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

Next Mayor of Boston? Rappaport Alum and City Councilor Michelle Wu Has Emerged as One of the City's Most Effective Politicians-Via The Atlantic

Michelle Wu embodies the kind of political change that’s making waves in Washington, D.C., and cities across the country. ” April 22, 2019

An Artist Rises, and Brings a Generation with Him-Via The New York Times

In a struggling neighborhood with a vibrant history, Titus Kaphar found a home for himself. Now he’s creating a center there to nurture emerging artists.” April 12, 2019

Suffolk DA Discusses Non-Prosecution Policy at BC Law Panel-Via The Heights

“Rollins discussed this policy and and answered questions about the criminal justice system in Suffolk County at a panel at the Boston College Law School, which was hosted by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.” April 11, 2019

A Global Public Health Epidemic Going Completely Untreated: Intimate Partner Violence-Via Forbes

“Shockingly, up to 90% of injuries sustained in intimate partner violence are to the head, face and neck.” April 8, 2019

The Rappaport Ripple Effect-Via BC Law Magazine

“The energy generated by the Rappaport Center has been felt in every corner of the Law School, the University, and well beyond,” said Dean Vincent Rougeau. Winter 2019

The Rappaport Center for Law & Public Policy at Boston College Names 2019 Fellows-Via BC Law Magazine

“Our 2019 Rappaport Fellows are an outstanding group. They are passionate and committed to bettering communities in diverse areas, including education, access to justice, racial equality, housing, public safety, and more,” said Rappaport Center Executive Director Elisabeth J. Medvedow. Winter 2019


Charging Decisions & Public Safety: Local, State and Federal Perspectives

April 3, 2019, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm,  Boston College Law School, Presented by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.

Where Do We Go From Here? Insights From the Massachusetts Commission on the Future of Transportation

April 4, 2019, 8:00 am-11:00 am, Harvard Kennedy School, Presented by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

Achieving the Government Trifecta with Andrew McDonald, Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court

April 8, 2019, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, Boston College, Presented by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.