Anita Brown-Graham Receives Eisenhower Distinguished Fellow Award

ncIMPACT Director Anita Brown-Graham Receives Eisenhower Distinguished Fellow Award

Faculty member Anita Brown-Graham was honored with the Eisenhower Distinguished Fellow Award at the Annual Awards Dinner in Philadelphia, PA, on October 12, 2021. Established by Eisenhower Fellowships’ Board of Trustees in 2008, the Distinguished Fellow Award annually recognizes an Eisenhower Fellow who has made a significant contribution to his or her professional field and displays exceptional leadership within the organization’s global network. Recipients’ activities reflect U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s commitment to peace, prosperity, and justice through direct person-to-person dialogue. Brown-Graham is the first leader in North Carolina to receive the award. 

During the award ceremony, Robert M. Gates, former U.S. secretary of defense, presented the Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service to Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase. Previous events included a pin ceremony and dinner reception for 2021 Global Fellows and 2019 USA and Zhi-Xing China Fellows.

Brown-Graham was first recognized as an Eisenhower Fellow in 2005, joining more than 40 top business, government, and nonprofit leaders in North Carolina with this distinction. She recently served as president of the North Carolina chapter of the Eisenhower Fellowships. This organization currently operates in nearly 60 countries in close collaboration with 47 formally organized country chapters, engaging with a global network of more than 1,600 active Fellows on six continents.

Brown-Graham currently serves as Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Professor of Public Law & Government and director of the ncIMPACT Initative at the School of Government, working with public officials on policy issues that affect North Carolina communities. She is also a William C. Friday Fellow and an American Marshall Fellow. In 2013, the White House named her a Champion of Change for her work at the Institute for Emerging Issues, and the Triangle Business Journal honored her as the inaugural Andrea Harris Trailblazer Award winner for her work promoting the minority business community in the Research Triangle area.