Veteran Leadership in the Political Landscape


Monday, April 11, 2022, 4:30pm to 5:30pm


Taubman 135 - Darman Seminar Room

Join the Veterans Impact Initiative as we kick off Public Service Week with an exciting panel of guests to discuss their work in engaging veterans in the political process. Veteran communities consist of countless individuals with valuable leadership skills needed across the political landscape. Our guests discuss the importance of tapping into these communities by encouraging veterans to be advocates, campaign workers, and political candidates themselves.

Panelists Include:

  • Emily Cherniack, Founder & Executive Director, NewPolitics
  • Aaron Marquez, Executive Director & Co-Founder, VetsForward, AZ
  • Joanna Sweatt, National Field Manager, Common Defense
  • (Moderator)  Setti Warren, IOP Executive Director; Naval Intelligence Specialist, and Iraq War veteran; former Mayor of Newton, MA (2010-2018)

Veterans Impact Initiative Overview:

The Veterans Impact Initiative is a collaborative effort to cultivate conversations between civilian and military populations in the Harvard and Greater Boston communities. Throughout the year, we work with various Harvard communities to host events for all those interested in military affiliated topics, regardless of their status as civilian or military. The program’s culminating experience, Public Service Week, is a week-long event series highlighting all manners of public service. The week incorporates Harvard-wide day of service during which Harvard community members, both civilian and military, serve and connect with veterans around Greater Boston, further bridging the civilian-military divide and assisting veterans and community members in need.
The Veterans Impact Initiative is a partnership among the Center for Public Leadership, Institute of Politics, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS Armed Forces Association, HLS Armed Forces Association, the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization, and the HKS Student Public Service Collaborative.