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, private, and non-profit sectors. The program features Hauser Leaders-in-Residence and Hauser Visiting Leaders who spend the bulk of their time at CPL advising students and engaging with faculty. Leaders-in-Residence join Harvard Kennedy School for one to two semester residential appointments within the Center, and Visiting Leaders are with CPL for short, richly-programmed visits throughout the academic year.

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 2017-2018 academic year, Hauser Leaders reached over 3000 community members, from almost every corner of Harvard, 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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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.

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.

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.

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.



Incoming Hauser Leaders

John Kroger, Hauser Leader-in-Residence (2018-2019)
Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School and President Emeritus, Reed College

Karen Mills, Hauser Visiting Leader (Fall 2018)
Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration (2009-2013)


Henry Timms, Hauser Visiting Leader (2018-2019)
President and CEO, 92nd Street Y


Former Hauser Leaders


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

Carol Caruso (2017-2018)
CEO and Co-Founder, Bloom Impact

Nicholas Ehrmann (2017-2018)
CEO and Founder, Blue Engine

Claude Grunitzky (2017-2018)

Entrepreneur, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, TRUE Africa


Donald Kaberuka (2015-2016)

President, African Development Bank (2005-2015)


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

Linda Mason (2014-2017)
Chair, Mercy Corps