Bill Drayton

Title: Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

Company:  Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Location:  Arlington, VA United States


  • Inductee, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement (2018)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Marquis Who’s Who (2006-2010)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, Marquis Who’s Who (1992-1993)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who (1987-2016)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in American Law, Marquis Who’s Who (1994-1995, 2003-2010)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in the East, Marquis Who’s Who (1986-1987)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Marquis Who’s Who (2001-2016)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Who’s Who (2006-2016)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Marquis Who’s Who (1987-1988)
  • Honorary Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford University, England (2008-Present)
  • Recipient, Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, Yale University School of Management (1987)
  • Recipient, National Public Service Award, National Academy of Public Administration, American Society of Public Administration (1995)
  • Recipient, Public Service Achievement Award, Common Cause (1999)
  • Recipient, Vanguard Nonprofit Lawyers Award, American Bar Association (2002)
  • Recipient, Edward A. Smith Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership (2002)
  • Recipient, Fast Company Fast 50 Award (2004)
  • Recipient, National Conservation Award, National Wildlife Federation (2005)
  • Recipient, Social Entrepreneur Award, Skoll Foundation (2005)
  • Recipient, Merit Award, Yale Law School (2005)
  • Recipient, Goi Peace Award, Japan (2007)
  • Recipient, John Gardner Leadership Award (2011)
  • Recipient, Prince Asturias Award for International Cooperation, Spain (2011)
  • Named, Honorary Fellow, University of Pennsylvania School of Law (2007)
  • Named, Honorary Doctor of Human Letters, Yale University (2009)
  • Named, One of America’s Best Leaders, U.S. News and World Report, Harvard University (2005)
  • Recipient, Henry Fellowship (1965-1967)
  • Recipient, MacArthur Prize Fellowship (1984-1989)
  • Recipient, Social Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award, New York University (2008)
  • Recipient, Prince Asturias Award, Spanish Royal Family (2011)
  • Recipient, John Gardener Award, Independent Sector (2011)
  • Recipient, Annual Creativity Award, Smithsonian Institute & Creativity Foundation (2013)


  • Honorary LLD, Hamline University
  • Honorary LLD, University of San Diego
  • Honorary LLD, Marquette University
  • Honorary LHD, Babson College
  • Honorary LHD, New York University
  • Honorary PhD in Human Letters, Yale University
  • Honorary LLD, Polytechnic University
  • JD, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • MA, Oxford University, England
  • BA, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


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