secretary John Kerry - Distinguished Public Service

  • Senator John McCain - Distinguished Public Service

  • Teresa Shook - Citizen Activism

2018

  • David Hogg - Citizen Activism

  • Kerry Kennedy - Citizen Activism & Tribute to Robert F. Kennedy

  • Fareed Zakaria - Thought Leadership

2019

  • Preet Bharara - Distinguished Public Service

  • Bill Browder - Citizen Activism

  • Lesley Stahl - Courage in Journalism

  • Sir Harry Evans - Courage in Journalism