2023 Honoree

Olive Freud

urban environmentalist

With a career as a math teacher under her belt, Olive began a second career fighting for an improved quality of life in her community, taking on corporations and government entities by organizing the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development, a nonprofit group fighting for quality-of-life issues on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Organizing rallies, lobbying politicians and raising funds for lawyers and experts are only some of the strategies she still uses working with this group that she helped found more than three decades ago.


Interview conducted, taped and edited by Ruth Sergel

Awards Ceremony

Video by Antony Wong


Posters about the honorees are by students from The Imagine Society, where young leaders work with adult mentors to help make the world a better place. 

Sofia Corsico-Sanchez made this poster about Olive Freud

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