LaShyra Nolen

LaShyra Nolen

Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Medical School
Master in Public Policy Candidate & Doctor of Medicine Candidate, 2024
LaShyra Nolen
Born and raised in Southern California, LaShyra “Lash” Nolen is a writer, activist, and dual-degree student at Harvard Medical School, where she is serving as student council president of her class—the first documented black woman to hold this leadership position. A fervent advocate for marginalized groups, her voice has been featured in Health Affairs and NPR, among others. She is also a co-host of the Clinical Problem Solvers Anti-Racism in Medicine Podcast and a member of the White House Health Equity Roundtable. She is the founder of We Got Us, a grassroots community empowerment project with the mission to increase access to education and healing for marginalized communities. For her work she has been named a Forbes “30 Under 30” Leader in Healthcare, among other honors. Lash attended Loyola Marymount University where she graduated with a BS in Health and Human Science. As a Fulbright Scholar and AmeriCorps member she led public health initiatives to improve care for vulnerable populations. With her education at HKS she hopes to use policy as a tool to impact the health of her future patients and community as a physician activist.

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