Brittany Packnett, a 2007 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, has received the 2015 Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership from Teach For America.
As executive director of Teach For America-St. Louis, Packnett worked closely with local parents and teachers to support a substitute school at the Ferguson library, where some 50 Teach For America alumni taught students whose schools were closed during the unrest.
Packnett is also a member of the Ferguson Commission appointed by the governor to make recommendations for improving the region.
Established in 2007, the award — named in honor of the late journalist and ABC News anchor — is presented annually to Teach For America alumni who embody the organization’s core values and whose work in the last year has contributed to systemic change on a broad scale. Award winners are selected by a committee that includes Jennings’ wife, Kayce Freed Jennings, and his children.