From the Directors

Since its founding in 2000 with a generous gift from Les and Abigail Wexner, the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has worked to equip men and women to exercise public leadership in a world grappling with a rapidly expanding array of economic, political, and social challenges.

Over the past decade, CPL has grown into a second home on campus for hundreds of students passionate about cultivating their leadership abilities. This academic year, 74 of these students are recipients of CPL fellowships. In 2015-16, this number will increase to over 100. More than 400 others have enrolled in at least one of our in-depth, faculty-guided leadership development programs. The Center continues to work to build partnerships that empower students to practice leadership, including co-curricular workshops, field experiences, internships, and, eventually, key positions across a wide range of public leadership and service roles.

From our Behavioral Insights Group (BIG)—which works directly with government and private sector leaders to create environments promoting ethical decision-making—to the Hauser Institute, CPL's hub for social entrepreneurship, CPL continues the critical work of fostering learning between academics and practitioners.

Our students stand poised to lead on the global stage, and are more ready than ever to step up to the daunting challenges of public leadership in the modern era.