"Our greatest strengths have been our diversity and energy, our willingness to tackle problems and solve them, our confidence in the future, and refusal to be bound by the present."
These words exemplify John Heinz's approach to public policy. As a public servant, John Heinz was endlessly positive and eager to tackle problems to address the needs and unlock the potential of those he served - the people of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.
This positive approach to public service and his confidence in the future are, perhaps, his most powerful legacy.
As Teresa Heinz noted in announcing the creation of the Heinz Awards in 1993, John Heinz believed that "we are not here to keep each other company or stay out of each other's way - we are here to help each other.
The Heinz Award in this category recognizes and honors individuals who have had a positive impact on the process of public policy. Eligible recipients include those who have significantly identified, designed, and implemented changes to an area of public policy or individuals whose impact on regulations and policies has resulted in the betterment of society.