The 2014 ‘Sammies’ finalists: Meet USAID’s Jill Boezwinkle

Jill Boezwinkle, senior program manager, Development Innovation Ventures of USAID, was nominated for a public service award for her work with the Dispensers of Safe Water project . (Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

The Washington Post has begun its annual series profiling finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America awards, which honor federal workers who made an impact in addressing the needs of the nation and the world.

Thursday’s profile featured Jill Boezwinkle, a senior program manager nominated for her work with the Dispensers of Safe Water project. Through that program, she helped distribute 5 million plastic dispensers to sub-Saharan Africa that deliver precise doses of bacteria-killing chlorine with the twist of a valve.

Boezwinkle is among the finalists for the National Security and International Affairs Medal. The winners will be announced in September.

MORE: Federal international venture fund helps yield clean drinking water in Uganda, Kenya

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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Josh Hicks · July 31, 2014