2021 Public Service Award

Ruby Harvey, Bus '96, '05

Ruby Harvey recently retired as Executive Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. There she was responsible for programs that promote small business participation in VA procurements, with special emphasis on Service‐Disabled Veteran‐Owned Small Businesses  and Veteran‐Owned Small Businesses. She was a member of the United States Senior Executive Service, and has more than 25 years of acquisition, program management, finance, training, information technology, and human resources experience in the public and private sectors. Ruby has accomplished several initiatives during her time in the government, and was the 2018 recipient of the first annual Excellence in Innovation and Competitiveness Award from the White House Initiative on HBCUs. She also served as Chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy, where she directed and oversaw the training of VA’s acquisition workforce. Prior to joining VA, Ruby served in a senior leadership position with the United States Department of Agriculture as Chief, Procurement Systems Division in Washington, D.C. She recently joined Carey’s Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board and has been engaged as a speaker on panels and as a mentor to students.

Dennis Lockhart, SAIS '72

Dennis Lockhart is a Senior Fellow in the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Distinguished Professor-of-the-practice in Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, and a principal in Navigation Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Dennis was educated at Stanford University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he now serves as a member of their Board of Advisors. He also attended the Senior Executive Program at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Dennis also serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, on the board of directors of St. Joseph's Health System, and is a trustee of Agnes Scott College and the Atlanta International School. He also chairs the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the Midtown Alliance.