Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Medal
The Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Medal is awarded every fall to recognize the achievements of exemplary federal public servants.
In 2019, the Partnership for Public Service renamed the annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal honoring career achievement the “Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Award." The award, supported by a generous gift from Ray and Barbara Dalio, is presented to an honoree every fall as part of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (the “Sammies”).
“Government functions best when it is staffed by civil servants who represent our most thoughtful and accomplished citizens. I am humbled to have this award dedicated in my name and thrilled to celebrate those who have devoted their careers to working for the public good.”
– Paul A. Volcker (1927 - 2019), Chairman and Founder of the Volcker Alliance
Celebrating the Winners of the Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Medal
2022 Winner: Dr. H. Clifford Lane, M.D.
Dr. Clifford Lane conducted pioneering work to combat HIV/AIDS that has saved countless lives, organized breakthrough clinical trials for Ebola in Africa, and helped establish medical guidelines to treat COVID-19 during the pandemic.
2021 Winner: Evan R. Kwerel, PhD
Evan R. Kwerel, Ph.D. pioneered the use of competitive spectrum auctions to allocate the public airwaves for sound, data and video transmissions, helping fuel the digital revolution while adding more than $200 billion to the government’s coffers.
2020 Winner: Dr. Ira Pastan
Dr. Ira Pastan discovered a new class of drugs that can successfully treat a rare form of leukemia and hold promise to be effective therapies for pancreatic and lung cancer as well as mesothelioma.
2019 Winner: Ann McKee, M.D.
Ann McKee revolutionized scientific research and our understanding of the long-term effects of concussions, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, in veterans and athletes.