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:


Coming Full Circle- The Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum, a new HLS speaker series, seeks to promote productive public discourse on contested issues-Via Harvard Law Today

“We want to build on the forum’s original approach of supporting the discussion of public affairs and the importance of the Socratic method to the legal process and to achieving truth,” said Rappaport. February 13, 2020.

How Women in Politics Can Leverage Social Media-Via BC Law Magazine

“Social media has permanently changed US politics, creating new challenges and opportunities for women in political leadership, according to former Massachusetts Governor and the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Distinguished Visiting Professor Jane Swift.” January 21, 2020.

Rappaport Art Prize Winner Titus Kaphar's "Shifting the Gaze" has been named to the list of "100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade."Via Artnet.com

“Kind of an anti-painting and symbolic of a much larger conversation. Working on stage during a 2017 Ted Talk, seen by 1.5 million people, Kaphar displayed a copy of a 17th-century Dutch portrait by Frans Hals, Family Group in a Landscape (ca. 1645-48), explicating its compositional language and gradually painting over the principal figures to leave only the black figure otherwise overlooked in the background visible. December 30, 2019.

Mass. Teacher Diversity Falling Short-Via CommonWealth Magazine

The representation of blacks, Hispanics, and Asians in the state’s teaching workforce lags significantly behind the proportion of K-12 students in Massachusetts from those backgrounds, but the steepest fall-off in the teacher pipeline occurs early on as college undergraduates decide whether to pursue teaching certification, according to the study released by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at the Harvard Kennedy School. December 20, 2019.

Rappaport Research Scholar Dr. Erin Dunn Proposes Screening Children's Teeth for Hints of Future Mental Health Problems-Via The Boston Globe

As a scientist, you are always trying to place bets on what kind of work will make the most impact, and how you can develop better tools to prevent mental health problems in the future,” said Dr. Erin Dunn, Rappaport Research Scholar and lead researcher on the tooth study team. December 17, 2019.

Senior Fellows Make an Impression. Via BC Law Magazine

Three Policy Experts Bring Energy, Ideas to Campus During One-Week Residencies at the Rappaport Center for Law & Public Policy. December 16, 2019.

The Rappaport Institute's Policy Brief: Racial Diversity in the Teacher Pipeline

“Our data reveal that the lack of diversity in Massachusetts’ teacher workforce has its origins largely in the early stages of the teacher development pipeline.” December 2, 2019.

2018 Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy Fellow Selected to Receive a 2020 Skadden Fellowship-BC Law

“Lauren Koster has been selected to receive a 2020 Skadden Fellowship to pursue a career in public interest work.  She will begin her fellowship with the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts in August 2020.” November 19, 2019.


Criminal Justice: Looking Ahead

Monday, March 9, 2020. 12:00-1:30 pm.

Panelists: Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. Moderator: Senator Will Brownsberger.

Boston College Law School, East Wing, 115B, Newton, MA.  Presented by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy. 


Does Title VII Protect LGBTQ+?

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020. 12:00-1:30 pm. Boston College Law School, East Wing, 115B, Newton, MA.  Presented by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy. 


Combating the Housing Crisis

Friday, Mar 27, 2020. 8:30 -5:00 pm. Boston College Law School. Boston College Law School, Newton, MA. 8:30-12:00 pm, Stuart 315. 12:00-5:00 pm, Barat House. Presented by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.