This award recognizes an alumnus/a of the Berkeley campus who has achieved distinction and prominence through professional achievements and/or public service and whose work advances international, national, state, or community welfare. Awardees have a connection to the University and the Institute through continued involvement after graduation and embody the mission of IGS: to advance excellence in leadership and in public service. The award is named in honor of William A. (“Bill”) Brandt, Jr. and Patrice Bugelas Brandt as recognition of their sustained contributions to the Institute and UC Berkeley.


California State Controller
State Controller Betty T. Yee ('79) was elected in November 2014, following two terms of service on the California Board of Equalization. As Controller, she continues to serve the Board as its fifth voting member.Ms. Yee was first elected...


KQED Newsroom
Thuy Vu is the host of KQED Newsroom, a weekly news program on the Bay Area’s largest public television station. Vu is a five-time Emmy award-winning journalist who has covered everything from presidential debates to culinary creations....


State Superintendent of Public Instruction
California Department of Education
Tom Torlakson was elected to a four-year term as California’s 27th State Superintendent of Public Instruction on November 2, 2010. As chief of California’s public school system and leader of the California Department of Education,...


Washington Bureau Chief
Chicago Sun-Times
Lynn Sweet is the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times and a columnist for The Hill, a weekly newspaper that covers the U.S. Congress, and for The Huffington Post.Sweet is a past president of the Washington Press Club...


Sacramento, California
Kevin Johnson is the 55th mayor of Sacramento.  He is the first native Sacramentan, and the first African American to be elected to the office. His vision is for Sacramento to become “a city that works for everyone.”Johnson’...


Venture Valykrie Consulting
Lisa Suennen is a co-founder and Managing Member of Psilos Group, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm with over $450 million under management. Ms. Suennen has headed Psilos' West Coast office since the firm's founding in 1988 and...


Senior Policy Advisor
Susan E. Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Grant T. Harris is a Senior Policy Advisor to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet.  Mr. Harris served as a member of the Obama/Biden transition Team on the...