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Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)

Bond with HKS alumni who share your commitment to public policy in specific areas of interest. We currently have three SIGs:

PSFA | W3D | HUMAN

Public Service Fellows Alumni (PSFA)

Founded in 2011, the PSFA SIG aims to increase opportunities for its members. This SIG shares information about public service career opportunities, holds PSFA networking events, increases interaction between alumni and current students, and helps to publicize the Public Service Fellowship brand. Please contact any of the current officers if you are interested in joining the PSFA SIG or have any questions. Note that membership is restricted to Public Service Fellows.

Caryn Morrow MPP 2012, Co-President

Vanessa Uchiyama MPP 2012, Co-President

Pooja Wagh MPP 2012, Co-President

Arlee Griffin Jr. MC/MPA 2010, co-Vice President

Jeff Katz MC/MPA 2000, Student Liaison

Shannon Roche MPP 2004, Treasurer

Aaron Roesch MPP 2012, Communications

Ali Khan MD/MPP 2010

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W3D (Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development)

W3D is an alumni network ready to answer President Kennedy’s call to service, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” In that spirit, the women of HKS decided to create an innovative network to build on established HKS relationships. Founded with the idea that trusted relationships and inclusive groups are the keys to real collaboration, the W3D alumni network aims to break down the barriers among defense, diplomacy, and development to create holistic foreign policy decisions and solutions for the United States. This alumni network also acknowledges the untapped and underutilized power of women. It will help develop and promote the role of women in leadership, keeping a focus on the common goal of sustainable peace through gender equality.

Goals include:

  • Creating an active network to promote increased women’s participation and representation at all levels of national security.
  • Fostering men’s engagement in promoting gender equality.
  • Cultivating women as thought leaders in defense, diplomacy, and development.
  • Promoting dialogue, information sharing, and networking to support women working on global peace and security initiatives.

For information on this SIG, contact:

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HUMAN (Harvard Kennedy School’s United Mason Alumni Network)

HUMAN mobilizes the academic knowledge, leadership skills, experiences, and convening capacity of the HKS community to advance dialogue and support constructive change in the areas of economic growth, social services, civil society, and governance in developing countries.

Goals include:

  • Strengthening and expanding the professional and social networks of Mason Program alumni, other HKS development-oriented program alumni, HKS alumni, and current students who are interested in international development.
  • Encouraging exchange and transfer of knowledge and skills between alumni working in global development and civil society in developing countries while supporting HKS and alumni projects in related fields.
  • Promoting alumni involvement in HKS events by linking professional and academic interests in international development.
  • Fostering a spirit of fraternity between HKS alumni and current students by identifying work opportunities and exchange programs in developing countries.
  • Identifying and encouraging strong candidates in developing countries to apply to the various HKS international development-related programs.

For more details or to join HUMAN, please contact Taz Rajwani MC/MPA 2008.

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