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

Underrepresentation of black and Latino students in exam schools leads Boston Globe to Rappaport Institute report

The policy brief by Prof. Joshua Goodman and Melanie Rucinski (Harvard Kennedy School) show how inequities surrounding the Boston exam schools’ entrance test result in lowered admissions for black and Latino students. October 2, 2018

Facing the Crisis of Confidence in Voting Rights

What’s next in voting rights? At the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy’s event, a panel of experts offered answers to this ever-relevant question. Via the Boston College Law Magazine. October 3, 2018

The Call to Leadership Is Clear

Obama advisor David Simas kicked-off BC Law’s Leaders Entering and Advancing Public Service (LEAPS) program inaugural event, co-sponsored by the Rappaport Center. Via BC Law School Magazine. September 24, 2018

On the Razor’s Edge of Autocracy

Visiting Professor Robert Cordy warns of threats to constitutional democracy, via BC Law School Magazine. September 6, 2018

Titus Kaphar wins this year's Rappaport Prize

Via the Boston Globe, August 15, 2018


The Role and Impact of Technology in Transportation

The Rappaport Institute at Harvard’s Kennedy School presents the season’s first session of the Planes, Trains, Automobiles (and Bikes) Seminar. October 2, 2018

A Report from the Frontlines of Transportation

Harvard Kennedy School students shares their insights in the Rappaport Institute’s Planes, Trains, Automobiles (and Bikes) Seminar Series. October 9, 2018

Electoral College: Stay, Go, or Alternatives?

The Rappaport Center at BC Law presents a panel with Prof. Lawrence Lessig (HLS) and former Maine State Rep. John Brautigan. October 18, 2018


The Rappaport Center presents Joshua Matz, co-author with Prof. Larry Tribe, “To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment.”  October 18, 2018

Titus Kaphar delivers The Rappaport Prize Lecture

At the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum. October 30, 2018