Kenneth R. Feinberg, administrator of The One Fund Boston and leader of some of the nation's most noted and complex victim compensation efforts, will deliver the 2014 Commencement address and receive an honorary degree on May 10th. The College will also bestow an honorary degree on Peggy Kemp, Headmaster of Fenway High School, for her commitment to educating and empowering students in Boston.
Founder and Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. law firm Feinberg Rozen, LLP, Feinberg has been widely recognized for his skill in distributing assistance to individuals who have suffered from disasters that have shaken the nation. Most recently, he was appointed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to administer The One Fund Boston, the central fund established in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. He also served as Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 and was Administrator of both the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. Feinberg also was appointed in 2009 by the U.S. Treasury Department to oversee the compensation of top executives at companies that had received federal bailout assistance, and previously served as Special Master in the Federal Agent Orange Product Liability litigation.
Feinberg formerly held roles as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He is an adjunct professor at several law schools. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst and received his J.D. degree cum laude from New York University School of Law.
Peggy Kemp has served in the Boston Public Schools for more than 30 years as a teacher, department head and headmaster. Since becoming Headmaster of Fenway High School in 2003, Kemp has helped to transition the pilot school into one of Boston's leading secondary schools. In 2010, Fenway High was rated one of America's Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report.
Kemp formerly served as the founding Director of the Office of School Partnerships at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has led school reform initiatives such as Harvard's Project Zero and Jobs for the Future and served as the Associate Director of a National Science Foundation-funded math and science regional center. She is a graduate of Berea College and Harvard Law School.