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.

larry.jpgLawrence 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.

In February, 2018, Harvard announced that Dr. Bacow would become the next president of the University. He will assume this role in July, 2018.

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.

Canada Hauser LeaderGeoffrey Canada
Hauser Visiting Leader

President, Harlem Children’s Zone

Geoffrey Canada is an internationally recognized advocate for children and an innovator in the field of education. In 1990, Mr. Canada created the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), a birth-through-college network of programs that today serves more than 13,000 low-income students in Central Harlem in New York City. Today there is no other equivalent cohort of low-income children in the world succeeding at the rates found in the Harlem Children’s Zone. More than 900 students are now in college, 100 percent of preschoolers are school ready, parents are more engaged with their children, and rates of risky behaviors, such as teen pregnancy, incarceration and substance abuse, are lower. In 2011, Canada was named one of the world’s most influential people by TIME magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine in 2014. His work has influenced a new generation of education reformers through his writings in The New York TimesThe New York Daily NewsThe Chronicle of Philanthropy as well as two critically acclaimed books on poverty and violence: Fist Stick Knife Gun and Reaching Up for Manhood. Canada has been profiled extensively in the media for his visionary model and was featured in the documentary about the dire state of American education Waiting for Superman. Canada continues to lecture around the world and shares his expertise with government entities, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Smart Schools Commission, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Commission on Economic Opportunity, and the New York State Common Core Task Force.

Caruso releaseCarol Caruso
Hauser Leader-in-Residence/Social Innovator-in-Residence
CEO and Co-Founder, Bloom Impact

Carol Caruso is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bloom Impact, a social impact, Fintech startup. Caruso has extensive experience across the globe in both the public and private sectors driving social impact, innovation, and inclusive finance through the use of innovative technology. She has advised banks and companies on how to advance their digital capacity and implement innovative business models, mobile and online products, and digital distribution channels. Caruso brings extensive experience in setting strategy and planning, project management, launching payment platforms, mobile apps, and distribution networks. She has worked on a wide variety of digital inclusive finance initiatives and collaborated with partners such as Telcos, Visa, MasterCard, Central Banks, Social Impact investors and private companies. Prior positions include serving as SVP Digital Channels & Tech at Accion International, Managing Director of Triple Jump Advisory Services, Financial Inclusion Expert at Kiva and EMEA Director at Broadvision. Caruso received a B.A. in Economics and Finance from the University of California in Santa Barbara, completed the Executive Management program at University California in Berkeley, and completed the Fine Art Photography Program at the San Francisco Academy of Art. Caruso resides in Boston with her husband and son after having lived and worked in Paris, France for 15 years.

Alice ChenDr. Alice Chen
Hauser Visiting Leader

Executive Director, Doctors for America (2011-2017)

Alice T. Chen, M.D. is a practicing internal medicine physician and served as Executive Director and a founding board member of Doctors for America. Under her leadership, Doctors for America mobilized a movement of thousands of physicians and medical students in all 50 states to bring their patients’ experiences to policy makers and move the nation to put patients over politics to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high quality health care and the means to lead a healthy life. She led efforts to educate doctors and medical students about key policy developments, train and support them in advocacy and leadership skills, and organize national, state, and local campaigns. Campaigns included the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ongoing defense of the law, a four-state Patients Over Politics Bus Tour, ACA outreach and enrollment, Medicaid expansion, defense of the Public Health and Prevention Fund, protection of access to contraception and abortion, efforts to lift the effective ban on CDC gun violence prevention research, and the confirmation of the 19th Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. She has spoken extensively on health issues and physician advocacy in national media and with physician and public audiences.


In addition, she served as the co-director of the UCLA Residency Elective in Malawi, Africa. As a medical student, she volunteered with the American Red Cross 9/11 Relief Operation in New York City as a caseworker, Chinese translator, and assistant to the director of the largest service center in Lower Manhattan. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her MD from Cornell Medical College. She completed her internal medicine residency at UCLA. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University and an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently resides with her husband and young son in Washington, DC.


EhrmanNicholas Ehrmann
Hauser Visiting Leader/Social Innovation + Change Initiative Visiting Innovator 
CEO and Founder, Blue Engine

Nicholas Ehrmann has served as CEO and Founder of Blue Engine since 2009. He began his career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Washington D.C., joining forces with local philanthropists in 2002 to launch the nonprofit Project 312 in partnership with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation. The partnership secured over $1M in commitments for a ten year, comprehensive youth development program for his fourth-grade students – many of whom are now struggling to make it in the world of higher education. In 2003, Ehrmann began graduate work in sociology at Princeton University as a William G. Bowen fellow, and later returned to D.C. to study his former students as they navigated one of the lowest-performing school districts in the nation. His dissertation—Yellow Brick Road—explores the negative effects of academic underperformance on the transition from high school to college. Ehrmann was selected as a finalist for the Washington D.C. First-Year Teacher of the Year award and the national Teach for America Sue Lehmann Award. He was named an Echoing Green Fellow in 2010 and a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow in 2011. Ehrmann holds a B.A. in History and American Studies from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. Sociology from Princeton University.

GrunitzkyClaude Grunitzky 
Hauser Visiting Leader/Social Innovation + Change Initiative Visiting Innovator
Entrepreneur, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, 

Claude Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE Magazine, and co-founder/chairman of TRUE. In February 2003, Grunitzky and two business partners completed a multimillion-dollar financing deal led by Goldman Sachs Group. As a result, the TRACE brand is now being leveraged globally across various television, event and interactive platforms. TRACE, which now reaches an audience of more than 50 million people across 140 countries, was successfully sold to a French investor group in July 2010. Grunitzky was raised between Lomé, Togo; Washington, DC; Paris and London. Growing up, Grunitzky, who speaks six languages and carries three passports, was exposed to many different cultures. These foreign interactions shaped his transcultural philosophy and informed the creative energy of his media and marketing ventures. Grunitzky has created media projects all over the world, written for leading newspapers The Guardian, Libération, NRC Handelsblad, Globo, and co-produced a documentary for the BBC. As chairman of TRUE, Grunitzky has helped to shape integrated marketing campaigns for global brands including Absolut Vodka, Hilton Hotels, Infiniti, Levi’s, Mercedes-Benz, Moët & Chandon, Natura, Nissan, Puma and Sprite. The recipient of many distinctions, Grunitzky is an MIT Sloan Fellow and a French American Foundation Young Leader, and was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award in 2007.

KristofNicholas 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.

The Hon. Mitchell Landrieu
Hauser Visiting Leader

Mayor, New Orleans, Louisiana

Mitch Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans on May 3, 2010, with a clear mandate to turn the city around following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill. On February 1, 2014, Mayor Landrieu was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second term and is continuing to deliver major victories.

Under Landrieu, New Orleans became one of the fastest growing major cities in America and added over 15,000 new jobs. Home values are up 50 percent, unemployment has remained below the national average and Landrieu initiated a blight reduction strategy that has reduced overall blight by more than 10,000 properties since 2010 – faster than any other city in the country. New retail is booming, and there’s been more than $6 billion in private development in the city since May 2010. 

Much of the growth and redevelopment has been spurred by the mayor’s place-based development strategy, clustering major public investments to spur private investment and growth.  By fighting for more funding from the federal government, Landrieu also secured over $3 billion more from FEMA for critical infrastructure and capital improvements to drive New Orleans’ recovery, including new funds for road and drainage projects, park and playground renovations, and new criminal justice facilities.

Among the issues closest to the Mayor is reducing the city’s notoriously high murder rate. In 2012, The Mayor launched NOLA FOR LIFE, a comprehensive murder-reduction strategy, and since its inception, the murder rate in New Orleans has decreased nearly 20 percent, to the lowest levels in decades. Prior to serving as Mayor, Landrieu served as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana for six years and as a State legislator for 16 years where he earned a reputation as a reformer. Landrieu was educated at Jesuit High School of New Orleans, Catholic University in Washington D.C., and earned a law degree from Loyola University. Throughout his years of public service, Mitch has governed by the philosophy that New Orleans is “one team, one fight, one voice, and one city.”

VivekDr. Vivek H. Murthy
Hauser Visiting Leader
19th United States Surgeon General (2014-2017)

Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., (@vivek_murthy) served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017. As Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy commanded the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a uniformed service of 6,600 public health offices serving vulnerable populations in 800 locations domestically and abroad. During his tenure, he helped address critical public health issues, including the Ebola outbreak, the Zika virus, low rates of physical activity, and the explosion in e-cigarette use among youth. In 2016, he launched the TurnTheTideRx campaign to combat the opioid epidemic. Dr. Murthy also issued the first Surgeon General's report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health to mobilize the nation to address our addiction crisis, and he released the first.


Dr. Murthy has called emotional well-being one of the most important and most underappreciated drivers of health. In particular, he has drawn attention to the profound impact that loneliness and social disconnection have on health, productivity, and education.


Dr. Murthy received his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Yale. He completed his residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he later joined the faculty as an internal medicine physician and instructor. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Murthy has cared for thousands of patients and trained hundreds of residents and medical students.


In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Murthy has dedicated himself to improving health through the lens of service, research, and entrepreneurship. He co-founded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the United States and the Swasthya project (“health and wellbeing” in Sanskrit), a community health partnership in rural India that trained women to be health providers and educators. As a research scientist, Dr. Murthy conducted laboratory research on vaccine development and studied the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials. He also co-founded TrialNetworks, a software technology company that accelerates collaboration in clinical trials.

SherylSheryl 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.