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.

Rappaport Art Prize Winner Titus Kaphar's Portrait Featured on the Cover of Time Magazine's Protest Issue. Via ArtNet News

The image titled Analogous Colors depicts a black mother holding a silhouette of a child, which Kaphar created by cutting into canvas. June 4, 2020.


Meet Kathryn Carlson, Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

“Taking the helm at the Rappaport Institute really allows me to build upon my full career in state government, economic research and policy analysis.”


The Rappaport Center for Law & Public Policy Names 2020 Fellows

The prestigious Rappaport Fellows program places students from Boston area law schools at the highest levels of state and local government in Massachusetts. April 9, 2020.


Rappaport Art Prize Winner Daniela Rivera on social isolation: 'Artists are so well suited to adapt to these circumstances.' Via The Boston Globe

Daniela Rivera, who last year was awarded the deCordova Sculpture Part and Museum’s Rappaport Prize, makes installation work that contends with societal trauma. She’s an associate professor at Wellesley College. March 18, 2020. 


Watch-Criminal Justice: Looking Ahead

Leading state and national experts examine the change that is happening now and what is needed in the future to fix our broken criminal justice system. Taped on March 10, 2020.

Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian
U.S. Senator Ed Markey,
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins
Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan

Senator Will Brownsberger

Presented by the Rappaport Center for Law & Public Policy.


Watch-The Inaugural Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum | When is Speech Violence?

On Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, Harvard Law School hosted the inaugural Harvard Law School Rappaport Forum, the first in an ongoing series of discussions designed to promote and model full, vigorous, and civil discourse on critical and complicated issues facing our community, our nation, and our world.

Funded by the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation, the Rappaport Forum honors Jerry Rappaport ’47, who founded the HLS Forum in 1946 to invite speakers to address issues facing the world post-World War II. 


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.


Celebrating 20 Years of Impact: