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Two graduates of the From Harvard Square to the Oval Office program are currently running for office in Texas and New York. The Oval Office is an initiative of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School which provides a select group of Harvard graduate students with the training and support they need to ascend in the electoral process at the local, state and national levels. It is now in its sixth year and has more than 200 alumnae.
Stefani Carter JD/MPP 2005 is the Republican candidate for the Texas House of Representatives, District 102. After pursuing her graduate degree at Harvard, Stefani returned home to Texas and became an assistant district attorney. Stefani has served on numerous boards, such as the Dallas Republican Career Women and the Dallas County Young Republicans, and as an Elected Delegate for the Texas Republican State Convention.
Natasha Holiday MPP 2007 is a Democratic candidate for New York State Assembly, District 42. Natasha currently works as a Vice President with the advisory firm Scott Balice Strategies and has worked on economic development projects in New Orleans, Providence, San Diego and Cleveland. Natasha is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBCF) Alumni Network, the National Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow Program, New York City Urban Fellow Alumni Network and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
“In order for us to obtain women’s equal representation in our political structures, it will require the will of many,” said Victoria Budson, executive director WAPPP. “Through the Oval Office program, WAPPP trains the best and the brightest to ensure that more women have a seat at the table to make policy decisions and enact change.”