Patricia Bellinger, a proven leader in executive development, change management and diversity & inclusion, has been named the new Executive Director at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership (CPL) as well as an adjunct lecturer at the School.

Her appointment was announced today by John Haigh, Executive Dean of HKS.

Bellinger has served for several years as Executive Director of Executive Education at Harvard Business School (HBS), where she managed a $145 million portfolio of programs, consisting of more than 130 open enrollment and custom programs. Executive education at HBS is conducted not only on its Harvard campus but also at various locations around the world, including China, Europe, India and Latin America. Heading up a team of 140 people, Bellinger also oversaw substantive campus capital improvements, including four major building projects and the implementation of the School’s first global corporate relations strategy for Executive Education.


Two of Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) leading research centers will join forces. HKS Dean David T. Ellwood has announced that the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations will become the Hauser Institute for Civil Society and will reside within the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) effective July 1.

The merger will offer an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen focus on the social sector in the U.S. and overseas, enriching research in civil society and leadership while also helping to build a steady flow of talented, well prepared students for the social sector. Nearly a quarter of Harvard Kennedy School graduates now enter the non-profit field and many more have a keen interest.


71% of this year’s participants are the first in their families to attend college

Cambridge, MA—Broad diversity continues to characterize the Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School. CPL announced today that 71% of the participants in the fourth installment of LLI are the first in their families to attend college.

Launched in 2010, LLI is a weeklong program that prepares rising college seniors for the opportunities and challenges they will face in the coming decades. On June 9, Harvard will welcome to campus 42 students who were chosen from a highly selective application process. The eight participating schools are Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles); University of California, Merced; Texas A&M International University; the University of Houston; the University of Massachusetts–Boston; the University of Texas–Pan American; Miami Dade College; and the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College.


David T. Ellwood, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), today announced the appointment of Max Bazerman, the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS), as co-director of the HKS Center for Public Leadership (CPL). He will join David Gergen in co-leading the Center, shaping its intellectual agenda and its expanded efforts to develop the next generation of leaders for the common good.

Bazerman has been actively engaged at the Kennedy School in the past as a faculty affiliate as well as an affiliate of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). In his new role, he will not only co-direct the Center but also teach at the Kennedy School as well as HBS.

“Professor Bazerman is a highly esteemed scholar in the fields of decision making, ethics and negotiation, all of which are essential factors in the study of public leadership,” said Dean Ellwood. “I am thrilled that he is taking on this new role at CPL where he can engage even more closely with HKS students, faculty and fellows at a critical time.”


2011 National Leadership IndexCambridge, MA—With the election fast approaching, Americans reported an overall increase in confidence in their leaders for only the second time since 2005. But the news is not altogether encouraging, because 69% of Americans also think we currently have a leadership crisis. At the same time, however, two-thirds of Americans believe the best way to help make leadership more effective is by voting.

These are among the key findings of a nationwide poll, the National Leadership Index (NLI), released today by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and Merriman River Group. The survey is the eighth annual measurement of public attitudes toward the leadership of 13 different sectors in America, ranging from business and nonprofits to politics and religion.

"Anytime you see an increase in confidence in our leaders, it is encouraging," said Seth Rosenthal, the survey's lead author. "At the same time, a vast majority of Americans believe we have a crisis in leadership and that we will decline as a nation unless we do something about it. Fortunately, with the election just days away, Americans see voting as the best means of addressing this crisis, and nearly nine out of ten feel a personal responsibility to participate in making America's leadership more effective."

For the second consecutive year, only two sectors measured in this year's report—military and medical leadership—received above-average confidence scores. Ratings for the remaining eleven sectors fell into or remained in the below-average range. Congress replaced Wall Street as the sector having the least confidence—a distinction Wall Street had held since 2008. Confidence in the leadership of both sectors remained barely above the "none at all" distinction.