ACF’s Joan Lombardi Receives Distinguished Service to Education Award

Thursday, May 20, 2010
Contact: Kenneth J. Wolfe
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Joan Lombardi, Ph.D., deputy assistant secretary and inter-departmental liaison for early childhood development, is the recipient of the George Mason Graduate School of Education’s Distinguished Service to Education Award for 2010. The award was given during the graduate school of education’s convocation at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. 

“Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lombardi has devoted her career to improving the conditions of young children and their families,” said Carmen R. Nazario, HHS assistant secretary for children and families. “Because of her remarkable leadership and her contributions in promoting education, supporting families and building communities, she is more than deserving of this award.”

The Distinguished Service to Education Award is the most prestigious professional award presented by the George Mason University Graduate School of Education. The award is presented every year to an individual who has exhibited sustained and significant dedication to the improvement of education for all students, and who exemplifies the kind of leadership to whom others may look for inspiration and guidance in their own professional development.

In addition to receiving the award from George Mason University, Dr. Lombardi also delivered the keynote address, in which she acknowledged the achievement of the graduates and the transition they face, into the field of education during a time of great debate on key issues. She also conveyed a strong message to the graduates by encouraging them to focus on the individual child, to celebrate diversity and become active in their communities in order to fully address the needs of children and families.


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