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

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

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.

The Art of Healing: Rappaport Art Prize Winner and Vanderbilt Professor Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons Wants to Change the World Through Art-Vanderbilt Magazine

Campos-Pons joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2017, and with her arrival came a visibility that only the most influential artists command. Her presence has raised the international profile of Nashville’s visual arts community. Yet she doesn’t pay attention to any of that, remaining steadfast in her devotion to using creativity as a tool for healing.” November 13, 2019.

Perfecting Cannabis Policy: Rappaport Panelists Discuss Role of Municipalities and Criminal Justice Reform in Achieving Parity in the Pot Industry-BC Law Magazine

“The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy continued to place a spotlight on issues of equality, inequality, equity, and inequity with its most recent program, “Pot and Parity.” November 7, 2019.

MGH Researchers Create Highest Resolution MRI Scan of the Human Brain-News Medical

Rappaport MGH Research Fellow Brian Edlow, MD and a team at MGH have created the highest resolution MRI scan of the human brain. October 30, 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.


"The Impact of Social Media on Equity in the U.S. Political System"

Jerome Lyle Rappaport Visiting Professor and former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 12:15-1:15 pm. Boston College Law School, Newton, MA.  Presented by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.