Ted Allen (GSAS '90) 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Martin Cohen (STERN '76) 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Carmen Guillén Fariña (STEINHARDT ’65) 2015 Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
Ruth Gruber (WSC ’30) 2015 Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service 
Cristi Marie Hegranes (GSAS ’05) 2015 Distinguished Young Alumna Award

Ted Allen (GSAS ’90)
Distinguished Alumnus Award


Ted Allen is host of the Food Network series Chopped and formerly starred on Bravo’s Queer Eye, for which he received a James Beard Award and an Emmy, respectively. In addition to his notable career in culinary entertainment, Allen has been a contributing writer for Esquire since 1997 and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for a feature on the little-known phenomenon of male breast cancer. Allen works with several charitable organizations, including the James Beard Foundation, the Point Foundation, Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, the Food Bank for New York City, the Washington D.C. Central Kitchen, the Food Council for City Harvest, and Dining Out for Life.

Martin Cohen (STERN ’76) 
Distinguished Alumnus Award


Martin Cohen is executive chairman of Cohen & Steers, Inc., a leading global investment management firm, and considered to be a pioneer and one of the nation’s top experts in real estate securities investment. An active philanthropist, Cohen chairs the City College of New York 21st Century Foundation, chairs the board of Guild Hall of East Hampton, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy, as well as a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 2007 he was presented the National Jewish Health Humanitarian Award.

Carmen Guillén Fariña (STEINHARDT ’65)
Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service


Carmen Guillén Fariña is chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school district in the US. During her five-decade career, she has worked in virtually every capacity, from teacher and principal to district superintendent and deputy chancellor, distinguishing herself as an innovative educator committed to helping students, teachers, and principals excel. Fariña holds a bachelor of science from NYU and master’s degrees from Brooklyn College, Fordham University, and Pace University. She is co-author of A School Leader’s Guide to Excellence: Collaborating Our Way to Better Schools (Heinemann).

Ruth Gruber (WSC ’30)
Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service  


A highly-respected journalist and humanitarian, Ruth Gruber has contributed to several of the most defining moments of the 20th Century. At age 20, she was the youngest person in the world to receive a PhD; she was the first foreign correspondent to fly through Siberia into the Soviet Arctic; she served as special assistant to the US Secretary of the Interior during World War II, where she was assigned a secret mission to bring Jewish refugees and wounded American soldiers to the US; and she documented the plight of Jewish refugees following the War, including coverage of the Exodus 1947 ship. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Na’amat USA’s Golda Meir Human Rights Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and five honorary doctorates.

Cristi Marie Hegranes (GSAS ’05)
Distinguished Young Alumna Award


Cristi Marie Hegranes is the founder and executive director of Global Press Institute, an award-winning, high-impact social venture that uses journalism as a tool to educate, employ, and empower women in the developing world to produce professional local news coverage that elevates global awareness and catalyzes social change. She is also the publisher and executive editor of Global Press Journal. A 2013 Ashoka Fellow, Hegranes is an experienced social entrepreneur and renowned international journalism trainer.