2022 Service to America Medal winners honored during a star-studded television special
On November 23, this year’s Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal® winners were recognized with a one-hour television special on BloombergTV and the Partnership’s YouTube page. The “Sammies” is the premier award program that honors exceptional federal employees whose work and contributions have made our country better, safer and stronger.
Numerous celebrities and notable federal workers honored the 2022 Service to America Medal winners
Hosted by actress and comedian Ashley Nicole Black, the Sammies winners received special remarks and presentations from numerous celebrities including Rachel Bloom, Ronny Chieng, Giancarlo Esposito, Ginnifer Goodwin, Tony Hale, Anthony Hill, Nico Santos, Toni Trucks and Connie Britton.
“[These award winners are the] best and the brightest in every field working to improve the lives of people they will probably never even meet. That’s not just selfless, it’s beautiful,” said Ashley Nicole Black.
The special also featured remarks by CNN News Anchor Anderson Cooper and Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States Dr. Anthony Fauci, a former Sammies winner. A special message from space also was provided by a NASA astronaut, who congratulated Federal Employee of the Year Gregory Robinson for his work that resulted in the successful launch of the revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope.
This year’s Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals winners:
- Gregory Robinson – Federal Employee of the Year Medal
- Dr. H. Clifford Lane – Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Medal
- Amanda Cohn, Anita Patel and David Fitter – COVID-19 Response Medal
- Krista Kinnard– Emerging Leaders Medal
- Barbara Morton– Management Excellence Medal
- Hilary Ingraham, Holly Herrera, Kiera Berdinner– International Affairs Medal
- Cindy Newberg– Science, Technology and Environment Medal
- Joshua Josa – Service to America Medals People’s Choice Award
- Darren Walker – Spirit of Service Award
Sammies winners honored at the Kennedy Center
In September, honorees were recognized at an in-person gala held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The event’s special presenters included Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Deputy Secretary of State Brian McKeon, Rockefeller Foundation President Raj Shah and other important public figures. Read more in the recap of the in-person event.
To learn more about these winners and all the 2022 Service to America Medal honorees, visit servicetoamericamedals.org and watch the full virtual celebration.
Sophia Petron is an intern on the Partnership’s Communications team.