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

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

Study Identifies Gene Regions Associated with Sleep Duration-Via The Harvard Gazette

Rappaport Research Scholars have identified another 76 gene regions associated with sleep duration. Their findings may underpin future investigations into disordered sleep and understanding individual set points for how much is enough. March 8, 2019

Boston Exploring New Entrance Test for Exam Schools-Via The Boston Globe

“Harvard University’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston found that the Independent School Entrance Exam presented one of the biggest barriers for black and Latino students to gain admission to Latin School, Latin Academy, and the O’Bryant School of Math and Science.” March 5, 2019

Rappaport Artist Titus Kaphar Repaints History Through Torture and Complexity-Via The Cavalier Daily

Famed for re-examining representation and legacies in history through his work, Kaphar is known to crumple, strip, tear, disassemble and “torture” paintings and sculptures in a process of reconfiguration and interrogation of historical narratives. February 28, 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.