Hope E. Whitehead, a member of the Board of Directors of The Empowerment Network Inc., and St. Louis County Courts Judicial Administrator, earlier this month was the 2021 recipient of the Mel Carnahan Public Service Award from the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The award is given annually to Missourians who have demonstrated both an extraordinary commitment to public service and significant achievements in government, education, nonprofit or the legal sectors that have made a difference for the communities they serve. The award was presented at a virtual ceremony February 11.