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Cambridge, MA – Harvard’s Institute of Politics, located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, today announced the selection of an experienced group of individuals for Resident and Visiting Fellowships this fall. Over the course of an academic semester, Resident Fellows interact with students, participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community and lead weekly study groups on a wide variety of issue areas. Visiting Fellows join the Institute for a shorter period and maximize their time meeting with students, faculty and Harvard research center staff.
“We are excited to welcome our fall Fellows to Harvard," said Trey Grayson, Director of Harvard's Institute of Politics. "This accomplished group of practitioners with strong experience in governing, government relations, campaign strategy, journalism, and White House policy and political affairs is sure to captivate and inspire students and the University community.”
The following Resident Fellows will join the Institute for the fall semester and lead weekly study groups on a range of topics:
• Christina Bellantoni, associate politics editor, Roll Call
• Ron Christie, author and former special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney for domestic policy (2001–04)
• Tad Devine, Democratic political and media strategist
• Linda Moore Forbes, deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton and deputy political director, the White House (1993–2001); senior advisor to U.S. Senator Evan Bayh (2001–11)
• Steve Grand, Republican political and media strategist
• Diane Casey-Landry, former chief operating officer and senior executive vice president, American Bankers Association; president and CEO of America's Community Bankers (2000–07)
In addition, Ed Rendell, a two-term Pennsylvania governor (2003–11), former Democratic National Committee general chairman (1999–2001) and mayor of the city of Philadelphia (1992–99) will join the Institute as a Visiting Fellow in early October. Visiting Fellows traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion groups on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes with students and Harvard University faculty.
The Fellows program is central to the Institute’s dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to increase interaction between the academic and political communities.