José Andrés, world-renowned chef and activist
One of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, Mr. Andrés is known for his acclaimed restaurants, PBS television series and advocacy work. He won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef, the highest honor for a chef in the United States, and has advocated for hunger and nutrition issues through his World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit inspired by a visit to Haiti that aims to feed people facing humanitarian crises across the globe.
Gabriel Felder, School of Media & Public Affairs
Gabriel Felder was chosen as the 2014 Commencement student speaker by a panel of students, faculty and staff. A political communication major, Mr. Felder captured the bittersweet nature of graduating from college in his speech, beginning with the first moment he decided to become a GW student during a conversation with his father in 2010. The moment became even more poignant following his father’s death later that summer. The Stamford, Conn., native pursued his passion for education and community building as a member of Teach for America in New York after graduating.
Maudine Cooper is former president and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League, an organization devoted to education and training, housing and community development, services for the aging and the environment. She served as Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry, Jr.’s Chief of Staff, during the late 1980s and has been a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the NAACP, the D.C. Agenda Project and Leadership Washington.
W. Russell Ramsey (B.B.A. ’81)
A GW alum, W. Russell Ramsey is known for his business — Ramsey Asset Management — and for his philanthropic endeavors. He established the Ramsey Student Investment Fund and oversaw GW’s presidential search committee, the creation of its investment office, the redevelopment of The Avenue, the creation of the 20-year Foggy Bottom Campus plan and the development of the strategic plan.