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Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award was created by the Maret Alumni Council in 2011 to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of our former students.

This award shares with the entire Maret community, especially our current students, the noteworthy achievements of our alumni. The Award Committee selects alumni who, true to our mission, are taking an active role in improving the world and are making significant contributions in the arts, sciences, medicine, business, government, academia, or service to humanity. Through this award, Maret seeks to recognize outstanding leadership and accomplishments at the local, national, or global level.

Congratulations to Maret's 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners!

Paige Hoffman ’06

Paige Hoffman ’06 is the Deputy Chief, School Improvement at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) where she has also served as Deputy Chief, Design & Systems Improvement; Director for Innovation; and as a founding Special Education Teacher at Stanton Elementary School.

The DCPS mission is to ensure that every school guarantees students reach their full potential through rigorous and joyful learning experiences provided in a nurturing environment. With a focus on combating systemic inequities and individual biases to accelerate growth for students furthest from opportunity, Paige’s work seeks to dramatically accelerate the number of excellent DCPS schools through community-driven transformation, including design, partnerships, and comprehensive school planning.

She leads the District’s data-driven Equity Strategy and Programming Team to promote equitable outcomes for all students and also the implementation of DCPS Connected Schools—a holistic and “whole community” approach to school improvement focused on making schools spaces that support not only a student’s academic development, but a family's overall wellbeing. Paige launched DCPS’s first Design Lab for forward-thinking school leaders to reimagine their schools using human-centered design practices. She implemented this transformational approach at Anacostia and Ballou High Schools, garnering national attention for significant increases in community engagement. The schools have also experienced increases in graduation rates, teacher satisfaction and retention, and the number of students who report feeling loved.

Paige has distinguished herself through her service and leadership within the Maret alumni community. She served on the Alumni Council for many years, including two as President and member of Maret’s Board of Trustees. She earned a BS in social sciences from Harvard University and an EM in leadership from Georgetown University. Paige is also a Trustee at award-winning charter school Washington Yu Ying. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Simon, and daughter, Annabel.

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Jason Wafsy

Jason Wasfy ’97

Jason Wasfy ’97 is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of Cardiac Outcomes Research at the Massachusetts General Heart Center, and a medical director of the Mass General physicians organization. A clinical cardiologist, Jason cares for patients in all settings of the hospital, including the cardiac intensive care unit.

In addition to caring for COVID-19 patients, Jason led the launch of telehealth programs to scale access to quality health services during the public health emergency. In addition, his research group rapidly published analyses of clinical outcomes for patients with COVID-19, as well as the effect of the pandemic on systems of care. The director of the National Institutes of Health highlighted Jason’s work as a critically important description of both the profound socioeconomic and racial disparities affecting hospitalized COVID-19 patients and the sobering outcomes after hospital discharge.

Jason serves on several important national and international committees on cardiology and health policy topics, including the Lancet Commission on Ischemic Heart Disease, and he is the chair of New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Affairs Council (CEPAC), the nation's leading health technology assessment organization and drug price watchdog.

Jason completed his cardiology fellowship and residency at Mass General Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT; his MPhil from Oxford University, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar; and his SM and MD degrees from Harvard. Jason served on the Alumni Council, remains in close touch with his former teachers, and actively participates in community programming. He and his wife, Meagan, live with their two children, Charlotte and James, in Cambridge, MA.

Past Recipients