Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

Eric GreitensEric Greitens, Winner of the 2014 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

Congratulations to this year's Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award winner, Eric Greitens. A decorated veteran, accomplished scholar, and longtime humanitarian, Greitens donated his combat pay to found The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans to serve in communities across America.

The late Alan Gleitsman described the intent of the award as: “… recognizing people who make a difference, tell their story, and make other people aware of what one person can do.” Recipients of the award have been critical thinkers and problem solvers of the highest order.

Eric's vision is nothing short of a paradigm shift in how the country views the concept of service and veterans. Rather than placing veterans in the often-assigned societal role of “problem” or “burden,” Eric recognizes that these men and women are in fact critical national assets; that soldiers returning from combat should understand that they are still needed. Through his open and humble approach to the work of developing leaders, Eric challenges them to rethink the next phase of their lives. He helps them identify ways in which they can utilize their military training and leadership skills in a new context. Since its founding in 2007, over 3,000 veterans have been directly engaged through The Mission Continues, transforming their lives through meaningful action in their hometowns and communities.

Read more about The Mission Continues.

Past Award Videos

2006 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

This year's honorees include Ron Grzywinski and Mary Houghton, Julie Stewart, and Gloria Steinem.

2004 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

This year's honorees were all associated with K-12 public education including: Chris Barbic, Yvonne Chan, Mike Feinberg & Dave Levin, Bertha Lewis, Michelle Rhee, Mark Rosenbaum, J.B. Schramm, Agnes Stevens, Margot Stern Strom, Kevin Sved, and Jonathan Williams, with remarks by CPL director David Gergen.

2002 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

This year's honorees were Mike Farrell and Mimi Silbert, with remarks by CPL director David Gergen.

2000 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

This year's honorees include Jack Kevorkian and Bryan Steveson, with speeches by Melody Youk, Terrence Youk, and CPL faculty member Ron Heifetz.

1998 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

This year's honorees were all involved with Campaign Against Tobacco: Alan Blum, Stanton Glantz, Al Gore, Christine Gregoire, C. Everett Koop, Janet Carol Mangini, Henry Waxman, Jeffrey Wigand, Merrill Williams, and Patricia Young. First Lady Hillary Clinton also delivered remarks.

1996 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

This year's honorees include Geraldine Jensen and Tanya Tull, with speeches by Joseph Nye and David Ellwood.

1994 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

This year's honorees include Wendy Kopp and Ralph Nader, with speeches by Sen. Robert Bryd, Dr. William Smith, and Molly Biehl.

1992 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

This year's honorees include Louis Clark and Ann Wilson, with speeches by Ralph Nader and Elena Boner.

1991 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

This year's honorees include Karen Nussbaum and Ann Wilson, with speeches by Ted Danson, Jane Fonda, and Gov. Dick Celeste.