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

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.

Do Brain Injuries Affect Women Differently? Via The New York Times

Eve Valera, then a Ph.D., student in clinical psychology at the University of Illinois, began to volunteer in a domestic-violence shelter and wondered how many of the women there might be experiencing comparable post-concussive symptoms as a result of head injuries inflicted by their partners.”  June 26,  2019.

Rappaport Center Announces Senior Fellow Residencies Come Fall

“The first two fellows will be Brittany Saunders (BA, JD, Harvard University), deputy commissioner for strategic initiatives at the New York City Human Right’s Commission and former interim counsel for Mayor Bill de Blasio; and Lance Freeman (MA, PhD, UNC, Chapel Hill), professor in the Urban Planning Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and former researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC.” June 7, 2019.

Rappaport Research-7 Tesla MRI of the Ex Vivo Human Brain at 100 Micron Resolution

A multidisciplinary team at Massachusetts General Hospital released to the public an MRI scan of the human brain at 100 micron resolution. This is the highest resolution MRI scan of the whole human brain to date..” June 7, 2019.

Rappaport Alum Studies Local Rules that Block New Housing in Greater Boston-Via The Boston Globe

“So the groups — including trade organizations for home builders and real estate agents as well as affordable-housing advocates — hired a public policy researcher, Amy Dain, to study the zoning codes and housing plans of 100 Eastern Massachusetts municipalities. Two years and countless site visits later, she produced a 123-page report highlighting how they relegate new housing to certain spots, at certain sizes, or discourage it altogether.” June 4, 2019.

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


After the Mueller Report:The Attorney General, the White House, and the Congress--A Constitutional Crisis?

June 25, 2019, 8:30 am-10:00 pm,  The Boston College Club, 100 Federal St, Boston, MA.  Presented by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy.

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.