We envision a Greater Boston community exemplifying innovation and collaborative problem solving in public policy, medicine, and the arts.

The Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation actively promotes the growth of leadership and innovative thinking in the areas of public policy, neurologic disease and mental health, and the arts. It does so by supporting individuals and institutions in the Greater Boston area in the quest to improve the quality of life and catalyze new generations of collaborative leaders.

Public Policy

Our mission is to improve Boston’s regional governance by creating new ways for scholars, students, officials and civic leaders to join in dynamic approaches to solve difficult problems.

Medical Research

We believe that it is imperative to focus resources on the root causes of and potential treatments for diseases that wipe out the potential of so many, so often and so needlessly.


In raising the awareness of and appreciation for the artistic leaders among us today, the Rappaport Foundation hopes to inspire a community and perhaps, a nation.

Our Initiatives

Public Policy

Medical Research


About the Foundation

Public Policy Fellowships

Medical Research Fellows

Art Prizes Awarded

The Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation sponsors the work of new and emerging leaders to increase this region’s capacity for generating effective public policy solutions, breakthroughs for neurologic and mental illnesses, and world-class art. The work is accomplished through strategic partnerships with Harvard University, Boston College Law School, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the DeCordova Sculpture Park & Art Museum. The Foundation’s desire is to connect individuals with demonstrated leadership capability, intellectual rigor, and integrity, who can make meaningful change in greater Boston.

Celebrating 20 Years of Impact:


Recent News

‘Equal Opportunity Mischief’

Via the Boston College Law School Magazine, April 11, 2018.

Harvard Law Forum celebrates 70th anniversary with video tribute to founder Jerome Rappaport

To open his event on March 29th, HLF President Pete Davis presented a video summarizing 70 years of the Harvard Law Forum.


Climate Adaptation and the Commonwealth’s Transportation Infrastructure

The Rappaport Institute presents a conference on the role climate adaptation will play in the planning for our future transportation infrastructure. May 16, 2018.

Gerrymandering: A Threat To Democracy

The Rappaport Center at BC Law hosts a panel discussion. Co-sponsored by the BC Law Black Law Students’ Association, April 10, 2018.