Nesta Gallas Award for Exemplary Professionalism in Public Service

The award has been established to honor the lifetime achievements of a dedicated public servant and seeks to honor a pioneering and innovative leader whose career has been demonstrably characterized by:
  • Exemplary efforts to uphold legal and ethical standards locally, nationally and internationally
  • Sustained work to advance gender equality and diversity
  • Responsible, democratic and expert accomplishments in public affairs locally, nationally and globally
  • Mentorship of young academics and public servants who would seek to continue such professionalism in service to the public

Apply or nominate someone here.

A recipient of an ASPA or ASPA Endowment Award may not receive the same award more than once. An ASPA or ASPA Endowment award recipient must wait at least one year after receiving it before being eligible for different one. 

No more than one individual may be selected for the award annually.

Previous Winners

This award may not be given out every year.

Janice Underwood

Mary Guy

Secretary Leon Panetta

Edith Beaumont
Chet Newland

Walter Shaub, Jr.

Not awarded

Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.)

Jane Pisano