Emanuel Azenberg (ARTS '55) 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Ian Axel (STEINHARDT '07) 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award
Neil Garg (CAS '00) 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award
Hakeem Jeffries (LAW '97) 2019 Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service
Chad King (STEINHARDT '07) 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award
Erin Schrode (CAS '13) 2019 Distinguished Young Alumna Award

Hakeem Jeffries (LAW ’97)
Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service


An American lawyer and Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York's 8th congressional district in Brooklyn and Queens, Rep. Jeffries has emerged as a tireless advocate for social and economic justice. He has played key roles in the FIRST STEP Act for criminal justice reform, the Music Modernization Act for updated copyright law, and the Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act.

Emanuel Azenberg (ARTS ’55)
Distinguished Alumnus Award


In his more than three-decade career as a producer, Emanuel Azenberg (ARTS ’55) has presented more than 65 productions on Broadway, including more than 20 of Neil Simon’s plays. Azenberg taught at Duke University for 25 years. He is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and the 2012 recipient of the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Neil Garg (CAS ’00)
Distinguished Alumnus Award


In 2018, Neil Garg (CAS ’00) was appointed the inaugural holder of the Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA. His laboratory develops synthetic strategies and methodologies that enable the synthesis of complex bioactive molecules. His recent honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Thieme–IUPAC Prize, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Merck Award, and the Elias J. Corey Award from the American Chemical Society.

Chad King and Ian Axel (both STEINHARDT ’07)
Distinguished Young Alumni Award


Since meeting as NYU students, Chad King and Ian Axel (both STEINHARDT '07) of A Great Big World have been fusing epic pop sounds with intimate, heartfelt lyrics. Their 2013 single "Say Something," which featured vocals from Christina Aguilera, began a meteoric rise that included a Grammy award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Recently, the band released two new singles and penned a song for the legendary Andrea Bocelli, which was also featured in Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Erin Schrode (CAS ’13)
Distinguished Young Alumna Award


Erin Schrode (CAS ’13) is an activist and social entrepreneur. A leading voice on sustainability, social impact, and millennials, she recently ran an unprecedented campaign for US Congress in California. Since co-founding non-profit Turning Green in 2005, she’s developed eco-education platforms for millions. This bold innovator and community organizer champions civic leadership, inspiring and mobilizing people to discover and activate passion for social impact and policy change.