Hector Balderas (`01) has been named the 2010 recipient of a John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, which honors young Americans who are changing their community through a commitment to public service. He is the first New Mexican to receive the annual award.
“I’m honored to have been chosen to receive this prestigious award in honor of one of our country’s truly inspirational leaders, President John F. Kennedy,” said Balderas, who on Nov. 2 was re-elected state auditor of New Mexico. “With a limited budget and staff, I have aggressively uncovered government fraud, waste and abuse by creating a Special Investigations Division and an “at-risk” program to crack down on governments that submit late audits.”
The New Frontier Awards were created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. They are presented annually to exceptional young Americans under the age of 40 whose contributions in elective office, community service or advocacy demonstrate the impact and value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.
He will receive the award at a December ceremony with Caroline Kennedy.
November 8, 2010