Andy Rich, DE 91, Selected as 2020 Staats Award Winner and Molly Claflin, OR 2003, Selected as 2020 Stevens Award Winner

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The Truman Foundation will present the 2020 Staats Award to 1991 Delaware Scholar, Andy Rich, and the 2020 Stevens Award to 2003 Oregon Scholar, Molly Claflin, in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri during Truman Scholars Leadership Week in May, 2020.


2020 Staats Award -- Andy Rich, DE 1991

Dr. Andrew Rich became Dean of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York in February 2019. With 4,000 students, the Colin Powell School is home to the social science departments at CCNY as well as the core leadership development and public service programs of City College. Rich was previously Chairman of the Political Science Department at CCNY as well as Deputy Director and Director of Programs at the Colin Powell Center, the precursor to the Colin Powell School. 

Rich has spent his entire career working on the development and promotion of public service opportunities among young people. From 2009-2011, as President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, he launched the institute's think tank and oversaw efforts to expand and strengthen its Campus Network. From 2011-2019, he was Executive Secretary and CEO of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, which provides merit-based Truman Scholarships to college students who plan to attend graduate school in preparation for careers as public service leaders.

Rich serves as Board Chair for the Friends of the Truman Foundation. He is the author of Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise and has written about the role of think tanks and foundations in American politics and policymaking. Along with CCNY, he previously taught political science at Wake Forest University. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. Rich is a 1991 Truman Scholar, originally from Delaware.

2020 Stevens Award -- Molly Claflin, OR 2003

Since being named an Oregon Truman Scholar in 2003, Ms. Molly Claflin has spent her time working at the intersection of law and politics. Her goal has been to use law as a tool to affect change in the political arena – from working on campaigns, to working with the U.S. Senate, to working for a non-profit that investigates corruption in government to better inform the American people. 

Molly’s career in law and politics started early, when she went straight from law school graduation to the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama. She served on its rapid response team at the Chicago, Illinois, headquarters. 

In 2009, she joined a major international law firm in Washington, DC, where she spent a significant amount of time on pro-bono matters, including representing immigrants before the U.S. Supreme Court and citizens of American Samoa in their quest for U.S. citizenship. She also spent more than four years litigating a Voting Right Act case where she ultimately went to trial and won an order to redraw a district map to benefit minority voters.  

Molly then served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where she was the primary investigator on President Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia, potential violations of the Emoluments Clause, and the email practices of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

She currently serves as Chief Oversight Counsel at American Oversight, a non-partisan, anti-corruption watchdog group in Washington, D.C. She sets the organization’s priorities to hold government officials accountable and provide greater transparency to American voters regarding how and whether their government officials are working on their behalf. 

With her experience in Congressional investigations and politics, Molly has provided media analysis on law and politics for publications such as The Washington Post, Slate, Just Security, Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and The Daily Beast

Molly has been an engaged member of the Truman community since receiving her scholarship, serving as director of the Truman-Albright Fellows mentorship program, serving on the annual Finalist Selection Committee in Annapolis, and as a speaker at both Summer Institute and the Truman-Albright Fellowship program. 

Molly earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, and her B.A. from the University of Southern California in political science with minors in news media and gender studies.