This award recognizes an individual who has contributed to advancing the spirit of good government and improving the quality of public affairs for our state and nation. Recipients should have a demonstrated connection to the University and the Institute of Governmental Studies. They are leaders with a sustained record of achievement, and accomplishments that contribute to improving the quality of life of their community. Recipients are honored at the annual IGS Salon Gala.  This award is named in honor of Darius and Sarah Anderson for their sustained contributions to the Institute and UC Berkeley.


President & Chief Executive Officer
San Francisco Giants Baseball Team
A fourth generation San Franciscan, Larry Baer has gained a national reputation as one of professional sports’ leading visionaries. Baer joined the team in 1992 as the executive vice president after he and Peter Magowan led the effort to...


9th Chancellor
University of California Berkeley
An internationally distinguished physicist, Robert J. Birgeneau is a leader in higher education and is well known for his commitment to diversity and equity in the academic community. He became the ninth chancellor on September 22, 2004,...


Willie L. Brown, Jr. was the first African American to represent San Francisco in the California State Assembly, where he served for more than 30 years, including an unprecedented 15 years as its Speaker (1980-95). In 1996 he was elected...


U.S. Senator
As California's senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein has built a reputation as an independent voice, working with both Democrats and Republicans to find common-sense solutions to the problems facing California and the Nation.Since her election...


The Field Poll
In 1937, as a high school student in Princeton, New Jersey, Mervin Field first became intrigued with the concept and activity of survey research when he was introduced to the polling pioneer, Dr. George Gallup. That chance...


Chief Justice
California Supreme Court 1996-2010
Chief Justice Ronald M. George is a 1961 graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a 1964 graduate of Stanford Law School.From 1965 to 1972, he served as a Deputy...


Senior Partner
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP