Hauser Leaders Program

Thanks to the generosity of Rita and Gustave Hauser in fall 2015, the Center for Public Leadership established the Hauser Leaders Program. Akin to distinguished senior fellowships at other leading academic institutions, our Hauser Leaders enrich our students’ learning in myriad ways and bring to the HKS community a deep connection to the practice of leadership in the public and private sectors, including higher education. Visiting practitioners mentor, coach, and advise students; give talks; teach skill-building and leadership development workshops; engage key external stakeholders; contribute to research that supports the mission of CPL; and on behalf of and in collaboration with CPL leadership, they may also engage external stakeholders for programmatic and strategic advancement.

The Hauser Leaders Program features the Hauser Leader-in-Residence Program (HLiR) and the Hauser Visiting Leaders Program (HVL) and is a part of CPL’s Leadership Development curriculum, which offers learning opportunities and leadership training to all HKS students through workshops, field experiences, and talks by inspiring cross-sectoral leaders.

Already in its second year, the Hauser Leader-in-Residence program invites practitioners at the top of their fields to Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) for one to two semester residential appointments within the Center.

The Hauser Visiting Leader program is an offshoot of the Hauser Leaders-in-Residence program designed to bring outstanding leaders from different disciplines to CPL for a series of short, richly programmed visits (2-5 days each) within a prescribed period of time during the academic year.

2016-17 Hauser Leaders Program


Lawrence S. Bacow
Hauser Leader-in-Residence
President Emeritus, Tufts University

President Emeritus Lawrence S. Bacow served as the twelfth President of Tufts University from September 2001 through July 2011. During his ten years as President, he advanced the university’s role as a leader in teaching, research, and public service. Within Tufts, he championed academic excellence and placed a premium on open communication and close engagement with students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Nationally, he became well known as an advocate of broader access to higher education and the importance of need-based financial aid. Internationally, he played an important role in efforts to strengthen universities’ commitment to civic engagement.Dr. Bacow received his S.B. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his M.P.P. and Ph.D. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the recipient of five honorary degrees.

After stepping down as President of Tufts after ten years of service, Dr. Bacow became President-in-Residence in the Higher Education Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education; he is serving in this role for a third year during 2013-14. He is also a Senior Advisor to Ithaka S+R and was one of the authors of its major 2012 study of the barriers to the adoption of online learning systems in U.S. higher education.

Dr. Bacow is a member of the Harvard Corporation and of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  He also serves on the boards of directors of TIAA-CREF, Liquidnet, and Loews Corporation.

Deborah Borda
Hauser Visiting Leader

President and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Deborah Borda's career has been distinguished by her creative leadership, commitment to innovation, and progressive outlook on the role of the orchestra in the 21st century. Prior to becoming President and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2000, she was Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic for a decade, General Manager of the San Francisco Symphony, and President of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In Los Angeles, Borda designed an acclaimed business and curatorial plan, which restored the orchestra to robust artistic and fiscal health; oversaw the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall and the addition of a new shell to the Hollywood Bowl, the LA Phil’s summer home; expanded artistic programming at both venues; and spearheaded the appointment of Gustavo Dudamel as Music Director. Under Borda’s leadership, the LA Phil has made ambitious, forward-looking investments to advance both its artistic and social objectives. The orchestra maintains the most active commissioning program in the country and has garnered international acclaim for its interdisciplinary productions and work with new technologies. In the community, the orchestra has become a valued resource, offering such programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), which has become a model for effecting social change through music on a national stage. A Bennington/Royal College of Music alumnus and a former professional violist, Borda is in demand internationally as a consultant and lecturer.

Linda A. Mason

Hauser Visiting Leader
Mercy Corps Global Leadership Council Chair

Ms. Mason was recently appointed as Leader-in- Residence at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School at Harvard University.  She also serves as Chair of the Global Leadership Council for Mercy Corps, a $450m international relief and development agency playing a major role in crisis areas around the world including Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, DRC, South Sudan, and Nigeria among others.  Ms. Mason travels extensively to crisis areas around the world and has written and spoken extensively on humanitarian issues.  Earlier in her career she worked in Africa and Southeast Asia running emergency relief operations for CARE and Save the Children.  She is co-author of Rice, Rivalry, and Politics – Managing Cambodian Relief, published by University of Notre Dame Press.

Ms. Mason and her husband, Roger Brown, created and built Bright Horizons, the world’s largest worksite childcare organization now operating over 800 childcare centers and employing 25,000 people.  The organization has been selected, for the past 15 years, as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine. They also co-founded Horizons for Homeless Children, an organization providing childcare and related services to homeless children and their parents.  She is author of The Working Mother’s Guide to Life, published by Random House.

Ms. Mason serves on the boards of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Packard Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Yale School of Management, Horizons for Homeless Children, Mercy Corps, and Bright Horizons.