Past Visiting Fellows

Roy AhnRoy Ahn, Research Fellow

Roy Ahn, ScD, is associate director of policy and research, of the Division of Global Health & Human Rights (Department of Emergency Medicine) at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his Master of Public Health and Doctor of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ahn is currently the Associate Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine's Division of Global Health & Human Rights. Prior to Mass General, Dr. Ahn was a research fellow of Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, where he published various case studies on philanthropy and nonprofit management and developed online curricular “modules” as part of the Center’s Executive Education Distance Learning Partnerships (EEDLP) initiative. Dr. Ahn's primary areas of research are health policy and global health, including human rights and health, maternal health, affordable health technologies, urbanization and corporate social responsibility.

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William F. BakerWilliam F. Baker, Senior  Research Fellow

William F. Baker, PhD, was a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He remains president emeritus of Educational Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), the licensee of Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 New York, after serving as chief executive officer of EBC for 20 years. Baker has taken a leading role in helping to shape American broadcasting in both the commercial and public sectors. Author, lecturer and recipient of many honors and awards, he is a sought-after expert in the field and a well-known advocate for the educational potential of television. Baker previously served a dual role as president of Westinghouse Television, Inc., and chairman of Group W Satellite Communications, where he was instrumental in establishing five cable networks, including the Disney Channel and Discovery Channel. He received his BA, MA and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University, and he is the recipient of honorary degrees from several universities.

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Gabriele BammerGabriele Bammer, Research Fellow

Gabrielle is a Research Fellow with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at HKS and the Chief Investigator for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS), as well as a Professor at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment at the Australian National University. As a Research Fellow with the Hauser Center, Professor Bammer documented and analyzed Harvard's Executive Sessions, significant case studies illustrating research-practice engagement, dialogue, group learning, and change implementation. This work was key to developing Integration and Implementation Sciences, a discipline that aims to a) improve research ability to conceptualize and tackle complex problems, b) strengthen decision making and c) enhance the implementation of decisions.

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Srilatha BatliwalaSrilatha Batliwala, Civil Society Research Fellow

Srilatha Batliwala is an Indian feminist activist and researcher. She was born in Bangalore, in South India, in 1952, and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Science, Bombay. As a Civil Society Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, her work focused on transnational civil society. Prior to her fellowship, Batliwala was a Program Officer in the Governance and Civil Society Unit of the Ford Foundation in New York, handling programs related to strengthening international civil society and the nonprofit sector in the United States. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 1997, she worked for nearly twenty five years in India in a range of social change and gender justice activities that spanned grassroots organizing, advocacy, and research, with a deep commitment to gender equality and the women’s movement in India. She has published extensively on a range of development and women’s issues.

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Gordon BloomGordon Bloom, Research Fellow

Gordon Bloom is director and founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) at Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford Universities. He teaches about the design and development of social change organizations. At Harvard, Gordon taught Social Entrepreneurship & Global Innovation on Harvard’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences/Sociology, in a new model delivered in collaboration with Harvard’s Innovation Lab (i-lab), and on the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School in Leadership & Management.

Gordon came to the Hauser Center as a Research Fellow in 2004, continuing the work of the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory by incubating a Social Venture Lab, and worked with Peter Frumkin to direct a focused initiative on the strategic management of charter schools.

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Oonagh BreenOonagh Breen, Visiting Research Fellow

Dr. Oonagh Breen was a visiting research fellow at the Hauser Center in 2009. A graduate of Yale Law School, her research lies in the area of comparative charity regulation and the role of nonprofits in public policy formation. She has worked with both nonprofit organizations and the Irish Government on the current charity law reform agenda in Ireland and has engaged with regulators in Northern Ireland and Great Britain in their search for regulatory solutions that work across national borders. Her recent publications explore the challenges of regulating charitable solicitations, European charity governance issues, and the problems of overlapping regulatory regimes for cross-border charities.

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Xavier de Souza BriggsXavier de Souza Briggs, Faculty Research Fellow

Xavier de Souza Briggs is associate professor of sociology and planning and head of the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During 2009-11, Xav served as associate director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama White House. A former community planner, his research and teaching are about economic opportunity, effective democracy and governance, and racial and ethnic diversity in cities and metropolitan regions.

His books include The Geography of Opportunity (2005), Democracy as Problem-Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities across the Globe (2008), and Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty(2010). A former faculty member in public policy at Harvard and research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, he has designed and led major leadership development, strategy, and other training programs for change agents in the public, private, and nonprofit/nongovernmental sectors.

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John BrothersJohn Brothers, Visiting Fellow

John Brothers, a former visiting fellow at the Hauser Center, serves as an adjunct professor at New York University’s Wagner School for Public Service, specializing in management and finance. He is a recognized leader in the nonprofit and human/social service area with over 20 years of experience, a national leader in the field of executive transition management, nonprofit effectiveness and sustainability and helping organizations in crisis and turnarounds. He is the principal of Quidoo Consulting, a consulting firm servicing the nonprofit and government agencies throughout the U.S. Brothers is also a senior fellow with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, specializing in executive leadership.

He has an MBA in Public Policy from American Public University, an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management from New York University and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University. Brothers has taken executive training at Harvard University and Georgetown University. He has been an early childhood fellow with the Children’s Defense Fund and an urban studies fellow with Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs..


L. David BrownL. David Brown, Senior Research Fellow

As a senior research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, L. David Brown conducted research on how international advocacy organizations and networks govern themselves and engage in effective advocacy. He also participated in the Center’s research on civil society organizations in China, examining how experiences from other contexts can be adapted to strengthen their contributions to social development and problem-solving.

Professor Brown retired from the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009, after a decade as a lecturer in public policy and coordinator of international programs at the Hauser Center. Prior to his appointment at Harvard, he was professor of organizational behavior at Boston University and served as president of the Institute for Development Research. His research and consulting has focused on institutional strategy and capacity building that foster sustainable development and social transformation, particularly for civil society organizations and networks.

He has written Creating Credibility: Legitimacy and Accountability for Transnational Civil Society (Kumarian Press, 2008) and edited Transnational Civil Society: An Introduction (with Srilatha Batliwala, Kumarian Press, 2006), Practice-Research Engagement for Civil Society in a Globalizing World (Hauser Center and CIVICUS, 2001), and The Struggle for Accountability: NGOs, Social Movements and the World Bank (with Jonathan Fox, MIT Press, 1998). He has been a Fulbright lecturer in India and a Peace Corps community organizer in Ethiopia..


Kathleen BuechelKathleen Buechel, Research Fellow

Kathleen Buechel is a senior lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to coming to Hauser, from 1999 to January, 2006, she was president of Alcoa Foundation, where she led the reorientation of Alcoa’s philanthropy toward active community investment, expansion of investable assets and corporate citizenship. For eight prior years she directed the Foundation’s operations and programs. During her tenure, key pieces of the foundation’s strategy included globalized giving in 31 countries that is locally rooted but regionally coordinated and internationally connected; the addition of three worldwide employee engagement programs; the introduction of corporate contributions and the sharing of corporate products and knowledge.

As a visiting practitioner and research fellow at the Hauser Center, she examined methods and mechanisms that contribute to the long term financial sustainability of nonprofits. Her work aimed to highlight promising practices that range from sharing operations, support for social enterprise, pooled loan or grant funds, capacity building, and the distillation of more robust performance metrics that support long term sustainability. The work also looked to present brief case studies and offer guiding principles for funders to help fortify the underlying financial needs of nonprofits.

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