Since its founding in 2000 with a generous gift from Leslie and Abigail Wexner, the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School has worked to prepare its students to exercise leadership in a world responding to a rapidly expanding array of economic, political, and social challenges.

Our Mission

The Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School develops principled, effective public leaders. A global hub for leadership learning, we integrate academic preparation with practice to build knowledge and character required to make positive change in the world. Our faculty, students, and staff act to set the standard for:

  • Rigorous scholarship
  • Critical exchange of ideas with peers, preeminent leaders, and practitioners
  • On-the-ground learning in communities around the globe

Visiting CPL


Interested in speaking with someone about the Center for Public Leadership's programming and fellowship opportunities? Want to attend an event at the Center for Public Leadership? You can find us in the heart of Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts:

Physical Address
Harvard Kennedy School
Taubman Building, First Floor
15 Eliot Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Mailing Address
Center for Public Leadership
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617.496.8866
f: 617.496.3337

Media Inquiries
For interview and general media requests, please contact Clayton McCleskey, Director of Communications and External Relations, at cmccleskey@hks.harvard.edu.