Hauser Leaders Program

The Hauser Leaders Program is the only program of its kind at Harvard Kennedy School, hosting high-profile leaders and practitioners from across public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Hauser Leaders spend the bulk of their time at CPL advising students and engaging with faculty. By providing the community with direct access to experts with broad experiences and deep knowledge sets, the Hauser Leaders Program contributes in vital ways to the academic life of Harvard. In the 2018-2019 academic year, Hauser Leaders reached community members from 10 Harvard schools via public events, skill-building and leadership development seminars, and advising sessions. Hauser Leaders have also influenced Harvard curriculum by speaking in the classroom, engaging in case development, and sharing expertise with lead faculty.

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Upcoming Hauser Leader events
Building and Leading Winning Teams with Tommy Amaker
Climate Change and the U.S. Government with Carol Browner

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Fall 2019 Hauser Leaders

Tommy Amaker

Tommy AmakerTommy Amaker
Hauser Leader, Center for Public Leadership
Director's Visiting Leader, Harvard Institute of Politics
Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach, Harvard Men's Basketball

Scheduled visit: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

In the 12 seasons since taking over as head coach of Harvard’s men’s basketball program, Tommy Amaker has reinvented the Crimson into an Ivy League power with a national presence. He has directed Harvard to a period of unprecedented prosperity in the form of seven Ivy League championships (2011-15, 2018-19), four NCAA tournament appearances (2012-15) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15). Amaker is the all-time winningest coach with the Crimson, surpassing Frank Sullivan with a 74-66 win at Boston College Dec. 7, 2016. 

Amaker was introduced as head coach by Nichols Family Director of Athletics Bob Scalise on April 13, 2007, following six seasons as head coach at Michigan and four at the helm of Seton Hall. Amaker owns a 406-270 career record: 230-131 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall. He has earned numerous Coach of the Year awards, including the 2013 Clarence "Big House" Gaines College Basketball Coach of the Year Award, presented to the top minority basketball coach in NCAA Division I. In 2012, he was presented with district coach of the year awards from both the United States Basketball Writers Association and National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was a candidate for the AP National Coach of the Year. He has also been named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award six times (2011-15, 2019), and the Hugh Durham Award three times (2011, 2012, 2015).

Before beginning his head-coaching career, Amaker won two NCAA championships and advanced to five Final Fours as an assistant and associate head coach at Duke. He was previously a four-year starter at point guard for the Blue Devils, leading the team to the 1986 NCAA title game before earning All-America honors and recognition as the nation’s top defensive player in his senior year of 1987.

Among Amaker’s career achievements:

  • 406-270 record (.600)
  • 14 postseason appearances
  • 2004 NIT championship
  • Five NCAA tournament appearances, including 2000 Sweet Sixteen
  • Coached six NBA players

Amaker has been the head coach of six players who were either drafted, or signed as free agents, by NBA clubs, including two first-round draft picks.

Amaker served nine years as a graduate assistant, assistant coach and associate head coach at Duke, working for legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He was an assistant on two NCAA championship teams with the Blue Devils (1991, ’92) and helped Duke to three other Final Fours in eight NCAA tournament appearances. Duke was a combined 230-80 in Amaker’s nine years on the Blue Devils coaching staff.

A native of Falls Church, Virginia, Amaker began his career in college basketball with a highly successful playing stint at Duke. He led the Blue Devils to four NCAA tournaments, including the 1986 national championship game, and served as team captain as a senior. Amaker was the 1987 winner of the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s top defensive player, and he was enshrined in the Duke Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2013, Amaker was inducted in the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame.

Amaker is also a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2013, and the W.T. Woodson H.S. Hall of Fame (Fairfax, Va.) (2012).

Amaker’s playing career also includes a gold medal as part of the U.S. national team at the 1986 World Championships.

A 1987 Duke graduate with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Amaker was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1987 NBA draft. He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and is a former board member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation. Additionally, Amaker served on the board of USA Basketball where he was a member of the Men’s Collegiate and Men’s Senior National Committees, helping to select members of the gold-medal-winning 1996 U.S. Olympic team.

Amaker also serves on the Board of Overseers for the Boys & Girls Club of Boston.

Carol Browner

Carol BrownerCarol Browner
Hauser Leader, Center for Public Leadership
Director, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy (2009-2011)
8th Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1993-2001)

Scheduled visit: Monday, October 28, 2019 to Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Carol M. Browner is Senior Counselor at ASG and a distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Ms. Browner also serves on the Board of the League of Conservation Voters, the Board of Directors for Bunge Limited, the Global Oceans Commission, and on Opower’s Advisory Board.

Ms. Browner most recently served as Assistant to President Obama and Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the U.S. federal government. During her tenure, the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established the national car policy that included both new automobile fuel efficiency standards and first ever greenhouse gas reductions.

From 1993 through 2001, Ms. Browner served as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. As Administrator, she adopted the most stringent air pollution standards in U.S. history; set for the first time, a fine particle clean air standard; and spearheaded the reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act as well as the Food Quality Protection Act. She was known for working with both environmentalists and industry to set scientific-based public health protections while providing businesses important flexibilities in how to meet those standards. She worked across the agency to ensure a focus on protecting the most vulnerable, particularly children.

From 1991 through 1993, Ms. Browner served as Secretary of Environmental Regulation in Florida, where she launched the largest ecological restoration project ever attempted in the United States to restore the natural flow of water to the Everglades.

Ms. Browner serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for American Progress and was a founding board member of the organization from 2003 to 2008.

She earned her B.A. and a Law degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

She is based in Washington, DC.


Emily Kernan Rafferty

Emily Kernan RaffertyEmily Kernan Rafferty
Hauser Leader, Center for Public Leadership
President Emerita, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2005-2015)

Scheduled visit: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 through Friday, September 13, 2019

Emily Kernan Rafferty, President Emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, served for 40 years at the Museum: as chief of institutional advancement, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, and as President from 2005 to 2015. As President of the Met, she was the Museum’s chief administrative officer, supervising a staff of 2,000 full- and part-time employees and volunteers. Ms. Rafferty’s global experience took her to some 50 countries on behalf of the Museum as she worked with government and private sector officials on initiatives involving funding, marketing, international art loans, legislative affairs, and cultural issues.

Ms. Rafferty served also as a Board member of the New York Federal Reserve Bank (2011-2017; Chair, 2012-2016), and as a UNESCO Senior Adviser for Heritage Protection and Conservation (2015-2017). Since 2008, Ms. Rafferty has been Chair of NYC & Company (the city’s official tourism and marketing organization), while continuing to serve as a board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, PJT Partners, and Koç Holdings, Istanbul. Formerly an Advisory Board member of the Bipartisan Congressional Commission for The American Museum of Women’s History in Washington, D.C. (May 2015-December 2016), she continues to serve as an advisor to the Smithsonian for the advancement of that project.

As principal of Emily K. Rafferty & Associates, she currently consults for several organizations, including Russell Reynolds Associates in that firm’s nonprofit practice and for The Shed, a performing arts center under construction at Manhattan’s Hudson Yards. She is also a Board member of Carnegie Hall, on  the Advisory Council of the American University of Beirut, a Board member of Global Hope Coalitions, a member of the Advisory Board of The European Fine Arts Fair (TEFAF), and is a member of the Economic Club and the Council on Foreign Relations. She also lectures widely on topics relating to non-profit and board management, fundraising, and cultural heritage.

The recipient of many awards and honors, Ms. Rafferty was named by Crain’s New York Business one of New York City’s 100 most influential women from 2009 through 2013, and in Fall 2015 she was elected to its Hall of Fame. In 2012, she received New York University’s Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City, and in 2018, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.


Doug Ulman

Doug UlmanDoug Ulman
Hauser Leader, Center for Public Leadership
President and CEO, Pelotonia
President and CEO, LIVESTRONG Foundation (2008-2014)

Scheduled visits:
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 through Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Monday, November 4, 2019 through Thursday, November 7, 2019

Doug Ulman is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Pelotonia, which was established in 2008 with the objective to fund lifesaving cancer research and today is a rapidly growing non-profit. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic vision and direction of Pelotonia and also serves as an advisor to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Doug is a three-time cancer survivor and globally recognized cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma during his sophomore year of college and malignant melanoma twice since, Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults to ensure that all young adults impacted by cancer have a voice and the necessary resources to thrive. With funding from an Echoing Green Fellowship, Doug served as Executive Director of the organization for four years before joining the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2001 as Director of Survivorship. He went on to lead LIVESTRONG as President and Chief Executive Officer, establishing the organization as the global leader in cancer survivorship.

Doug speaks frequently at some of the nation’s most acclaimed festivals and conferences including the Social Good Summit, the Inc. 500|5000 Conference, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Clinton Global Initiative University, TEDxAustin, SXSW Interactive and YPO Chapters across the country. Doug has also spoken to and consulted with numerous Fortune 100 companies and fast-growing startups. Doug’s personal story and his leadership accomplishments have been featured on major media outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, NBC News, ABC News and MSNBC, among many others. Doug has been honored with many accolades including twice being named on the Non-Profit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50 Non-Profit Executives list, an honor bestowed on the top non-profit leaders in the United States. Doug was also named CEO of the Year: Large Non-Profit by Columbus CEO Magazine in 2017.

Doug currently holds numerous board positions for organizations such as the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Athletes for Hope and ROOT Insurance. He is also an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and The Columbus Partnership. Doug served for four years on the National Cancer Institute Director’s Consumer Liaison Group and has served on the Board of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), as well as many other philanthropic, healthcare and entrepreneurial ventures.

Doug lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Amy Grace and their two children, Clara and Sam. Follow him on Twitter (@dougulman) and Instagram (dougulman) and connect with him on Facebook (Doug Ulman).

LTG Nadja Y. West, USA, Ret.

Nadja WestLTG Nadja Y. West, USA, Ret.
Hauser Leader
, Center for Public Leadership
44th Surgeon General, United States Army (2016-2019)

Scheduled visits:
Monday, October 21, 2019 through Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Thursday, November 14, 2019 through Friday, November 15, 2019

LTG (Ret) Nadja Y. West is the 44th Surgeon General of the United States Army and the former Commanding General, US Army Medical Command.

West is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and a graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine with a Doctorate of Medicine Degree.

LTG West completed an internship and residency in Family Medicine at Martin Army Hospital. During this assignment, she deployed to Operation Desert Shield with the 197th IN BDE, 24th ID, and attached to the 2/69th AR BN during Desert Storm. She then served at Blanchfield Army Hospital. She also participated in a 5th SFG (ABN) medical mission.

LTG West completed a second residency in dermatology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and University of Colorado Medical Center. She then served as Chief, Dermatology Service at Heidelberg Army Hospital. LTG West then served as 1st AD Surgeon; deploying to the Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo as Deputy Task Force Surgeon.


West served as Chief, Department of Medicine and Dermatology at 121st General Hospital. Next, LTG West commanded McDonald Army Community Hospital, then served as Deputy Commander for Integration at the National Naval Medical Center. She then served as J-3, Director of Operations, JTF National Capital Regional Medical. Next, she commanded Womack Army Medical Center then served as DCoS, G1/4/6, Office of the Surgeon General. She then served as the CG of the Europe Regional Medical Command. Her most recent assignment was Joint Staff Surgeon.


LTG West is a graduate of the Army CGSC and National War College.


LTG West awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Medical Badge, Flight Surgeon Badge, Parachutist, Air Assault Badges and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge. She is a member of Order of Military Medical Merit, Order of Saint Christopher, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Academy of Family Practice.

Former Hauser Leaders

Former Hauser Leaders

Larry Bacow (2014-2018) || President, Harvard UniversityPresident, Tufts University (2001-2011)

Geoffrey Canada (Fall 2017) || President, Harlem Children’s Zone

Carol Caruso (2017-2018) || CEO and Co-Founder, Bloom Impact; Innovator-in-Residence, Social Innovation + Change Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Alice Chen (2017-2019) || Executive Director, Doctors for America (2011-2017)

Nicholas Ehrmann (2017-2018) || President and Founder, Blue Engine; Visiting Innovator, Social Innovation + Change Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Claude Grunitzky (2017-2018) || Entrepreneur, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, TRUE Africa; Visiting Innovator, Social Innovation + Change Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Donald Kaberuka (2015-2016) || President, African Development Bank (2005-2015)

Nicholas Kristof (2017-2019) || Op-ed Columnist, The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize winner

John Kroger (2018-2019) || President, Reed College (2012-2018)

The Hon. Mitchell Landrieu (Spring 2018) || 61st Mayor, New Orleans, Louisiana (2010-2018)

Linda Mason (2014-2017) || Chair, Mercy Corps; Founder, Bright Horizons

Karen Gordon Mills (Fall 2018) || 23rd Administrator, United States Small Business Administration (2009-2013)

Vivek Murthy (2017-2019) || 19th United States Surgeon General (2014-2017)

Henry Timms (2018-2019) || President and CEO, Lincoln Center

Sheryl WuDunn (2017-2019) || Co-founder, FullSky Partners; Pulitzer Prize Winner