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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 five SIGs:



Harvard Kennedy School Black Alumni Association (HKS BAA)

The HKS BAA, officially approved in 2016, was formed to advance and promote issues affecting HKS’s current students, black alumni, the administration, faculty, staff and the black community within the United States and globally. The SIG will also support the recruitment and success of black students, faculty, and staff at HKS and members will serve as mentors for current students and help them with their career paths. In addition, the HKS BAA will foster discussions and address potential solutions to the many social issues that disproportionately affect communities of color.

The immediate areas of focus for the SIG are to grow and engage the BAA network, to support current students through the Black Policy Conference and other key initiatives, and to host social and policy-based activities that will galvanize black alumni around issues of concern to the community.

Marvin Benton MC/MPA 1988, Co-Chair/Co-President
Marissa Davis MPP 2014, Co-Chair/Co-President
Cathy Wanzo MPA 1994, Treasurer
Terrence Gilchrist MPA 2008, Secretary


Adaptive Leadership Alumni

Founded in 2015, the Adaptive Leadership Alumni aim to strengthen people's leadership capacity to meet the adaptive opportunities and challenges facing organizations and societies around the world.  

Goals include:

  • Providing a holding environment for cooperation and learning within a community of practitioners and educators.
  • Linking like-minded people with each other and with the latest materials on leadership practice and education.
  • Fostering the establishment and continuity of alumni consultation groups to support people to "lead and stay alive" as they face important challenges in their work lives.
  • Creating a network of referral for alumni seeking to teach or consult in adaptive leadership.
  • Further developing the theory and methods of adaptive leadership practice and education. 

Mitzi Johnson MC/MPA 2013, Executive Director
Kirsti Samuels MC/MPA 2012, Treasurer
Michael Koehler MPA 2014, Secretary


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


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 Theodora Skeadas.


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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