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The HKS Alumni Board currently comprises 20 elected members and two appointed members, chosen as HKS liaisons to the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). Election to the HKS Alumni Board is a four-step process. To be elected, candidates must complete each step.


Step 1: Self-nominations; Step 2: First-round review; Step 3: Interviews; Step 4: Elections






Step 1: Self-nominations
  • Self-nominations are open from January 5 through February 17, 2020.
  • All HKS alumni, both degree-program and professional learning, are eligible to self-nominate for the Board.
  • Only self-nominations are accepted. We do not accept recommendations of other alumni.
Step 2: First-round Review
  • The Elections Committee within the Alumni Board will review all self-nominations and determine which candidates will move on to the interview round.
Step 3: Interviews
  • Candidates will be informed in early March whether they have made it to the interview round.
  • Candidates who make it to the interview round will be contacted by a member of the Elections Committee to set up a time for a virtual interview.
Step 4: Elections
  • Once all the interviews are conducted, the Elections Committee will determine which of the candidates will make the voting slate of 20.
  • The HKS alumni community will be invited to vote on the candidates to join the Board. During this time, candidates may network and campaign for themselves among their peers.
  • The candidates with the highest number of votes will serve as new Board members whose four-year terms will begin July 1, 2020.*

* On July 1, 2020, 10 new members will join the HKS Alumni Board. The Board is currently completing a comprehensive review and a proposed amendment of the HKS Alumni Association charter, which would be subject to a vote by the HKS alumni body. That vote would determine whether all 10 incoming Board members are selected through the upcoming Board election or whether eight are selected through the upcoming election and two are appointed. The charter review process will conclude in the coming weeks, and the final outcome will be shared with this HKS alumni community and all Board candidates.