In celebration of dedication, leadership, and advocacy, we are thrilled to announce Miss Porter’s School Ancient Andrea Hailey ’99 as the distinguished recipient of this year’s Evan Burger Donaldson ’51 Achievement Award. This accolade is a testament to Hailey’s remarkable contributions to the field of civic engagement, her visionary leadership as CEO at Vote.org, and her unwavering commitment to fostering a more inclusive and participatory democracy.
A Trailblazer in Civic Engagement
Ms. Hailey has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to advancing the principles of democracy and civic participation. Throughout her career, Hailey has consistently championed the importance of every citizen’s right to vote, working tirelessly to eliminate barriers and empower individuals to exercise their civic duties.
Vote.org’s Transformative Impact
Hailey has played a pivotal role in leveraging technology to enhance voter registration and turnout nationwide. Under her guidance, Vote.org has become a highly successful trailblazer in the field, recognized for using innovative tools and strategies to make the electoral process more accessible to all. From online voter registration to providing crucial election information, Vote.org is at the forefront of efforts to strengthen the democratic fabric of our American society.
Inclusivity and Accessibility
Hailey has several standout achievements, including her unwavering commitment to inclusivity and accessibility within the electoral process. Recognizing the diverse needs of voters, she has spearheaded initiatives to ensure that marginalized communities, who often experience systemic barriers and voter suppression, have equal access to their fundamental right to vote. Through partnerships, educational campaigns, and cutting-edge technology, Vote.org has fostered an environment where every voice can be heard.
Evan Burger Donaldson ’51 Achievement Award
The Evan Burger Donaldson ’51 Achievement Award – named in honor of a distinguished Ancient who exemplified dedication to community service and leadership – is a fitting tribute to Hailey’s outstanding achievements. The award was established to honor an Ancient and trustee who served others through hands-on work with organizations such as Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the New York Women’s Foundation, and the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, as well as Miss Porter’s School. This award has been made possible by the generosity of William H. Donaldson, the spouse of the late Evan Burger Donaldson ’51.
The Evan Burger Donaldson ’51 Achievement Award is commensurate with the Daisy Pin as one of the School’s highest honors. As the Daisy Pin recognizes exceptional service on behalf of Miss Porter’s School, the Evan Burger Donaldson ’51 Achievement Award recognizes outstanding service to the larger community and is presented biennially to an Ancient whose dedication to service to others is exemplary. The recipients of this award have worked to better the changing world we share and shape. Throughout her career, Hailey has embodied the values of civic responsibility, integrity, and a commitment to positive social change.
This year’s Evan Burger Donaldson ’51 Achievement Award ceremony will be held on Founder’s Day, February 14, at Miss Porter’s School. Congratulations, Andrea Hailey ’99, on this well-deserved honor!