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Inaugural Class of Sheila C. Johnson Fellows Announced!

Read more about our trailblazing cohort here.

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Preparing Next Generation Leaders

Learn more about how CPL supports leadership development through fellowships, field trips, seminars, and student activities.

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2014 Commencement Urges Responsible Citizenship

UN Ambassador Samantha Power addressed Harvard Kennedy School's class of 2014 on May 29, urging almost 600 proud graduates “to ensure that democracy expands, deepens, and delivers."

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Leadership Across Diversity and Disparity

Zuckerman and Gleitsman Fellows recently travelled to Los Angeles for a four-day field visit to explore how a wide array of Angelenos are leading across diversity and disparity to forge a better city.

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03 October 2014

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced today a gift of $15 million from the government of the UAE to establish the Emirates Leadership Initiative. The five-year program will deepen HKS’s engagement with the peoples and countries of the Middle East through a wide array of new leadership, research, executive education and fellowship programs.

A collaboration between the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) and the Middle East Initiative (MEI) at HKS, the program will be composed of four elements: fellowships for up to ten exceptional graduate students from the Arab world to study at HKS, a major research initiative focused on the Middle East, executive education for senior officials from the region, and an interactive field visit to the UAE for HKS students. The gift will also contribute to the Campaign for Harvard Kennedy School, a multi-year effort to raise $500 million for financial aid, campus improvements, and key research initiatives.

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02 October 2014

On October 1, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint former CPL George Fellow, Maura Cory Sullivan, to the post of Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Maura Corby Sullivan is a former Marine Corps Captain and veteran of the Iraq War, serving in Fallujah in 2005.  Ms. Sullivan has served in a number of general management roles at PepsiCo, most recently as Zone Director for Frito-Lay’s Central New England Zone business.  In 2013, Ms. Sullivan was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts to serve on The Board of Trustees of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea, MA.  She was appointed to serve as Member of the American Battle Monuments Commission in 2010.  Ms. Sullivan received a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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25 September 2014

Second-year Dubin Fellow, Deng Chol, is featured on the HKS admissions blog today as the co-chair of the student ambassadors program. Yet another example of some of the great work CPL fellows are doing!

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10 September 2014

The Harvard Kennedy School announced a five-year, $3.5 million gift to launch the Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Program, providing each year up to five fellowships for outstanding individuals dedicated to future leadership in the environmental field. The program will be housed within CPL at HKS in partnership with other faculty at the University and will offer a rich array of co-curricular activities in addition to the studies by the Bacon Fellows. Read More.

08 September 2014

Linda Mason, Chair of Mercy Corps and Entrepreneur, Joins Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership in September as Leader-in-Residence.

The newly launched Leader-in-Residence program at the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) invites practitioners at the top of their fields to Harvard Kennedy School for short-term academic appointments within the Center. Like distinguished senior fellowships at other leading academic institutions, the Leader-in-Residence program will foster new connection points between students and the work of CPL; offer students mentorship and career coaching; spur independent, compelling research supporting the efforts of CPL; and engage key external stakeholders.

Read more about Mason's appointment here.