Center for Public Leadership

Sheila C. Johnson Fellow Xevion Baptiste (MPP '16) partners with Melissa Sandgren (MPP '13) for January-term career shadowing experience at Yahoo!. Read more about Xevion's experience and the shadowing program, a partnership between the Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations, here.


  • Emirates Leadership Initiative Fellows in Dubai | 01/20/15
  • January marks a busy month for CPL fellows, with field experience trips planned across the globe. Things kicked-off in Dubai, where fellows participated in the World Future Energy Summit and met with the officials of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency. Coverage of the trip can be found in the United Arab Emirates publication, The National.


  • Zuckerman Fellowship Deadline Extended | 01/05/15
  • The application deadline for the 2015-16 Zuckerman Fellowship has been extended to Friday, January 9, 5:00 p.m. EST. For more information on the application process, please visit the fellowship website.


  • Seth Moulton on Campus for New Members Session | 01/03/15
  • Newly-elected Washington legislators gathered at Harvard Kennedy School in December for the bi-annual Newly Elected Members of Congress orientation session, hosted by the Institute of Politics (IOP). Read more about the session and listen to an interview with Seth Moulton, representative-elect (MA-6) and former George/Zuckerman Fellow.


  • BIG Research Featured in World Bank Report | 12/09/14
  • The World Bank cites the research of CPL's Behavioral Insights Group (BIG) in its Development Report for 2015. Of particular interest is the application of different decision-making processes in developing countries with the goal of increasing productivity, social mobility, and education opportunities.

    Read more here.


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    Last week, the Harvard Kennedy School Armed Forces Committee, in conjunction with CPL and the Belfer Center, was honored to host Admiral Robert F. Willard, Commanding Officer of United States Pacific Command, as the guest of honor for its annual Veterans Day Recognition Breakfast. In attendance at the breakfast were over 60 current Kennedy School students and National Security Fellows who have served or who continue to serve in every branch of our nation’s Armed Forces.

    During his keynote address, Admiral Willard thanked the veterans for their service and commended each of them for their pursuit of academic excellence that will allow them to continue serving our nation in the future. He shared unique insights into the strategic importance of the area within the Pacific Command area of responsibility and what he saw as the critical issues in the future of the region.

    At the conclusion of the breakfast, the veterans were joined by David Ellwood, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School, who thanked the students for their service to our nation and who also thanked Admiral Willard for his contribution to their learning. It was a memorable event for all involved, and a fitting tribute to the many Kennedy School veterans whose service in the military marks only the beginning of a lifetime of public service to our nation and world.

    Regan Turner is currently an MPP/MBA candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School and is a Dubin Fellow.

    On a recent visit to CPL, professor Dean Williams spoke with Gordon Brown about leadership challenges he faced as U.K. Prime Minister (2007–10), as well as factors that all contemporary leaders need to manage.

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    We were honored to welcome back Nate Fick (MPA/MBA '08), last month, to speak with current George Leadership Fellows about his experience as CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a defense and national security think tank in Washington, D.C.

    A former Marine Corps officer, Fick served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and received great praise for his memoir about the experience, One Bullet Away—a New York Times bestseller. After receiving a joint degree from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School in 2008, Fick joined CNAS as a fellow and Chief Operating Officer. He assumed his current leadership role in 2009.

    Hear what Fick has to say about leadership lessons learned in the military, future threats to American security, and his portrayal in HBO's Generation Kill in an interview with CPL.

    For more information on Nate Fick and the Center for a New American Security you can peruse their YouTube channel, follow them on Twitter @CNASdc, and check out their website for a number of different ways to connect.