Hauser Leaders Program

Hauser Leaders are practitioners at the top of their fields who mentor, coach, and advise Harvard Kennedy School students. These leaders teach skill-building and leadership development workshops, contribute to research that supports the mission of CPL, and on behalf of and in collaboration with CPL leadership, may engage external stakeholders for programmatic and strategic advancement.

The Hauser Leaders Program features the Hauser Leaders-in-Residence Program (HLiR) and the Hauser Visiting Leaders Program (HVL). While Hauser Leaders-in-Residence join Harvard Kennedy School for one-to-two semester residential appointments within the Center, Hauser Visiting Leaders visit CPL for short, richly programmed visits (2-5 days per stay) throughout the academic year.


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, New York Philharmonic

Throughout her career, Deborah Borda has extended the artistic, commercial, and technological boundaries of the American symphony orchestra. She becomes President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Philharmonic in September 2017, having previously served as President and CEO, David C. Bohnett Presidential Chair, of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic, general manager of the San Francisco Symphony, and president of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

At the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ms. Borda designed an acclaimed business, education, 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 Los Angeles Philharmonic’s summer home; expanded artistic programming at both venues; and spearheaded the appointment of Gustavo Dudamel as music director. Under her leadership, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has grown to maintain the largest budget of any symphonic organization in the U.S. and has become internationally recognized for its commitment to programmatic innovation through an acclaimed commissioning program, interdisciplinary productions, and more. Recognizing the social and artistic imperatives of the orchestra, Ms. Borda partnered with Mr. Dudamel to usher in an era of increased community engagement through such influential programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) and the national Take a Stand initiative.

A Bennington–Royal College of Music alumnus and a former professional violist, Deborah Borda is in demand internationally as a consultant and lecturer. In 2015 she became the first arts executive to join the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership as a Hauser Leader-in-Residence. In May 2017 the Curtis Institute of Music bestowed on her an Honorary Doctor of Music degree and invited her to deliver its commencement address.


Nicholas Kristof
Hauser Visiting Leader

Op-ed Columnist, New York Times; Pulitzer Prize winner

Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The Times since 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. Mr. Kristof grew up on a sheep and cherry farm near Yamhill, Oregon. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and then studied law at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.

After joining The New York Times in 1984, initially covering economics, he served as a Times correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. He later was Associate Managing Editor of The Times, responsible for Sunday editions. In 1990 Mr. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Mr. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006, for commentary for what the judges called “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.”

In his column, Mr. Kristof was an early opponent of the Iraq war. He among the first to warn that we were losing ground to the Taliban in southern Afghanistan and raise doubts about WMD in Iraq.

Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn are authors of China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power, and Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia. Together they wrote Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which was the inspiration of The Half the Sky Movement that seeks to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Most recently, Kristof and WuDunn authored A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity that also inspired a PBS-documentary, which both provide a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world — and a roadmap to becoming a conscientious global citizen.


Sheryl WuDunn
Hauser Visiting Leader

Business Executive, Pulitzer Prize Winner

Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive, lecturer, and best-selling author. Currently, she is a senior managing director with Mid-Market Securities (MMS), an investment banking boutique helping growth companies, including those operating in the emerging markets.

Previously, Ms. WuDunn served as a vice president in the investment management division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and as a commercial loan officer at Bankers Trust. She also worked at The New York Times as both an executive and journalist notably as a foreign correspondent for The Times in Tokyo and Beijing, where she wrote about economic, financial, political and social issues.

She is co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a New York Times best-selling book about the challenges facing women around the globe.

With her husband Nicholas D. Kristof, she has co-authored two best-selling books about Asia: Thunder from the East and China Wakes. She and her husband are recipients of a Pulitzer Prize for their work covering China. Most recently, WuDunn and Kristof authored A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity that also inspired a PBS-documentary, which both provide a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world — and a roadmap to becoming a conscientious global citizen.

Ms. WuDunn received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2011. That year Newsweek cited Ms. WuDunn as one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

She graduated from Cornell University, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees. She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. She is a recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Middlebury College. She was a Senior Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in fall, 2011.