The 2023 Oval Office cohort poses for a picture.
The 2023 Oval Office cohort poses for a picture. Each spring semester, the From Harvard Square to the Oval Office program brings together Harvard graduate students to prepare them to run for political office at the local, state, and national levels.

Led by Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program, From Harvard Square to the Oval Office is a non-partisan, co-curricular political training program that prepares HKS graduate students—including women and others who are traditionally underrepresented in political office—to run for public office. 

Through mentorship and trainings, students in the program grow their networks, gain valuable campaign skills, and build a community of peers who share an interest in political life. The program’s skills-based workshops focus on topics including field operations, public speaking, fundraising, debate preparation, polling, and resilience. 

Mackenzie Thomas headshot“It’s about exploring what happens when we shift who is in power and recognizing the power in our own voices, especially those voices that have long been pushed aside…It’s about actively challenging the status quo to make real change.” — Mackenzie Thomas MC/MPA 2024

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