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

In ‘Labored Landscapes,’ Rappaport Art Prize Winner Daniela Rivera Reveals Her New Reality-WBUR

The exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum consists of three distinct projects that invite viewers into the new reality she has shaped — manifesting her personal and cultural histories into physical forms and blurring the boundary between art and spectator.  October 8, 2019.

Saunders Speaks About the NYC Human Rights Commission’s Work-The Heights

Saunders was invited to BC as part of the Senior Fellows in Residence Program hosted by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.  October 3, 2019.

Mass General Hosts Rappaport Foundation Gathering-MGH Newsletter

The Rappaport Foundation event included an e-poster session and a “science slam” featuring foundation-supported researchers from Mass General and other area health care institutions. October 2019.

Watch: A Panel Discussion on Race & Public Policy

Produced by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy. Featuring Tanisha Sullivan, Rahsaan Hall, and Brandon Terry.

Reaffirming Core Scientific Values in Psychiatry Research-Harvard Review of Psychiatry

Rappaport Research Fellow Dr. Joshua Roffman’s article on what’s holding back transformative advances in psychiatry research.  October, 2019.

Massachusetts Artist Wins deCordova Museum’s $35,000 Rappaport Prize-Via The Boston Globe

Daniela Rivera, a Boston area artist who explores ethical issues through large-scale architectural installations, has won the 2019 Rappaport Prize. August 14, 2019.

Daniela Rivera Wins deCordova Museum’s $35,000 Rappaport Prize-ArtForum

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, has named Boston-based visual artist Daniela Rivera the 2019 recipient of its annual Rappaport Prize. August 14, 2019.


Disparate Impact of Urban Planning: Development and Social Justice

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm. Boston College Law School, East Wing 115B, Newton, MA. Presented by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.

Rappaport Art Prize Lecture with Daniela Rivera

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. Presented by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

The Future of Urban Mobility-Alexander Salzberg, Head of Transportation Policy and Research, Uber

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm. Harvard Kennedy School, Bell Hall, 4th floor, Belfer Building, Cambridge, MA. Presented by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.


The Local Antitrust Moment: How State and Local Governments Can Lead the Charge on Renewing Democracy by Breaking up Corporate Monopolies

Monday, October 28, 2019, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm. Boston College Law School, Barat House, Newton, MA. Presented by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.

Pot and Parity

Friday, November 1, 2019, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm. Boston College Law School, East Wing 120, Newton, MA. Presented by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.